Shih Tzu Suffering from Anxiety By Smridhi Malhotra |Last Updated 10-23-2023
Now that we have discovered the great benefits of cannabidiol (CBD) oil for the human body, many people are experimenting with CBD oil for your dog and the range of benefits it can offer your pooch.
Since CBD has proven to be an excellent remedy for anxiety in humans, it’s now being used to help pups suffering from anxiety too. Our pets experience the same emotions that we do, anxiety being one of them.
Since dogs are unable to control their reactions to anxiety and situations that cause them to feel anxious, it can be quite tricky to deal with and help them to remain calm.
Shih Tzu dogs are notorious for being anxious for a number of reasons like separation, noise, travel, or being confined. Shih Tzu puppies tend to experience separation anxiety, especially when they are still very young. Being left home alone can be extremely overwhelming and unsettling for your pooch.
Noise can also be a trigger for Shih Tzus, especially loud and sudden noises like fireworks and thunder. But it can be as mundane as a big truck driving down your road, or a noisy neighbor next door. Besides, some dogs are not a fan of travel and Shih Tzu’s are one breed that is not crazy about being in a vehicle.
This could be linked to the stress they feel when placed in a confined space. This makes them feel extremely uncomfortable and stressed out.
The good news is that there is a range of remedies and treatment options to help your Shih Tzu remain calm in these stressful and anxious situations. The treatment option you choose will depend on your dog and the type of anxiety with which they suffer.
Training your dog to deal with his anxiety is one-way help to calm the anxiety he feels when you leave the house. Not making a big deal about your coming and going will also help to keep him calm.
One remedy that is becoming very popular is CBD oil, especially for situations that are out of your control like a thunderstorm. Research has shown that CBD is effective in treating dogs for a range of conditions from pain and allergies to seizures and anxiety of various forms.
The best way to administer CBD oil to your dog is directly in their mouth with the dropper as this will absorb the fastest. It's absorbed directly into the bloodstream via their tongue and gums. It means, you will get better results than if it's ingested and goes through their digestive system.
Some dogs will lick the CBD oil directly from a small dish.
However, some dogs may not be quite so accommodating and may need a little convincing. You can place the CBD drops directly on their food or a treat. Alternatively, there are numerous CBD-infused treats on the market that your pup will just love!
While research is still underway, it's important to note that it's unclear what long-term effects CBD oil might carry for dogs.
The accurate dosing information is yet to be determined. Figuring out the right dosage of CBD oil for dogs is possible with some easy experimentation. Your Shih Tzu may take some experimenting but once you are able to figure it out, it will be good.
You should always start with a very small dose and slowly introduce it into your pup’s routine. Once you reach a dosage that works well for your dog, stick to that.
You should also be cautious of the carrier oil of your CBD product as it could potentially cause an upset stomach if you give your dog a little too much, too quickly.
Since scientific testing and research on CBD oil is still underway, many if not all, CBD products on the market are not regulated. As such, you should always buy your CBD oil from a reputable source. Even if it means paying a little more to guarantee a superior and good quality oil, don't hesitate.
When choosing an oil, always opt for organic oil that is hemp-derived and is 100% free of THC. THC is toxic to Shih Tzu’s and some CBD oils contain trace amount if it. So, be especially careful in picking out your pooch’s CBD oil.
Having more than 9 years of writing experience, Smridhi Malhotra is a professional tech, health and travel blogger. She loves to gather and share her profound knowledge about the latest developments in technology.
Smridhi is a management graduate and visual graphics artist and is currently pursuing Master’s in Behavioral Psychology. Her hobbies are practicing mindfulness, counseling children and reading mystery novels. You can reach her here.
Janice is the voice behind Miracle Shih Tzu. Having lived with dogs and cats most of her life, she served as a veterinary technician for ten years in Maryland and twelve years as a Shih Tzu dog breeder in Ohio.
Her education includes undergraduate degrees in Psychology with a minor in biology, Early Childhood Education, and Nursing, and a master's in Mental Health Counseling.
She is a lifelong learner, a dog lover, and passionate about the welfare of animals. Her favorite breed for over 50 years has been the Shih Tzu.
When not writing, reading, or researching dog-related topics, she likes to spend time with her eight Shih Tzu dogs, her husband, and her family, as well as knitting and crocheting. She is also the voice behind Small Dog Place and smart knit crocheting.