CBD A Solution for Pet Anxiety?

For many skittish and stressed out animals, cannabidiol, or CBD, can be the perfect addition to help ease their new transition. A change of scenery can cause a stressed-out pup to lash out or act a bit stubborn, but do not lose hope!

“While there are some differences in how cannabis affects pets compared to humans, they can benefit in many of the same ways as people do,” shares Dr. Gary Richter. Richter has been a veterinarian for 20 years in the California area and has seen “that there is enormous potential to treat medical conditions with cannabis.”

If your pets are hiding under furniture, chewing up shoes, sleeping an abnormal amount, not eating, or refusing to play, it could be more than just an occasional bad mood. Much like us, our pets are also susceptible to depression and anxiety – this can be brought on by anything from separation anxiety to underlying health issues and seasonal depression – as we’ve said, they’re a lot like us in these aspects.

Here are a few symptoms of pet anxiety:

Dogs

  • Shaking
  • Hiding
  • Destruction of property both inside and outside
  • Excessive barking
  • Potty accidents

Is Snuggles seeming more like Snarky recently? Buddy seeming more like Bitey?

Cats

  • Over-grooming
  • Excessive meowing
  • Potty accidents

Both animals and humans (any being with a spinal column) possess an endocannabinoid system, often abbreviated as the ECS. This system of receptors regulates many things such as mood, appetite, cognitive functions, sleep, and many other aspects of well-being. The best part about CBD is that its main property is the ability to imitate the ECS system, helping to regulate the body internally.

Some science facts:

  • Cats share 90% of homologous genes with humans.
  • Dogs share 83% of homologous genes with humans.

Vets and pet parents alike have begun to grow attached to the idea of helping out their fur babies with cannabinoids. The decision is easy – we try and keep chemicals out of our bodies and replace them with natural ingredients instead. It is why we now spend big bucks on organic and vegetarian options when going out to dinner or buying non-chemical cleaning supplies. Our pets can’t make these choices, so why would we not make the same decisions for them?

Sources:

  1. https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/cbd-oil-for-dogs
  2. https://www.pawcbd.com/wellness/separation
  3. https://genome.cshlp.org/content/17/11/1675.full
  4. https://www.petmd.com/dog/slideshows/7-common-side-effects-pet-medications

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