CBD Oil for Senior Dogs: What You Need to Know
by Pet Qwerks Toys on March 1, 2020
Quite a lot of us till now might know or have even heard about CBD oil for humans. Many of us have seen it in pet boutiques as well. But, do we know what exactly CBD oil is, how it can benefit and most importantly, how does it work?
When it comes to your pet’s life, you wouldn’t want to risk it without knowing the science or studies behind it. Even the studies come out to be beneficial when your pet’s life is on the line. Well, this article would help you in deciphering CBD Oil’s natural compounds that, to start with, are safe, non-psychoactive, and reliable. Since the research keeps emerging with each passing day, vets and pet parents alike have started to realize its positive benefits.
What is CBD?
Since CBD is found in both the varieties of cannabis – hemp and marijuana, CBD derived from hemp is legal as it contains very less THC. THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) is the principal psychoactive constituent of cannabis. Intake of a high proportion of THC along with mind-altering effects would result in side effects like anxiety and nausea. But, it’s not the case with CBD found in hemp. Both THC and CBD are chemically similar to our body’s endocannabinoids, and this allows them to interact with our body’s cannabinoid receptors.
By now you might be having a lot of unanswered questions like, whether or not CBD oil would go well with dogs or is it even allowed, as marijuana can be toxic to pets. As discussed above, CBD that comes from hemp contains very less THC and hence is safe for your furry friends. The law body regulates it to keep the THC levels lower than 0.3%. Such a percentage would not harm your pet when given in a recommended dose. If you are still paranoid, look for CBD in its purest form or CBD products containing 0.0% THC to be on the safer side.
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As a lot of states have already initiated to legalize recreational and medical cannabis, the local market has seen an increasing availability of CBD. Even though you would want to learn and study more on cannabinoids, it is fair to say that CBD oil falls under a category that has emerged through many research studies. But, are you aware of other CBD products your pet will actually like? You can look for treats such as biscuits, chews, bacon-flavored sticks, etc. The market is full of delicious treats for dogs.
So, let’s study all that we need to know about CBD Oil for Senior Canine Companions.
How does CBD Oil benefit Senior Dogs?
To help dogs to recover from mobility issues, chronic conditions like arthritis, persistent pain, and inflammation, many vets include doses of CBD in their plans as it plays a vital role in determining good health of your dogs. It may play an important role in a vet-approved plan for your dog’s health. But, the very question is, how does it benefit? Read on to find out –
Helps in Pain Management
Pain management is an important constituent of a dog’s treatment for quality of life. Since, in most cases, pain is a result of surgery, injuries, or progressive and chronic diseases like hip dysplasia, IVDD, and arthritis, finding a possible solution becomes a priority for a dog’s healthy life.
Under the pain management cycle, vets generally prescribe medications like opioids, which can cause a lot of side effects and dependency in the long run. CBD, on the other hand, is natural and does not have any adverse effects. Moreover, various studies prove that it can be quite effective when it comes to reducing pain.
Helps in Reducing Inflammation
We all know what inflammation does to a dog’s body. It gives way to significant sources of pain to handicapped and senior dogs, who tend to suffer from chronic conditions. Multiple research studies show that CBD oil deploys significant yet effective anti-inflammatory effects.
The process takes place regardless of how it’s being applied/fed, be it orally or just by topical application on the affected areas of the dog’s skin.
According to a study, CBD can slow down the progression of this disease. It can also help in preventing nerve damages that are caused by inflammation.
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Lack of mobility is what a dog suffers from when aging. Age slows down the activities and even the movements of a dog when he/she ages – be it evening walks or a brief swim.
Looking into the situation closely, CBD may help to improve your canine companion’s mobility. One such study done on dogs showed that mere 2mg of CBD when administered twice a day resulted in improving dogs’ mobility that was previously affected by Osteoarthritis.
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How does CBD affect the Endocannabinoid System?
Looking upon the usage of cannabis under medicines, we might have to go several centuries back. However, one of the sizable breakthroughs in the 1990s was the introduction of ECS (Endocannabinoid System). ECS has a series of transmitters, receptors, and enzymes that regulate body functions such as immunity, digestion, skin health, allergic reaction, metabolism, anxiety, and so much more. The interesting thing is all the mammals have an Endocannabinoid system. So the effect of CBD is more or less the same on your furry friend as it might have on you.
The ECS contains cannabinoid receptors – CB1 and CB2. While CB1 receptors are present in the brain, the CB2 receptors are found amidst the immune system along with higher frequency in the spleen. CB1 receptors tend to cluster within the limbic system and basal ganglia. However, CB2 receptors are responsible for a wide array of therapeutic effects and anti-inflammatory actions.
CBD doesn’t bind with CB1 and CB2 receptors directly. Rather, it tends to stimulate both the receptors. This enables cannabinoids to play a vital role in promoting immune regulation. And since ECS is directly involved in quite many homeostatic processes, CBD may help give your bodily system the boost it requires efficient and effective functioning.
CBD products, in particular, for dogs – be it oil or wrapped in your companion’s treat – can improve anxiety and pain. For further help, you can simply speak with your pet’s vet regarding specific issues and look for the doctor’s recommendations. After all, the bottom line is that CBD oil might end up benefiting the old dog’s bodily health and help in a lot of further ways.