Understanding Anxiety in Dogs
Before we go into the details on how CBD works to calm canine anxiety. It is common for dogs as it is for humans to experience anxiety at some point in their lives. Most people often view the life of a dog as a simple one, but it is also marred with a lot of complications. Their lives are almost like those of human beings. Anxiety that is based on withdrawal has shown to be very common to dogs. Statistically, it has been proven that more than a 25% percent of dogs have trouble with anxiety. Dogs can sometimes undergo abuse, both mentally and physically and therefore are exposed to fear. Dogs are commonly affected by environmental conditions in which they have previously experienced something that frightened them, if they are then re exposed to this environment it will trigger anxiety. Change in habitat is also a major stressor for dogs. Aged dogs are also prone to anxiety attacks which may affect their memory as well as their ability to learn.
What symptoms in dogs show the presence of anxiety?
Anxiety is usually presented in different ways depending on the dog but some common signs to look out for are:
• Whining and whimpering
• Confining themselves to a small space
• Yawning or licking lips repeatedly
• Dilated pupils
• Having accidents inside
Can CBD Help Control Canine Anxiety?
The way CBD works for anxiety in dogs is the same way it works for anxiety in humans. Research shows CBD oil works by interacting with the body’s naturally occurring endocannabinoid system to soothe and calm anxiety naturally. The endocannabinoid system is a newly discovered and complex biological system that’s not that well understood yet. What is understood is that the body has cannabinoid receptors throughout the central nervous system, the organs and the brain. These receptors are known as the endocannabinoid system. When the body naturally releases endocannabinoid chemicals (or you ingest them through a tincture) they connect with the receptors and that stimulates the body’s natural ability to create serotonin, a natural mood stabilizer.