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CBD for Maintaining Optimal Daily Health in Dogs

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Claudia Bensimoun author of CBD for Maintaining Optimal Daily Health in Dogs

Hemp-derived CBD for dogs may help to maintain optimal daily health in dogs. CBD can also be beneficial in the treatment of numerous health issues, pain relief, insomnia, and decreased appetite.

In this article, we’ll discuss why CBD is a good holistic option for pet health.

CBD hemp oil for pets has been booming in popularity for both pets and pet parents. As a nutritional supplement for health-conscious pet parents, hemp oil for dogs has not only been effective for pain management in young and older dogs that are suffering from pre-existing injuries, but also for osteoarthritis, hip dysplasia, and other musculoskeletal issues. It also helps to relieve stress, anxiety, reduce inflammation and increase appetite, decrease glaucoma pain, reduce seizures, and help your dog get a good night’s rest.

Since our furry best friends have similar endocannabinoid systems to humans, it’s no surprise that this supplement is also beneficial in maintaining optimal health in pets and people. Because hemp oil is available in three different forms, it’s best to understand a bit about each one and see which one is best for your dog’s needs. Consulting with your vet makes sense, most especially if your dog is suffering from issues like chronic pain, seizures, and so forth. Here we’ll examine the three different types of hemp oils for pets, and give you a few tips about each one. But first, let’s discuss the ECS in dogs.

The endocannabinoid system in dogs

We all have a natural system in our bodies that maintains homeostasis within the body. This includes our pets. The function of the endocannabinoid receptors is to regulate appetite, sleep, mood, metabolism, pain, and the immune system. Past and current research has demonstrated that cannabinoids found in hemp oil are beneficial for daily optimal health in pets and people. This is because it maintains optimal health.

CBD acts on the endocannabinoid receptors and affects the receptors by regulating neural transmissions. CBD oil for dogs is helpful in the treatment of numerous health conditions without taking on the intoxicating effect of marijuana. It also does not have the side effects of long term pharmaceuticals and is safe. It can be taken every day to promote optimal health and wellness. Yet, you’ll need to consider what the other ingredients are in the CBD oil since they can affect the quality of this nutraceutical.

Full-spectrum hemp oil

This oil not only offers all the cannabinoids and terpenes that are derived from industrial hemp but also includes the legal amount of THC (O.3%) That said, we’ve all seen the studies demonstrating how cannabinoids and terpenes work together in the “entourage effect,” allowing all the compounds to have a synergistic effect, and to promote and maintain homeostasis.

Broad-spectrum hemp oil

While you may have heard about the benefits of full-spectrum hemp oil without THC, it’s important to keep in mind that cannabidiol (CBD) is part of over 120 ingredients found in hemp oil.

THC is the one phytocannabinoid that is not included in CBD pet products. Because hemp plants have low levels of THC, to begin with, it makes it easier for hemp farmers to further eliminate THC levels even further so to ensure 100% safety.

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CBD Isolate

A CBD isolates will only consist of CBD. CBD isolate pet products will have had all other cannabinoids and terpenes removed, and you’ll have a 99% CBD purity level in the product. By removing the CBD isolate via a CO2 extraction process, you’ll end up with a very pure CBD.

Read the labels

Before you purchase any CBD hemp oil product for your furry best friend, you’ll need to read the label for dosing instructions and to see whether your product is labeled as a full-spectrum CBD oil or a broad-spectrum CBD oil. You’ll also need to see what’s in the ingredient list and to understand what the product does before administering it to your dog.

Lab results should be available for each and every product from reputable hemp oil brands, and you can find these online. This helps potential consumers to see how much of each compound is in the CBD pet product, and what it’s best for. While looking at the different types of hemp oils for dogs, you can examine sections that highlight CBD and THC. There should be no THC in your pet product.

CBD companies like Eco Sciences, Pet Releaf, CBD Distillery, and Herbal Pet have formulated their CBD tinctures for dealing with serious health issues in dogs like osteoarthritis, anxiety, and urinary tract disease. They offer transparency in their products and are all independently tested by a third party, offering consumers a certificate of analysis (COA)

THC is toxic & accumulates in your dog’s body

While adding a few drops of CBD to your dog’s food each day has not been demonstrated to be harmful, it’s necessary for pet parents to consider avoiding even the smallest amount of THC in pet products. This is because THC tends to accumulate in the body over months, and is toxic to pets.

CBD for geriatric dogs with pain

Geriatric dogs that already have joint issues will first need to be treated by their veterinarians with corticosteroids and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Nutraceuticals are also beneficial when combined with CBD oils for pain, massage, heat application, physical therapy, and of course, swimming. Generally, small dogs tend to be prone to patellar luxation, and larger dog breeds more apt to developing hip and elbow dysplasia.

The latest scientific research on canine arthritis and the benefits of CBD Oil

A recent 2018 study on CBD and canine arthritis at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine by Dr. Joe Wakshlag tested to see whether pain from osteoarthritis and multi-joint pain could be eliminated with CBD oil. The CBD oil was made from industrial hemp or placebo hemp and dogs received every 12 hours for 4 weeks. Cornell worked together with ElleVet Sciences that created soft CBD ElleVet Mobility chews, which are hemp-based. 

The chews also contained chondroitin and glucosamine which are two natural compounds that help with movement in arthritic dogs. The results of this study demonstrated that over 80% of the participating dogs that used the chews had significant improvement in mobility. The product was referred to by veterinarians in the study as “a game-changer that will change the face of veterinary medicine,” via Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Long-term use of a full-spectrum CBD oil that is THC-free may offer the following:

  • CBD as a pain reliever is a healthier option than NSAIDs and opioids.
  • Eases depression that is linked to pain, and lack of exercise to due less serotonin uptake.
  • May provide relief from chemo and radiation side effects and pain.
  • Helps decrease inflammation in dogs with arthritis and inflammation issues.
  • May help prevent cognitive decline in geriatric dogs
  • May be beneficial for cardiac health
  • CBD may be beneficial in preventing tumor growth 
  • CBD helps with diabetes prevention by reducing diabetes up to 56% and reducing associated inflammation in diabetic dogs.
  • Digestive issues
  • Blood disorders
  • Fights off free radicals, and may prevent the development of cancer
  • Therapeutic use of CBD oil for chronic pain in dogs allows for a lower dosage than for medicinal use.
  • Look for alternative dosing instructions for both therapeutic and medicinal purposes.
  • Helps with physical and mental relaxation
  • CBD as a daily supplement may benefit the overall health and wellness of the dog.

Hemp oil for everyday joint health to eliminate pain

If your dog is suffering from joint pain, you should consider giving him supplements every day. CBD as a nutraceutical or supplement has many health benefits and may be taken every day together with other supplements. CBD, so far, has been shown not to interact with most medications and is safe for dogs when it has no THC. 

As usual, it’s best to consult with your veterinarian to get the best dosage and potency recommendations for your furry best friend. Keep in mind that if your dog has low blood pressure, you may have to consult with your veterinarian. 

Here’s what you can do:

CBD as a nutraceutical or supplement has many health benefits and may be taken every day together with other supplements. CBD, so far, has been shown not to interact with most medications and is safe for dogs when it has no THC. As usual, it’s best to consult with your veterinarian to get the best dosage and potency recommendations for your furry best friend. Keep in mind that if your dog has low blood pressure, you may have to consult with your veterinarian. Here’s what you can do:

  • Offer dietary supplementation with fish oils containing Omega-3 fatty acids, EPA, and DHA; which are anti-inflammatory, and help to promote joint health by reducing inflammation.
  • Supplement with chondroitin, glucosamine, & MSM.
  • Supplement with CBD hemp oil that is free of THC. This has been shown to reduce inflammation and pain via numerous studies.

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Hemp oil for young dogs

When you administer a joint supplement to a young dog before they are affected by the joint disease (prophylactically), you’ll be providing protection against sensitive joint tissue issues.  A high-quality nutraceutical will enhance hip and joint health in dogs, and also increase the production of hyaluronic acid and collagen in the joints. 

  • Glucosamine, Chondroitin & MSM may relieve joint discomfort & stiffness
  • MSM may help chronic joint pain & may fight joint health deterioration
  • Omega-3 fatty acids with EPA & DHA may reduce inflammation from the osteoarthritis
  • Shark Cartilage to support connective tissue, fortify joints, bones, ligaments, and tendons.

Hemp oil for osteoarthritis in dogs

With one in five dogs diagnosed with OA, dog breeds that are most affected are the large breeds like Labrador Retrievers, Goldens,Golden Doodle, German Shepherds. Small dog breeds are also affected, and sporting/working dogs that are more vulnerable to musculoskeletal injuries. These will include dogs that have the following conditions:

  • Ruptured cranial cruciate ligaments
  • Wear and tear from regular sporting activities like running on hard surfaces, exercising uphill during puppyhood, and even strenuous exercise during puppyhood.
  • Dogs that have hip and elbow dysplasia
  • Overweight or obese dogs

Dogs that suffer from OA will benefit from CBD pet products. If your furry best friend is suffering from any lameness or stiffness, you’ll need to do the following:

  • Consult with your veterinarian for a full diagnosis and intervention
  • Get a veterinary-approved treatment plan
  • Reduce your dog’s pain and suffering by reducing inflammation and pain via CBD supplementation and traditional meds.

Final thoughts

As a superfood, supplement or nutraceutical, hemp oil for pets as a natural supplement and new superfood may be more beneficial than other superfoods. One of the biggest benefits of a full spectrum hemp CBD oil is that when combined with a healthy diet and lifestyle, this nutrient-rich nutraceutical’s efficacy at reducing inflammation throughout the body, and combatting numerous health issues may be better than other superfoods.

That said, some dogs live with chronic health conditions that may be debilitating. Others may have acute health conditions that may benefit from hemp oil to improve their day-to-day quality of life such as for mental or physical needs like insomnia, nerve pain, autoimmune disorders, cancer pain or anxiety, and depression.

Understanding that hemp oil can promote well-being in pets, all the while improving your dog’s health by possibly improving or alleviating symptoms is important. As a natural therapy for pets that provides relief for so many conditions, finding the best hemp oil pet products to benefit overall day-to-day health is certainly worth pursuing!

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Meet The Author 

Claudia Bensimoun author of CBD for Maintaining Optimal Daily Health in Dogs

Claudia Bensimoun

Claudia Bensimoun is a freelance journalist and author, and specializes in veterinary content, and eBooks. She's a long-time feature writer for Animal Wellness magazine, Fido Friendly magazine, and the United States Dog Agility Association. In addition, Bensimoun has written for numerous pet websites, magazines, newspapers and online publications. Her interests include wildlife conservation, animal welfare, disaster/humanitarian relief, veterinary research, and veganism.

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