Depression and anxiety disorders are common illnesses that usually come about as a result of some kind of trauma. Just as humans suffer from depression, dogs do too! With all the horror stories of puppy mills and animal cruelty that flood our news feeds on social media every day, more people are opting to rescue a dog that has been abandoned or mistreated in some way.
While many of us absolutely advocate the popular slogan “adopt, don’t shop”. It’s surprising how many pet owners fail to realize that their new rescue pup is going to struggle to regain its trust in humans. They will likely have abandonment issues, as well as separation anxiety and potential post-traumatic stress disorder.
Can Dogs Get Depressed?
The short answer is an unequivocal “yes”. A dog can absolutely experience symptoms of depression that are a result of a traumatic event. Example: A death in the family (be it a human or their canine companion) or even a result of extreme boredom. However, depression in dogs doesn’t have to be related to abandonment or a traumatic past; many dogs that have been raised in loving families can experience depression that often stems from fear.
What Are the Symptoms of Depression in Dogs?
There are a few telltale signs to look out for if you suspect your pup could be depressed, including:
- They seem withdrawn
- Lower energy levels
- A lack of interest in activities or things that they normally enjoy
- Their eating habits have changed
- They have difficulty sleeping
Normally, depression related to a specific event like a death in the family can be cured with time and attention. In extreme cases, withdrawn depressive behavior will persist in your pup. This is when you need to do something about it.
How to Treat Depression in Dogs With Antidepressants
It is true that there are certain antidepressants that have been approved for use in veterinary medicine. If a vet says that your dog is depressed and he could be at risk of harming himself, they will suggest antidepressants. However, antidepressants work differently in dogs. They don’t act as happy pills. Rather take the edge off the anxiety and potentially harmful compulsive behaviors that put your dog at risk of injury. The downside of antidepressants is that many of the commonly used pharmaceuticals are accompanied by negative side effects. They could be even more harmful in the long term.
Science is a wonderful thing and as more people are shying away from the use of toxic, chemical medicines, more natural products are emerging into the market that is not only safe but also equally as effective as antidepressants!
Introducing CBD Oil to Treat Depression in Dogs
Depression and anxiety often go hand in hand. In dogs, depression is often manifested through anxious behavior. If left untreated, canine anxiety can lead to destructive behavior.
It can be harmful if your pup is chewing and swallowing household items or obsessively licking his own paws. As with hemp oil, cannabis, medical marijuana, and other CBD products, CBD oil an ideal solution to effectively getting your pup’s anxiety under control. So, he can live a happy life free of depression and suffering.
Here are some of the ways that CBD hemp oil for dogs can effectively eliminate symptoms of anxiety and depression in your canine companion:
- It helps regulate serotonin: Both humans and pets need high levels of serotonin in order to regulate their emotions and feel content, calm, and happy. When low levels of serotonin are present, your pup will be more prone to anxiety and depression.
- CBD has a calming effect: Thanks to its healing therapeutic properties. CBD will have a calming effect on your dog, which will allow him to sleep better and improve his mood.
- It will stimulate appetite: One of the major signs of depression is a dramatic change in eating habits for both humans and dogs. A few drops of CBD oil each day can help stimulate Fido’s appetite. So, that he can rediscover his passion for food.
- CBD oil aids sleep: A tired dog usually means a grumpy dog. CBD oil can help your dog sleep better and restore his energy levels.
Aside from the above benefits of CBD, it also has the following qualities:
- It works quickly
- Based on clinical trials, CBD oil will also treat any underlying problems like pain, nausea, and even cancer
- It is 100% plant-based and non-toxic oil
- There are no harmful side effects at all
- It is not addictive, so you won’t have to worry about your pup having withdrawal symptoms
- It is affordable and highly effective
So, when all of the above is taken understood. It really isn’t surprising that CBD-based products are the go-to medicines for thousands of dog owners and holistic vets worldwide.
How to Choose the Best CBD Oil for Your Dog
Good quality CBD oil will be an invaluable addition to your medicine cabinet, providing you select the right product. Always make sure that the product you are buying comes from a reputable source and is rich in CBD vs THC. You also want to check that the product you are buying is 100% organic and not chemically processed or diluted. Choosing a full spectrum oil is going to increase its efficacy. You want to administer the correct dosage to your pup depending on their weight and size.
Understand that you cannot ever give your pup “too much” oil. But, it is always better to start with smaller doses and gradually build them up. Stop when you start seeing noticeable results in your dog’s temperament. Finally, be sure that the product you decide to buy has not been extracted using chemicals. They can be toxic and harmful to your pets.
This article by Jennifer is originally published at FOMO Bones.