You know how you look at your dog sometimes and you’re just like, “I wish I could be you”?
I mean seriously, a dog’s life seems SO lounge-like and carefree. Who doesn’t want to live a life without fear, anxiety, and depression?
But sometimes, your ball of fur may be fighting some inner battles itself — with 72.5% of dogs having some kind of highly problematic behavior. Let’s take a look at some of the most common types of anxiety that may be ailing your canine.
Your dog’s anxiety can be stemming from a variety of reasons. The “Big 3” are:
- Fears & Phobias
Let’s dive into what each of those mean…
- Fear-related Anxiety presents itself in 29% of dogs during Fourth of July fireworks, thunderstorms, going to the vet, or blending your smoothie in the morning. In short, it’s those events that evoke loud noise, strangle people, visual stimuli, new or strange environments, or specific situations like going to the vet or groomer.
- Separation Anxiety affects 14–20% of dogs and happens when they can’t seem to find comfort upon you leaving the house. This can present itself in a variety of ways, such as excessive barking and salivation, indoor accidents, destructive behavior, and intense pacing.
- Aging comes with a side of heightened anxiety, too. As your pup ages, there may be an increase in separation anxiety, noise sensitivity, and fear of surfaces and heights. Check out the chart below to get a greater insight into the behaviors of older dogs.
What Is CBD, And Does It Actually Work?
So, your dog has anxiety. What do you do?
One of the best (& purest) ways to calm that anxious pup of yours is to experiment with low doses of CBD.
Cannabidiol — otherwise known as CBD — is a chemical compound derived from the hemp plant that has ultra-calming compounds.
There’s a reason why CBD works so well among mammals. That reason, you ask?
The Endocannabinoid System (ECS).
All mammals — dogs, humans, and dolphins alike — share this commonality. To put in the simplest terms, your ECS is made up of CB1 and CB2 receptors (Cannabinoid 1 and Cannabinoid 2 receptors). So when CBD is consumed, it activates those two receptors. And those two receptors activate your central nervous system (CB1) and immune system (CB2).
And voila! A calming effect occurs, bringing anxiety to #2 on the list of reasons why people consume CBD.
Will My Dog Get High?
The short answer: no.
Now for the longer answer…
Hemp and marijuana are both a part of the same plant family — Cannabis Sativa L. Even though they’re a part of the same fam, they are two completely different species of plant.
I like to compare it to how a poodle and a lab are both a part of the canine family but are two completely different species of dog.
And because hemp and marijuana are two different species, there are some very distinct differences between the two…
The Differences Between Hemp And Marijuana
- Hemp has much lower amounts of THC (the chemical responsible for that “head-high” feeling). In fact, it’s so low that THC-levels are less than 0.3%.
- Hemp has approximately 50,000 different uses ranging from gasoline to paper products to cosmetic and beauty items.
- MJ can have anywhere from 5–35% THC.
- MJ is used in one of two ways — medicinally or recreationally.
Because of the stigma that MJ has held for decades now, hemp found itself with that same stigma attached to its name. However, thanks to the thousands of benefits the hemp plant holds, people are beginning to give it the much-needed respect it deserves.
The Best CBD Products For Dogs
There’s a LOT of CBD products out there, with very few you can trust. That’s why I ALWAYS buy from companies who are transparent, honest, and use only the best, organic hemp around.
That’s why Seabedee’s Bark Bites are one of my (and my dog’s) favorites.
Seabedee even makes it low-stress for us parents — with each bite containing the weight-appropriate dose. Just stick to the chart below and you and your pooch will feel zen AF in no time.
Doggy doses by size:
- 100 lbs = 2 treats
- 50 lbs = 1 treat
- 25 lbs or less = ½ a treat
One of the other benefits?
Each bite is crafted with REAL, quality ingredients: chickpea flour, tapioca flour, sweet potato, coconut oil, hemp seed oil, molasses, cinnamon, turmeric, sunflower lecithin, and CBD.
So you can rest assured that your pup is only eating the best of the best. Just be sure to refrigerate your treats after opening so they stay fresh and delicious!
So, yes, your dog may have anxiety. And yes, it is completely normal. Like so normal that there are drool-worthy CBD treats to treat it!
Order your Bark Bites today to keep your fur child happy, healthy, and calm.
- Dog Anxiety: What Dog Owners Need to Know
- Prevalence, comorbidity, and breed differences in canine anxiety in 13,700 Finnish pet dogs
- Separation Anxiety in Dogs: How to Stop Separation Anxiety in Dogs
- Structural Insights into CB1 Receptor Biased Signaling
- 14% of Americans Say They Use CBD Products
- Behavioral Problems of Dogs — Behavior
- Bark Bites, CBD Infused Dog Treats