CBD has been proven to have the ability to help humans cope with anxiety. But did you know that this compound is also good for your pet? In this article, we’ll look at how you can use CBD for your beloved pets.
Before we proceed on how CBD can bring down the anxiety levels in pets, here is a checklist of symptoms of chronic anxiety in pets (especially dogs). This will help pet owners to recognize whether your pet is suffering from anxiety.
- Constant urinating or defecating
- Licking lips nervously
- Loss of appetite
Other symptoms include anti-social behavior and displacement behavior. Pets may also show anxiety disorder symptoms in the wake of prolonged separation from their owners.
Various studies conducted in recent years have found that CBD has inherent therapeutic qualities to combat anxiety. CBD interacts with the limbic and paralimbic areas of the brain to release stress.
Studies show that CBD also boosts serotonin receptors in the brain, which is again beneficial for treating anxiety. What’s more, CBD stimulates the growth of new brain cells in the hippocampus. This helps to reduce anxiety and depression.
How to medicate your pet with CBD
It can be a little tricky to administer CBD to your pet. You can trick your pet by offering a treat after every CBD dosage. This trick especially works with dogs.
You can put a few drops of CBD tincture under the animal’s tongue. You can also choose to mix with your pet’s meal. Another option is CBD-infused treats, which are very convenient.
The one important factor to consider while medicating your pet with CBD is dosage. Using the correct dosage will lead to faster recovery, while an excessive level of CBD can lead to some side-effects. Usually, the correct dosage is often determined by the size and weight of the pet. The larger the pet, the higher the dosage required. Most CBD companies have a dosage chart on their products to help pet owners choose the correct dosage.
You can consult your veterinary to determine the correct CBD dosage for your pet.
It should normally take at least one week for your pet to start showing signs of recovery from anxiety. You will see that your pet is calmer and is responding well to you. But the recovery time varies. Don’t panic if your pet doesn’t show any signs of recovery after weeks. The key with CBD is consistency. If your pet does not show any signs of recovery after prolonged use of CBD, consult a veterinary.