Here at shopCBD, we love dogs. They bring a really special kind of joy into your life. The bond between dog and owner is a unique and beautiful thing.
But along with that special and fulfilling relationship comes some tough decisions. Namely, what to do when your pet gets sick or injured.
Seeing a pet in pain is one of the most distressing things a pet owner can experience. When your fur baby is hurting, you hurt too. That’s why many owners will try just about anything that could help their dog.
While your first course of action when your pup isn’t doing well should always be to consult your vet, there’s also huge potential for CBD to help with some common health issues found in dogs.
One really interesting thing about CBD and pets is that the placebo effect is non-existent. With humans, anecdotal reports about CBD say it can fix just about anything. But some of those reports may be colored by the placebo effect. When treating your dog with CBD, you’ll know if it made a difference, because you know your pet and the issues they face. If you apply a CBD topical on your dog’s leg, and she stops limping, you know right away that it worked. And it wasn’t because she read an article about CBD on the internet.
Let’s take a look at common health issues found in some of the most popular breeds, and how they might be helped by CBD:
Dysplasia of the Hip
Hip dysplasia is one of the most common health issues found in larger dog breeds, like Bernese Mountain Dogs, Golden Retrievers, Great Danes and others.
Hip dysplasia is a deformation of the hip socket. It causes all kinds of other health problems in dogs, most notably arthritis. In fact, it’s the #1 cause of hip arthritis in the world, and it disproportionately affects larger dog breeds.
The most common non-surgical treatment for hip dysplasia in dogs is with NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). Some NSAIDs you might recognize include aspirin and ibuprofen.
Since CBD may have anti-inflammatory properties, there is potential to help with the pain and inflammation resulting from hip dysplasia.
But more importantly, hip dysplasia often leads to arthritis, which is a common ailment that causes people to investigate CBD.
If your dog is suffering from hip dysplasia, always take them to your vet as a first line of defense. But if they need a little help with inflammation and pain, CBD may be a great solution for them.
Drawing a straight line from hip dysplasia, we end up at arthritis. One of the saddest things for a pet owner is seeing their dog in pain, like when they’re limping from arthritis.
Arthritis is, in essence, a type of disorder affecting joints, that results in pain and stiffness. There are lots of different forms, but what they have in common is joint pain and inflammation.
According to a study published by pain specialists at Dalhousie University, CBD was found to be effective in reducing pain and inflammation in mice. So that means it’s a solid candidate for addressing the symptoms of your dog’s arthritis.
Pruritus (itchiness and skin inflammation)
Pruritus is a fancy medical term for “itchiness.” It can be caused by lots of different things, but the result is mostly the same – dry, uncomfortable, itchy skin. Treating pruritis in dogs means two things: identifying and treating the root cause, and soothing the symptoms.
The cause of pruritus can vary quite a bit, and your veterinarian is the only one qualified to diagnose it. It may be an allergen, it may be fleas, it may just be plain old dry skin. Your vet can recommend the best course of action.
But when it comes to treating the symptoms – inflammation, swelling, itchiness, signs of pain or discomfort – CBD is great option. As the Dalhousie U study showed, CBD can reduce pain and inflammation in animals, and a topical CBD solution could be perfect for treating your dog’s pruritus.
A little relief for your furry friends
All pet owners know how hard it is to see your dog in pain.
But lucky for us, and especially for our dogs, CBD is here to help.
Shop our full line of pet products, or take a look at topicals specifically designed to help with skin issues.