A Guide to Keeping Your Furry Friend Calm During Fourth of July Fireworks

No matter how beautiful and exciting Fourth of July fireworks can get, nothing quite ruins the party more than the thought of your furry friend stuck and home, ridden with anxiety over the dreaded “boom-boom” makers. 

Just like humans, dogs can live with anxiety. And with loud sounds proven to release adrenaline and stress hormones, fireworks can be especially triggering for anxious dogs. Not only can the stress cause them to retreat to a tight corner, it has further caused pets to bolt outside where they’re prone to injury or getting lost. in some leading to horrible injuries. 

Luckily, when The Fourth of July strikes with its seemingly never ending “firework spectacular,” CBD is here to help. 

Why CBD? 

CBD, or cannabidiol, is the non psychoactive ingredient found in cannabis. Although lacking THC, the chemical responsible for getting you high, it is known to have a calming effect on the body and mind. Essentially, cannabinoids interact with the endocannabinoid receptors located in the central and peripheral nervous systems, which help maintain balance in the body and keep it in a normal healthy state. Thus, many pet owners have turned to the compound with hopes of aiding their anxious doggos and have thankfully, been quite successful. 

Though you should always consult our veterinarian before medicating your dog in any way, keep reading for advice on helping your pupper enjoy the holiday. 

Does it Work? 

Many owners report seeing benefits of CBD for their dogs. Annie Chrysler, a CBD specialist and product manager with SpaRoom in Cleveland Ohio, explained to Dogster.com that, “the most common conditions that relate to anxiety include location and separate anxiety, as well as noise phobias.” She further noted, “CBD oil can provide noticeable relief for dogs who has noise sensitivities such as fireworks and thunderstorms.” 

Stephanie McGrath, a veterinarian and assistant professor of neurology further backed the benefits of CBD, referring to her study, which looked into basic questions about how CBD metabolizes in dogs and whether or not the compound poses any health threats. While she made it clear the results are not yet final, she noted that based on her initial trials and research she feels very comfortable that it is a safe product. 

What product should I try? 

While cannabis continues to be largely unregulated, it can be difficult to determine the right products and dosage for your pet. When shopping, make sure you’re looking for merchandise that follows Good Manufacturing Practices or is sealed by the National Animal Support Council. And quality is key, so you definitely don’t want to be an option for the cheap option simply because it’s a bargain. 

Most importantly, though, be sure to avoid anything with THC (which is in most human grade cannabis) as it can be extremely toxic for pets. No, it won’t be “cute” or “funny” to get Fido little stoned. In comparison to humans, THC is magnified for dogs and can lead to a frightened and potentially ill pet. 

Here at Emerald, our personal favorite CBD puppy products are those that are organic and certified. Here’s a few to try: 

Phyto Animal Health CBD Concentrate

This all-natural health management supplement contains decarboxylated CBD in an unfiltered oil, maximizing CBD content while still retaining the nutritional value of raw hemp. Highly recommended by vets, Vitality 1700 Oral Concentrate contains 1700 mg of CBD, suited to last for months. 

Treatibles Soft Chews

If you don’t foresee your pet opening wide for a dose of oil, Treatibles have created the perfect treat to help. On a mission to “promote Harmony for the whole family through the happiness and health of each pet,” Treatibles soft chews feature a blend of naturally occurring CBD, turmeric and bromelain to help instill calm, balance and ease in pets. 

 

Overall, we don’t know the full picture just yet. But with research showing limited side effects and many vets advocacy for the treatment method, CBD might be key to enjoying Fourth of July fireworks knowing your pup is at peace. So, why not try it out tomorrow? 

Emerald contributor since June 2019

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