It’s been a few months since the last post about Milo. If you haven’t seen the previous posts, here’s some backstory. Milo is an extremely fearful dog. He is afraid of almost everything. We’ve had help from trainers and have tried various products for fearful dogs. The last update was about him going on anxiety medication. Since then, there has been an addition to his treatment. I started giving him CBD oil for dogs. How is he doing with it? Let me fill you in…
Before I get to Milo’s progress, I’ll start with why I made the decision to give him CBD oil for dogs. The anxiety medication was helping him. He was slightly more relaxed than he was without it. We were seeing progress. However, he still reacted to so many things. Then he developed a new fear of fireworks. They didn’t bother him at all for the first 2 1/2 years of his life. That changed this past July.
His reaction to fireworks was worse than with his other triggers. He was trembling and in an obvious state of panic. I was concerned it would negatively impact his progress. And yep, sure enough, it did. It caused him to start being afraid of thunder.
The search began for something extra I could give him in advance of a thunderstorm or fireworks. CBD seemed to be the answer.
What is CBD?
CBD is short for cannabidiol and is found naturally in the hemp plant (cannabis sativa).
It also possibly could help Zephyr with his mobility. Zephyr is a senior dog and I noticed he was a little stiff in the morning. So I bought treats with CBD. They were a total failure. Neither Milo or Zephyr liked the treats. Absolutely no positive effects happened for either dog. CBD treats were a waste of money.
Then I saw an article that made me re-consider CBD. While reading Top 3 CBD Oil Products for My Dogs, I thought perhaps I should try oil instead of treats. Which one though? I chose Natural Pet Organics Hemp Oil for Dogs because it was the author’s favorite of the 3 products in the article.
And… it was sold out. Darn it! Yet I was determined so I sent a message to the company inquiring when it would be available. It started a conversation and, long story short, they sent me 2 free bottles of hemp oil in exchange for an honest blog post about their product and if it helped Milo.
My plan was to give it to Milo prior to a thunderstorm. Also give it to him prior to another big trigger event. We have some home improvement projects in the works and Milo stresses when my husband is working on them. I gave Milo a dose of CBD oil about an hour in advance of a storm or trigger event. There wasn’t any change in his reaction. It was the same as giving him the CBD treats.
Then came Plan B: To give it to Milo every day, twice a day. I started with the lowest dosage amount and then increased it after a week. About two weeks later, I noticed small differences in his behavior. The CBD oil seemed to be having a positive effect on him.
Milo became more adventurous around the house. He’s being curious about things that are new or different.
Getting him to come and be on my lap was a big process before. Now he’s coming and hopping up in a whole lot less time and coaxing. Sometimes he comes over and stands next to me when I’m on the couch to tell me he wants on my lap. What a difference considering it took almost a year before he would be on my lap for any amount of time.
He is being vocal more often. By vocal, I mean making his “Rhoooo” sound. Milo doesn’t bark and I’ve never heard him growl. His rhooo’ing happens usually early morning right after I let him out of his crate and before feeding dinner.
Milo is coming into the kitchen more often. I think back to how he used to be terrified to be there. Now he’ll stand beside me and nudge me with his nose.
The best improvement is Milo being more relaxed around my husband. He’s not running away every time my husband comes near. My husband has been able to pet Milo more in the last month than ever before. YAY! However, there’s still a long way to go in this situation.
Watch this video to see Milo’s reactive behavior and progress. Seeing the improvement in how he reacts to my husband will melt your heart:
Has it been worth it to give Milo CBD oil for dogs? Yes!
Is it a miracle cure for fearful dogs? No, yet it may help yours as it did with Milo.
Should you give CBD oil to your fearful dog? I can’t answer that question. Do your own research and discuss it with your veterinarian.
Here are a few quick important key points about CBD oil for dogs:
- It does not get your pet “high”
- You do not need a prescription to get it
- It is legal in all 50 United States, as long as it is hemp-derived and contains less than 0.3% THC
Are you ready to give CBD oil a try with your dog? I recommend getting Natural Pet Organics Premium Organic Hemp Oil on Amazon. For more information on this product, visit the Natural Pet Organics website. They have a helpful and informative guide on CBD Hemp Oil for Pets. Their customer service is excellent. They are happy to help you with any questions you may have.
CBD oil has helped Milo with giving it to him daily. I give it to him directly in his mouth and he likes the taste of it. He’ll come right to me when I hold out the dropper. I also tested to see if he liked the taste of it. I put it in his bowl and he licked it clean.
Have you given your CBD oil to your dog? If you have, I’d love to know why and if it helped your dog. Please comment or send me an email.
See more of Milo’s story and progress in the Fearful Dog Series. Stay tuned for future updates about him.
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