If your dog suffers from stress, they need extra comfort during normal upheavals such as moving to a new home, visiting the veterinarian, or even when they’re restless at night and can’t get comfortable lying down. It can be heartbreaking to see our furry family members struggle with anxiety in everyday situations. Thankfully, CBD can be a natural solution for maintaining calm and comfort in your best friend.
Keep reading to learn more about how CBD works and the benefits it can offer your dog’s sense of well-being along with helpful criteria for choosing the best CBD products for dogs:
Comforting Your Anxious Dog
Dogs may experience stress periodically for a variety of reasons, be it stressful situations like a visit to the vet, separation stressors, or something else. Symptoms of dog stress include:
- Urinating or defecating on the floor despite being house trained
- Nervous licking of the lips
- Loss of appetite
For owners, it can be distressing to see your dog upset. Fortunately, CBD may be able to offer some relief for common dog nervousness.
When Should You Use CBD for Your Dog?
Comforting a dog with CBD starts with recognizing your dog’s stressors. For stressed out dogs, ideal use of CBD may differ, but common situations where it may help relieve symptoms include:
- At night: Some dogs are restless and can’t get comfortable at night. For owners, CBD may offer a solution for how to help your dog get comfortable laying down and calm restlessness.
- During fireworks: The loud noises can be frightening for many dogs and dogs may need a little extra comfort on these nights.
- When there is a storm: Thunderstorms can be distressing, and a dog may need extra help waiting for the storm to pass.
- Traveling: Stressful situations like long car or plane rides to new destinations may be major anxiety triggers for dogs.
- General anxiety: Your dog may have a naturally anxious temperament and may benefit from a CBD regimen for comfort.
How does CBD for dogs work?
It all comes down to the endocannabinoid system. This essential system is shared among mammals and functions to maintain a healthy inner balance , or homeostasis. The endocannabinoid system (ECS) creates chemicals called cannabinoids independently of whether we have ever used cannabis.
Studies show that CBD interacts with the body’s ECS to reduce stress naturally among plenty of other benefits. When the body releases endocannabinoid chemicals or when they are ingested in a tincture, the body is also stimulated to create serotonin, a natural mood-stabilizing chemical.
How do I choose the right CBD product for my dog?
As with other health trends, it can be overwhelming to sift through so much newly accessible information about CBD. You know that you want to find a natural and effective way to comfort your dog, but how do you decide between the options out there? Below are some helpful questions you might consider asking when looking for CBD oil and hemp chews for dogs.
How are the growing standards?
Where and how hemp is grown has a notable impact on the quality of the CBD extract. Do your best to find out where the hemp was grown, and whether the soil was known to contain any harmful metals or minerals. For example, hemp that is grown in China has been known to be cultivated in contaminated soil. Make sure to look for a Certificate of Analysis to ensure the products you choose are contaminant free.
At Charlotte’s Web™, we promise to provide the World’s Most Trusted Hemp Extract™. This starts from the ground up, the soils we grow in are tested and cleared for heavy metals and other contaminants before planting begins. Charlotte’s Web™ is in the process of achieving USDA Organic certification, and doesn’t use toxic
How is it processed?
Frighteningly, there are some companies in the marketplace manufacturing CBD oil in unregulated facilities, which means that companies selling it can use using cheap and unsafe methods of extracting it from hemp without penalty. Petroleum-based products hexane and butane are two commonly used solvents that may be toxic to dogs and are not fit for consumption. To provide your pet the healthiest and purest CBD experience, you will want to stay away from potentially toxic residues which may build up in the body when ingested over time.
The Charlotte’s Web™ purity promise includes testing protocols with strict standards which monitor our product from planting to harvest to applying the finishing touches. Hemp is tested for contaminants after harvest, then again after extraction. Finally, the finished product is tested for phytochemical content, pesticides, metal contaminants, residual solvent contaminants, and microbial contaminants before it is approved for sale. Charlotte’s Web™ always goes the extra diligent distance for you and your pet’s health and safety.
CBD Products for Restless Dogs
CBD, short for cannabidiol, is just one of a vast medley of cannabinoids extracted from hemp. Scientists have found that this multitude of plant compounds, (CBD, CBC, CBG, CBN, terpenes, flavonoids, and many more) have a greater impact on the body when they work together instead of independently, this is called the “Entourage Effect.” “Full-spectrum” hemp extract harnesses this effect by offering all parts of the hemp plant and their benefits.
Below are two recommended CBD options for dogs which may maintain comfort and calm throughout the occasional stressors of daily life.*
Charlotte’s Web™ full-spectrum hemp extract oil for dogs
CBD oil for dogs can be administered orally to your best friend to help promote a sense of calm. They come unflavored or in an alluring chicken flavor, allowing options for even the pickiest palate.
Charlotte’s Web™ Calming Chews for Dogs
Our calming hemp chews for dogs, similar to the drops, come in a delectable chicken flavor. In addition to naturally occurring CBD, the chews incorporate a blend of valerian root, passionflower extract, and chamomile. This medley of natural extracts and soothing herbs can help to maintain a sense of comfort for your dog through everyday ups and downs.*
How much CBD should I give my dog?
It is important to remember that your dog absorbs CBD differently than you and I, and they are also more sensitive to its effects. Some dog owners prefer to start with oils when new to CBD, as it is easier to control serving size gradually. It is always a good idea to give your canine companion small amounts of CBD initially, gauge their reaction, and work your way up to a higher serving size if necessary.
At Charlotte’s Web™, we prioritize your pet’s best and healthiest interest. With our expanding line of full-spectrum hemp derived products, we aim to provide members of your family, including the furry ones, with natural options to preserve calm and comfort. For more information, take a look at our guide to buying CBD for dogs, our selection of CBD products for dogs, or give us a call.