How to calm your dog during fireworks
With autumn upon us and Bonfire Night just around the corner, many dog owners are beginning to consider the negative effects of fireworks. We take a positive look at how CBD oil for dogs could be just what you, and your dog, need.
Why are dogs afraid of fireworks?
While dogs are man’s best friend, the same can’t be said for fireworks! As we know, our canine friends have a heightened set of senses and, with both loud noises and flashing lights, fireworks can create unnecessary levels of stress. With sudden ‘booms’ and vibrations, fireworks are closer to the ground and can be far more unsettling than thunderstorms.
What does firework stress in a dog look like?
Anxiety can manifest itself in many different ways. You might notice your dog has had a toilet accident inside the house or is showing destructive behaviour such as scratching furniture. An anxious dog might pant, wimper, bite, bark, tremble and pace – all behaviour that both the dog and owner will unsurprisingly find distressing.
If not addressed, anxiety can cause a dog to lose his or her appetite and become withdrawn.
Try these tips for a dog scared of fireworks
If you’re concerned about your dog at this time of year, there are many things you can do to help them remain calm.
– Consult a veterinary professional. If you have a routine appointment that falls before Bonfire Night, take the opportunity to ask the professionals while you’re there. Equally, you might give your vet a call to see whether they are able to offer any advice or make a special appointment.
– Create a calm space. When a dog is scared, he or she might look to ‘hide’ in a safe place. Make sure this room or space in your home is accessible to them. You could, for example, put a blanket over their crate, or drape a sheet or tablecloth over a tablecloth so they can retreat underneath.
– Keep your curtains drawn to shelter them from the fireworks as much as possible. Equally, keep lights on in your home to reduce the impact of any flashes.
– If you feel your dog will be comforted by a gentle massage or calming music, give it a try. You know your pet, so put some thought into what works well to comfort and calm them. Anxiety often causes muscle tension so massage therapy is a great idea. Rest one hand on your dog, using the other to gently stroke and massage.
– Equally, remain calm yourself. Your dog will pick up on your emotions, whether relaxed or anxious.
– Keep your friend company! Go for a lovely walk during the day to tire him out and ease his mind. Be sure to stay home after dark. It’s against the law to set off fireworks after midnight on Bonfire Night so you can always head out for a final toilet walk after that.
– Consider alternative therapies such as CBD.
How could CBD help dogs?
As with humans, dogs have a messenger system (neurotransmitters) called the endocannabinoid system that regulates various processes such as pain, stress, memory, immunity, appetite and mood. Studies show that, ‘several phytocannabinoids, especially cannabidiol (CBD), have been suggested to exert beneficial effects in various pathological conditions’. While entirely plant-based, CBD is chemically similar to endocannabiniods and also interacts with these receptors.
In this study, we see that ‘current evidence indicates CBD has considerable potential as a treatment for multiple anxiety disorders’. While these studies are focused on humans, individual processes generally follow a similar pattern in dogs.
Similarly, in a 2012 study on rats exposed to predators (cats), CBD was found to have benefit potential for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) treatment.
Choosing CBD oil for your dog
If you decide to give CBD oil a try, always purchase a high-quality product. Cannabidiol (CBD) in the UK must be entirely free of THC so it’s crucial to choose a source derived from the hemp plant.
In hemp, as opposed to marijuana, we find a much higher percentage of CBD and an extremely low level of THC which is responsible for the psychological ‘high’ associated with cannabis.
Choose a full or broad-spectrum oil, giving your dog all the other important cannabinoids that occur naturally in hemp. Together, these cannabinoids create the ‘entourage effect’, working together to boost the medicinal properties of hemp oil.
At ULU, our products are medically tested and certified. All contain levels of THC that have been measured at less than 0.0005% (entirely undetectable) and all our extracts come from pesticide-free and herbicide-free cultivation. Our products are EU-sourced meaning they have to comply with stringent regulations and… to back everything up, we have Certificates of Analysis from independent registered laboratories. Click here to see our Lab Test results.
ULU 5% Organic CBD Oil for Dogs is a high-strength, sausage-flavoured CVD spray, created with veterinarians to guarantee the highest quality and purity. Simply spray on to food at mealtimes to give your dog a CBD boost.
With Bonfire Night fast approaching, it’s wise to prepare for the possibility that fireworks might cause stress-related behaviour from your dog.
There are various methods to follow when it comes to keeping your dog calm and using CBD could be a natural, plant-based alternative option. If in any doubt, always consult your vet and remember, if you have any questions, our friendly CBD experts are just an email away.
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