It was a typical Florida afternoon — typical for the lightning capital of the world. The rain was pouring and flashes of lightning lit up the darkened afternoon sky. My dogs have never been particularly fearful, and thunderstorms were a normal occurrence in our central Florida home. Everything was going fine, until suddenly, it wasn’t.
The saying that lightning never strikes the same place twice is a lie, because my backyard was struck three times in quick succession.
Two of my dogs, Nina (a 50 pound doberman) and Odie (a 9 pound schnauzer), have never forgotten that stormy day, because every time a storm rolls in, they become terrified. They shake, bark, and exhibit classic signs of anxiety and fear every time the thunder rolls.
And living in Florida, boy does it roll. Every afternoon from May through October.
It was difficult to see my dogs suffer. What was even worse was learning that as many as 40 percent of dogs experience noise anxiety, which is more pronounced in the summer. A dog’s reaction to noise anxiety can range from becoming clingy, to obsessively chewing and licking and running away. When fight or flight kicks in, it can be difficult to calm your pet down.
I tried different remedies to help when I knew a storm was coming. I played music to distract the dogs and tried to wrap them up. Nothing was working. Many people recommended that I give my dogs a sedative or Benadryl, but I did not want to sedate my dogs every afternoon.
When I formulated CALM for CBD Dog Health, I had my dogs in mind and knew that they needed something to calm them down during storms. CALM is full spectrum with CBD, CBG, CBN, and CBDA, which reacts with cannabinoid receptors in the dog’s endocannabinoid system, helping the dog relax. Additionally, it contains lavender, which has been used to calm anxiety for centuries.
In addition to treating Odie’s arthritis with EASE, when storm clouds begin to gather, I give Odie two droppers of CALM and in about 20-minutes, he calms down. Every dog reacts differently, so I give Nina one dropper of CALM and she relaxes within 30 minutes.
The difference in my dogs is visible. When the lightning and thunder shake the windows, they no longer shake and bark, instead they relax and settle in for the storm.
Because your dog can not overdose on CBD, it is recommended that you give your dog one dropper of CBD every half hour until they are calm. This amount of CBD will not cause any harm to your pet, and will help you find the right dosage for your unique pet.
To learn more about how CBD can help your dog cope with fireworks, thunderstorms, and other anxieties, visit CBDDogHealth.com.
Angela Ardolino has been caring for animals since she was 8 years old and has operated a farm rescue for over 10 years. She also is the owner of Beautify the Beast a natural pet salon and spa, and the founder of CBD Dog Health. Angela is an expert in medical cannabis and has dedicated her life to providing all-natural relief for pets of all kinds. She has three dogs, and 4-10 at anytime that she is fostering, or boarding, visit www.angelaardolino.com to find out more or www.facebook.com/fireflakefarm to find out more about Fire Flake Farm.