Soothing Summer Festivities: Managing Anxiety and Stress in Dogs

Soothing Summer Festivities: Managing Anxiety and Stress in Dogs

Posted by Fat Sam's for Pets on Jun 25th 2023

Summer brings with it an array of delightful festivities, including Fourth of July fireworks, neighborhood barbecues, and lively celebrations. While we humans revel in these events, our canine companions may experience a significant amount of anxiety and stress. The loud noises, bright lights, and bustling crowds can overwhelm dogs, leading to distress and potential behavioral issues. However, with a little preparation and understanding, we can ensure our furry friends remain calm and safe. In this blog post, we will explore using CBD and other effective strategies for managing anxiety and stress in dogs during Fourth of July fireworks and other summer events. With the July 4th celebrations fast approaching, we want to give you some tips to help make your summer celebrations smooth for all.

Understanding CBDs Benefits for Dogs

CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a compound derived from the hemp plant. It offers a range of potential benefits for dogs, including anxiety reduction, stress relief, and calming effects. 

CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system, which plays a vital role in regulating various physiological processes in the body, including mood and stress response. 

Choose High-Quality CBD Products 

Ensure that you select high-quality CBD products specifically formulated for pets. Look for CBD oils or treats that are derived from organic hemp, as they are more likely to be free from harmful chemicals and pesticides. Third-party lab testing is also important to verify the potency and purity of the product. 

Start with a Low Dosage 

When introducing CBD to your dog, it's best to start with a low dosage and gradually increase it if needed. Every dog is unique, and their response to CBD may vary. We follow the latest research for dosing pets and make it easy by using your pet's weight as a starting point.

Here is a weight chart to get you started. By starting low, you can gauge your pet's individual sensitivity and find the optimal dosage for their needs.

Monitor Your Dog's Response 

Observe your dog's behavior and monitor their response to CBD. Look for signs of reduced anxiety and stress, such as decreased restlessness, pacing, or excessive panting. 

It's important to note that CBD may not completely eliminate anxiety but can help manage it more effectively. We recommend giving them their first dose without any triggering events, at a time you can be home with them to observe.

Timing is Key 

Administer CBD to your dog before the anticipated stressful event, such as fireworks or gatherings. CBD takes time to be absorbed and metabolized by the body, so providing it in advance allows for the calming effects to take hold.