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The Use of CBD Oil for Dogs with Arthritis


Arthritis is a joint disorder which features inflammation of one or more joints in the body. Inflammation occurs when a part of the body experiences swelling and increased blood flow to initiate healing in the affected area. Chronic inflammation however can have negative effects on a body as time goes on.

This is a disease that affects many humans but also affects many of our animal friends as well and can cause a great deal of distress and pain.

Doggie Arthritis

Arthritis is a common chronic illness that is found in both humans and animals. Among all domestic and pet animal species, dogs tend to suffer from arthritis more often. This is due to excessive running or exercise, acute injury, and/or genetic predisposition.

Arthritis is dogs, or Canine Osteoarthritis, is so common that it is estimated that one in four dogs in the United States are affected. Canine osteoarthritis is also referred to as degenerative joint disease. This disease can reduce mobility and cause discomfort for your furry companion.

Most Common Symptoms

Canine osteoarthritis is an inflammatory disease. The inflammation is typically a response to some form of distress or trauma and it can cause pain, stiffness, tenderness, and/or swelling. Inflammation can occur anywhere in the body and when it is chronic it is usually the result of some underlying condition (like osteoarthritis). This chronic inflammation can damage cells and can eventually cause serious medical complications. Below is a list of some of the most common systems of Canine Osteoarthritis:

  • Limping Dog Arthritis
  • Stiffness
  • Reluctance and/or inability to walk and jump
  • Awkwardly getting up and/or laying down
  • Excessive sleeping
  • Pain and discomfort (often exhibited by excessive panting)

Current treatment

Until now most dog owners have had to rely on anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) to provide relief for their arthritis. However, there are several issues associated with the use of NSAIDs.

Veterinarians have suspected that these drugs do no provide adequate relief for arthritis pain and they can have negative side effects on the body. Some known side effects of NSAIDs used by dogs include:

  • Tummy problems such as diarrhea and vomiting
  • Appetite loss
  • Bloody stools
  • Ulcers
  • Constipation
  • Lethargy

Some dogs have had kidney or liver damage as a result of taking NSAIDs. Although this is considered rare some older dogs that have some issues already are not able to take these pills.

Recent Research on CBD Oil for Canine Osteoarthritis

In 2018 a research article on the effects of CBD Oil on dogs suffering from osteoarthritis was published. Researchers at Cornell University completed a six-week double-blind study where dogs were given either CBD Oil or a placebo by mouth twice daily.

The study showed that dogs who took the CBD Oil showed clear improvement (2mg/kg of CBD twice daily). Veterinarians saw a decrease in pain and an increase in activity levels. The best part was that the dog owners reported no side effects in the dogs who took the CBD.

What this means for your dog that’s suffering from Arthritis

CBD is a natural pain reliever as Cannabinoids (CBD) help in controlling pain by inhibiting the transmission of pain signals to the brain. CBD oil also helps in suppressing chronic inflammation. CBD Oil for Dog Arthritis

CBD Oil can help ease the pain and inflammation in your dog from arthritis without the negative side effects that have been seen in other medications used to treat the disease. As a result this is something many pet owners are turning too.

Although research remains ongoing on the use of CBD Oil for dogs with arthritis the current research is very promising. In addition to the Cornell University study there are a number of dog owners that have tried using CBD for their dogs suffering from this condition and results have been reported to be vastly favorable.

It is always recommended that you discuss this with your vet before proceeding as you want to make sure there won’t be any complications with any other medications your dog may be on. Additionally, always make sure to follow the recommended usage on the product and to start with the lowest dose and work up from there. For many dogs the low dose may be sufficient and a higher dose may leave them sleepy most of the day which is not the desired effect.


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8 thoughts on “The Use of CBD Oil for Dogs with Arthritis

  1. Oh wow, glad I found this information. I have a 10 year old shi tzu that used to love jumping up on the couch, and could easily jump on my bed. He no longer wants to do this, instead having me pick him up and put him on the couch or bed. I never thought that it could be arthritis. I do give my rescue dog CBD for his anxiety. So I am certainly going to give it a try on my other little guy. Thank you!

    1. Happy to hear you already use this for your other dog’s anxiety. CBD Oil can really do so much. I hope it helps your shi tzu as well 🙂

  2. Thank you, this information was extremely helpful. I’ve been searching for a way to help treat arthritis for my pug. While she was never very active in the first place, since the arthritis in her hips has been progressing she is having a very hard time getting around. I have been reading about CBD oil and how it can greatly reduce inflammation in both humans and animals, and I think this might just be the answer I was looking for. Do you have a recommendation for a specific product, or could you guide me on where to find one?

  3. I have used CBD oil for my pit mix rescue. She sometimes gets anxious when we have company or if the neighbors have a lot of guests, & it has helped a great deal. My neighbor has a very old, sweet lab with terrible arthritis in his hips. I will definitely recommend this to her. Perhaps it will help with his appetite as well. Thanks for the info!

    1. Thanks for sharing your story – so happy to hear this has been working for your pit mix’s anxiety. I hope it helps your neighbors dog as well.

  4. Wow, I have used CBD oil for myself but never thought of using it for my dog! I have a 6-year-old New Foundland, which is a very large breed of dog so their hips are infamous for going out. He has bad hips now that he’s getting older and not that I’ve found this post, I’m excited to try CBD oil for him to see if that helps with his limping. Thanks so much for posting this!

    1. I have been trying it on one of my dogs that has bad hips causing issues with him getting up and down and it seems to be helping – which I am loving. Good luck and would love to hear back about how it works for your dog.

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