CBD for Senior Dogs

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Many of the dogs brought to my rescue farm, Fire Flake Farm, are seniors. Pet parents often find themselves overwhelmed and unprepared to care for their pet, as their pet ages and health issues begin to plague their bodies. We do our best to give them the peaceful and pain-free twilight years they deserve, by safely taking them off of their prescription medications (with the guidance of our holistic veterinarians), transitioning them to a raw diet, and adding Full Spectrum CBD to their daily regimen. They go from barely walking, to running and playing, as their degenerative diseases slow down their progression, and their health drastically improves. 

CBD for Senior Pets

There are many ways that our senior pets can benefit from adding a Full Spectrum Hemp Extract CBD Oil to their daily regimen. Let’s go over some of the ways CBD can help your senior dog. 

CBD for Arthritis, Joint Pain and Inflammation

Many people are unaware that, just like us, our pets develop arthritis and joint pain with age. Since Full Spectrum CBD is known to reduce inflammation, it offers natural pain relief without the adverse effects that NSAIDs can cause.  Full-spectrum CBD has been shown to increase mobility, while ensuring quality of life and improved general well-being. Another study stated that CBD has therapeutic benefits for both people and pets suffering from chronic pain and acute chronic pain episodes.

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CBD for Restful Sleep

Without appropriate sleep, our dog’s health can go downhill quickly. This lack of sleep may be due to insomnia, pain, inflammation, injury or recovery from serious illness. Continuous pain can also make your pet feel frustrated, restless, and moody. And, without sufficient rest, your pet can become vulnerable to nervous disorders or cardiovascular disease.

CBD oil is shown to help dogs have a restful sleep. CBD cannabinoids interact with ECS receptors that help to eliminate the sense of pain in the body. This increases mood and causes sleep. And, gives our pets’ immune system a good boost, lowered blood pressure, and decreased risk of additional conditions.

CBD as a Neuroprotective

CBD has shown the ability to maintain normal cell function and promote healthy aging via mitochondrial support. In addition, CBD’s anti-inflammatory effects, in particular, can be most beneficial to the brain and to aging. Neurological conditions ranging from seizures to anxiety and depression, and neurological disorders have been found to be managed or prevented with the help of CBD. In fact, the U.S. government has a patent on the cannabis plant  as an effective neuroprotectant. 

As a preventive measure against dementia, CBD can be used and has been shown to aid brain function. Not only can CBD potentially help prevent dementia or CCD from starting in the first place in dogs, but it’s a natural care choice if your dog has any sort of cognitive decline. CBD can help relieve dementia-related anxiety and stress and may help your dog remain relaxed and secure in their senior years.  Full spectrum hemp extract is also rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids that contribute to the wellbeing of the brain. 

Related: Can CBD Oil Help Dogs with Dementia or CCD?

CBD for Stimulating Appetite

Proper food and nutrients are vital for a healthy aging dog, and a good diet is particularly important when the dog is suffering from a serious illness. They need food to give their body the energy to fight back, but many health problems shut down their appetites. CBD oil acts to combat this effect by stimulating appetite, by helping with any pain, nausea or general fatigue that may be preventing the dog from eating. 

CBD for Cancer 

When researchers are developing an anticancer drug, be it for humans or companion animals, there are certain properties they look for: 

  1. Killing cancer cells while ideally leaving healthy cells untouched (apoptosis)
  2. Stopping the tumours from growing and invading other parts of the body (antiproliferative)
  3. Improving the efficacy of existing cancer treatments

It just so happens that CBD shows promise in all three areas.

A study published by Veterinary and Comparative Oncology conducted a study to determine how effective cannabis is in canine cancer cell lines. The study compared CBD alone to a combination of common chemotherapy pharmaceuticals. The study found CBD significantly reduced canine cancer cell growth when compared to CBDA (cannabidiolic acid). When combined with vincristine, a chemotherapy pharmaceutical, research showed there were beneficial effects such as assisting the pharmaceutical in reducing cell growth. Ultimately, CBD was found to increase apoptosis (cell death to prevent cancer growth) while restoring balance in the body. 

According to Dr. Robert Silver, author of Medical Marijuana and Your Pet, explained how cannabis works in a pet’s body. He said “receptors are like locks, and cannabinoids are like keys. They fit together perfectly. Once the cannabinoid connects to the receptor and ‘turns that lock,’ a series of actions in the cell membrane occur; these actions are responsible for some of the cannabinoid’s effects.” In Dr. Silver’s research study, he also stated “phytocannabinoids such as THC and CBD can benefit cancer patients by increasing appetite and reducing nausea. These anti-neoplastic qualities of the endocannabinoid system make it an essential component of most cancer therapies. By modulating gene expression, cannabinoids can reduce the growth of certain neoplasms.” A neoplasm is an abnormal growth of tissue which means in this study, Dr. Silver is stating the endocannabinoid system, when combined with cannabis, can reduce the growth of abnormal tissue (cancer). 

Related: CBD Oil For Dogs With Cancer

The Bottom Line

Although all dogs can benefit significantly from CBD, senior dogs often have the most visible improvements as they are often the ones with the most prevalent health problems. As a dog ages, their body begins to have a hard time catching up to their minds. They want to run, but their bodies sometimes will not allow them to. Prescription medications begin to consume their lives. And, their pet parents often become frustrated in the process. CBD can help reduce stressors on the body and on pet parents allowing them to live the best life possible. CBD can easily be introduced into your pet’s diet as a preventive measure, and it is a more natural way to handle the changes that come with age as time continues to pass by. 

Using CBD oil to relieve pain and discomfort and encourage overall well-being for your dog is something more and more people are catching up with. There are still a lot of scientists who don’t realize, but initial human experiments have a promising potential. More trials based on CBD oil for dogs are currently underway, and dog owners and holistic veterinarians are awaiting results to learn how far CBD oil will take the future of veterinary medicine.

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