What Can I Give My Dog for Fireworks Anxiety?
New Year’s Eve is a time for friends and family to come together and celebrate the dawning of a new era. Many people around the world get excited for the fantastic fireworks displays that can be seen lighting up the night’s sky with fancy colors, accompanied by the explosive bangs and loud noises that only add to the excitement of the event itself. For the majority of dog owners, however, fireworks and the incredible noise they make are the enemy as they can provoke extreme anxiety and fear in our most precious family members: our dogs!
Because our dogs rely on us for just about everything—from opening the door to go potty to comforting them when they are feeling anxious or insecure—we tend to see them as vulnerable beings who we need to keep safe and happy no matter what. So, when it comes to witnessing them trembling in fear and panting desperately during events where fireworks are being set off, most of us don’t want to pump them full of anti-anxiety pharmaceuticals. So, we turn to natural remedies—often unsuccessfully. It seems that no matter what we try, their distress seems to last an eternity.
The good news is, over the past couple of years, a new, all-natural and highly effective remedy has emerged into the mainstream market in the form of cannabis-based therapeutic remedies, namely CBD oil and CBD-infused dog treats for your pet. Many people swear by CBD oil to heal a wide range of ailments—most notably, fear and anxiety including fireworks anxiety in dogs.
Why Are Dogs So Afraid of Fireworks?
Because our beloved pets seem like humans in so many ways, we often forget that they do not have the same ability to rationalize events like we do. They do not understand what fireworks are or why they are appealing. All they hear are loud, unexplainable noises that seem to go on forever! Also, don’t forget that a dog’s hearing is much more sensitive than ours. While a thundering bang of a firework can startle us, imagine what the noise must be like for anxious dogs.
The following symptoms are often a clear indication that your pet is suffering from firework-related anxiety:
- Excessive panting or drooling
- Desperately seeking comfort
If you have noticed that your dog is exhibiting any of these behaviors, be it related to fireworks or not, then it’s time to take action.
CBD for Treating Anxiety in Dogs
CBD oil has been all over the news lately with testimonials from people all around the world who have successfully overcome serious illnesses like cancer and epilepsy via its use. There is already substantial research that indicates and even proves its efficacy with regards to managing all kinds of negative symptoms that we experience such as insomnia and anxiety. And because it has no psychoactive effects, it is perfectly safe to use to treat ailments in pets. In fact, hundreds of thousands of people now swear by CBD-based products when it comes to treating hyperactive behaviors or anxiety in their dogs.
How to Effectively Use CBD Oil to Calm Your Dog
I´ve always said that dogs seem to have a sixth sense about things. For example, when you are packing to go away on a trip, they just seem to know that you are leaving them and they will often try and stop you by jumping into your case, or sometimes even peeing on your freshly folded and packed clothes. There are also those moments when you catch your dog staring at something where there is nothing there; many people attest that animals have a degree of supernatural powers and that they can see things that we can’t. Whether or not you share this belief, it is definitely true that, when it comes to fireworks, they will often start demonstrating nervous behavior a couple of hours before the event actually takes place.
The best thing you can do to minimize your pooch’s stress is to administer a few drops of high-quality CBD oil a couple of hours before a firework-related event starts. So, if you know that fireworks will be going off on the evening of a 4th of July celebration, then give him some CBD oil in the late afternoon. This will allow enough time for the oil to be processed by the digestive system and take effect in time.
One of the only negatives that exists with regards to CBD oil is that it tastes vile. And if your dog is suspicious of medicine or a fussy eater, then you might find that CBD dog treats are a better option. They are equally as effective as the oil and your pup will have no problem wolfing them down!
CBD Dosage for Dogs
When it comes to any medicine—natural or manufactured—one size does not fit all. The same is absolutely true with cannabis oil or cannabis-infused treats; you need to make sure that you purchase the correct dosage in order for it to be effective. Here are a couple of factors to take into account when you purchase CBD-based products for your dog:
- The size of your dog
- How much he weighs
- The percentage of CBD that the oil contains
- The severity of your dog’s anxiety with the sounds (this may be seen in the dog’s behavior)
Fortunately, CBD is one of the few medicines that you cannot overdose on. So, while your vet or a reputable supplier should be able to advise you on the dosage you need to administer, in extreme cases of anxiety, more is better than less!
Are There any Harmful Side Effects of CBD Oil?
There are currently no known adverse side effects that accompany CBD products. This is excellent news for those who are concerned about using traditional pharmaceuticals—be if for themselves or their pets. In rare cases, your dog could experience an upset tummy, but this is true even when you alter their diets. It’s simply a result of your dog’s digestive system getting used to something that it has never processed before. Again, the vast majority of pet owners report having no problems whatsoever just a calming of their pups when giving them CBD.
Our dogs are part of the family and we often see them as our children. And as a responsible dog parent, it is your duty to ensure that each and every furry friend does not suffer unnecessarily. So, the next time there is an event in your area that involves fireworks, be sure to plan ahead and stock up on some good quality CBD oil so that you can all enjoy the experience in a positive way. With CBD oil to hand, dogs and fireworks may go together after all.
This article by Jennifer is originally published at FOMO Bones.
Author bio: Jennifer is the voice behind the FOMO Bones blog. She’s pretty sure in her past life, she was a Great Dane. However, we peg her as more of a labrador. Regardless of her breed, she’s a dog enthusiast who has 15 years experience training dogs and owners.