Being left alone is stressful for dogs. But giving them a dose of CBD can make them less stressed, sad, tense, and uncomfortable.
During travel, CBD can make dogs less “sad” and more relaxed, even if it doesn’t completely remove the stress of car journeys.
However, there were some limitations to this study. Only a single, medium dose of CBD was given to the dogs, around two hours before the stressful event. That might not be enough CBD – or enough time for it to take effect.
Also, there were only three dog breeds in the study, and all the dogs were “healthy” and not diagnosed with extreme separation anxiety or travel phobia.
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The study in quotes
“There is an increasing requirement for dogs to fit into human lifestyles which can cause stress and anxiety to both people and their pets.”
“Separation-related anxiety is one of the most reported stress-related issues in pet dogs, making up to 50% of referral cases to behaviorists.”
“Following the recent COVID-19 pandemic, the incidence of separation-related behaviors in dogs has increased and cases are expected to continue to rise.”
“One in four dogs suffer from travel-related problems.”
“If an animal experiences high levels of acute stress…[it] can lead to chronic physical and emotional health issues.”
“CBD has been shown to downregulate stress-related signals that can lead to chronic inflammation
and some pain responses in humans. Emerging evidence suggests CBD may also be efficacious in the treatment of anxiety in humans.”
“The mitigating effect of CBD treatment varied by measure and test, with some indicating a significant reduction in canine stress compared to the placebo group.”
“CBD is also increasingly used within the veterinary industry and it is reported that short-term oral dosing of CBD up to 20 mg/kg daily.”
“Forty healthy, adult dogs, twenty-two males and eighteen females of three breeds (17 Labrador Retrievers, 8 Beagles, and 15 Norfolk Terriers), with a mean age of 4.1 years (ranging from 1.2 to 9.4 years) participated in the study.”
“Dogs given CBD had lower concentrations of serum cortisol post-test compared to dogs given a placebo.”
“Some measures of stress in dogs were significantly affected following administration of CBD, suggesting it may have efficacy as an intervention for acute stress in dogs.”
“A single dose of CBD has a positive effect on reducing multiple aspects of canine stress during a car journey.”
“Dogs who received CBD were rated as being significantly less stressed, sad, tense, and uncomfortable and more explorative during the separation event than dogs who received the placebo.”
“A single 4 mg/kg dose of CBD may be generally effective in alleviating acute stress responses in dogs.”