Understanding The Use of CBD for Pet Anxiety

Understanding The Use of CBD for Pet Anxiety


Pet Anxiety: Is pet CBD the answer?

Pets, much like us, can experience anxiety. The causes range from being separated from their owners, environmental changes, and loud noises, to previous negative experiences. This stress can lead to behaviors like constant barking, restlessness, and destruction, which are cries for help from our beloved animals.

In our commitment to natural pet care, we're always searching for safe, natural ways to improve our pets' health, and we offer a wide range of vitamins and supplements in our store.

In recent years, one alternative remedy has gained popularity for its effectiveness in easing anxiety and enhancing overall well-being in humans and pets alike: CBD.


Introducing CBD for Pets: A Natural Solution

CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a naturally occurring compound in hemp plants, renowned for its ability to support health without the "high" associated with THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), another compound found in cannabis. Unlike THC, which is known for its psychoactive effects, CBD offers a non-intoxicating alternative with potential health benefits.

Both CBD and THC originate from the cannabis plant, yet their impact on pets is markedly different. The body possesses a unique regulatory system, known as the endocannabinoid system, which plays a key role in maintaining balance in various functions, including mood and pain sensation. CBD subtly interacts with this system, enhancing the body's natural mechanisms without the psychoactive effects attributed to THC. This can lead to a reduction in anxiety and pain, improving overall well-being for pets, without the risks associated with THC.


The Science Behind CBD and Anxiety Relief

Research delving into CBD's influence on pets, notably dogs and cats, sheds light on its capacity to mitigate a spectrum of health issues, anxiety included. CBD engages with the body's receptors in ways that can help balance mood and decrease anxiety. Its benefits extend to pain relief and improved life quality for pets grappling with conditions like osteoarthritis.

While recent studies underscore CBD's potential in offering a safe solution with few side effects at recommended dosages and in alleviating anxiety-related behaviors, it's crucial to recognize the current state of regulatory oversight. The effectiveness of CBD products for pets remains unverified by FDA-approved research. This highlights the need for careful consideration when using CBD for pets and emphasizes the critical role of further research to clearly define its benefits and safety.



Concerns and Considerations

When thinking about using CBD to help with your pet's anxiety or health problems, it's important to be cautious of any potential side effects and to seek professional guidance.


Potential Side Effects and Interactions

While CBD is known for its safety profile and natural benefits, like any supplement, it may come with potential side effects.

The potential side effects (drowsiness, dry mouth, and lowered blood pressure) are experienced by pets, particularly dogs and cats, when using CBD. These effects are generally considered mild and are often related to the dosing of CBD.

Some side effects of CBD for pets include: 

  • Drowsiness: This is one of the most commonly reported side effects, especially when CBD is used in higher doses. It's often considered for pets experiencing anxiety or restlessness, as the calming effect can also lead to a sedated-like state.
  • Dry Mouth: Research has shown that CBD can decrease the production of saliva. For pets, this could mean more thirst and increased water intake.
  • Lowered Blood Pressure: High doses of CBD have been linked to a temporary drop in blood pressure. Though the drop is small, it might cause a brief feeling of lightheadedness.

It's important to start with a low dose of CBD and monitor your pet's response to it, adjusting the dose as necessary. More importantly, CBD can interact with other medications your pet might be taking. This interaction can affect how drugs are metabolized by your pet's body, potentially leading to increased side effects or decreased effectiveness of the medications.


Monitoring for Adverse Reactions

Closely observing your pet after starting them on CBD is essential for catching any adverse reactions early. Signs to watch for include excessive sedation, upset stomach, or changes in appetite or behavior. Monitoring your pet's response to CBD will help you adjust dosages as needed and ensure their well-being.



The Importance of Veterinary Consultation

The information presented in this article is not meant to replace professional veterinary advice but to complement your understanding of potential options for managing pet health and anxiety.

Before you start giving your pet CBD, it's really important to talk to your vet, especially if your pet is currently on medication. A veterinarian can provide valuable insight into how CBD might impact your pet's health conditions or interact with existing treatments. They can also offer guidance on appropriate CBD dosages tailored to your pet's specific needs, ensuring a safe and effective approach to using CBD.


Visit Us for Personalized Advice

Finding the right CBD product for your pet isn't straightforward since every pet has their own unique needs. That's where personalized advice comes into play. Once you’ve done your own research and discussed it with your vet, we encourage you to stop by Healthy Pet and talk to our well-informed staff. They're ready to guide you through our handpicked selection of CBD products, making sure you find the perfect match for your pet's specific situation.



Conclusion: A Holistic Approach to Pet Anxiety

At Healthy Pet, we see ourselves as more than a pet supply store; we're a community passionate about enhancing the lives of pets. Our belief in natural solutions like CBD for addressing pet anxiety and discomfort is grounded in a holistic philosophy. We emphasize understanding each pet's unique needs, consulting with professionals, and selecting high-quality products to ensure the best outcomes.

Our mission is to elevate your pet's health journey with Austin’s premier selection of CBD offerings, featuring products from no fewer than six esteemed brands. This curated variety guarantees you'll find the ideal solution for your pet's specific wellness objectives, whether it's managing stress, easing anxiety, or alleviating discomfort.

By choosing Healthy Pet, you're partnering with a team that places your pet's well-being at the forefront of everything we do. We invite you to explore our CBD selections in-store or reach out for expert advice on how these products can contribute to your pet's happiness and health. Visit one of our stores across Austin, where the health and happiness of your furry family members are our priority. 

Discover our Healthy Pet locations throughout Austin, offering a convenient option near you. You'll find us centrally located in downtown Austin’s Seaholm District at Ladybird Lake; serving Circle C, Shady Hollow, and Oak Hill off of MoPac at William Cannon in the Arbor Trails center; westward at Hill Country Galleria in Bee Cave; to the north near Lakeline Mall; and down south by Dry River off of I-35 in Kyle.   


See our CBD page for more details on our CBD offerings and how we can assist you.