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Dog Joint Pain: Can CBD Oil Help?

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Dog joint pain can be an extreme annoyance. In fact, some dogs may not want to move at all due to their pain. Just like humans getting these pains all the time's dogs can suffer from their joints aching all the time. Can CBD oil help dog joint pain? Yes! In this article, I will go over multiple ways why CBD is a great option for any dog who is suffering from joint pain and arthritis.

Before we get into CBD lets take a look at how dogs suffer from joint pains and some reasons this may be a problem for them.

Dog Joint Pain

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Joint pain can have many causes, but the main big one is arthritis in dogs that can leave them in pain constantly. There are other problems like hip dysplasia, overworking the joints, and even just a bad bump that can all lead to pain in your dog's joints. Arthritis gets dog joint pain flaring when cartilage wears down, causing the bone to rub and cause inflammation in the area. The root of a majority of joint pain issues is due to Inflammation, which is why CBD is a great choice.  

Joint pain can contribute to a cycle of worsening symptoms. Pain may cause your dog to be reluctant to move, which leads to the joints becoming stiffer and more painful the next time your dog tries to get up. This is how some dogs get so bad and why getting them moving around is such an important factor in treating arthritis.

Now that we know a little about what joint pain does, I can cover the ways in which CBD is able to treat these issues in your furry friends.

CBD Oil For Dogs

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Full Spectrum CBD Oil is a compound derived from the hemp plant called cannabidiol or CBD for short, thus the name. This compound is also found in medical marijuana and is the reason behind some of its benefits. CBD is a derivative of the hemp plant. It is typically THC-free which is what makes it nontoxic for dogs. THC can be a toxic substance for dogs, which is why medical marijuana is not an option for our pooches, but CBD which has less than .03% THC, when extracted the properly, is a safe alternative that works naturally with the body's endocannabinoid system.

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CBD has a multitude of benefits that seem amazing and this is because they are amazing, things like anxiety reduction, reducing seizure symptoms, and fighting bad cancer cells in the body just to name a few. The benefit that we are going to focus on in this article is its anti-inflammatory properties. Yes, the main cause of joint pains is also something that CBD can help out with. In fact, one of the products we have really found useful is a CBD infused coconut oil by Natural Doggie. Coconut oil is another anti-inflammatory that carries some of its own great benefits so the two together makes it a great option for any pet parents wanting to help their pups.

Can CBD Oil Help Dog Joint Pain?

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Yes! CBD oil for dogs is not only a natural anti-inflammatory that helps fight the inflammation caused by arthritis and other joint problems, but CBD also reduces the dog's anxiety levels to pain which helps them get up and moving around. This keeps your dog’s joints loose and feeling good so they can move about even more. There are also other great products that can help joint pains like this advanced mobility chew that contains turmeric which is a strong natural anti-inflammatory.

CBD even though it has some amazing benefits cannot cure joint pains that dogs face. It can, however, alleviate some of the symptoms making it more manageable for your furry friend to do their normal activities like they are still young pups.

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If your dog is suffering from joint pains, CBD is a smart place to start as it can help your dog fight back little by little. It is also important to make sure your veterinarian is involved in this information as they may be able to help you decide further actions to take to help your pup heal. It is important to have your veterinarian involved whenever making a change to your dog’s daily diet. Feel free to comment below if you have any advice for a pet parent dealing with dog joint pain issues that you wish you knew earlier. And make sure to share so others can get this great tool against joint pain issues.

Meet The Author 

Grant Withers

Canine Specialist & Writer
Grant is an award-winning writer for SitStay with a passion for pets and especially dogs! Grant loves writing about furry little goofballs and aims to educate pet parents about anything and everything regarding their dogs.

Medically Reviewed By

Dr. Catherine Barnette DVM


Catherine is a veterinarian and freelance writer based in Florida. After 14 years as a small animal general practitioner, Dr. Barnette now focuses on creating educational content for veterinary teams and their clients. She shares her home with her husband, daughter, one dog, two cats, and a rescued white dove.

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