CBD for Hyperactive Dogs
Just as humans suffer from hyperactivity, so do dogs. Full Spectrum Hemp Extract CBD Oil can be a wonderful tool for helping manage dog hyperactivity issues, along with some other helpful environmental shifts. When we fully understand how and why hyper dogs act the way they do, we can better understand this common issue, and how CBD for hyperactive dogs can help.
What is Hyperkinesis in Dogs?
Hyperkinesis, also known as chronic hyperactivity, is an issue among many dogs, but not always correctly diagnosed.
Signs of Hyperactivity in Dogs
How do you know whether your dog is a hyper dog? Here are a couple of common signs:
- Exaggerated response to stimuli (like running away when someone claps their hands)
- Elevated vital signs, like increased heart rate, body temperature, or respiration rate
- Reduced/Short attention span
- Trouble with relaxing even in their home environment
Dogs with hyperactivity issues often also suffer from anxiety, just like people. So there are some symptoms of hyperactivity that are also typical symptoms of anxiety and stress, such as:
- Urinating/defecating in the house
- Excessive barking
- Drooling or Licking
- Depressive behavior
- Wide-eyed look
- Excessive shedding
Causes of Hyperkinesis in Dogs
While it is difficult to precisely pinpoint the cause of your dog’s anxiety, there are some things that can directly contribute to it. Genetics are one of the things that are not controllable, but will at least clue you into why your dog is so hyperactive. Working breeds like German Shepherds, Pointers, Border Collies and Malinois are going to be more prone to heightened stress, anxiety and hyperactivity. This will only worsen if they are not exercised physically AND mentally every single day. Working breeds are aptly named; they are meant to be doing something every day. If left in a sedentary environment, they will begin to exhibit destructive and compulsive behaviors.
Lack of Exercise
All dogs need daily exercise, not just working breeds. Mental and physical stimulation is absolutely critical for any dog’s health. Without daily activity, any dog, even a sedentary breed like a pug, will suffer from anxious behaviors. Each breed of dog may need different amounts of exercise, but they all benefit from daily exercise in some fashion.
For many dogs, a simple walk around will not suffice. Giving your dog a variety of activities, that change on a regular basis, is important. Finding new parks to explore, or even just taking a different route for your daily walk has a huge impact on your dog’s mental health.
Some dogs have separation anxiety, which means they get especially stressed when their owners leave. Practicing better techniques when leaving your dog alone can make a big difference in how much stress they experience when you leave the house. Even though it’s tough to do, not saying goodbye is a simple step that can be very beneficial to lowering your dog’s amount of anxiety when you leave them alone.
We all know that when children eat too much candy or sugar, they become hyperactive. This is just as true with our fur children. Eating a diet high in sugar and processed carbohydrates will undoubtedly lead to hyperactivity in our dogs. Feeding a fresher, whole food diet low in carbohydrates will lead to less hyperactivity in the short term. In the long term, it will benefit their gut microbiome, leading to sustainedly healthier stress and inflammatory responses.
The variable many people forget about is probably the one with the largest impact: the environment. The term “Environment” can mean several things: the physical environment inside your house, the outdoor environment, and the spiritual/mental environment. All of these are important factors in determining your dog’s behavior and health.
Of course, we can only realistically control our personal environment, that is, the area inside and around our home. Everything else is beyond our control, so making sure that your dog has a balanced home environment is important when they are confronted with the elements out of our control.
In the Home
Living a clean, toxin free lifestyle is incredibly important for everyone’s heath, not just our pets. Our indoor environment is concentrated so using safe, VOC free cleaning products, avoiding air fresheners, scented candles, etc are easy lifestyle modifications that can have a positive impact on your dog. Be careful about what toys and training devices you choose as well, as these can negatively affect your dog’s endocrine system.
Outside the Home
Never ever use toxic lawn care products, like glyphosate, anywhere in your outdoor home environment. Flea and tick repellants are also full of dangerous chemicals that harm your dog’s neurological processes. The chemicals in these products have proven to be carcinogenic to both people and pets.
Working on your own mental and spiritual health is just as important, since our pets feed off our stress. I can say without a doubt, my dogs feed off my stress and respond in a mirror-like fashion when I’m stressed out. Practicing yoga, meditation, exercising regularly (like taking your dog for a walk), and getting proper sleep are all easy ways to better manage stress. Don’t forget, Full Spectrum Hemp Extract does wonders for your stress levels too!
Conventional Treatment of Hyperactivity in Dogs
Allopathic veterinarians have a few medications to band-aid the symptoms of anxiety, but these medicines carry a host of unpleasant side effects, ranging from sedation, respiratory issues, nervousness, insomnia, and cardiac problems. These medications also change your dog’s personality and can affect mobility and coordination. Conventional options include:
- Fluoxetine (Prozac)
- Amphetamines and Methylphenidate (Ritalin)
CBD for Hyperactive Dogs
Hyperactivity in dogs often exists concurrently with anxiety and depression. A Full Spectrum Hemp Extract, rich in CBD, is well known for its anxiolytic, antidepressant, and calming effects. So, it’s natural to see why CBD for hyperactive dogs can help. Hyper dogs are generally anxious dogs, so using a FSHE, rich in CBD, will not only calm their nervous system, but have widespread systemically beneficial effects as well.
In addition to the plethora of data on how CBD can help anxiety, there is now research showing that cannabis can help with Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Research shows that CBD can help reduce hyperkinesis due to its already proven antihyperkinetic and neuroprotective ability. This new research helps further demonstrate the benefits of CBD for hyper dogs.
Full Spectrum Hemp Extract CBD helps regulate many neurotransmitters, but in the case of hyperactivity, its ability to upregulate endogenous messenger molecules such as anandamide. Anandamide plays an important role in mood, especially motivation and pleasure/reward activity in the brain. This means that CBD for hyperactive dogs can help your dog better balance and manage their mood and energy, resulting in a more balanced state of mind. CBD has also been proven to help regulate the metabolism and glucose production, which will also help manage sudden energy boosts due to blood sugar spikes.
Our favorite CBD for hyperactive dogs is our CALM: CBD oil for Dogs, formulated with Full Spectrum Hemp Extract alongside Lavender essential oil for broader calming effects. We recommend a starting dose of 9mg of CBD for hyper dogs, going up to 15-25mg per day for more severe cases or for dogs who aren’t as sensitive to cannabis.
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Herbs + CBD for Hyperactive Dogs
Full Spectrum Hemp Extract has the benefit of the Entourage Effect. The entourage effect is the theory that all compounds in the Cannabis plant work together synergistically, and are most efficient with optimal effect on the body when the whole plant is considered rather than an isolate. This also means that cannabis works beautifully when combined with other plant medicines. For hyperactivity, herbs like Bacopa monnieri, Ginkgo biloba, Rosemary, Mint, and Valerian root can be beneficial. Additionally, when these herbs are combined with Full Spectrum Hemp Extract CBD Oil, they can achieve a synergistic effect that only increases and harmonizes their effect on the body.
Hyperactive dogs can present with a variety of behavioral symptoms that can be difficult for both pets and their families. Depending on their breed and lifestyle, these symptoms can vary. Once we better understand the causes of hyperactivity in dogs, we can more holistically address the issue at hand.
Full Spectrum Hemp Extract fuels the endocannabinoid system. With the ECS activated and fueled, the body can begin to achieve homeostasis by balancing all the body’s systems. By using FSHE to achieve homeostasis, a hyperactive dog can be balanced systemically, and not just band-aided with pharmaceuticals that don’t address the body as a whole. Using Full Spectrum Hemp Extract CBD for hyperactive dogs, alongside behavioral and environmental changes can help transform your dog to a more balanced and healthy dog.