Watching my dog wince and whimper in pain, as she struggles with joint pain, is one of my most heart-wrenching moments. Lucy Lou, my 13-year-old dog, could no longer run, jump, or play like she used to.
It was no surprise when the vet told us she was suffering from arthritis.
Her joints were paying the price for years of wear and tear and living the good life. :)
Causes of Arthritis and Joint Pain in Pets
Nearly one in three dogs are currently suffering from joint pain. Records now state that there are 80 million dogs registered as a pet in American households.
That’s an average of 27 million dogs in the USA alone, with joint pain.
The most common type of joint pain in pets is ligament damage.
Pets have cartilage between their joints. As they age, play, and run around, that cartilage eventually gets worn out.
With damaged cartilage, the raw joints rub together to create friction. This eventually leads to joint damage and painful inflammation.
Here are some symptoms of joint pain to look out for:
- Trouble waking up or moving out of the sleeping position
- Sleeping more
- Limping while trying to move
- Unable to play or jump
- Refusal to go out for walks
- Using the bathroom inside despite being potty trained
Watch your pet for weight gain, if you are suspecting arthritis.
With joint pain, your pet won’t want to move around too much. This creates a sedentary lifestyle which leads to weight gain in your pet.
The extra weight will add pressure to your pet’s joints, creating even more pain.
How Arthritis and Joint Pain in Pets is Usually Treated
There were plenty of options to choose from when it came to treating Lucy Lou for her arthritis.
Surgery was off the table, since she was too far along in her condition. However, surgery is a common method vets use to treat arthritis.
The next option we looked at is medication.
There are three different types of medication that your vet might prescribe your arthritic pet:
- Cartilage protector: This medication works to protect what remains of the cartilage, so it experiences less wear. It’s designed to reduce inflammation while reducing the cartilage from being worn down even further.
- Nutraceutical supplements: Technically this isn’t a medication, but a joint supplement. This is worked alongside other medicine to support healthier joints in your pet.
- NSAIDs, also known as “non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs”: This provides near immediate relief of joint pain, though it’s a short-term solution. Unfortunately, prolonged use can cause complications and unwanted side effects.
Some of the side effects from using medication include:
- Diarrhea or loss of bladder control
- Stomach ulcers
- Kidney failure
- Liver disease
We decided to try medication, first.
Lucy Lou had some pain relief, but no longer had control of her bladder. Her vet recommended a second medication to help with her with the issue.
But I wasn’t interested in adding more side effects to the mix.
Hemp Oil for Pets and How it Works
All mammals have something called the endocannabinoid system, which houses receptors for CBD (Cannabidiol).
This includes your pets.
When those receptors interact with hemp oil, it produces several benefits such as pain relief and reducing inflammation.
And no, hemp oil can’t get your pet high.
You’re thinking of marijuana’s THC, which is what people smoke or put in their brownies to get psychoactive effects.
THC is poisonous to pets, so full-spectrum hemp oil shouldn’t contain more than 0.3% THC.
That’s why it’s crucial that you trust your seller before you purchase your first bottle of hemp oil.
Before purchasing any hemp oils for your pets, check out the company’s CoA lab test certificate.
There should be very little, if any at all, THC in the test results.
How to Treat Your Pet's Joint Pain with Hemp Oil
Studies have shown that CBD can be used to reduce inflammation, which helps with the reduction of joint pain.
In one study, arthritic rats were given CBD throughout several days.
The verdict? CBD successfully reduced their pain and inflammation.
To start treating your pet’s joint pain with CBD hemp oil, make sure your pet isn’t taking any medications that might react with the CBD hemp oil. Ask your vet, to make sure.
Dosage will depend on the potency of CBD per drop, the amount of pain your pet is in, and the size of the pet.
Smaller pets typically benefit from a lower dose, such as.0.25 mL 2-3 times per day of a lower potency of CBD.
Larger pets may need a higher potency CBD, 2-3 times per day.
Start small and observe your pet’s behavior. If they calm down or show improvement, you’ve found the perfect dosage, AKA the ‘sweet spot’.
The best part? There are minimal side effects with CBD hemp oil.
Treating My Dog's Arthritis with Hemp Oil
I was frustrated with the side effects of Lucy Lou’s medication.
After Googling and searching for alternative options, I became obsessed with researching CBD hemp oil. Finally, I bought an expensive bottle of CBD oil and decided to give it a try.
Beneath a pile of cheese (Lucy Lou’s favorite), I added a few drops of the CBD hemp oil.
She took a small nap after the first dose.
Then, she did something she hasn’t done in over two years: she stood up, all by herself.
I’ve been treating her arthritis with CBD hemp oil, ever since.
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I love what full-spectrum hemp oil has done for my dogs. Since we’re so confident that your pets will enjoy it too, we offer a no questions asked money-back guarantee.
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