CBD For Anxious Pets

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Do you ever come home to half of a couch because your dog ate the other half? They just missed you so much! It’s a sweet sentiment, but knowing that your beloved animal is fretting every second you’re away can start to give you anxiety. Giving your pet CBD treats can help your animal with their anxiety, which can provide you with peace of mind.

Animals get anxious the same reason we do. They are intuitive creatures that rely on the instincts we have forgotten. If your cat suffered abuse when left alone, it could make them remind you how unpleasant being without alone is with smelly gifts in your bed. Just like us, they have a chemical reaction happening in their brain that might be too much for them to handle.

All mammals have endocannabinoid systems. This means you can feed it to your horse, your dog, your gerbil, your cat, and your ferrets. If you have a secret dinosaur in your basement, CBD oil has got them covered, too.

CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system which is what is in charge of calming your pet down. Anxiety is a regular part of life, but when it doesn’t end or when it becomes too frequent is when it becomes unnatural. Pet brains and human brains are supposed to let these emotions happen, but at the right severity for the right amount of time. If your pet has experienced trauma or has gained anxiety from medication or illness, their brain’s aren’t functioning correctly. Overactive neurons will send too much information which causes your pet's anxiety.

CBD elevates the chemicals in the brain called endocannabinoids that mediate the transmission going on between brain cells. They travel backward from the receiving cell towards the sending cell to tell it what information needs to be shared. If the neuron is sending to much, the endocannabinoids will tell it to calm down. This process is how CBD can regulate our moods and reduce anxiety.

Even if you have a giant dog, you should still start with small doses of CBD treats or tinctures. The smaller the animal, the lower the dose you should start with. Talk to your vet about trying CBD with your pet, especially if they are taking other medications. Who knows? CBD could very well replace some of the pharmaceuticals that have risky side effects for your pet!

Sarah Potts

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