CBD for 4th of July

4th of July is right around the corner….

…and if your dog or kitty is fearful of fireworks, using CBD can be a helpful alternative to pharmaceuticals.

There is no one size fits all when it comes to using cannabinoids, especially for anxiety, stress, calming. The biggest mistake we see with using CBD for 4th of July is that pet parents give it for the first time on the 4th, which might not be a good idea, especially if your pet has a less than favorable response or you get little to no result.

For situational anxiety such as fireworks on the 4th of July, it is important to try the CBD product with your pet several days before the 4th so that you can find the sweet spot for your pet.

Follow the steps below to determine the Optimal Situational Dose. The goal here is to find the balance of taking your pet to the edge of sedation -or- to the level that you are comfortable with. There is no one size fits all scenario.

Using the method of finding the optimal situational dose, giving twice daily doses leading up to the 4th is where we see the best outcomes.


STEP 1: Set your GOAL

The optimal dose is defined as: Minimum amount of CBD you can give to get the best desired result.
What is your goal?  Do you want to take your pet into heavy sedation? Take her to the edge of sedation or just have a chill pup or kitty for a few hours?

 

STEP 2: Finding the OPTIMAL SITUATIONAL DOSE
Shake bottle well. Give 6 drops 2x a day for 2 days.

If you notice no changes in your pet and there are NO Undesired** responses (see below), begin to increase the dose by 2-4 drops per dose until you see the desired level of sedation or calmness you are hoping to achieve, when you find it, record the following information:

Amount given _________drops
How long does it take the CBD to take effect _________________
How long does it take for your pet to return to a normal state/how long did the effect last? _______________

This is the Optimal Situational Dose.

TIP: Always administer these test doses when you are home to observe, don’t give the CBD and leave for work or go to bed, also for Sundowner symptoms, plan to give one dose 1 hour prior to symptom onset.


STEP 3: Administering for the SITUATION (i.e. fireworks)
Give the Optimal Situational Dose beginning the morning of July 3rd and give the other two doses the morning of July 4th and again at least 30 minutes prior to anticipated fireworks.

 

RULE OUT ANY NEGATIVE or UNDESIRED RESPONSES
Negative results: Observe for signs of anxiety, agitation, excessive lethargy, diarrhea, , excessive thirst, or if your pet becomes wobbly. If these symptoms occur, stop giving any additional doses until your pet comes back to a fully normal state. Then with the next dose cut back the daily drops you are giving, for example if you are giving 6 drops, cut back down to 3-4 drops –or cut back to just a single dose a day. If you need to decrease due to negative response, decrease by 2-3 drops per dose.

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Example Dosing Scenario –
Goal is to take my dog Buddy to the edge of sedation. We want him chill, but not heavily sedated.

We started with 4 drops 2x a day. On the 2nd day, we noticed he was a little more chill, but still not where we wanted him. On day three, we increased the dose to 8 drops and found he was quite sleepy within 30 minutes of administration. This was a little too much for our comfort zone, so we waited until he came back to a normal state, which took about 4 hours and then  gave him just 6 drops and that seemed to be the perfect dose to get him where we wanted him. We continued to give 6 drops, broken into two doses (3 drops each dose) for a few days leading up to the 4th of July. On July 3rd, we gave two doses of 6 drops and continued same regimen on July 4th, giving the first dose in the morning and the second dose around 5pm, when the fireworks would begin in our neighborhood.

On July 5th, we didn’t gave any CBD. But noticed that Buddy, who is 12 was moving a little easier. We were told this was a positive residual effect of the CBD given for the anxiety, so we decided to give a smaller dose, 4 drops 3x a week to help his mobility.

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