Just as cannibidiol (CBD) oil has been found to help humans with a host of conditions, research finds that dogs and cats can also reap similar benefits from this health-enhancing herb. Pets can experience and be affected by anxiety when found in situations that include confinement, travel or unsettling noises. Many pets experience separation anxiety from their owners, which can often result in panic attacks. Some common symptoms of a panic attack include rapid breathing and heart rate, pacing, loss of appetite, hiding, dilated pupils, barking/meowing or whining more than usual and excessive licking or chewing on skin.

While CBD is a compound derived from cannabis (hemp) plants, it contains zero tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which gives marijuana its psychoactive properties. Thus, pets will not get “high” from CBD oil. Instead, they will experience relaxation without intoxication. CBD oil is an effective and safe way to alleviate stress and anxiety for beloved family pets. There are numerous organic hemp CBD oils on the market made specifically for dogs and cats. Visit a local holistic pet store to find out more about the CBD oils they offer and how your pet may benefit.

As always, it’s a wise idea to also consult with your pet’s veterinarian to discuss stress and anxiety issues before embarking on any stress-reduction program. 

Mara Crowell, Aquila Brown and Amy Barker locally own and operate holistic pet stores in the Liberty Lake and Spokane area. Pawpular Companions and Prairie Dog Pet Mercantile carry Pet Releaf brand CBD oils, edibles, topical treatments and capsules. Yuppy Puppy offers Hemp Victory Garden CBD oil and Canna Companion capsules. Contact or visit the nearest store location for more information.