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.
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:
- 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)
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
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 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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