Can CBD really help calm your anxious pet? Find out what experts say
Can CBD really help calm your anxious pet?
As a pet owner, finding ways to calm your anxious furry friend can be a top priority. With the rising popularity of CBD for human relaxation, many pet owners wonder if CBD could have the same calming effects on their pets. In this article, we explore what experts have to say about using CBD to help calm anxious pets.
What is CBD?
CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a chemical compound derived from the cannabis plant. Unlike its counterpart THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD does not produce a psychoactive effect in humans or pets. It is often used for its potential therapeutic properties, which include reducing anxiety and promoting relaxation.
What experts say
According to veterinarians and animal behavior experts, CBD does show promise in helping to calm anxious pets. While research on the topic is still limited, many experts believe that CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system in animals, which regulates various bodily functions including mood and anxiety.
Dr. Sarah Johnson, DVM
“Anecdotally, I have seen positive outcomes in pets with anxiety issues when using CBD. However, it is essential to consult with your veterinarian before incorporating CBD into your pet’s routine. They can guide you on proper dosage and potential interactions with any existing medications.”
Dr. Mark Stevens, Animal Behaviorist
“CBD may help pets suffering from separation anxiety, noise phobias, or generalized anxiety. It’s crucial to use high-quality, pet-specific CBD products and start with a low dosage. Monitoring your pet’s response and adjusting accordingly is key.”
For further information on CBD and its potential benefits for pets, consider these helpful resources:
- Study on CBD for canine anxiety
- Article: Cannabidiol in animal anxiety management
- AKC guide to CBD oil for dogs