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In the fall where we live we have windstorms.  In the past, we've lost power for 3-4 days at a time; so far this year, we've only lost power for 30 minutes and I'm so thankful because I don't know how to work the generator – yet.

Rodrigo is afraid of windstorms and becomes anxious when we have high winds and power outages.  I always like to have CBD oil and Ewegurt on hand during the fall because these are the only things that quickly calm Rodrigo so that we can all get a good night's sleep.

What is CBD?

Despite what some people might think, when I buy CBD oil, I'm not trying to get my dogs high.  CBD or Cannabidiol is one of the compounds of hemp and strains of cannabis that are bred to be high CBD.  CBD is non-psychoactive and serves as a natural supplement added to food or taken directly to treat anxiety, pain, and other health issues in humans and dogs.

  1. Allergies
  2. Anxiety, Phobias (Fireworks, Thunderstorms)
  3. Gut Issues
  4. Inflammation, Mobility Issues, Pain Relief
  5. Veterinarian Visits
  6. Introductions to New People and Situations

Why I Give My Dogs CBD Oil

I have three dogs that have various levels of anxiety and reactivity so I don't often take them off of our property unless I can control their environment.  I prefer vet appointment at the end of the day (or first thing in the morning), I prefer pack walks because people avoid groups of dogs, and I don't take my dogs to the dog park.  My dogs will never earn their Good Citizenship Certification due to lack of socialization, but they are happy, safe, and stress-free.

When I know my dogs are going to be faced with a stressful situation, I give them CBD oil 30-60 minutes prior.  This helps them relax enough so that I can better help them through the situation.  I give CBD oil before vet appointments and it curbs the fear reaction two of my dogs get.  I give CBD oil before we walk in a new place, and it alleviates stress and makes it easier for the dogs to follow my lead.  And I give CBD oil during storms and within 30 minutes, I can visibly see my dogs relax.

CBD Oil Also Treats Health Issues

CBD oil isn't just for anxiety, I also give it to my dogs to treat the following health issues:

  • digestive issues, upset tummy
  • inflammation, joint pain, mobility problems
  • allergies

What I've found is that if one of my dogs isn't feeling hot and is having trouble getting to sleep, CBD oil alleviates their discomfort, helping them to relax into a good night's sleep.

Buying CBD Oil for Dogs

There are several places that I can buy CBD oil for my dogs.  Buying CBD oil is most expensive when purchased at a pet store.  The best deal that I've found is Natural Pet Organics.

Marijuana is legal in Washington state, but I don't feel comfortable buying CBD products for my dog at the dispensaries; I prefer to buy products that are specifically formulated for dogs.



How Much CBD Oil to Calm an Anxious Dog

Most CBD oil products come with serving suggestions on the bottle.  The brand that I use recommends “1-2 drops per every 10 pounds of body weight.”  My dogs weigh between 65-75 pounds and the recommendation equates to a full dropper for each of them.  There are days when it's tempting to double up on the CBD oil because of my dog's anxiety or pain, but it's important to wait because, within 30 minutes, I will see my dog visibly relax.

How Do I Give CBD Oil to My Dogs

Rodrigo will take it directly from the dropper, which is preferred because it's going straight on his tongue and gums an being absorbed faster.  However, not all of my dogs are up for this, so I give them CBD oil as follows:

  • I put the oil on my fingers and rub it on their gums or allow them to lick it off.
  • I put it on a small piece of bread and give it to the dogs.
  • I put it on a dog treat and give it to the dogs.
  • I add it to their meal.

Don't Be Fooled By Inferior Products

There are a lot of people creating CBD products – oils, treats, salves, etc. – and not all are created equal.  Thanks to social media, we can reach out to brands a speak with them about their products, sourcing, ingredients, and more.  If you are looking for a CBD oil product, I suggest asking for recommendations from other dog owners – this way you can learn first hand what works and what doesn't work.  While every dog is different, I have found that seeking reviews within the dog lover community is a great way to find the best products.

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