It’s heart-breaking watching your dog in arthritic pain. There are 77.2 million dogs in the US, and 1 in 4 of them suffer from arthritis. Conventional medication can help with the symptoms. But prescription drugs have their own side-effects.
The great news is that CBD is a safe, effective and holistic treatment. It can reduce pain and inflammation in arthritic dogs. Read on to learn more about CBD for arthritis. See how you can use CBD to bring your pooch back from pain to performance.
It might surprise you to know that canine arthritis isn’t one disease. It’s an umbrella term or catch-all. Vets use it to describe something like 100 separate causes of joint issues. One of the most common of these is a disease called Osteoarthritis.
Osteoarthritis is also known as Degenerative Joint diseases (DJD). It’s caused by the loss and degeneration of cartilage in the joints. Cartilage is the body’s cushion between joints. It stops bones from grinding against each other in movement.
Over time, cartilage can wear down, taking away the cushion between bones. In that sense, osteoarthritis is as a disease of aging or overuse. The loss of cartilage is the result of wear and tear. There are also types of canine arthritis that stem from infections or joint injuries.
The pain in arthritis is two-fold. There is pain from bones and joints grinding against each other. The result is inflammation and swelling. This, in turn, brings further discomfort and stiffness.
Does My Dog Have Arthritis?
If you’re reading this article, we’re guessing you already know or suspect your dog has arthritis. Let’s look at some tell-tale signs pointing to canine arthritis.
These include limping for no other reason. You’ve checked for burs or cuts on the pads of your pooch’s paws, and they’re all clear. You’re also seeing stiffness and reluctance to move unless necessary. You may notice tentative or slow movements when getting up or going to lay down.
No doubt you remember when the sight of you putting on running shoes was enough to inspire excited barking, jumping and doggie-dancing. Now, your poor pooch stays firmly on their bed. Just watching. No longer interested in walks.
These are all indications of joint pain. Your dog has a sudden loss of energy. You might also note a general decline in their health and fitness.
You could be seeing excessive panting, sleeping more than normal, and increased weight. Weight gain is an issue for a couple of reasons, which we will now look at a bit more.
Mo Pounds Mo Problems
A fat dog is an unhealthy dog. Responsible pet ownership means maintaining regular exercise and an appropriate diet. You might have had it well under control pre-arthritis.
Pet owners sometimes find that as their dog drops daily movement, they gain weight. As in humans, weight maintenance is all about inputs and outputs. You might be keeping up the diet that enjoyed when they were active.
You need to lighten the food bowl for your underperforming pooch. It’s easy to overfeed a sick dog. You love them after all, and they are so happy when you give them their special treats, we know. But you can do them harm.
The excess weight is going to compound their joint pain. You are placing more pressure on already inflamed joints, putting them under stress. It’s more important than ever to work with your vet to have them on a diet that gives them plenty of nutrition. Without allowing them to get overweight.
Treating Canine Arthritis
As discussed, arthritis is a two-fold issue. We need to treat both the inflammation, as well as the pain. There are conventional treatments, alternative treatments, and some exciting new treatments using CBD. We are going to explore each in turn.
Vets generally prescribe one of two medications for canine arthritis. You may be using one of these non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAI). They can be costly, and they have side effects.
If your pooch uses these meds, you might be seeing one or more of the following side-effects. Jaundice, stomach ulcers, aggression, or seizures. Sudden weight loss, decreased or increased activity, and loss of coordination.
There’s tarry or bloody stools, and diarrhea. Your dog may have a loss of appetite, be dehydrated and even have occasional vomiting. You might see changes to smell, color or frequency of urine, and/or reactions with any other medications.
It’s a tough call: is the benefit of the drug worth the side-effects? Many pet owners prefer to look at alternative therapies to these NSAIs.
Alternatives to NSAIs
There are some therapies and alternative remedies. To relieve the symptoms of canine arthritis. One of the most effective is CBD, but we’ll look at that in a minute.
Some other alternatives are acupuncture, massages, hydrotherapy, and physiotherapy. Any of these specialized treatments for dogs can be a bit pricey. For many of us, that’s no real barrier when we want to see our dog be more like its normal active self. But they add up over time.
You can also try Omega 3 supplements and glucosamine. You want to ensure they are ones made specifically for pets, not humans. Both work to increase or rebuild cartilage. In this way, you can target inflammation and joint pain over time.
Let’s look now, at one of the most effective alternative remedies to treat canine arthritis: CBD oil.
CBD for Arthritis
You might have heard about the boom of CBD oil for a bunch of medical issues in people. It is a treatment with research-backed and anecdotal reports for effectiveness. This extends from topical treatments for acne or mild burns, to mental health improvements in those with PTSD and depression.
Firstly, by reducing pain and inflammation. But also by repairing nerve damage and improving levels of cartilage. So it has a compound effect where it targets both symptoms and causes of many diseases.
How Does It Work?
Humans have an endocannabinoid system. It’s an endogenous hormone system that works on areas of appetite, mood, and memory. It also plays a role in pain and inflation. Turns out all mammals have this system – including canines.
CBD acts as a key to unlock the hormones in this system. But not only does it trigger their action. It also triggers the system to create more of its own endocannabinoids. Crazy huh?
Is It Safe?
Yes, it’s safe – based on animal studies. Despite the research supporting it, your vet can’t support the idea. They can get in trouble with the law. Even in states where it is legal for human consumption.
But there is some positive support from studies. Anecdotal evidence is also strong. An Australian holistic veterinarian used CBD on a dog with a 6cm tumor.
The tumor disappeared 3 months later. He also tried it on a dog with severe heart murmurs and arthritis. After a month neither condition was present.
What Is It Exactly?
CBD stands for cannabidiol. It is one of the main compounds found in cannabis. So it can also be found in the hemp plant. Different companies use different strengths. The hemp plant is the same as the cannabis plant. But where cannabis is high in THC, hemp is low in THC and high in the healing properties of CBD.
Hemp is one of the most useful and versatile plants on earth. It is used to make industrial products from paper and clothing to biofuels, plastics, and moisturizer. Hemp seeds have widely-supported nutritional benefits.
But, best of all, is the cannabinoid we take from the hemp plant to make the medicinal extract CBD oil. It’s a bit of a panacea, which inspired our brand name Plantacea.
Hooch for the Pooch – Won’t It Make Him High?
No. The THC is what gives the ‘stoned’ effect. Giving CBD to your dog won’t make them high. In fact, CBD will not only not make you or your dog high, it works to reduce any high caused by THC.
Some people take THC for other health purposes and take CBD to reduce the high side effects. Make sure you buy from a reputable company that maintains a very low THC component.
How to Use It
CBD for human consumption can come as balms, inhalers, tablets, in butter for cooking, and so on. But for dogs, we love Holistic K9 Dog Treats. CBD Dog Treats can reduce seizures, lower anxiety.
Best of all for dogs with canine arthritis, they target inflammation and pain very effectively. They are a great additive to aid their general health and wellness. Whether your dog has arthritis, or you just want to keep them in the best of health at any age, they’re well worth a try.
It’s a veterinarian formulated soft chew. We made them beef flavored to ensure your dog enjoys its medicine – one less hassle for their owners! It is a zero-THC, phytocannabinoid rich hemp oil, grown organically from non-GMO plants. We sell them in packets of 30 or 50.
Dosages go by weight of your dog. We recommend 1/2 to 1 treat per day for dogs up to 25lbs. dogs that are 25-75 lbs should be fine with 1 to 2 treats per day. For dogs over 75lbs, you can give them 2 to 3 per day.
Where Can I Buy It?
It is illegal for a vet to prescribe CBD, despite the research supporting its use in other mammals. With Plantacea, you can buy easily online. We offer affordable prices and ship to all 50 states. You won’t need a prescription to buy our products.
Industrial hemp is grown for its seed, so can have high amounts of amino acids but zero phytocannabinoids. We use a unique medicinal hemp variety. To produce the impressive health benefits of medical cannabis, without the dangers of THC components.
We focus on maximum bioavailability. And maximum absorption of the good stuff. Not all companies take as much care. Not all hemp is created equal. Be sure to check how a company sources and grows the hemp they extract CBD from before giving it to your pooch.
We take your pet’s health seriously. All our animal formulations are by Dr. Robert Silver. He graduated from Colorado State University’s Veterinary medicine studies in 1982. He has used phytocannabinoids to improve the hell and wellness of animals for 20 years.
How Will I Know If It’s Working?
You’ll know if CBD is working on a few levels. You are likely to see less resistance to exercise, and improved mood. You might see other indicators of good health, such as a shinier coat and moist nose.
Over time, you should see normal movement return slowly. There’s no reason to stop the doggie treats once inflammation and pain have dropped. Maintain regular treats to maintain the improved health and wellness you’ve achieved.
Remember to work to remove excess weight through a carefully controlled diet. Under the supervision of your vet. Then, with the support of your vet, slowly build up gentle exercise.
Holistic K9 Dog Treats: Go Fetch!
If your dog is aging, you might not have much longer together. Ensure that your pooch spends these years in comfort, with as much exercise as is possible. Canine arthritis causes pain, discomfort, loss of activity and weight gain. These are sure ways to see your pup depressed and immobile.
If you’re sick of side-effects of NSAIs and cost of hit-and-miss alternative therapies, give CBD teats a go. CBD for arthritis in dogs is effective and natural.
By buying from Plantacea you know you’re with a company committed to using organic, effective, non-psychoactive CBD. We want the same as you – healthy, happy dogs. Sounds like there’s only one thing let to do – order K9 Dog Treats for your pooch.
Go fetch, at our online store today!