Can CBD help anxious pets travel? 

It’s common for pets to show signs of stress when exposed to unfamiliar environments, unusual smells or the unsteady movements of a vehicle. But if your pet is showing excessive amounts of stress while travelling, it may be worth consulting your vet about ways to ease it. To combat anxiousness, some pet owners are turning to an all-natural solution that may help: cannabidiol, or CBD. 

What is CBD? 

CBD is a compound found in cannabis plants that is non-psychoactive – meaning it won’t get your pet high. CBD oil is made by extracting the compound from the cannabis plant and combining it with a carrier oil, such as coconut oil. It can be mixed into a pet’s food, given straight from a dropper, or found in a CBD treat or chew. CBD may offer a variety of health benefits for pets, including possible support for anxious pets during travel.  

How can I tell if my dog has travel anxiety? 

Some of the most common signs of travel anxiety in dogs are: 

  • Reluctance to get into the car 
  • Whining, panting, or barking 
  • Shaking or trembling 
  • Pacing or acting restless 
  • Lip licking or lip smacking 
  • Excessive drooling or yawning. 

For more signs that your dog may be feeling stressed, check out these signs of an anxious dog.

Can CBD help dogs with travel anxiety? 

CBD works by interacting with the endocannabinoid system (ECS), a complex network of receptors that play a big role in regulating our pet’s bodies. When a pet is stressed or anxious, the ECS can fall out of balance, which is where CBD may come into play. By interacting with the ECS, CBD may help to restore balance and promote calmness. 

A study published in Frontiers in Veterinary Science found that a single dose of cannabidiol (CBD) can positively influence measures of stress in dogs during separation and car travel. 

While more research on CBD’s effects is underway, it may be a great alternative for pet owners looking for natural therapies. Every pet is unique and what works for one might not work for another. Some pets may respond well to CBD, while others may not experience any noticeable change. Always consult your vet before trying any new treatments, and closely monitor your pet’s reactions if you do decide to use CBD. 

Interested in exploring natural therapies to help keep your pet calm and relaxed?  

Speak with a vet for free. 

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