What is CBD oil all about? We have been curious about CBD since it seems to be getting quite popular. Mom didn’t know where to get it, or what to do with it. Is it something we could use, is it a drug, what is it? CBD is short for Cannabidiol.
Bailie is our free spirit dog, but she is also the only one who has some anxiety issues with things like fireworks, and car rides. I think it is Mom’s driving style, but Mom says that is not true! We have tried medications, but Mom is not a fan of knock out drugs. When Bailie heard about CBD, she wanted to try it, and thought it would be kind of like catnip for dogs, but she was wrong. Bailie went back to the sixties, but CBD is not that kind of thing.
At Madison’s agility trial two weeks ago, there was a vendor selling CBD oil and treats. Bailie was a nervous mess from all the nights of fireworks, which meant Mom couldn’t help but ask the vendor all about CBD. Turns out CBD comes from hemp, which is in the cannabis family but CBD is not psychoactive. Sorry, Bailie, it is not going to give you a catnip feeling for dogs but it might reduce your anxiety. CBD is a natural product, not a drug.
The woman in the booth gave Mom one treat to give Bailie to see if it would reduce the anxiety she was having. The effect lasts about four hours. Within a half hour, Bailie was feeling more relaxed. After about seven hours, Bailie was back to being a bit more nervous. Mom decided to buy a bottle of CBD oil rather than the cookies because Bailie often refuses to eat when she is upset.
That night people were setting off fireworks for the fifth night in a row. Mom gave Bailie the amount of drops for her weight about half an hour before she thought the fireworks would begin. It was pretty amazing as Bailie went to bed, and slept. She did bolt out of bed a couple times when the booms were so loud, even Mom was on the ceiling, but that is to be expected. Onc simply can’t sleep through everything. We call this first trial a super success!
How does CBD work? Dogs have an endocannabinoid system which keeps the body functions balanced, internally. CBD naturally stimulates the system, increasing communication between the brain and body, helping the body to respond better to stress, pain, and other conditions. CBD is non addictive, and may actually add to a dog’s health. We started by giving Bailie the recommended dose, but for long car rides, Mom gives her almost a double dose which works great. Bailie actually settles down, spends a lot of time curled up comfortably, and dozes off here and there. Normally, without CBD, she sits the entire ride, be it an hour or ten hours, and pants a lot.
We are super happy with CBD oil so far, and very thankful it is an option for Bailie. If your dog has anxiety, pain, or other issues, we recommend trying CBD. Start with the suggested dosage, and then increase if needed. You might want to consult with your veterinarian before starting CBD. My GBGV Life is not a veterinarian, and we only post about our own experiences. We paid for the CBD oil ourselves, and were not asked by any company to promote this product.
By the way, Mom actually wrote a short article on our breed for a friend’s blog. I think she is learning to write from me. There is some basic GBGV information, and of course a few cute photos of my sisters and me.
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Brian Frum says
It’s super good that the oil actually works without any negative side effects! Thanks for joining the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!
We think it is much better than pills, and it does seem to help Bailie.
Emma this is awesome information. My sister Lilly is anxioua so mom was wondering about CBD. Thanks for writing about it. And guess what? Mom was hiking in Northern Ireland recently and she
saw a Kuvacz! She gave her a big pat and the Kuvacz gave a big tail wag. What a great dog! Have a good day. Your doodle friend Dash
Sounds like your mom is in the same place my mom was until that agility trial where the CBD appeared. It doesn’t build up in the body, so there are no tolerance issues, seems to be helpful, so Bailie will keep using it as needed. Cools she saw a Kuvasz. Hope she didn’t get covered in fluffy white fur petting it.
Ellen Shedlarz says
Very cool! I should try it for Katie. She freaks during thunder storms.
You should try it. I think the little bottle we got was around $35 and will last for some 50 treatments at the suggested dose. Bailie needs more than the suggested sometimes, but you can play around with it as it is not harmful. The key is to start before the anxiety really begins if you can.
Sand Spring Chesapeakes says
Thanks for the information. I’m glad your seeing some good results.
It is helpful for Bailie.
Benjamin and Zachary, the PBGV boyz says
Hi Emma – Zachary here. I have been taking CBD along with my medication for my epilepsy and it has helped tremendously since the meds didn’t stop the nasties completely. I like the treats!
Good for you! We have heard it is good for epilepsy too, and nausea. Bailie liked the treats, but if she is scared, she won’t take one, so we went with the oil.
oh do you think it would help the mama too when she is a nervous mess? but maybe she would sleep in while running in a show ring ;O))) we love your outfit, that is perfectly picked… many thanks for such a fabulous review ;O)
My mom was thinking it would calm her nerves and nose work trials, but she is going to stick with giving it to Bailie. Bailie makes a good hippie.
I’ve been giving Roxy CBD oil everyday for a few months, and it has really helped with the pain in her back and knee. In fact, I was able to stop her rimadyl unless she is having a really bad day with her back.
That is wonderful! Rimadyl and those other medications help, but they are not real good for the organs. CBD seems to be a good option.
Cheryl Chervitz says
I have been using CBD oil for my 13 year old Boston for 3 months now. He is so much happier and has much more energy than before I started it. I think it is wonderful without having to use nasty pharmaceutical meds. It doesn’t seem to have any bad side effects, and it is easy to use.
Exactly. Mom doesn’t like pills, but this is natural, not harmful, doesn’t build up in the body. A great option.
Jodi Stone says
I’m glad this is helping Bailie, there is nothing worse than having a dog panicking over fireworks and you have no control with it.
It was a horrible five nights, and they just don’t stop. Around here it starts about 8 and goes on and off through the wee hours of the morning. No one can sleep because of the noise, but Mom is most disturbed by Bailie being in a panic.
Kathy Heller says
You three always make my day!! Thanks for the research on CBD oil and Emma love you hippy outfit
🙂 Thank you. We try to bring smiles and laughter to our friends along with some good information.
Melissa Clinton says
You know we are firm believers in the power of CBDs! Next time, save 10% with my discount code BFTB. ?
The Gang at LLB says
We recently started Jakey on CBD for his separation anxiety…we have seen a bit of improvement and hope to see more 🙂
Rosy, Jakey & Arty
For Bailie it sometimes takes a higher dose, but it works.
My Golden Life says
I’m glad the CBD oil is working for Bailie! It had been helping Shadow with her arthritis pain before the stem cell therapy, so I’ve kept her on it since the vet said it would not effect the stem cells in any way. She was never really bothered by thunderstorms and fireworks as a young dog, or even since becoming a senior; but lately really close t-storms have been making her a little anxious, so I’m glad I didn’t discontinue the CBD gel caps. So far, all Ducky does is bark back at the really close booms and then settle back down. But I don’t give her any CBD oil other than an occasional treat.
It has worked well, the couple times we have tried it with Bailie, and we are happy about that. She wasn’t afraid of fireworks until last year.
Sparkle the PBGV says
My mommy wishes she had that for her 1st PBGV, Maggie, who was a hot mess during fireworks from the ‘hood. Ironically after the bad car wreck she was in she calmed down when riding in the car! My mommy has anxiety issues and is in so much back pain from the same crash. With all the new opioid and anxiety meds regulations she is planning on trying the CBD program as well. XOXO Sparkle
It seems to be a super good option. I’m really sorry about your Mom being in so much pain from the accident. Back pain can really wreck a person’s life. Hopefully she will find some relief.
Jan K says
We weren’t overly impressed the first time we tried CBD, but I think you hit on the key….don’t be afraid to up the dosage a little. We’re using a new brand now, and increasing the dose just a bit. No, it doesn’t solve everything, but it’s been a big help for Luke too.
What a great review….Bailie in the 60’s outfits is priceless! We’re so glad this is helping her. As much as you travel for your sports, it has to be a relief for your Mom to have Bailie more relaxed.
There are many different brands out there. Treatables was the first one here according to the lady who gave mom a lesson on CBD. Some might be better than others, but the key is finding the right dosage and giving a lot more won’t cause any harm, which is also nice.
Karen Meldrum says
LOVE, actually ADORE Bailie’s 60’s outfit!!! 5 star ARFS! Neither of us has the fireworks anxiety….BUT that is fabulous! We will keep it in our memory banks,as I age, I find my sight not as sharp and I might need calming. Thanks! Chablis & Elbe
Mom hopes if anything goes it is our hearing and not our sight, but we don’t get to choose.
Comedy Plus says
Love that outfit. Peace. I’m glad you found something natural for your baby.
Have a thankful rest of the week. ♥
Thank you. It fits our free spirit hound, Bailie, just perfectly.
Tails Around the Ranch says
I give Elsa CBD oil in conjunction with her epileptic seizures and we’ve been able to reduce her Phenobarb dosage because of it. It’s also been quite effective handling anxiety with thunderstorms and fireworks. I’m a big fan of this natural product, so much so that I toured a local hemp farm and learned so much about this miracle product that I am going to sell it on the blog. ☮️
That is cool! Glad it helps Elsa so much. Mom didn’t want to try it until she could talk to someone about it. The woman we bought it from was very knowledgeable and had just met with the company a week prior at SuperZoo. Very interesting stuff and so much better than drugs.
Thank you for writing this! I bought some oil to try with Shyla, to see if it helps her to be calmer when strangers are around. I’ve been too scared to try it – afraid of it causing a seizure. My vet just told me that a study showed that it doesn’t trigger seizures in dogs…. so perhaps it’s time to try it. Thanks again for this calming story!
We don’t have much experience with seizures, but from what we have heard and read, it actually helps with seizures, and many dogs with epilepsy take it as it helps. I totally understand being afraid to try it. We simply didn’t know much about it, but after a long talk with the woman who was selling it, we decided it would be a good thing. She had just met with reps from the company the week before. Hope you try it and it helps.
Jane Cammann says
Sawyer the GBGV, rehomed to us to Cleveland via Nancy McLean last April….has started having anxiety at g stone. Panting, drooling pacing, and not settling down to sleep for 2-3 hours. We can’t yet determine the trigger. Nancy and Ali chatted and she suggest d CBD oil. I recalled that you had written about your success. Any thoughts on why. 6 year old otherwise healthy and happy gir. Would become so neurotic? No one over here is getting enough sleep and we want to address this ASAP so the poor girl can relax and sleep the way she had been.
Jane Cammann and Sawyer
My GBGV Life says
I’m sorry to hear that. Very odd. With my girls the problem is getting them to stay awake usually. I have heard about older dogs having sleeping issues and CBD oil or treats before bed seem to help. Does she have any health issues that could be causing it? Maybe if you keep her up in the evenings before bedtime it would help, or play some games for mental exercise to wear her out that way like hiding treats and letting her find them or putting some food or treats in a treat dispenser so she has to work to get them out. Did something happen to scare her right after bedtime like loud noises or storms? Wish I had more answers for you, but it is a new one to me. Feel free to email me if you would like more info on some mental exercises.