That knot in your chest. Heavy breathing. Feeling like you’re losing full control of your body.
Yep, that’s anxiety.
And when your pet starts feeling this way, it’s terrifying. They have no idea what’s going on or why this is happening to them.
Symptoms of Anxiety in Your Pet
Anxiety is easy to spot in your pet. It starts with strange behavior, such as:
- Being aggressive in stressful situations
- Whining, panting, drooling, and unnecessary barking
- Pacing or restlessness
- Chewing on the walls or on their crate
Pets can become aggressive when their anxiety is high. Even if your pet is usually calm and docile, watch out for nervous aggression. Don’t hurt yourself trying to get to your pet.
Separation anxiety also brings on a hoard of symptoms in your pet. They may be destructive throughout your home but freak out if they’re confined to a crate. It’s possible they’ll try to break out of their crate and end up hurting themselves.
If your pet is acting out of character and being more destructive than usual, it’s worth a vet visit to see if your pet is suffering from anxiety.
What Causes Anxiety in your Pet?
Anxiety highlights your pet’s phobias.
They might be reacting to:
- Loud noises
- You leaving or preparing to leave (separation anxiety)
- A previous bad experience (like going to the vet)
- Something unfamiliar (people that smell different, look different)
- A combination of all of the above (sensory overload!)
According to the Merck manual, 14% of dogs suffer from separation anxiety. They see you leaving for the day and begin to act out. Furniture gets destroyed, they use the bathroom inside and bark for hours.
Another way pets become anxious is through aging.
Senior pets may have a hard time with memory, perception, or awareness, which can be scary for them. This is similar to the onset of Alzheimer’s in people.
Treating Anxiety in Pets
There are plenty of medications that your pet’s vet might prescribe for anxiety.
Some of these medications are:
- H1 Antagonists - Calming agents that are generally used to treat allergies. Benadryl.
- Benzodiazepines - These medications can be addictive, but relaxes a pet’s anxiety.
- SSRI’s - Manages your pet’s serotonin levels. Humans also take SSRI’s to manage depression.
Prescribed medication comes with its own side effects. They include:
- Less activity from your pet, due to being tired
- Irregular heartbeat or low blood pressure
- Vomiting, urinating, or defecating (possibly eating it)
Sometimes these medications can make anxiety worse, depending on how your pet reacts to it.
CBD Hemp Oil for Treating Anxiety in Pets
You’re reading this post and wondering if there is any treatment for your pets, without dealing with all the side effects.
Who wants to trade a pet’s anxiety for vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, and irregular heartbeat? This hardly sounds ideal.
These were the same issues I dealt with when my senior dog, Davey, began showing signs of anxiety. He would hide and whimper when guests came over. His senses became overloaded, confusing him and triggering his anxiety.
After extensive personal research, I decided to purchase a bottle of full-spectrum CBD hemp oil, to treat Davey with his anxiety.
I started him with 0.25 mL and waited.
Within the hour, Davey had melted into mush and happily laid all over my lap. All it took was a ten-second administering of CBD, on my part.
Now, before any guests arrive, I give Davey his dose.
He's become more tolerable of the strange guests and people who he doesn’t recognize.
Dosing CBD Hemp Oil for your Pet
The best part of this treatment? There are minimal side effects.
I love CBD hemp oil so much that all of my dogs use it. The hemp oil gave my dogs a better quality of life, without dealing with all the side effects of traditional medication.
If you’re interested in getting started, but you’re not sure where to begin (I know, there’s SO much information on the internet) here’s a quick guide.
We carry two types of full-spectrum CBD hemp oil:
Smaller pets typically benefit from a lower dose, such as 0.25 mL 2-3 times per day of a lower potency of CBD.
Larger pets may need a higher potency CBD, 2-3 times per day.
Increase the dosage if you believe that your pet needs more. If you accidentally gave your pet too much, the good news is that they can’t overdose from CBD. (Be careful anyway!)
Give a small dose, to begin with, and gradually increase the dose if they need it.
Last note, THC is harmful and poisonous to pets, so be sure to purchase CBD hemp oil that is tested to have less than 0.3% THC in it. You can click here to look at our testing certificate.
Your pet’s health is essential to me, so every batch of full-spectrum CBD oil I sell is tested for quality. Click here to visit our shop.