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HOW CBD OIL CAN HELP OLDER AND DISABLED DOGS

In an era of organic food preferences and natural remedies, medical marijuana and similar derivatives have become one of the most popular – and controversial – alternatives for ailments. But what is the magic behind it that people see – and can it be used for our pet pals too? Let’s find out.

What is CBD?

CBD – or cannabidiol – is found in hemp and cannabis. Most CBD oils are derived from hemp and not marijuana. They’re also, therefore, free of THC (unless contaminated), which means they cannot get the user high or cause any of the negative effects that have been reported after dogs are exposed to marijuana.

Can CBD oil help my dogs?

There are a lot of studies being done in the field of veterinary medicine to determine if there’s a 100% yes or no answer to this question. For the average dog, consumption of CBD oils can help with a variety of ailments – particularly if your dog does not react well to allopathic pain medication, NSAIDs, or you want to opt for a natural option for them.

What dog-ailments can CBD oil help with?

Similar to humans, CBD oil has been known to help with a variety of ailments that are difficult to immediately diagnose (or prescribe for). But it has been known to work particularly well for older dogs, and dogs that have disabilities or chronic issues.

  • A study in 2018 showed that of a group of dogs suffering from osteoarthritis, 80% showed improvement in pain and mobility.
  • Another study in 2019 exhibited that epileptic dogs administered with CBD oil had significantly fewer seizures.
  • CBD oil is known for its anti-inflammatory properties (as was studied in the case of osteoarthritis improvement). But because of these properties, CBD oil can also help dogs who suffer from any other form of arthritis, MS, irritable bowel syndrome, and other forms of chronic inflammation.
  • If your dog experiences a lot of stress and anxiety, CBD oil might be one possible way to help them out. Since CBD oil is known to perform similar functions as mild anti-depressant and anti-anxiety medications, it can help your dog with different types of anxiety (separation, travel, loud noises, etc.)
  • Some studies have shown that CBD oil not only promotes overall health, but also can reduce tumor growth (a common occurrence with older dogs). This can improve their lifespan, even if not cure the ailments.