Have you been noticing that your pet’s been feeling stressed or anxious lately? Maybe they’re even feeling worries? Even if you’re not sure if your pet is feeling stressed or anxious, your pet will communicate their emotional state through body language and behavior. Decoding these cues is mostly a matter of knowing what to keep an eye out for.
It’s important to notice the signs of stress in the early stages; this gives you a chance to remove your pet from the situation before their reaction escalates and becomes potentially aggressive, or dangerous at worst.
Symptoms of Anxiety or Stress
While there are different triggers for pets on what causes their stress or anxiety, here are some universal cues to look out for:
- Signs of fear may include trembling/shaking, tail tucked, social withdrawal, hiding, reduced activity and passive escape behaviors.
- Signs of panic may include active escape behavior and increased, out-of-context, potentially injurious motor activity.
- For anxieties, licking or biting at themselves is a common cue.
- Other symptoms might include getting into garbage, tearing up furniture and chewing on items they’re not supposed to.
Possible Causes for Anxiety
- Any illness or painful physical condition can increase anxiety and contribute to the development of fears, phobias, and anxieties. Aging changes associated with nervous system changes and infectious diseases may lead to behavioral problems, including fears, phobias and anxieties.
- Fear from a previous terrible experience; pets may have been forced into an unfamiliar and frightening environment (concerts, generally loud areas, etcetera).
- Dogs that are deprived of social and environmental exposure until 14 weeks of age may become habitually fearful.
- Separation anxiety: history of abandonment, multiple owners, re-homing or prior neglect is probably the most common trigger.
Spotting stress, fear or anxiety in your pets can be easy, it is still important to get an official diagnostic form your vet. They will want to rule out any other conditions that might be causing the behavior, such as brain or thyroid disease. If your veterinarian diagnoses a simple fear, anxiety or phobia in your pet, a prescribed medication may be all that is needed.
However, your vet will most likely make recommendations based on the individual needs of your pet, their fear trigger(s) and types of behavioral techniques that can be used to alleviate your pets’ fears and anxieties. Additionally, cannabidiol (CBD) can also be an effective medication to calming down your pet’s fear and anxiety.
How CBD can Help
In humans specifically, there has been a connection with those that take CBD and their anxiety levels dropping. Because dogs and cats also have the same endocannabinoid system as humans, it makes logical sense that CBD would also work on pets to help reduce their stress and anxiety, too.
When CBD enters a mammal’s endocannabinoid system, specific receptors found throughout the body are “activated”. These receptors allow for a two-way communication between the body’s systems. Essentially, CBD makes it easier for the body to calm down and relieve tension and anxiety because these specific receptors in the endocannabinoid system are now “speaking” to each other.
At Canna Hemp Paws, we believe in the medicinal benefits of CBD for our own pets (we should know – we’ve used it!) and we want to share that with our fellow pet owners! After you’ve consulted with your vet, give Canna Hemp Paws’ CBD Pet Tincture a try to help ease your furry baby’s stress and anxiety!
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