Independence Day is just around the corner. While that means picnics, gatherings with loved ones, and fireworks for many people, our pets don’t always feel so thrilled about this noisy holiday. They often need help managing their reactions to the loud, frightening bangs that repeat throughout the day and night. If you love your pet as much as we do, you may be wondering, can CBD help anxious dogs with fireworks?
There’s no question that fireworks can scare our pets. They don’t have any context for why sudden, loud bangs repeatedly occur. All they know is the fear that each bang causes, leading some of our furry friends to flee to escape the sounds. Unfortunately, more pets are lost on the Fourth of July than any other day of the year.
To keep your pets safe and comfortable this Independence Day, it’s a good idea to have a plan. Let’s look at how CBD can be incorporated into the plan to keep your pet calm and secure.
CBD may help your pets cope with loud noises
CBD may help anxious dogs with fireworks and other loud noises this Fourth of July and throughout the year. If your dog has any noise phobias or tends to get stressed out by their environment, CBD may be a tool worth utilizing year-round.
While we need more definitive research as a whole, there are already plenty of promising studies that show CBD may help canines with noise-induced fears. Additionally, we have endless anecdotal stories from loving pet owners who have found success using CBD to calm their pets’ anxieties.
For example, a 2021 study looked at the ways CBD administration may help reduce aggressive behavior in shelter dogs towards humans. The study found that CBD helped reduce some of the aggressive behavior stressed out dogs engaged in and noted that “treatment with CBD could reduce the frequency of aggressive behavior towards humans and highlights the need for further studies.”
While we need more research on the impact of CBD and dogs with noise phobias specifically (the studies we have are inconclusive), there is plenty of anecdotal evidence to back up the potential for CBD to help anxious dogs with fireworks and other loud noises.
Just take a look at some of the reviews for our CBD dog treats, where users describe CBD helping their dogs cope with the loud noises from storms and rain. Some users also state that our pet CBD products help their dog cope with separation anxiety.
If you’re looking to help your pup cope with loud sounds and bangs this Independence Day, CBD is a valuable tool worth exploring.
How to use CBD to help anxious dogs with fireworks
While every pet has its own quirks and unique needs, there are some best practices to ensure that CBD really helps your pets thrive.
Starting your dog on a regular CBD regimen before the holiday is a helpful way to boost the efficacy of CBD for fireworks. If you have time to start your dog on a regular dose at least a week before the event, you’ll be able to build some CBD up in their system which can help to manage their daily anxiety levels. Then, when the Fourth of July rolls around, you can increase the dose to ensure your pup gets adequate relief.
Don’t have time to start a new CBD regimen before the holiday? Your pet may still benefit from a one-day dose to mitigate the worst of the anxiety this holiday can cause. While we recommend building up CBD in their system before the holiday, this isn’t always possible. That doesn’t mean you can’t still comfort your furry friend with a dose when they really need it.
Because dogs come in so many shapes and sizes, you will likely need to experiment a little before you find their optimal dose. Additionally, we always recommend discussing CBD use with your veterinarian before starting a regimen. They may be able to help you find a good dosage to start with and offer any other advice specific to your pet.
Always monitor each new dose you give your pet. Look for any adverse reactions and be sure to contact your veterinarian if you observe some. You can learn more about treating pets with CBD here.
Final thoughts on using CBD for your pet this Independence Day
While CBD may help to keep your pet cool and collected this Fourth of July, don’t forget to take other steps to keep them happy and safe. Be sure your yard is enclosed and escape-proof in case your furry friend is spooked and wants to make a run for it. If you’re going to attend a fireworks show, leave your dog at home. The risk of them running away during a fireworks show is too high to gamble. Leave your lights on, a TV or radio running, and anything else you can do to help drown out the noise and keep your pet comfortable.
Of course, only choose reputable, high-quality CBD for your pet. You don’t want to give your furry friend CBD filled with contaminants, so be sure to look for a brand that tests their CBD at a third-party laboratory to verify its purity. At Thryv Organics, all of our CBD is organically farmed and manufactured in Colorado, as well as third-party lab tested.
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