What’s Causing The Anxiety?
Did you know that dogs can have anxiety—just like humans? It’s not always fun, but it’s normal, and often a healthy response to intrinsic or extrinsic stressors. For humans, anxiety can come from job stress, money worries, relationship struggles, health issues…you name it! Modern life is full of pitfalls and problems that trigger the stress cycle. But you might be wondering what your precious pooch has to be anxious about. After all, their lives look pretty sweet…eat, play, sleep, repeat…what could be so stressful about that?
In reality, there are lots of reasons why your dog might be anxious. Many dogs suffer from separation anxiety, and hate to be left alone. Rescue dogs, dogs with injury or illness, or dogs undergoing major changes in their environment or home life—all can suffer from anxiety at one point or another. If it’s happening infrequently, it’s probably not a big deal. But if Fido’s nerves are taking over your home life and you’re starting to get worried, seek help from your veterinarian. If left unchecked, high levels of anxiety may turn into a serious anxiety disorder that can affect their behavior and quality of life for years to come.
How Do I Know if My Dog is Anxious?
Acute signs of anxiety in dogs include:
- Whining or whimpering
- Urinating or defecating in the house
- Destructive behavior
- Excessive barking
- Repetitive or compulsive behaviors
- Avoidance of eye contact
Types of Dog Anxiety
Sometimes there isn’t one specific reason why your pup is anxious. Just as some humans always seem to be a little on edge, some dogs can just be “wired” for anxiety. Any breed can run into anxiety issues, but certain dogs are known for being more susceptible, including Labrador Retrievers, Vizslas, German and Australian Shepherds, Border Collies, and Shorthair Pointers, Cocker Spaniels, Bichon Frises, King Charles Spaniels, Greyhounds, Havanese, Chihuahua, Miniature Pinscher, Jack Russell Terrier, and Shih-Tzu.
Separation Anxiety happens when your dog feels nervous and upset when you leave. If your dog is prone to general anxiety, they are more likely to have separation anxiety when left alone. Does your dog whine and cry when they sense you are preparing to leave? Do your neighbors complain of incessant barking while you’re at work, or do you return to find destruction and bathroom “accidents” in the house? Separation anxiety may be the culprit.
Rescue/Former Shelter Anxiety
Rescue dogs can suffer from anxiety for a variety of reasons. They may have suffered abuse or neglect in the past, causing them to feel nervous even in a new, safer environment. Loud, chaotic, and unstable shelter conditions can contribute to the anxiety burden these dogs shoulder. Constant change is another trigger for anxiety. You might have given your rescue dog their forever home, but they don’t necessarily know that. Their history has trained them to be nervous and on guard at all times, so be patient and go easy with these special pups.
Even the most laid back dog can feel anxious when lifestyle or environmental factors cause problems. A new family member, a move, or a death in the family can all trigger nerves and stress for your pet. If the humans in the household are stressed and worried, their pets will often sense those emotions and mirror them. Even something as simple as a construction site next door can spark a bout of anxiety as the loud noises and constant flow of new people start to drive your pup crazy.
If your dog is in pain or feeling poorly, they are often unable to communicate how they really feel. This frustration, along with the fear that accompanies illness and injury, can cause serious anxiety in your pet. If your pet is showing new or changed signs of anxiety with no obvious explanation, seek advice from your veterinarian. They may be trying to tell you that something else is wrong.
Traditional Medications for Canine Anxiety
If your dog is exhibiting signs of anxiety that are persistent and troublesome, visit your vet right away. Your vet will talk to you about ways you can make lifestyle changes to help your dog. Training, desentizing, and counterconditioning can be extremely helpful in some cases of anxiety.
In some cases, your veterinarian may prescribe medications to help your dog with anxiety. SSRIs and antidepressants such as fluoxetine and clomipramine can help some dogs with chronic anxiety. For more specific events that elicit a predictable anxiety response (thunderstorms, fireworks, or car rides), your veterinarian might recommend a medication such as benzodiazepine in conjunction with an antidepressant to help your dog manage through the stress.
How Does CBD Help Your Pet’s Anxiety?
The FDA does not allow us to make specific health claims when it comes to CBD. But the AKC does discuss CBD in their treatment of anxiety disorders:
“Some dog owners have reported success in using CBD oil to treat dog anxiety. CBD is a compound found in cannabis and hemp that dog owners, as well as humans, have found useful for treating a variety of different health conditions. Anecdotal reports from dog owners claim that CBD oil can be effective in treating dog anxiety.”https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/health/treating-dog-anxiety/
Here at ABSC Organics, we hear from pet owners routinely about how CBD has helped their dog feel less stressed.
I want to tell the story of Maverick. Maverick is our 3 year old rescue Rough Collie. Maverick had a very rough start in life. He was rescued from a very abusive situation in Oklahoma, where he and a couple of other pups were kept OUTSIDE ALL THE TIME! That was the least of the abuse this sweet boy endured. As a result, Maverick gets very anxious during high winds and thunder storms. We live near the mountains and experience very high winds when the weather is changing. When this occurs, Maverick will not settle down. He constantly paces around the house as if he is looking for a place to hide. At 86 lbs, that is not an easy task! I needed to find a solution that would help him deal with the weather and not “knock him out”. We have been using the C.H.O. PET tincture for our other dog who experiences seizures so I thought I would give it a try on Maverick. I thought, at worst, it would make him sleepy. The results were apparent in very short order! YES this worked!. I gave him about 6-7 drops inside his cheek and he calmed down and was relaxed enough to just lay on the floor. He wasn’t sleepy or droopy at all. Simply nice and relaxed. Chilled out you might say! I can’t thank you enough for bringing such a wonderful product to the marketplace. Maverick thanks you too!– Diane S.
I definitely notice a difference in my 12yr old dog. Not only does it help with his arthritis but it also makes him much more calm when fireworks are going off in our neighborhood. It has been very helpful because our neighborhood believes the 4th of July lasts from June till September. My pup is so much happier now that we give him ABSC.-Sara
Research on CBD Oil and Anxiety
Although ABSC Organics is the industry leader in veterinary CBD research, we have not conducted any clinical trials related to anxiety at this point. We have, however, completed a Phase One Safety and Toxicity Trial that showed that our CBD oil is safe and well-tolerated, even at large doses. Our followup research to date has focused on epilepsy and arthritis, but we hope to conduct anxiety research soon.
CBD for Other Health Problems
The FDA is very cautious when it comes to CBD. They are currently studying the available research and assessing the need for regulation. You will see many CBD oil providers making claims about epilepsy, arthritis, pain, anxiety, and even cancer. But the reality is that the FDA does not allow us to specific health claims, even if there is much anecdotal evidence to back them up.
We can tell you that our pilot epilepsy trial at Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences showed incredibly promising results—including an 89% reduction in seizure activity. And we can tell you that the AKC’s Canine Health Foundation was so impressed by that pilot trial that they co-sponsored a larger followup trial using our oil. We can also tell you that we have an arthritis trial currently in process, and we look forward to publishing positive results soon.
Finally, we can point you to our testimonials. These are real stories, from real customers, about real beloved pets. There are some truly compelling stories out there, and we can’t wait to do more research to back up those stories with irrefutable science.
Why Choose ABSC PURE ORGANIC CBD OIL™ For Dog Anxiety?
If you’re looking for meticulously tested, proven safe, veterinarian-trusted CBD oil for your dog, ABSC Organics is the clear choice. Our CBD Oil for Dogs is the only product on the market with a depth of clinical research and safety testing behind it. We care deeply about pet health, and we prioritize science and transparency above all else.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take for CBD oil to start working in dogs?
Each dog is different, and every medical condition is different, but many dogs will see effects almost immediately. Other dogs may need to work up to a higher dose over a few weeks before seeing beneficial effects. If you are concerned that the CBD oil isn’t working for your dog, talk with us about slowly increasing the dosage—we’re here to help!
Can CBD oil for dogs be used with other medications?
There are no known contra-indications for ABSC Pure Organic CBD Oil™ and other medications. That means that we are not aware of any reason you cannot use our CBD oil with other OTC and prescription medications. We always advise checking with your veterinarian for advice about your pet’s specific situation.