With the fourth of July on its way, you will likely be hearing fireworks in your neighborhood soon. If fireworks leave your dog trembling or hiding in fear, you may be wondering what you can give your pet to alleviate this anxiety. At the Animal Medical Center of Streetsboro, we recommend using CBD oil to help ease your dog’s anxiety.
What Causes My Dog to Fear Fireworks?
Dogs are mainly afraid of fireworks due to the loud noise they make. This noise is inescapable and unexplainable to your dog. As humans, fireworks can startle us, causing us to release adrenaline, increase our heart rate, and make us feel defensive. Since we understand what fireworks are, we can take a deep breath and laugh it off, whereas a dog does not understand what a firework is, so as the noise continues, they become more and more frightened.
A dog’s hearing is also much more sensitive than ours, which only amplifies the sound, startling them much easier. Other reasons a dog may be frightened by fireworks include:
Some breeds of dogs are more likely to be afraid of fireworks than others. Evidence has shown that genetics can contribute to your dog being afraid of fireworks, whereas certain breeds such as beagles and pointers, who are bred for hunting and raised around loud noises like gunshots, may be less likely to be afraid of fireworks.
Some dogs have a link between their fear of fireworks and past experiences. If they were mistreated, they might associate any loud noises with mistreatment, such as being yelled at by their owner. This could be the reason they get scared when they hear a loud noise.
How do I Know if My Dog is Afraid?
- Seeking comfort
Using CBD Oil to Calm Your Pet
CBD or cannabidiol is a compound that is manufactured from the cannabis hemp plant. CBD is a different cannabinoid than THC and does not cause a high. CBD works with the endocannabinoid system in the body that regulates many of your pet’s natural functions. Research has shown that CBD works with a receptor in the brain called the CB1 receptor. Research also indicates that CBD can help promote calming effects in the body for both humans and animals.
Many pet owners utilize CBD oil to help keep their pets calm. We recommend that you administer the CBD oil to your dog several hours prior to the fireworks. This allows the oil to pass through the digestive system and begin to work.
If using CBD oil, you will simply place a few drops in your dog’s mouth or add it to their food. The amount of CBD oil your dog requires will depend on a variety of factors. The size of your dog, their level of fear, and the amount of CBD in the oil you have purchased will also play a role in what dosage your pet will need.
Your veterinarian can help you determine the best dosage to manage your pet’s anxiety.
What Other Ways Can I Calm My Pet?
- Provide them with comfort items such as their favorite toy or blanket.
- Place their bed in a corner or under a table to give them a safe place to hide.
- Use positive reinforcement and be comforting to your pet.
- Consider taking your dog away for the holiday to avoid the fireworks altogether.