Summer, don’t you just love it? The green grass, and green trees, the flowers, oh the flowers! Playing with your pup outside, taking walks, going on picnics! It’s truly a joyful time. But is it?
It also means thunderstorms with lightning, hail, and loud booms of thunder. Memorial Day and the Fourth of July bring fireworks with sharp, percussive, completely unpredictable BOOMS, SCREECHES, and FLASHES of light. Your basic nightmare for some dogs!
While some dogs go unfettered by this, it’s estimated that 45 percent of dogs have a fireworks phobia. Other data suggests that the number of missing dogs doubles during fireworks season. Pet owners are concerned about our country’s fireworks tradition effect on their furry friends, and rightly so.
What can you do as a loving pet owner?
Identify the Signs
As a rule, dogs that don’t do well in thunderstorms most likely won’t cope well with fireworks.
They will often start panting, trembling, drooling, pacing, or have a potty accident. It’s important to understand that these are involuntary responses produced by your dog’s autonomic nervous system.
- Trainers and experts recommend never taking your dog to a fireworks show or leaving them outside during fireworks.
- Make sure your dog is microchipped.
- Tire your dog out by taking a long walk or playing.
- Create a safe haven in an enclosed space or kennel.
- Close your curtains and turn on white noise to drown out the sound.
If you have tried all these and your pup still struggles, try CBD.
You can support your dog’s autonomic nervous system with CBD oil made for pets. It’s crucial that these products don’t contain THC, as they can be toxic for your beloved pet.
Starting CBD weeks or even months ahead can help your dog experience calm during the stressful events of summer.
Like humans, our animal friends have an Endocannabinoid System (ECS). Cannabinoids, like CBD mimic the endocannabinoid chemicals naturally produced in all vertebrates.
The body’s natural endocannabinoids and plant-based cannabinoids, such as CBD, interact with ECS receptors throughout the body. As a result, the ECS acts as a master regulator that signals other systems to speed up or slow down, stabilizing the body and returning it to homeostasis.
When your dog is experiencing involuntary responses to situational stress, CBD can work with your pup’s body to create balance, calm, and relief.
We encourage you to set up a consultation with us if you need help choosing the right product and the correct dose for your furry friend.