Is CBD good for senior dogs? Contrary to popular belief, medical research on the effects of cannabis based medicine has been going on for over 30 years. Among the hundreds of compounds found in this family of plants, the two most researched are THC and CBD.
Although THC is known to have psychoactive properties, including inducing a “high” effect, CBD (Cannabidiol) does not. Since it is found in high quantities in the legal cannabis product known as hemp, it has been the subject of many research studies on its properties.
This article will look at some of those properties that most apply to our senior canine companions. If you want to know whether CBD is good for older dogs, we hope this article will give you the information you need to make informed decisions about your pet’s care.
As always, although our full spectrum hemp oil is available without a prescription, we think responsible pet health care begins with proper diagnosis and treatment by a licensed veterinarian.
#1: Reduce Pain and Inflammation
Many of our senior dogs struggle with pain and inflammation from degenerative disease such as arthritis, old injuries, or plain old senioritis.
As veterinarians and pet owners alike have become increasingly aware of the dangerous side effects of many of the most commonly prescribed medications (such as renal failure from NSAIDs), the search for safe and natural pain and inflammation relief has been of great interest to researchers for decades.
Several studies have repeatedly demonstrated that CBD helps to reduce both neuropathic pain as well as inflammation. It does so by working with the body’s Endocannabinoid System which works with the central and peripheral nervous system to regulate both pain and the body’s inflammatory response.
Take for a moment the cases of osteoarthritis, a condition that affects as many as 25% of dogs according to the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. Recent research has shown a remarkable benefit of CBD for this condition, including promising results in lab studies that show the action of CBD on the Endocannabinoid System may even slow the progression of this disease.
#2: Increase Mobility for Senior Dogs
Many of us with older dogs watch them begin to lose interest in activities that they once enjoyed as they reach their golden years. It can be both frustrating and heartbreaking to watch our friends mope around when they once enjoyed playing with other dogs, going on long walks, and bouncing around to enjoy the great outdoors.
However, recent research on CBD oil and dogs with arthritis showed that as little as 2mg/kg of a full spectrum hemp oil administered twice daily can improve comfort and mobility.
To learn more about a LolaHemp customer who used our full spectrum and organic CBD oil for her older dog, read Heidi’s story here.
#3: Improve Skin Health
Another area of medical research where CBD has received a lot of attention in the last 20 years is dermatology. It turns out that the Endocannabinoid System plays a vital role in skin health and CBD seems to trigger this system with a variety of potential beneficial results.
Many of these benefits may be of special value to our older pets who often experience dry and flaky skin as they age or due to skin allergies developed later in life.
One of our senior dog customers, Olive, showed significant improvement in terms of addressing her persistently itchy ears and face after using LolaHemp. You can read more about her story here.
#4: Boost Immunity
When it comes to giving our senior dogs immune system support, CBD may well prove to play an important role.
Although more research needs to be done to fully understand the relationship between CBD and the immune system, consider consulting with a holistic vet to find out if full spectrum hemp oil would be a value added addition to your senior dog, particularly if they have a condition related to a compromised immune system.
#5: Better Digestion
Finally, many of our aging dogs suffer from digestive problems such as reduced appetite, irregular bowel movements, gas, and other signs of gastrointestinal distress. Again, the Endocannabinoid System acts to regulate or balance the digestive system in important ways and research on CBD specifically is starting to show a variety of potential benefits, including:
Can CBD Oil Help Your Senior Dog?
Here at LolaHemp, we offer a full spectrum CBD oil made from domestically sourced organic hemp. If you have decided to give CBD oil a try for your senior pet, we hope you will consider LolaHemp for your aging dog’s health and well being.
Before you buy, compare LolaHemp to other brands. We offer:
* Full Spectrum Hemp Oil which includes other cannabinoids found in hemp thought to support the healing benefits of CBD.
* Third Party Lab Tests are available for every batch of our oil and accessible through the QR code found on every bottle or viewable before purchase here.
* Domestically Sourced Organic Hemp from a family farm in Colorado is what we use four our source hemp leading to a very high quality final product.
* As a Pets Before Profits company, LolaHemp is a family owned business who donates a portion of profits and products to our partners in the animal rescue community.
* Our 30 Day Money Back Guarantee allows you to try our product with no risk to you.
* Optional Membership Program to help our regular customers save money and benefit from convenient auto-delivery at an interval that works best for them.
Do you have questions about LolaHemp? Please feel free to contact us today!