We love our pets, and, we want them with us as long as possible. But as pets age, they invariably face discomfort from arthritis and other problems that cause pain. In fact, according to the Arthritis Foundation, one in five dogs suffers from canine arthritis. This disease, most commonly seen in older dogs, can affect the legs, hips, back, and more—making regular movements painful. For pet parents seeking natural options, several studies are showing that CBD may offer a way to support joint flexibility and maintain mobility.
CBD works with the body’s receptors to maintain homeostasis – natural balance. When that balance is lost, inflammation can occur which causes pain. While we are not making specific health claims, and treatment of any pet ailment should always begin with your Vet, early research is showing positive indications when it comes to the efficacy of CBD in managing pain in pets.
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine is one of the organizations leading the charge. In a study of the effects of CBD on canine osteoarthritis, researchers found improved mobility and increased comfort among dogs receiving cannabinoids compared to placebo, with no negative side effects. They are continuing their research to determine if it has the potential to treat oncology and post-surgical pain.
The same study examined CBD use for general chronic pain. The researchers concluded that there is substantial evidence for cannabis as an effective treatment for chronic pain in animals, and that CBD may also reduce inflammation.
Additionally, the study reported that animals being treated with CBD were unlikely to build up a tolerance, so the amount administered would not need to be continually increased.
In another study conducted by Colorado State University, 95 percent of participating dog owners felt that consumption of CBD products provided “pain relief either moderately or a great deal”.
At the end of the day, experts on both sides of the discussion agree that further study is a great idea, because pet parents are definitely interested in more natural alternatives for their fur-babies!