CBD For Pets During Natural Disasters

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Claudia Bensimoun author of CBD for pets during natural disasters

We all enjoy long summer days by the beach or pool, yet with the dry, hot weather comes the risk of fast-moving brushfires. Earthquakes, hurricanes, and flooding also mean ensuring that your dogs are safe and that you have an evacuation plan so that you can leave with your pets at a moment’s notice.

One of the best ways to prepare beforehand is to reduce your dog’s anxiety and fear with the use of a specially formulated high-quality  CBD pet product.

When it comes to wildfires, hurricanes, earthquakes, or flooding, the cannabidiol may be beneficial for dogs to help ease anxiety. That said, let’s take a look at how CBD pet tinctures and treats can help reduce anxiety duringa  natural disaster whenyou need to evacuate and relocate.

Using a natural supplement like CBD to help your furry best friend relax should be a no-brainer. In this article, we’ll discuss how CBD may be beneficial for pets during natural disasters.

What is CBD for pets?

 CBD hemp oil tinctures that are organic or CBD pet treats will calm your dog, ease separation anxiety, and help with other major health issues. Most pet parents would do anything to alleviate their pet’s pain or stress before, during, and after a natural disaster! You should too! Think about how stressed you become during a hurricane or even when it floods! Imagine how your furry best friend feels?

If you’re going to need an evacuation with your pets via Coast Guard, you’ll need to keep your pets relaxed and calm throughout the evacuation process. The noise of helicopters or speed boats could terrify your pets, forcing them to flee without you, most especially dogs suffering from  noise sensitivity.

A Tel Aviv CBD research team at Weedley, a CBD pet product developer explains that CBD can have positive effects on pets, just like it does in humans. CBD has been shown to be beneficial for dogs and cats to alleviate health issues like arthritis, joint pain, and inflammation.

According to 420 Intel, “In Israel, CBD-infused treatments are not just for pampered pooches. Even dogs in shelters are candidates for anti-anxiety treatment with CBD.” According to the Maariv new site, dogs in Israel are being treated with CBD, to help with anxiousness and stress due to sirens and rocket attacks from Gaza. In Israel, over 50 % of dogs show signs of stress, with symptoms ranging from diarrhea and vomiting to pressing up close against the walls in fear.

How does CBD work in dogs?

Cannabidiol or CBD (no -THC) is a nutraceutical, meaning that it is a type of food substance that provides health benefits, as well as basic nutritional value.

It’s important to note beforehand that  CBD hemp oil for pets should have no THC. The legal amount allowed in pet hemp CBD supplements is 0.3 THC.

These products are made using a solvent-free CO2 extraction method using organic, full-spectrum hemp oil for optimal potency. When using a CBD pet product that has undergone the CO2 extraction method that allows for heat-sensitive nutrients and components to remain intact and unchanged.

The focus of pet CBD hemp oil products is on pet wellness. Cannabidiol may be beneficial for the following health conditions in people and pets.

  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  • Side effects of chemotherapy and radiation
  • Chronic pain
  • Anxiety
  • Seizures and tremors
  • Cardiac health
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Cancer
  • General aches and pain
  • Arthritis
  • Fear
  • Skin irritations
  • Skin tumors
  • Insomnia

Anxiety in dogs

Dogs that are anxious will display excessive fear, pacing, drooling, panic, and will also have an increased heart rate. CBD research has demonstrated that CBD hemp oil supplements may be effective for pets suffering from anxiety. CBD may also be beneficial for dogs that suffer from noise sensitivity during thunderstorms, fireworks, hurricanes, and earthquakes. 

Stressed and anxious dogs may do the following when anxious or scared.

  • Be extra vigilant
  • Pace excessively
  • Have tense muscles
  • Display signs of panic
  • Have an increased breathing rate
  • Have an increased heart rate

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CBD extraction method

The extraction of cannabidiol takes place via a carbon dioxide process called CO2 extraction which uses pressurized carbon dioxide to extract the CBD from the entire plant. CO2 functions as a solvent when reaching extreme temperatures, when it is under the boiling point, it’s cold.

It is processed to create oil from the plant. It is also a clean and environmentally friendly process and produces Gold Standard hemp free of contaminants, pesticides, and herbicides.

That said, one of the most confusing aspects for pet parents is the psychotropic issue and THC. With hemp referring to cannabis varieties that are grown for agricultural purposes, and the by-product is an oil, the level of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is very low. The U.S Congressional Research Service in 2016 reported that a level of 1% of THC is considered the threshold to the “high” effect.

All hemp CBD oil supplements have 0.3% THC or less. This is the dividing line between psychotropic or not. There are current laws that regulate hemp cultivation in the EU, the US, and Canada. All-in-all it’s good to note that hemp is industrial crops that many CBD pet companies purchase their non-psychotropic CBD from.

There are also numerous pet CBD hemp oil supplements on the market that have very little to no CBD, so it’s important for consumers to obtain a certificate of analysis (COA) for the product that they’re purchasing. Read the ingredient labels, potency, and purity marketing points, and compare them to the ingredients list.

Dr. Casara Andre, founder of  Veterinary Cannabis Education and Consulting goes on to explain that there are way too many bogus CBD products for pets on the market. She recommends that other veterinarians do the following:

“If team members are asked about CBD or cannabis products, I would encourage them to pass the question off to someone who is well-versed on the endocannabinoid system, potential drug interactions, the pros and cons of cannabis therapy and how to choose the right product for the patient.”

CBD works together with in the endocannabinoid system in dogs, cats, and horses, just like it does in humans. One of the best ways of getting optimal benefits from pet CBD products is to first consult with a CBD savvy veterinarian for a diagnosis, so as to get a personalized dosage for each pet.

Cannabidiol for pets works well in the form of treats and tinctures. CBD transdermal patches and CBD creams for pets have also been tested in Israel by Weedley, and found to be effective.

Natural disaster safety tips for pets

When a disaster is imminent like a wildfire or flooding, there are large numbers of displaced pets due to many of them running away, not being found during an evacuation, or being left behind at home to survive on their own. If you live in a region that is prone to natural disasters, it’s important to do the following:

  • Have your pet wear current ID tags, and get them microchipped as well, in case their collars come off.
  • Organize a safe spot for your pets prior to loading them up in your car and evacuating. Time is of the essence here, and you’re not going to want to be searching for your cats and dogs with clouds of smoke burning your eyes.
  • Opt for the best pet survival kit out, and load it with 2 first aid kits,2 leashes, and 2 collars per pet, current photos with vaccination papers stored in Ziploc bags for extra safety measures during flooding.
  • Plenty of food, water, and antibiotics are needed, as are: bowls, cat litter trays, cat litter, pet carriers, dog and cat CBD treats for relaxation.
  • You will need to have contacted hotels beforehand to check on their pet policies during a natural disaster. Keep in mind that emergency shelters are not for everyone, and some dogs may be prone to aggression or anxiety while at an emergency shelter.
  • Purchase pet CBD hemp supplements and keep them at home, so you’ll have them on hand during a natural disaster like earthquakes, wildfires, and flooding.

The entourage effect in pet CBD

According to  Veterinary Cannabis, the entourage effect results from products that use the 600 plus compounds of the whole cannabis plant. CBD hemp oil pet products that do this are safer and more therapeutic than those that utilize a single or a few compounds.

All CBD hemp oil tinctures need to have a high-quality oil base, and no alcohol to be safe for pets. That said, alcohol is fine as an extraction method, but not as a tincture base.

CBD dosage for pets

As a consumer, you will need to consult with your veterinarian and to ask yourself about the CBD oil concentration in your CBD product of choice. 

Ask yourself these questions:

  • How many milligrams are in each drop or milliliter? (ml)
  • Lower concentrations are safer for small dog breeds and cats. What is the CBD concentration here?
  • Higher CBD oil concentrations may work better for large dog breeds, yet starting off at a lower cannabidiol concentration works best. Get your vet to weigh your dog, and advise as to the CBD dosage that’s best for your furry best friend.
  • Always use a measured dropper from the same brand that you purchased the product from to ensure safety. A marked dropper, syringe makes for accurate dosing.

 CBD pet treats also limit dosing accidents, yet take longer to work since the cookie has to be digested first. CBD dog treats will also come in different concentrations, and should not be used as positive dog training treats.

Here’s the deal with CBD pet treats!

  • Dogs love them because they come in all flavors!
  • They may help with numerous health conditions like arthritis, cardiac conditions, epilepsy, and skin disorders too.
  • CBD pet treats work well in times of natural disasters, calming your pets during times of stress.
  • They are easy to carry, and there’s no chance of the container breaking during an emergency evacuation.
  • They are priced well and are available in numerous flavors like pumpkin spice and cinnamon
  • Available in vegan, natural, non-GMO brands
  • May be administered prior to an emergency or stressful situation
  • No drowsiness
  • No fillers or artificial flavors
  • Loaded with vitamins and supplements for optimal benefits
  • Human-grade
  • Long-lasting

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A CBD  study from Cornell University concluded that CBD works for pets with chronic pain, and demonstrated evidence that CBD effectively reduced inflammation and chronic pain in pets. The Cornell study also found that pets taking CBD did not build up a tolerance to CBD, so doses did not have to increase with time.

“Dogs received either CBD oil at 2 mg/kg every 12 hours or they received placebo oil, according to the abstract. Dogs were treated for four weeks with a two-week washout period. The dogs’ owners completed questionnaires and veterinarians conducted assessments—including physical exam, hematology, and serum chemistry—before treatment and at weeks two and four.

The Canine Brief Pain Inventory score and Hudson activity score (a visual analog scale questionnaire used to assess pain and lameness in dogs),” via Dr. Sarah Wooten, DVM. Veterinary News.

What to look for in CBD pet supplements?

  • USA made
  • Organic and natural ingredients
  • Third-party certified
  • Veterinarian approved
  • Contains Omega 3,6,9
  • Helps relieve anxiety, seizures, and joint pain
  • Great price 2 for the price of 1
  • Easy-to administer
  • Contains a high-quality hemp oil
  • Offers Added vitamins, omega’s, terpenoids, flavonoids and phytochemicals for optimal benefits
  • Rapid effect
  • No THC or psychoactive effect

If you live in an area that is prone to wildfires, earthquakes, or flooding, the best thing you can do is be prepared. Hurricanes and tornadoes also cause anxiety before and after, with plenty of devastation afterward in the affected areas.

Ideally, your furry best friend will accept being crated, and won’t mind traveling through the smoke and dense crackling brush, floodwater, and debris, but the truth is that way many pets tend to run away and hide prior to an evacuation. With the use of a high-quality pet cannabidiol  CBD hemp oil supplement, you’ll be able to calm your furry best friends beforehand and evacuate safely together. Keep in mind that in an emergency, there’s no time to spare!

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Meet The Author 

Claudia Bensimoun author of CBD for pets in natural disasters

Claudia Bensimoun

Claudia Bensimoun is a freelance journalist and author, and specializes in veterinary content, and eBooks. She's a long-time feature writer for Animal Wellness magazine, Fido Friendly magazine, and the United States Dog Agility Association. In addition, Bensimoun has written for numerous pet websites, magazines, newspapers and online publications. Her interests include wildlife conservation, animal welfare, disaster/ humanitarian relief, veterinary research, and veganism.

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