The 2020 summer season saw an increase in fireworks, and this caused a minor headache for numerous dog owners in the US. The sound of crackers outside caused the dogs to hide in certain areas of their residences. This made it difficult for their owners to find them. The reason for this pet behavior is obvious: a fear of sounds, scientifically known as phonophobia. Many dog owners bought cannabidiol in anticipation of the anxiety that the Fourth of July fireworks would cause in their pets. This makes us wonder whether using CBD for treating a dog’s phonophobia is indeed a good idea.
Several dog owners are wondering about it even now. Two of the ways to determine this is to look at the existing research on the matter and seek feedback from those who use CBD for pets. Anecdotal evidence mostly suggests that it is safe to use the product to help phobic pets deal with the issue. However, you cannot fully trust anecdotal evidence because these come from commoners.
A majority of pet owners believe that CBD helps treat their phobic dogs, but several vets say that this may or may not be true for the aforesaid reason. Therefore, it is important to look at the related research to make a substantiated determination on the matter.
Unfortunately, there is not much research regarding the efficacy of CBD in treating phonophobia in dogs. Besides, the small number of studies done on this had narrow sample sizes. Pet tinctures and treats that contain CBD are available online and in physical stores, but the FDA is yet to approve these products. Therefore, vets are not allowed to prescribe the products for the affected dogs.
When it comes to using CBD for these animals, many veterinarians urge pet owners to act cautiously. The medical professionals do find potential in the products, but they want the federal agency to approve these. Only the approval from it will help vets to ensure that pet owners are confidently administering the products to their pets. This confidence will mainly stem from each owner’s awareness that CBD goods are useful for their pet.
Now, in what way can they know that it is useful? Looking at the body language of your pet is one way to determine this. For instance, make your dog lie down on you or with you, and the dog returning to sleep is a sign of an improvement from its unusual energy during fireworks.