Best Anxiety Meds for Dogs & Other Pets for the Holidays

The holidays have arrived—and with them, a long list of potential stress and anxiety triggers. Between gifts to purchase, trees to trim, cookies to bake, bags to pack, cards to sign, and cleaning the house to welcome family and friends, there’s a lot to be apprehensive about throughout this stressful season. But it’s not only humans who are easily agitated during December—pets are also affected by “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.”  

Think about it: Large crowds of strange people are invading pet owners’ homes for festive get-togethers. The layout of houses have been changed with trees and decorations, some of which make loud, unfamiliar noises and have bright, blinking lights. To-do lists and errands are frequently keeping owners away from the house, leaving separation anxiety-ridden pets alone for long periods of time. And if the owner is hopping on a plane to see their relatives, there’s a chance the pet is in tow and experiencing a bustling, unknown airport. How can one help their dog or cat (or rabbit, hamster, guinea pig—you get the idea) get through this seasonal anxiety?  

While veterinarians can prescribe a number of medications to alleviate pet anxiety, many pet owners are reaching for a different remedy: Cannabidiol (CBD).  

We have been seeing more and more research released about cannabidiol’s (CBD’s) medicinal effects and health benefits for animals, which is extremely logical considering the extensive research on human consumption of CBD. It has been thoroughly studied, with many medical professionals and organizations touting its numerous advantages—why should our furry friends be left out of this natural way to aid an ailment such as anxiety?  

Studies on canine consumption of cannabidiol (CBD) point to many health benefits, anxiety being one of them. Cannabidiol (CBD) calms the nervous system, reducing anxiety commonly caused by separation, traveling, loud noises and large crowds.  

So, how does it work? Cannabidiol (CBD) acts on the body’s endocannabinoid system, made up of endocannabinoids and receptors found throughout the body. Cannabidiol (CBD) directly targets certain receptors that are involved in various neurological processes, which include anxiety.  

Derived from cannabis plants (which include THC-free hemp as well as marijuana), cannabidiol (CBD) is one of over 60 chemical compounds called cannabinoids. A more familiar cannabinoid is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a psychoactive compound found in marijuana which makes users feel “high.” Because of tetrahydrocannabinol’s (THC’s) familiarity, many tend to be misguided that cannabidiol (CBD) also will make the user feel “high.” While cannabidiol (CBD) has zero psychoactive properties, some cannabidiol (CBD) products also have traces of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in them—which makes it important to read the labels, and why we highly recommend pet owners try the Canna Hemp Paws line of products.  

Canna Hemp Paws’ tinctures and pet chews are 99.9% cannabidiol (CBD) and contain no tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), making it perfectly safe to give to your pets. And while other medications come with various side effects, the only side effect in Canna Hemp Paws products is drowsiness—no more if you gave your dog an antihistamine (like Benadryl) but without the other negative effects.  

So, if you’re looking for a natural way to calm your pets down, check out Canna Hemp Paws’ cannabidiol (CBD) products here.