Holiday season is almost here – and with it, thunderous fireworks are sure to light up the evening sky in their full glory. However, before you let yourself be mesmerized with these aerial glitters amid the darkness of the night, it’s important to lay down the important question first: How will you ensure the safety of your dog amid the loud and unpredictable celebration on New Year’s Eve?
Although watching a fireworks display may be awe-inspiring for humans, it is not the case for our four-legged furry friends. In fact, most dogs get anxious and stressed at the sound of fireworks. Just like humans, these lovable creatures can experience a range of fear, anxiety, and even depression – with most cases likely to be caused by persistent loud noises.
Fortunately, with the help of cannabidiol, owners can now help their pets enjoy the holidays as much as they do while ditching the fear and anxiety caused by fireworks.
For your guide, here are a few things you need to know about why dogs fear fireworks and how CBD can help your dog overcome that.
Dogs and Fireworks: What’s the Connection?
Picture this: The night is young. Everyone is having a good time. You step outside and looked at the evening sky. Suddenly, loud popping sounds came into the darkness of the night. Your jaw dropped with the colorful display of lights bursting in the sky. Everything seems perfect … except for one: Your dog is missing!
If you’ve ever noticed your dog cowering under your bed or couch during loud celebrations, chances are your pet is being spooked by the loud noises and unpredictable lightings caused by the fireworks.
For most dogs, the fear of noises comes as a natural adaptive response when facing a threat. When they encounter a loud noise, the sounds will trigger their nervous system and their survival instinct will tell them to seek shelter to avoid looming danger. Although fireworks are not a direct threat to your dog, its loud noise and sudden flashes contribute to your pet perceiving it as one. Since dogs experience the world through their senses, the noise and unpredictability displayed by firecrackers could trigger their flight-or-fight response.
There are many ways to know whether your dog experiences significant stress caused by fireworks. Generally, each dog demonstrates their fears in different ways. Some may be seen trembling, running, cowering, hiding, whining, digging, or even chewing/destroying some of your interior items.
Others, on the other hand, may show more subtle signs of their distress, such as lip licking, drooling, or yawning.
According to Forbes, in extreme cases, without the proper techniques and guide, your pet could even jump out of your home windows or be choked when caught up amid some items inside or outside your home.
With this, many owners try to keep a strict eye on their furry companions to make sure that the loud celebration isn’t causing them panic attacks or anxiety. To date, many tips on how to comfort and keep your pets safe during loud happenings are available online.
Although most of these are true and highly effective, such as transferring your dog in a place where there the sound can’t be heard, consulting the vet, or slowly exposing them to noise weeks before the event, some owners tend to forget arranging these preparations due to the piles of other tasks that come with holidays.
Fortunately, aside from the already known tips available online, owners can also now conveniently help their pets deal with fireworks and other loud noises through the help of CBD.
How can CBD help your dog?
In case you haven’t heard, discussions about the wonders of CBD now extend far beyond the confines of the human body. Although there have been no formal studies in how it affects dogs yet, there are dozens of anecdotal pieces of evidence from owners that pose CBD’s potential in helping animal health as well.
Since dogs (and other animals) also have their own endocannabinoid system, many believe that the benefits of CBD to humans also apply to dogs as well. Given CBD’s powerful anti-anxiety effects, many testify that giving some tasty CBD treats for dogs will help lessen their anxiety.
“At night time when the lights are dimmed down, it’s dark out, they don’t see it well in the dark, and he gets a little spooked. And when I give him the CBD, he seems to just go to sleep,’ shared Mark Verdino, MD, senior vice president and chief of veterinary staff at North Shore Animal League America.
Since numerous studies already found CBD to be an effective element in stimulating the receptors of serotonin in the brain, many owners turn to CBD in hope of helping their dogs remain calm, relax, and functional during storms or loud happenings.
“So is it helping with the anxiety, or is it just making him drowsy? I don’t know, but it seems to help. So we have a symptom, and it helps with that symptom,” Vertino added.
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Of course, despite the growing number of anecdotal evidence displaying CBD as a potential treatment for dogs, the lack of formal studies about it makes the claim still questionable.
However, despite this, the doorway towards unlocking the true effects of CBD usage to animals may be opened very soon as the AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) is currently sponsoring a study that will focus on CBD usage for dogs. According to reports, the study is set to explore and evaluate the use of CBD in treatment-resistant epileptic dogs and is expected to become the first scientific study that will dwell on the use of CBD in dogs with such conditions.
From fireworks, thunders, gunshots, to other loud and unexpected noises, your lovable pet is at risk of experiencing panic attacks and anxiety.
Although there is much more to learn about the real connection of CBD usage with dogs, the numerous anecdotal stories suggesting CBD’s potential to diminish your dog’s fear and anxiety somewhat opens up doors of possibilities that may benefit your pet in the long run.