CBD for Pets

CBD for Pets with Separation Anxiety

Dogs have been known as a human’s best friend for many reasons. They provide company, companionship, and affection. So, it’s no surprise that the dog would feel the same way about its human. Because of the closeness between the pet and its owner, it’s also no shock that up to 40% of dogs suffer from separation anxiety. Signs can be subtle, like sad eyes or faint whining, but they can also be more extreme, resulting in bad behavior like barking, chewing, and accidents. The good news is that there are natural treatments available to try. In this article, we’ll break down what is the best CBD for dogs with separation anxiety and the best CBD for pets in general.

First, let’s dive a little deeper into what exactly separation anxiety in dogs is. It can occur when a dog is extremely attached or dependent on a particular person. Additionally, the dog may follow you around the home, have distress when it can’t see you, and clearly gets upset when you leave the house.

What type of dogs are most anxious?

Although it’s not always obvious what causes the anxiety, it tends to be a bit more common with rescue dogs. There are also some breeds that are more prone to having separation issues, such as Chihuahuas, Labs, Spaniels, and Shepherds. Lastly, it can also be triggered by unique events that relate to that individual dog, such as being left alone for the first time or after being used to consistent companionship, abandonment issues, or change in routine, such as a loss of another pet or person in the household. No matter what the cause is, it can be both frustrating and sad for both parties. It’s important to be aware of the signs so that you can help your pup navigate through it. 

Understanding CBD and pets a bit better

Cannabidiol is a natural substance found in the hemp plant. The hemp plant has been around for centuries. Hemp continues to resurge when it comes to being used for medicinal purposes. Keep in mind that there can be some confusion between marijuana and hemp. Both plants originate from the same family, but they could not be any more different. Even though they are both derived from the Cannabis family, hemp on its own contains only a negligible amount of THC – less than 0.3% THC. THC is the molecule that invokes that “high” feeling.

Research shows CBD derived from hemp works by connecting with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) to help relieve many symptoms. Even though there is still much to learn about the ECS, what we do know is that the body has cannabinoid receptors throughout the central nervous system. All mammals have an ECS, with dogs housing many more receptors than humans.

Dosing of CBD for dogs

A common question is, “How much CBD oil should I give my dog for anxiety?” The amount of CBD you give your dog will depend on the potency of the product and the body weight of your dog. It is common for many manufacturers to provide guidelines that suggest one or two small doses per day. A dose of .05 mg/pound is a good guide. For example, if you have a small dog under 25 pounds, a 300 mg bottle could last nearly a month since you’re just giving them a bit more than a mg per dose.

Keep in mind that some dogs will show positive effects right away, while others may take a few days before showing any difference. For that reason, it’s a great idea to journal about the experience so you’re better able to track changes. Make sure to choose strengths based on the weight of your pet and follow all directions.

Best CBD for dog anxiety

With the popularity of CBD oil on the rise, it’s not surprising that it’s also popular for dogs and cats too. It’s easy to find CBD products for animals. They they are conveniently available in stores and online. Just like everything else you give to your furry friend, you’ll want to double check that the CBD oil for dogs has also been third-party lab tested. This test also assures that your product is free of fillers, and includes information about where the hemp has been sourced and manufactured. Be cautious about giving your human CBD product to your pet. These products can contain added terpenes and flavorings that your pet can be allergic to.

What CBD products are the best?

Some manufacturers, like our sponsor, CANNAFYL, have found that the safest pet product is one that only has CBD along with the carrier oil, such as MCT, hemp, or coconut oil. We highly recommend Cannafyl Pet – Full Spectrum CBD Oil. Add this unflavored oil directly to your pup’s meals, treats, or accompanied with a drop of peanut butter. Not only can it assist with easing anxiety, but can also help with epilepsy, seizures, pain, and inflammation. Beyond that, it aids with digestion, as well as protecting and supporting the immune system. In addition to carrying the oil in a tincture, we also offer broad spectrum CBD doggie treats. 

For more information about CBD and Pets, listen to our podcasts CBD and Dogs and more.

We know how important your dog is to you. The CBD Ed Show is committed to providing only the absolute best information for both you and your pet. We’re here for you and welcome any questions you may have. Feel free to drop us a line today on our contact page.

About the Author
Ed Chaney is an experienced entrepreneur with over a dozen successful startups under his command. He has a passion for leadership and the ability to educate teams and audiences - qualities he acquired over the past 30 years. His affinity for positive company culture, team building, and leadership play a key role in his successful business-building endeavors. Mr. Chaney studied Business at Arizona State University, Executive Leadership at MIT, and spent over twenty years as an active member of Arizona’s elite Entrepreneur Organization (EO). As the host of the VoiceAmerica Podcast The CBD ED Show, Ed provides unbiased information so you can make informed decisions in the growing CBD market. With his regular co-host Kimberly Rose, Ed is joined by special guests and shares real-talk about CBD and the potential of this product.