It is that time of year again when we spend our holidays outdoors with our loved ones, enjoying the warm weather. While we love this time of year and holidays like Independence Day and Memorial Day, our furry friends may not be as enthusiastic, primarily because of one reason: fireworks.
Now, just about every dog owner knows what we are talking about. Those loud bangs in the air can seriously frighten even the most outwardly confident and fearless of canines. As dog owners who want only the best for our precious pooches, seeing our dogs in such a state can ruin our holiday and make us genuinely worry about their emotional wellbeing.
The good news is that there are some methods that can keep your dog feeling calmer when fireworks go off, and perhaps unsurprisingly, one of them is giving them a dose of CBD.
In this article, will show you what CBD can offer to a jittery canine, and also share some tips that can help keep your beloved dog calm.
Are All Dogs Afraid of Fireworks?
Not all dogs are afraid of fireworks, but most are. If you already have a nervous pup, then it’s more likely that they’ll be shaken by fireworks. After all, they do not recognize that fireworks are a form of celebration. To them, it’s a sudden, loud sound that can indicate serious danger within their vicinity.
Now, if you’ve just adopted a new dog and don’t yet know how they will react to fireworks, consider how they respond to other loud noises, like thunder or something dropping on the floor. If they look uncomfortable, then you can guess that fireworks will not be their friend.
So, what is it about this spectacle that can make them so unsettled? Well, dogs don’t like unpredictability. Loud, unpredictable noises call to their most innate instincts and remind them of sudden attacks and danger in their environment. Fireworks can be incredibly loud, especially if they’re close by, so this can convince a dog that he or she is experiencing a serious threat.
Tip #1: Stay Calm Yourself
Dogs can sense fear in their owners and are more affected by your mental state than you may think. If you become distressed once fireworks start because you’re worried about how your dog will react, he or she will be more likely to believe that there is danger imminent. If they see that you are calm, they may recognize that the situation is not actually threatening.
Tip #2: Create a Safe Haven
One way to keep your pet calmer is to create a safe space in your home in which they can hide until the fireworks are over. Dogs have an instinct to hide when they sense danger, so consider creating a small fort in your home that gives off a cave-like vibe. They will feel more protected this way.
Tip #3: Keep the Gathering Outdoors
If you’re having guests over for a summer holiday, consider keeping things outdoors, so that your dog can stay inside in a peaceful environment.
Tip #4: Turn on Some Chill Music or White Noise
It’s hard to totally drown out the sound of fireworks but turning on some relaxing music or white noise can help. The frequencies can dampen the effect of the fireworks just enough to keep your dog less on edge.
Using CBD for Frightened Canines: Does it Work?
So, what about CBD? CBD is short for cannabidiol, and it’s the dominant compound in hemp. The compound is a cannabinoid, which works with the endocannabinoid system in all mammals to create homeostasis by binding to specific cannabinoid receptors that regulate specific bodily responses.
Many people talk about the calming effects of CBD, and this is because the compound can bind to cannabinoid receptors that affect out neurotransmitters in a way that promotes balance and a sense of ease. Because dogs have endocannabinoid systems like humans, these effects can be useful to them in moments of stress.
More veterinarians are recommending cannabidiol to their canine patients because it may be an effective way to calm them down. If you are going to give your dog CBD, make sure that you discuss this with your vet beforehand to make sure that it’s safe for them based on their medical history and whether or not they are currently on any medications.
If you’re going to give your dog CBD this July 4th, then you will need to make sure that you only administer a formula made specifically for pets. A dog’s endocannabinoid system is smaller than ours and so the right dose for us may be too much for their bodies. Further, CBD products made for dogs do not contain any ingredients that could be toxic to them. You’d be surprised by how many ingredients are in human CBD products that could be harmful to canines, like certain essential oils.
At Chill Paws, we are animal lovers ourselves. Therefore, we’ve developed a lineup of dog-friendly formulas that contain only naturally derived ingredients proven to be safe for their bodies (contain less than 0.3% THC), and we’ve put enormous effort into researching the relationship between hemp and canines to ensure that our products provide CBD to dogs in a way that’s both effective and gentle on their bodies.
What dog can resist the taste of rich and creamy peanut butter? Chill Paws 150mg CBD Dog Treats (Peanut Butter Flavor) are absolutely irresistible to their taste buds and offer an easy way to give them the perfect dose of CBD. The effects can last for hours due to the nature of digesting the compound, which means that a single treat administered around dinner time could potentially get them through the majority of the night, wearing off after the fireworks in your area are no longer occurring. Made with lab-tested, full spectrum CBD, they offer every compound that can help your dog feel more relaxed.
An alternative delivery method is Chill Paws Full Spectrum CBD Oil for Dogs, available in different milligram strengths so that you can adjust the dosage based on your dog’s size. This full spectrum CBD oil can be given under the tongue or added to their food, and few dogs mind the flavor of the hemp plant. Boasting all-natural ingredients and lab-tested hemp extract, it’s one of the highest-quality options on the market.