How to Get an Old Dog Moving Again: CBD for Pets

How to Get an Old Dog Moving Again: CBD for Pets

We have shared almost our entire life with dogs. That’s a lot of years… And a lot of dogs! We wouldn’t have it any other way. We’ve adopted rescue pups, shelter dogs, cast aways, ex-show dogs, and even seniors. We’ve learned a thing or two from opening our home and our hearts to dogs. The one thing that always catches us off guard about dogs? When one ‘suddenly’ becomes a senior!! Not literally – it’s like our own lives, we’re just living it and all of a sudden we’re in our 50’s! What happened? Seems like just yesterday we were kids. It’s like that for dogs too – one day a pup, next day a thriving adult dog, and then suddenly, the slowing down and aches and pains your dog experiences as he gets older.

The struggle is real people! I should know, I’m managing the aches and pains of aging myself. I try different supplements and alternative therapies. Spike, our 12-year old Chihuahua, and I are in the battle together – my 5 pound fluffy, little compadre! Unlike me, Spike-oh (as I like call him) has some pretty severe issues. IVDD (Intervertebral Disc Disease) has seeped into the little guy’s life, causing aches, pains, arthritis, and spine damage. Surgery really isn’t an option – neurologists are frank that Spike’s size, age, and condition create a sizable chance that he would be left much worse off…if he lived. So, we’ve turned to alternative therapies, including CBD.

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What Is CBD and How Does CBD Work on Pets?

Known as the common-day acronym for cannabidiol, CBD is one of the compounds found in hemp plants. CBD works directly with your pet’s endocannabinoid system, ultimately resulting in beneficial changes. What exactly is the endocannabinoid system you ask. It plays a vital role in a human, as well as pet’s, physiological world, including sensations affiliated with discomfort, memory, mood, and other pleasure and pain sensory functions. The functions occur in the brain and nervous system.

Dogs have the same natural cannabinoid receptors in the endocannabinoid system as humans! Dr. Duncan Lascelles

Hemp vs. CBD

Hemp and CBD come from the same plant, in three species varietals: indica, sativa, and ruderalis. Hemp oil and CBD come from the same genus (cannabis) and strain (sativa), the oil derived from hemp has minimal cannabinoids, while the CBD oil is more of what you’d find here in the legal Seattle dispensaries. The two main cannabinoids are THC and CBD, and CBD is what is used for medicinal purposes; therefore producers are seeking higher strain CBD and lower THC. If you (not your dog) prefer to just get high, then go for the THC. Understand? This is the most misunderstood part of “pot.” Many people conflate the two – and they are not conflate-able. Science… Go figure.

Both Hemp Oil and CBD Oil Are Low In THC

Hemp oil is low in cannabinoids, while CBD has a higher concentration making it sought after for healthcare purposes for humans and pets. Many people, including physicians, learned from Charlotte’s Webb, the team of pioneers who faced legal charges to help distribute CBD-based tinctures to treat children with epileptic seizures. From these beginnings came the understanding that CBD could treat many other ailments, including those that pet’s endure.

What CBD Is:

  • Not Psychoactive: Very low THC means no high
  • Great for Anxiety: Helps with your pet’s separation anxiety
  • Anti-Tumor: Studies show eradication of cancer cell growth
  • Anti-Seizure: Studies and cases have shown reversal of drug-resistant epilepsy
  • A Pain Reducer: Evidence of inflammation and nerve pain reducer
  • Neuro and Spine Defense: Minimizes brain/spine cell degradation
  • Heart Healthy: Reduces damage to blood vessels, reduces heart rate and blood pressure

Where To Buy CBD for Pets

Well, this is where it comes in handy to live in states with laws that allow for legal sales of CBD. At the time of this writing, about 30 states allow medicinal sales, while eight (8: AK, WA, OR, CA, NV, CO, MA, ME ) states have recreational allowances. These states are most likely to have CBD-based products. Since we live in Washington we are fortunate to have quite a few CBD-based products available for our pets. Don’t fret if you live outside of these states. You can still get CBD oil shipped to you anywhere in the United States as long as the oil contains less than 0.3 percent THC. Good news, and now you just need to understand how to dose. This is where we give a shout out to holistic veterinary practitioners! Heck, even though CBD is freely (well not freely, we still pay for it) available to us, we don’t wing it – we work with our holistic vet to key-in to the best CBD dosage for Spike – it helps us and him with management of his spine disease.

Products We’ve Tried

We’ve explored quite a few of CBD-based products for pets, including tinctures, pills, massage creams, and biscuit and cookie treats. So, with that in mind, we offer a comparison of some of the more high-quality products for your pet:

Lazarus NaturalsHow to Get an Old Dog Moving Again: CBD for Pets, by Rebecca Sanchez, The Pet Lifestyle Guru at MattieDogSeattle, WA. CBD oil made from in-house CBD extraction, blended with fractionated coconut oil, 1ml contains 15mg of CBD. This is our go-to, daily CBD-based product for our doggo’s arthritis and Spike’s condition.

True Hemp Chews by True Pet offer 500mg of hemp seed powder with each chew. For those of you with pups that like to nibble treats, this one is a good option for the benefits of hemp.

Serenity Hemp Oil for Pets is a liquid tincture that offers approximately 8mg of hemp per drop. Drops offer more control over the amount of products you give your pet.

Dr. Field’s Botanicals offers 750mg of hemp oil with each serving. We’ve used Dr. Field’s – we experimented with their products when we first tried to figure out how best to treat Spike.

One of our favorite hemp-based products is Omega Pet. It has 250mg of organic hemp oil product in each serving. Organic is a big plus in our book. We’ve used this product many times, and have been very happy with it.

Therabis is also a high-quality hemp-based product. It’s a powder, with hemp as well as green lipid muscles. We like the combo of the two. Spike has used this product with good outcomes.

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Tips for Helping Pups With Inflammatory Diseases:

  • Including anti-inflammatory foods in your dog’s diet will help ease some of the aches and pains! These include salmon and sardines, turmeric, sweet potatoes, ginger, blue berries, green lipped mussels, and celery.
  • Low pressure, aerobic exercise. Walking is good, just make sure that you avoid hills if possible (not just up-hill, but down-hill is also difficult and increases inflammation). We fill up our tub and let Spike swim around, it helps him both mentally and physically.
  • Holistic treatments to include veterinary care, massage, acupuncture, and cold laser. We include all of these for Spike – he’s an oldie but a goody, and all 5 pounds of him deserves the best that we can afford.
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Everything You Need To Know About CBD For Pets, by Rebecca Sanchez, The Pet Lifestyle Guru at MattieDog

We’re thrilled to have so many options for our pup – and that’s why we wanted to bring this information to you. If you have any additional information you’d like to see included in our pet CBD-based article, drop us a note. We’ll gladly add helpful tidbits so that all of our readers can benefit. That’s what we’re about – sharing quality information!

Rebecca Sanchez, The Pet Lifestyle Guru at MattieDogThanks for reading, and until next time – take care and keep on lovin’ your dog! MattieDog A little dog making a big impact in this world, MattieDog, social media superstar, animal advocate, animal author


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37 Comments

  1. Thanks Mattie, our dog is a senior and suffers from arthritis and stiffness. We will give Therabis a try.

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  2. CBD is amazing! We have been using it for our dog for anxiety and it takes the edge off of some of his fears like thunder and riding in the car. I would highly recommend anyone that has a dog with mobility or fear issues give it a try! Thanks for the info!

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  3. I’m so happy to hear how well the Up and Moving formula is helping Spike. Exercise and movement is so important to keep the body healthy and I’m glad Therabis is helping Spike be more active.

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  4. So glad that Therabis is helping Spike be more active and get the exercise his body needs. So important for a senior!

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    • We are thrilled as well – and anyone who has experienced an aging senior knows, compassionate care coupled with quality exercise (as appropriate) helps them live a longer and more quality-filled life!

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  5. That’s awesome that CBD is working so well for Spike! I use CBD oil (a different brand) for my 8 year old who has mild arthritis as well as with my younger dog to take the edge off his anxiety. Spike is just adorable, by the way!

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    • That is fabulous that you found something that works for you pup! CBD really does wonders for certain indications and arthritis is one of those that can be easily managed through its use!

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  6. This is great information! I have two senior dogs as well as senior cats. I will have to search into this product more as it seems to have helped Spike tremendously. Senior pets are no different that people, we need to be educated.

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    • You are so right Jodi – animals are truly no different than humans! I found that acupuncture helped me heal from whiplash and that’s why we tried it on Spike, and it helps him immensely. Same with CBD – we use it for sore muscles and aching back, and sure enough, works on Spike too!

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  7. Wow this is great information I am going to check this out. While my Dachshund is doing well with Cosequin is it good to know about other options in case that changes. Glad your pup is out and about again!

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    • We are trying the CBD first due to preservation of organs, etc., and so far have had a lot of positive feedback from Spike that things are working! We also do acupuncture and swimming on the little guy and he seems to be having fun 🙂

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  8. Elder dogs have so much spunk and love to give! Our’s is a senior too (14 yrs) and given the right love and care, they thrive for many years to come. Thanks so much for this thoughtful article on elder dog wellness.

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    • Oh my gosh, that is so wonderful – we love the oldies (having adopted a number of them) and you are right, they have spunk and joy with the right tender loving care!

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  9. I love CBD for my dogs and have learned a lot about the benefits of green-lipped mussels recently. I love that Therabis Up and Moving combines these two and more into an amazing anti-inflammatory supplement. My large breed dogs would certainly benefit.

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    • You are spot on – these two ingredients combine to make one potent anti-inflammatory fighter! Totally has helped Spike a great deal – and we highly recommend it!

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  10. I love that Hemp is being used for dogs, it helps them so much, I have noticed the difference in Layla since she gets it in her food, she is more energetic, playful and happier especially as she will be 11 this year. Her allergies have disappeared and in a nutshell one happy healthy lil old lady BOL.

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    • Exactly! Yes, so glad hemp-based products are helping Layla, that’s fabulous! We’ve seen a big difference with Spike, and could not be more thrilled!

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  11. I’ve read a lot lately about Therabis and have wondered how well it did. My mom’s dog has terrible allergies and he’s getting older. I need to check this out for her.

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    • It could very well help – we’ve found a lot of support for Spike through CBD/Therabis!

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  12. With exception of major “events” we never had a problem keeping our old dogs moving. So we didn’t have to get them to start, we just had to maintain other than getting over some temporary hurdles such as knee injuries etc.

    When dealing with arthritis, movement is actually part of the therapy.
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    • Same here – but, some things you can’t control, like IVDD. And this is where the CBD/Therabis has helped. Thanks for reading the post.

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  13. Our adopted silky terrier whom we lost to pancreatisis used to love his walks until his body just didn’t feel up to them. Maybe Therabis Up and Moving would have helped him. Our current dog is a senior now too, but takes joint medication and participates in agility, and so seems to be doing okay. I’m glad Therabis Up and Moving worked for Spike!

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    • Therabis/CBD is great for joint issues and is much easier on organs and that’s one of the key reasons we use it. Would love to see pics of you dog doing agility – they always look so graceful!

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  14. Ruby doesn’t yet have issues with arthritis though she definitely has some stiffness in the cold weather. I have heard great things about Therabis. Wish they made it for cats, too.

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    • Yes we (the humans in the household) definitely have stiffness in cold weather, and that’s when we use CBD ourselves!

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  15. So happy it helped Spike! What a cutie. Happy to meet you guys! 🙂

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    • Thanks so much – and for loving on little Spike! Nice to meet you too!

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  16. I am trying CBD for me in the near future (really bad knees and back). I wish it was legal in Canada for Dogs but not yet. So glad it is working for you.

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    • That’s great that you are trying it – we use it for our our problematic backs and knees as well! I was just reading about CBD in Canada (dogs) and hope that gets changed soon. We have some friends that really want to get it for their seniors.

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  17. I’ve been hearing so much about hemp and other cannabis products and all the wonders they are doing for people and animals! Therabis sounds like a great product, and I’m so glad to hear that it’s helped Spike! It’s always feels good to find a product that makes a noticeable difference for our babies.

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    • CBD really is wonderful, and helps with pain quite a bit – and zero high. A lot of people really confuse that one. We love that Spike is getting some really good relief from Therabis!

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  18. This was great to read, and inspiring as well!

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  19. I use CBD oil for my senior dog as well and I think it has helped her! She has more endurance than my 1 1/2 year old dog! He will get tired and want a break on our walks, but Gracie, the senior, wants to keep going. LOL

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    • That is an amazing testimony for CBD! That’s awesome that Gracie is the up and at it!

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  20. CBD was so so helpful for my senior. We used t to get him through the fireworks and general aches this past year before he left us. I was so thankful for what they provided to him!

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    • We’ve had really good fortune with CBD-based products and really like Therabis. I’m with you – I’m thankful that Spike is getting relief, his age makes me concerned more about quality of life, bless his little tiny soul!

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  21. It’s so cool that CBD can help pets too! It’s great for humans dealing with arthritis or chronic pain as well. Truly a special thing indeed.

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