CBD & Pets: Situational Anxiety

Pets are people, too. Especially when it comes to our nervous systems! Not surprisingly, humans and dogs share the endocannabinoid system in common. Like us, they have receptors that can accept cannabinoids like CBD.

CBD can help dogs manage situational anxiety. This includes anxiety felt when they hear loud noises such as thunder storms or fireworks, or experience new settings. Situational anxiety can be provoked because of traveling to new places or meeting unfamiliar guests at home.

When dogs experience situational anxiety, they show a variety of symptoms. Heavy panting, drooling and spontaneous urination are likely signs that your friend is in need of tender, loving care. Since you can’t always be at their side, CBD can help to keep them calm.

CBD has anxiolytic effects on dogs in the same way it does on humans- attachment to the CB2 receptor. This automatically helps to lower levels of cortisol, which is one of the main culprits for the release of adrenaline and provocation of the “fight or flight” response.

Does this sound like something your furry friend would benefit from? Talk to your local veterinarian and sample some CBD! It can be found in oils, capsules, and even treats.