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.
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 Naturals, Seattle, 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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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!
A little dog making a big impact in this world!®