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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