Woof, Woof or Bark, Bark? You usually know the difference between these two types of communications but, unfortunately, not always. That is why you need to check other signs relative to the well-being of your pets. (Not that your cat goes woof, woof or bark, bark, but you know what we mean). You need to check the position of their ears and how the tail wags. Are they hyperactive or way too passive, etc.? These are just some of the ways that you can determine the anxiety levels of your smaller loved ones. And the operative word here is “levels.” Every pet is anxious at some time and to some degree. Are they just a bit hungry or need to relieve themselves? Well, we get a bit worried in those situations ourselves. When your pets get to heightened anxiety levels for long periods, there is a need for concern.
A gentle pat or two on the head or a soothing word can help immensely – a quick fix like that is often all they need, but sometimes you need to look for underlying causes. And herein lies a problem, as it might not just be one thing that creates such a high level of anxiety, but an assortment of items. A slammed door can cause your pet to be startled. Continued loud noises can bother us but are worse for our pets as they don’t know where those intrusive noises are coming or if they will ever stop. Anything that is an ongoing shock to their system, not just external shocks but also shocks and stress within their bodies. This stress could be joint pain, perhaps from an old injury or arthritis (even old friends sometimes show their age), a malaise from a suppressed appetite that needs a little boost, or the simple fact that they miss you when you’re gone and they aren’t sure when you will return. Maybe just the fact that the rat they killed smells terrible, and they don’t know how to get it into the toilet when you keep putting the lid down.
It is these long-term or high levels of stress that need to be considered. This situation is where a pat on the head, a scratch under the chin, or a bit of bacon isn’t enough. A deep massage every day may be just right for us, but do you have the time to provide this service to your pet, and will they stand for it? No? Well, there is another solution. If you wish to soothe, calm, and relax your cat or dog, the simplest way is to provide them with a 5 or 10 mg CBD chewy pet treat (size of pet and level of stress does matter) or a tincture to (if they will let you) put under their tongue. It may take some amount of trial and error to determine the frequency and level of dosage for your loved ones, so that is why a consultation with someone certified in CBD administration is essential. One such source is available – Kim Skidmore – at LIV CBD.