We know you’ve heard about it for humans – hemp oil, cbd oil, whatever it’s been called – but how much do you know about its benefits? The popularity of hemp is crossing over into the world of pets. Treats and supplements have proven to be a lifesaver for many senior dogs. Legal in all 50 states, CBD is a natural compound that’s safe, reliable and non-psychoactive—in other words, it’s not going to make your dog high.
Some pet parents may be hesitant to give their dog CBD oil, as it’s commonly associated with marijuana. But think of hemp of marijuana’s safe cousin. Many people have found success with CBD, especially when it comes to helping their older dogs combat the symptoms of aging. Here are a few ways CBD oil can benefit your senior dog in his golden years.
If your dog suffers from joint pain, CBD oil helps to reduce inflammation everywhere in the body. That’s because endocannabinoid receptors target areas in the body experiencing pain due to inflammation, damaged nerves, and injury.
It’s important to remember that CBD oil isn’t a cure for arthritis, but it can ease inflammation caused by worn down cartilage. You’ll also find it interesting that CBD oil is often used after surgery to ramp up the immune system, as well as during injury recovery. Basically, it’s a great well to help your senior dog feel better and stay active.
Life can be anxious for dogs—especially senior dogs. Your dog may not take changes in situations or environments in stride like he used to, or his behavior may change as he grows older. Just like it helps with inflammation, CBD oil targets the endocannabinoid system, which helps the body balance emotions. CBD oil initiates chemical transmissions between receptors that help a dog feel calm during stressful times. You’ll find it beneficial when dealing with separation anxiety, phobias, and general anxiety.
One of the powerful benefits of hemp and CBD is its ability to stimulate appetite. And for senior dogs who are battling illness, this is important. Food and nutrients are essential for a healthy aging dog, as they need both to gain strength to fight illness, even when the illness may cause nausea. If your dog can’t eat, they’ll grow weak and become even more vulnerable to the illness they’re battling.
CBD oil triggers the sensation of hunger, which helps with nausea or a general weariness. By keeping their food down, dogs are able to absorb nutrients that keep their bodies strong and healthy.
CBD oil works wonders for appetite and nausea, but that’s not all it can do for senior dogs who suffer from cancer. It’s been shown that hemp can slow cancer growth while reducing the negative side effects that are caused by common cancer treatments.
Using CBD oil to alleviate pain and promote overall well-being for your dog is something more pet parents are catching on to. If you’re thinking about trying CBD oil on your senior dog, consult with your veterinarian first to ensure you’re giving the proper dosage.
By: Amy Tokic