|What Can I Give My Dog for Anxiety?
From a human’s perspective, dogs have a perfect life. All they do is sleep, eat, and sleep again. However, there is more to a dog’s day than just eating, sleeping, and
pooping. Dogs, like humans and other mammals, often suffer from anxiety and stress and most of the time it is unbeknownst to the owners. Fortunately, anxiety in dogs can
be treated with natural medications like essential oils while adopting certain practices can help prevent the condition altogether.
What Causes Dog Anxiety?
If dogs don’t work, go to school, or pay bills, what can make your dog stressed?
Stress in dogs is triggered by factors we probably have never considered before. Even though proneness to anxiety can be genetic, most causes of dog anxiety are related
to their lifestyle and how we treat them. Even if you spoil your pets and treat them like royalty, dogs will still get stressed. In fact, spoiled dogs may be more prone to suffer
from anxiety disorders. But how?
Dogs are used to routines. If your dog is living their best life, they have probably grown accustomed to certain comforts and expectations whether it’s daily walks, a type of
food, or a favorite toy. Take away any of these, and your dog will inevitably become stressed since they are unable to understand why changes happen. This is also the
same reason dogs go crazy when you leave your house as they are used to you being around them most of the time. Other common factors that can induce anxiety in dogs
include lack of playing time and loud noises like fireworks and traffic.
How To Use Essential Oils for Dog Anxiety
If you believe your dog is suffering from anxiety, consider the following three essential oils. These natural oils have been proven to prevent and relieve anxiety whether it is
caused by internal or external factors.
Arctic Krill Oil
Krill oil is perhaps the most beneficial of all essential oils for dogs. Arctic Krill oil contains omega 3 fats and the antioxidant astaxanthin. As you may be aware, omega 3 is
one of the most important supplements humans can incorporate into their diet, and the same applies to dogs. Essential omega 3 fatty acids can’t be made by your dog’s
body; therefore they must be supplied in their diet.
The most important benefits of omega-3 rich krill oil include potent anti-inflammation effects which can help reduce arthritis and pain. The omega-3 in krill oil has also been
linked to improvements in mental health, with some studies suggesting it can deliver similar results to those delivered by antidepressant medications.
CBD for Dog Anxiety
One supplement that has been generating buzz across the pet industry is cannabidiol, or CBD, the hemp-derived extract known for its anti-inflammatory properties. Humans
have used CBD oil for years to aid them with conditions like pain, difficulties sleeping, and anxiety disorders. But how effective is it for dogs? Like humans, dogs (and all
mammals) have an endocannabinoid system (ECS) which is the network of receptors responsible for regulating vital functions in our immune and nervous systems. In both
humans and dogs, CBD interacts with these receptors to optimize how cells react to stimuli affecting feelings of pain, anxiety, and more. Moreover, CBD for dog anxiety has
benefits that can help your furry friend with other conditions beyond anxiety and stress. CBD for pets has also been reported to help with lack of appetite, sleeping problems,
epileptic seizures, and more.
Considered to be an excellent all-around oil, this extract obtained from the Boswellia tree can help with a wide range of mild problems in dogs, including anxiety. Pet owners
report that a daily dose of frankincense can have long term health benefits over time, particularly when it comes to calming long term stress and strengthening your dog’s
immune system. Like CBD and arctic krill oil, frankincense has no harmful or unwanted side effects making it a great alternative to conventional anti-anxiety drugs. When
purchasing frankincense oil avoid products labeled & fragrance oil or perfume oil as these are mostly synthetic and provide no health benefits. Ask a Pro First If you
believe your dog is prone to suffering from anxiety disorders, these three essential oils may provide an all natural solution to their problems. However, if you are considering
any of these oil products, it is best to ask a vet so they can recommend the best product for your dog’s particular size and breed.
Using CBD Has Shown Dogs to Have Less Anxiety During Stressful Events
CBD can help cause less stress in your pets. Here's a few more ways to prevent your dog from freaking out on New Year’s Eve...New Year’s celebrations, be they at home or
outdoors, will take their toll on your dog. Any scraps he/she manages to steal are bound to increase his waistline or even cause gooey deposits due to an upset stomach.
However, even the embarrassment that ensues after he/she starts jumping on your guests (bad dog!) is far from the worst thing that could happen. With champagne
popping and fireworks blazing, your pooch is bound to freak out on New Year’s Eve. This could me constant barking, hiding in corners or involuntary accidents on your floor
If you’re a party animal, your four-legged friend may not share your passion for loud sounds and fiery displays. So consider the following tips to put your pooch at ease and
avoid sending him/her to a dog shrink to calm down their frazzled nerves.
Take him/her out for a long walk during the day and let them explore everything. Once physically and mentally tired, rest assured that they will be too drained to worry about
the noise, lights and activities taking place outside.
If you’re planning to have a Pooch-and-Me New Year’s party, make sure to close the windows and curtains once it starts getting dark. Some people like celebrating early, so
be prepared beforehand to keep out the sounds of fireworks. Distract your dog during the celebrations by playing music or playing a game. You can even give them a new
toy or some tasty treats to divert their focus on the happenings outside. Keep your dog indoors while the fireworks are being let off.
To further ensure them of their safety, sit with them to calm them down. If your dog decides to hide in your cupboard or under your bed, don’t try tempting them with treats.
This is bound to increase their anxiety. Besides, you may be injured if he/she starts scratching their way out of your arms and back into their hiding place.
Getting scared is completely natural, especially if your dog is small. However, you need to be patient and avoid punishing or fussing over them. Instead, ignore or else they'll
start believing that fear is rewarded. If you have guests over and can’t take the time to comfort your dog during the fireworks, create a safe space for them. You can set up
a safe house& using blankets so that he/she can snuggle inside it. To make sure that your dog goes there, provide treats inside it. That way, they can associate the place
with nice things and escape there whenever scared.
Be prepared for your dog to bolt outside the house if you’re having a loud party inside. So either have them somewhere safe or make sure that they are micro-chipped. That
way, you can easily track him/her down if they run away.
Once the celebrations are over, make sure to check your pooch for signs of stress such as barking a lot, soiling the house, clinging to you and whimpering. If you notice any
of these, walk them after the fireworks are completely over and stay with them the whole time. Just make sure to keep them on a leash because they might bolt if something
makes loud sounds.
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