How CBD Oil Can Help Your Dog’s Aggression?
Our furry best friends are integral members of the family, so it’s devastating when they show signs of aggression. Your dog’s behavior is influenced by many factors. Some of these factors include genetic disposition, health, home environment, experience and learning environment, and maternal influences. Understanding what’s contributing to your dog’s aggression, and the nature of his behavioral problems is essential for treatment.
That said, in no way should cannabidiol or CBD replace a veterinary diagnosis and behavior modification. Cannabidiol pet products may help with canine anxiety and aggression and should complement traditional veterinary care, and positive dog training with plenty of socialization each day.
Pet parents need to start enjoying fun hikes, trips to the dog beach and dog park, as well as quick trips to the local Starbucks! Plenty of daily environmental stimulation combined with regular exercise will help combat aggression, boredom, and canine anxiety.
Why is My Dog Aggressive?
A high-quality, non-GMO, vegan CBD natural supplement does come in handy for numerous potential health issues in dogs and may help with aggression and anxiety. Though it’s first necessary to have your veterinarian rule out pain, with a complete check-up to see if there are any health-aggression related problems.
It’s also important to consider that most senior dogs will have general aches and pains, and be more prone to certain health conditions like osteoarthritis, cancer, and vision loss. Here’s the take: If you think that your dog would benefit from CBD, ask yourself why? Then consult with your veterinarian, especially if your dog is on other medications or has a health condition.
Don’t just purchase CBD products for your furry best friend randomly. Yes, they’re safe, and a natural supplement, but you’re going to want to know the underlying cause of aggression or pain. You don’t want to skim over that by just treating with a CBD pet product.
Aggressive canine behavior can mean anything from threatening behavior to harmful attacks with subtle body posture changes to vocalization, aggressive facial expressions and biting. Aggressive dogs that are easily aroused should avoid all situations that trigger a fight or flight mode, causing aggressive behavior.
Your dog’s anxiety and arousal state affect his physiological state. Today veterinarians, behaviorists, and positive dog trainers may combine reward-based training with treats and anti-anxiety medications to help combat aggression.
All of these combinations will help to create a new behavioral state in your dog that is conducive to new learning experiences so that successful behavior modification can take place. This is where CBD may be beneficial in replacing anxiety meds that may have long term side effects, or that may be costly in the long run.
Some aggression can be managed, while other types of aggression require prevention. Because aggression in dogs is most times unpredictable, it’s important to make sure that children and other household pets are not in harm’s way.
As for any medical conditions, these need to be treated first to make sure that they are not the cause of aggression. And this is why buying CBD online for your dog is not going to help your furry best friend unless you first rule these out with a thorough veterinary check-up.
Owner-related aggression can stem from fear and outdated punishment methods that should not be used on any pets. Excessive use of punishment will make a dog fearful, and also cause pain, and result in aggression as a defense. That said, owner related aggression can stem from an adopted dog being fearful of his new environment if he’s recently moved homes.
Dogs that may have been abused in the past, and that have recently been adopted may take time adapting to new home environments, and overcoming their past history of abuse and neglect. Nonetheless, behavioral modification with positive dog training may be beneficial together with CBD for treating anxiety, depression, and aggression when creating a new behavioral state that is conducive to learning new behaviors. Consult with a CBD savvy veterinarian for the best CBD pet product advice.
With this being the most common cause of canine aggression, it’s important to find out what stimulus triggers this in your dog. It’s usually triggered by a stimulus that a dog finds fearful in which you’d have a direct response of aggression. This is called defensive aggression. Dogs will try to escape the stimulus, and if they cannot, they will become aggressive.
Dogs that are leashed, confined, cornered or physically held will try to get away from the perceived “threat.” In this case, it’s necessary to identify the fear first, then the threatening stimulus, and to remove it. Additionally, finding out what the very first exposure was to the threatening stimulus is important, because dogs may exhibit fear at the first exposure which later develops into aggression.
Numerous dogs at shelters will demonstrate food aggression. This is shown during feed time, around dog treats and bones, and around human food when food is being prepared or eaten.
Maternal aggression is seen when mother dogs are overly protective of their pups. Aggression is directed toward other dogs or people. This can also affect females with pseudocyesis or can refer to female dogs that show aggression toward their pups, and even show signs of cannibalism. This may be genetic but tends to affect more females right after their first litter. A small amount of aggression is normal, most especially during weaning,
This is also referred to as impulse control aggression where there is a threat of aggression towards people when trying to correct a dog’s behavior during training. This is difficult to correct, and situations that may result in aggression need to be controlled.
What is CBD Oil?
Hemp refers to the cannabis varieties that are grown as an agricultural crop, and also contain low amounts of THC(tetrahydrocannabinol). THC is federally illegal in the US if it contains a higher amount than the O.3% allowed for use, though it’s been approved for both recreational and medical use in Canada, and numerous US states.
For all CBD pet products to be legal, they need to have less than 0.3% THC. CBD is natural, safe, and is derived from hemp and cannabis. Most CBD dog products will use CBD from hemp. That said, there is no “high” and dogs will not consume THC or tetrahydrocannabinol, resulting in psychoactive effects with your dog getting “high”.
CBD Oil for Aggression
CBD dog treats and non-GMO, CBD oil tinctures, and even CBD pills or capsules, when administered to dogs, may help ease anxiety and aggression. Keep in mind that CBD without THC will not give your dog a “high”. CBD nutraceutical pet formulas are 100% safe without side effects. CBD has a calming effect, and may even have a synergistic effect. CBD affects the endocannabinoid system in dogs and induces a calming effect in your dog by interacting with the CB1 and CB2 receptors.
Today, there are numerous studies that demonstrate the benefits of CBD for pets. A 2019 University of Colorado study found that 89% of dogs treated in the study with CBD oil, had a reduction in the frequency of seizures. The study additionally says that “The CBD product used in the study was derived from the hemp plant, which has 0.3% or less of the psychoactive component of cannabis, THC. The compound is not considered marijuana and can be used for research purposes based on the 2014 United States Department of Agriculture Farm Bill,” via Science Daily.
Another study explains how CBD helps with arthritic pain and inflammation. “ Harvard Health Blog adds that CBD applied on the skin could help lower pain and inflammation stemming from arthritis. A pharmacokinetic study on CBD administration found that “ CBD induces antidepressant-like effects comparable to those of imipramine. These effects of CBD were probably mediated by activation of 5-HT 1A receptors,” via PubMed- NCBI.
The Potential Benefits of CBD Oil
Veterinarians will need to reduce stress in aggressive dogs and to treat pain from any injuries or health conditions like osteoarthritis. That said, it’s important to always discuss with your veterinarian alternate methods of pain treatment, since traditional methods like opioids, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs(NSAIDs), corticosteroids and other drugs may be prescribed as the first option for pain management.
With both acute and chronic pain, a combination of drug and nondrug methods may be effective in treating pain. That’s where cannabidiol pet products may be beneficial for aggressive dogs.
CBD may be useful in treating an array of health conditions in dogs. It has many antioxidant properties and is rich in natural compounds like terpenes and flavonoids. A terpene called limonene that is found in hemp, has demonstrated anti-cancer properties. Studies show that flavonoids such as luteolin and kaempferol that are found in hemp products cause a disruption in cancer cells.
Additionally, opting for a full- spectrum hemp oil that uses the C02 extraction method allows for a high-quality CBD pet product with 100% no THC. Many factors go into the purchasing of a high-quality CBD pet product. That said, the most important consideration is if a CBD product uses an isolate or a full-spectrum oil. A full spectrum oil is the most potent and is derived from the entire plant. It is also of superior quality and should be the only quality CBD oil that you purchase for your furry best friend.
Hemp CBD may help with the following conditions:
- Loss of appetite
- Aggressive behavior
- Canine depression
- Separation anxiety
- Lessen the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation
Before using CBD on your furry best friend, regardless of whether or not he’s prone to aggression, discuss it with your veterinarian. It’s important to use the right CBD pet product with the correct potency so that it’s effective and safe. CBD dosages will vary among dogs with weight, size, and medical conditions coming into play. A veterinary approved CBD pet product ensures 100% safety and efficacy.
Start off with a low CBD dosage, and gradually work your way up until it’s effective. Most CBD pet products will have dosing guides and expert websites. With that in mind, understand that visiting your holistic veterinarian first for a consult is the way to go. In place of traditional anxiety meds, CBD as a natural and therapeutic supplement is beneficial to all dogs.
Does CBD Work for Dogs?
Topper, a 7-year-old Ibizan Hound, could hardly walk after being diagnosed with severe arthritic changes due to Valley fever. “The pain became so debilitating he had to be carried outside to eat, drink, or use the bathroom,” recalls owner Christy Moore. “He was on pain medication but it wasn’t working. A friend recommended pet CBD. Within three days he could walk on all four legs and I was crying tears of joy. It was the miracle we needed.”
Lady Amelthia, a Greyhound, was so petrified of thunderstorms she would destroy a crate to escape. “Holding her only made her claw to get away. A ThunderShirt reduced her from 100 to 90 on the anxiety scale,” recalls owner Jenn Boswell, director of the Alabama Greyhound Adoption Center. “Veterinary-prescribed trazodone took it down to a 50. Tried three drops of CBD oil and it went down to a 5.”
Success stories abound of dogs overcoming anxiety, slowing seizures, and even beating cancer due to cannabidiol (CBD), one of more than 100 cannabinoids found in cannabis plants. But how can one substance help so many unrelated problems? Or can it?
Cannabinoids are substances including CBD and THC that mimic the endocannabinoid chemicals naturally produced in all vertebrates. Receptors for endocannabinoids are found throughout the body. The body’s endocannabinoids act as master regulators that signal other systems when to speed up or slow down, working to stabilize the body and return it to homeostasis. Cannabinoids from the cannabis plant affect these same receptors, each in slightly different ways. For example, THC causes a high, while CBD does not.
Is It Harmful?
Unlike THC, which can cause toxicity and even death in dogs when given at prescribed human dosages, the worst CBD has been documented to do is cause diarrhea and changes in some liver enzyme values after several weeks. The main concern with CBD is that it inhibits a chemical in the body called cytochrome P450 that is responsible for metabolizing most drugs. If a drug’s efficacy depends on its metabolized product, CBD could render it less effective. If a drug’s safety depends on it being cleared from the body within a certain time frame, CBD could cause it to build up to toxic levels. Never give your dog CBD without your veterinarian’s knowledge if your dog is taking other drugs.
Does It Work?
Research with dogs is still scarce, but there’s a huge body of research (about 23,000 published papers!) looking at CBD’s effect on laboratory animals and humans, with encouraging results for pain, especially arthritic pain, itchiness, anxiety, and cancer, all of which have at least one canine study as well. The results in dogs? It depends.
Arthritis: Several studies have looked at CBD’s effectiveness against arthritic pain, all with positive results. A Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine study found dogs given CBD at a rate of 4.4 mg per pound twice daily for a month showed significant improvement in pain relief and quality of life. Lead investigator Joe Wakshlag, DVM, Ph.D., DACVN, said that some dogs were initially so decrepit that their owners considered euthanasia, but that after just days on CBD they were trotting around and even climbing stairs. A Baylor University study found similar improvement, adding that CBD worked better when delivered in a liposomal formulation.
Itchiness: Two recent double-blind, placebo-controlled dog studies report CBD significantly reduces itchiness. An Australian study conducted by the company CannPal found their CBD product reduced itchiness, inflammation, and skin lesions by 51 percent after eight weeks of treatment. An American study conducted by the company ElleVet found their product, which combines CBD with another cannabinoid, CBDA, significantly reduced owners’ reports of itchiness.
Cancer: Cannabinoids are reported to induce cancer-cell death and prevent metastasis. In a Cornell University study of CBD, dogs, and cancer, researchers found CBD along with a standard chemotherapy drug reduced cancer-cell proliferation in vitro more than the chemotherapy drug alone. Anecdotal reports from veterinarians have claimed CBD shrunk cancer cells or put dogs into remission.
Behavior: Anxiety, and especially noise reactivity, is a major reason dog owners seek help using CBD. But despite anecdotal reports of its effectiveness, no controlled study so far has shown it to be particularly effective. A study from the University of Western Australia may show promise for aggressive behavior. Shelter dogs with aggressive tendencies exhibited less aggression toward humans when tested after 15 days of CBD administration. In a study from the University of Kentucky, physiological measurements of anxiety in response to noise were not significantly different for CBD versus placebo, and were worse compared to trazodone (a drug commonly prescribed for anxiety). Note, however, that in this study the CBD was administered four to six hours before testing, which may have been too long a waiting period.
Seizures: Lots of anecdotal reports hail CBD’s success combatting seizures in dogs, but the single controlled study delivered moderate results. In this Colorado State University study, dogs given CBD for 12 weeks had 33 percent fewer seizures than those given a placebo, but it didn’t work for every dog. These researchers are now working on a larger trial using higher CBD doses. Note that THC has been reported to cause seizures, so it should never be included in any CBD product for seizure control. In addition, CBD’s effect on cytochrome P450 could interfere with prescribed anti-seizure drugs, so never use it without your veterinarian’s consent.
Other: There’s also evidence from laboratory animals that CBD is effective in promoting bone healing, fighting infection, treating inflammatory bowel disease, slowing degenerative myelopathy, quelling nausea, and relieving pain, but these have yet to be specifically examined in dogs.
How to Choose CBD For Dogs?
With hundreds of CBD products on the market, and little regulation of them, it’s not easy to know which is best. Look for a product with the National Animal Supplement Counsel (NASC) Seal of Quality Assurance, and one that has a third-party certificate of analysis that includes potency, lists all ingredients, and discloses the possible presence of heavy metals, mycotoxins, or pesticides. Avoid edible products formulated for human consumption, which often contain ingredients such as xylitol that are toxic to pets.
Choose broad-spectrum products, which include other cannabinoids and substances known as terpenes that are also in the cannabis plant. CBD seems to work best when it’s in conjunction with these rather than isolated. But avoid full-spectrum products that include THC.
Aim for about 0.1 to 0.2 mg per kilogram of your dog’s weight, given twice daily by mouth. Work up gradually, but beware that more is not always better with CBD, as sometimes the response is biphasic, meaning that it doesn’t work if you give too little or too much.
Is It Legal?
Many veterinarians are reluctant to suggest CBD, whether because they believe CBD is not yet sufficiently proven helpful or because they fear professional or legal repercussions. CBD products are not approved by the Food and Drug Administration for dogs, but neither are common supplements such as glucosamine or fish oil; nor the majority of human-approved prescription drugs routinely prescribed in veterinary practice.
While it is legal to sell hemp-derived products containing less than 0.3 percent THC, until recently the American Veterinary Medical Association did not approve of veterinarians suggesting any cannabis products, including CBD, for patients. Even now, the law is unclear enough that many veterinarians fear repercussions if something went wrong due to their suggestion of CBD.
While some veterinarians are hesitant to suggest CBD, almost all are eager to discuss it once you bring it up. Of course, some veterinarians are more versed in its pros and cons than others. The main concern is its possible interaction with prescribed drugs.
Overall, the evidence is compelling that CBD can help at least some conditions. The endocannabinoid system is the largest system in the body, and the least explored. Every year brings new discoveries—and new claims. It’s the beginning of a brave new world of health, but as with any new path, expect some wrong turns, dead ends, and false hopes. CBD is not a miracle drug, but it may be the miracle your dog needs.
This article originally appeared in the award-winning AKC Family Dog magazine. Subscribe today!
Cbd oil for dogs behavior
Posted by Ian Koontz on Aug 4th 2020
Imagine this; scrolling on your feed, you see a video compilation of dogs. Suddenly, you trigger your interest in wanting a pet. You’ve been thinking about adopting a furry friend for months, preparing yourself physically, mentally and financially. One day, you visit the pet adoption center and meet your perfect match. It’s love at first sight, you go up to him and suddenly you feel the connection. You sign a few papers and take him home. You notice that your dog is a bit of a goof- that’s because all dogs have different personalities. It doesn’t matter what breed, or how small or big they may be. Like humans, dogs develop their traits and personalities from their growth or personal experiences. Some dogs that come from shelters have had horrible past experiences that has given them trauma. This trauma is reflected by their actions. The most common form of act of trauma these dogs project is aggression.
What is Dog Aggression?
Dog aggression is the act or behavior connected with an attack. It is a behavioral problem in which a dog growls, snaps or bites. These are common in not just “larger dogs” but any breed in general. Though it can be seen in all breeds, a dog’s behavior is taught or experienced which means aggression depends on the situation a dog is in. There are many reasons why a dog acts the way that they do and it is best that you go to a professional trainer or animal behaviorist to identify the root cause of your dog’s aggression. While aggression can seem scary, it is important that as a responsible pet owner, you must know the aggression cannot be cured overnight. Like humans, one must be patient enough and have a deeper understanding of their pet. Not to worry as there are many steps you can take to change this aggressive behavior. Before anything else, you must know the many signs and symptoms that your dog may become aggressive. Luckily, we have compiled you a list of common signs to look out for:
- Growling and snapping
- A rigid body and quickly wagging tail
- Lip licking or yawning
- Averting gaze
- Raised fur
- Cowering and tail tucking
- Seeing whites of the eyes
Take note that these common signs of aggression stems from an underlying problem. Be aware of your dog’s surroundings as this can play an important role in determining the underlying cause of your dog’s behavior. There are many ways you can manage your dog’s behavioral problems as well as help them calm down. As a pet owner, one must be patient as it will take time, consistency, and if possible, a help of a professional.
Types of Aggression
In order to fully understand your dog’s behavioral problems, upon checking with a veterinarian, you must educate yourself on the many types of aggression your dog may be experiencing.
- Social Aggression: This is caused by dogs that lack socialization with other dogs and people which allows them to act in an aggressive manner when faced in social situations.
- Predatory Aggression: This is a behavioral problem in which a dog behaves aggressively without warning. When you have pets that experience this behavior, it is best to put your children away from the dog as a tiny game can quickly turn to aggression which can cause the dog to bite a child.
- Redirected Aggression: When a dog is in a dog fight and another person tries to break it up, the dog’S aggression may turn to the person trying to stop the fight.
- Territorial Aggression: Territorial Aggression is mot likely taught by its owners due to its behavior towards defending its space or your home from intruders.
- Possessive Aggression: Also known as resource guarding, this is the act in which a dog is protective of their food or valued object.
- Fear Aggression: When a dog feels that it is in a scary situation, they are fearful. When that fear is triggered they attack when they are cornered.
- Frustration-elicited Aggression: This type of aggression is triggered when a dog feels restricted on a leash or space.
- Defensive Aggression: Similar to fear aggression. this behavioral problem is due to a defense mechanism .
- Protective Aggression: This type of aggression is due to a dog protecting its pact against another animal or person. Usually, a mother dog can be extremely protective over their new borns and may act out at anyone who goes near them.
- Pain-elicited Aggression: When a dog is injured or in pain, it may show signs of aggression.
- Sex -related Aggression: When dogs are not neutered, there is a possibility for two male dogs or two female dogs to become aggressive when vying for attention of another dog.
CBD Oil for Dog Aggression
As a responsible dog owner, when your dog is showing signs of aggression, one must immediately take their pet dog to a professional that will train and understand the dog. Behavior modification techniques like habituation, extinction, desensitization, counterconditioning, response substitution and shaping are commonly used to alter aggression in dogs. While aggression in dogs don’t improve over night, a veterinarian may prescribe medications to ease your dog from anxiety or stress. A veterinarian may prescribe medications that contain chemicals that are not good for your dog in the long run. Chemical based medications may lead to side effects. While this is something that may concern you, there are other ways to help ease dog aggression and anxiety. It is best to discuss this with your local veterinarian.
There is a natural approach to this. There are numerous studies staying that CBD oil or hemp oil for dog aggression is said to help ease all types of anxiety like separation anxiety and aggression. CBD induces a calming effect in your dog by interacting with the CB1 and CB2 receptors. Pet owners are hesitant to try this natural substance but it is 100% safe and will not give your dog any side effects as CBD does not contain THC, which is said to give side effects. Although CBD products are extremely effective these days, it is best to consult your local veterinarian for the right potency so that it may be effective and safe for your dog. CBD dosages vary on your dog’s size and medical conditions, so make sure to take precautions before giving your dog anything without the prescription of the veterinarian. Nowadays, CBD and hemp oil comes in different forms. There are many CBD brands out there that provide soft chews, oral tinctures, dog treat, and many more that guarantee high quality hemp. When giving any CBD products, it is best to have a fixed routine or fixed time just like feeding your dog in a normal everyday basis. This is the preferred method as it is shown to be much more effective than just giving these products at random times. This will help in improving your dog’s aggression whenever their behavioral problem is triggered.
While CBD oil or hemp oil may help reduce stress and ease dogs from their anxiety, professionals with have to teach and train dogs to change the behavioral problem. With that being said, CBD or hemp oil should not replace veterinary diagnosis and behavior modification. This natural remedy may ease your dog from anxiety and will help your dog remain calm but it is also important to seek a professional that specializes in behavioral problems.