CBD Oil As A Supplement For Senior Dogs

  • 05/11/2019

You have probably heard of the famous CBD oil due to its incredible health benefits. Namely, a lot of people use CBD for anxiety, pain management, insomnia, and other health conditions. But, the CBD oil also entered the pet world in recent years. Although there aren’t many studies conducted regarding the health benefits of CBD oil on dogs, pet owners claim it has helped their dogs, especially the older ones.

According to their claims, CBD oil has the same or similar effect on dogs as on humans. The reason for this is the fact that dogs, like humans, have an endocannabinoid system. And, as it’s found, the CBD oil helps our body by affecting the way the endocannabinoid system works. Now, let’s see how does the CBD oil help older dogs.

Improves Brain Function And Health

It has been found that CBD oil can improve the function of cells and promote healthy aging by supporting the function of mitochondria. In this way, it improves brain function and health. It also supports healthy and fully-functioning brain throughout the years due to its anti-inflammatory properties.

Reduces Pain

Apart from improving brain health, CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties help reduce the pain that many older and disabled dogs feel. The pain, in older dogs, can be a result of an injury, disease, such as arthritis, IVDD, and hip dysplasia, or a surgery. What makes the CBD oil very important for pain management is that it’s more efficient and healthier than traditional medications. This is because most of the medications that vets prescribe to older dogs are harmful. Namely, they can damage their liver, cause addiction/dependence, or can cause a deadly overdose.

Reduces Inflammation

Having in mind that inflammation is among the main sources of pain, the CBD oil can also help with this problem due to its anti-inflammatory properties. As a matter of fact, one study showed that CBD is so effective against inflammation caused by osteoarthritis that is can even slow its progression.

Although there are medications that help with inflammation, they are considered as unsafe for dogs’ health. Namely, they can damage the gastrointestinal tract and negatively affect the function of the kidneys and the liver. And, if they are used for a long period, they can cause renal failure and death.

Improves Mobility

As it happens with humans, dogs also become less mobile as they grow older. So, you can notice that your dog doesn’t want to play the games loved when they were young, don’t want to go for a walk, run, or swim. It’s because their body, their bones, and muscles aren’t as strong as they were a few years ago.

Knowing that they feel pain, especially in their joints, pet owners give their dogs CBD oil. They do it because CBD can relieve pain and inflammation, thus improving their mobility. As one study on dogs shows, 2 mg of CBD oil, given twice a day, improves dogs mobility.

Reduces Anxiety

We aren’t the only ones who suffer from anxiety. Dogs can suffer from this mental condition, too. Their anxiety is usually a result of certain situations, such as loud noises, and behaviours. CBD oil helps reduce dogs’ anxiety by affecting the work of the endocannabinoid system. In fact, it triggers chemical transmissions between the receptors that calm down the dog.

Increases Appetite

As they grow older and their body’s function slows down, their appetite reduces. While this something that can happen, it’s very important for the dog to receive all the essential nutrients in order to be healthy. It’s especially important when the dog is fighting a disease, which becomes more often as they get older. Therefore, they need to eat well and consume vitamins, minerals and other important nutrients to fight against the disease and get better. If they don’t, their body weakens and their health worsens.

CBD oil can increase their appetite, no matter if the cause of not eating is a sickness of nausea. It works its magic by triggering the feeling of being hungry. In that way, it supports dogs’ health and helps them fight against diseases.

CBD oil has been misunderstood for a long time, but thanks to studies people started using it. And, we have learned that CBD oil is as healthy as it can be, with lots of health benefits backed up by science. As it can be noticed from this article, CBD oil is not healthy only for humans but also for dogs. It’s because all mammals, including humans and dogs, have an endocannabinoid system through which CBD oil affects our health. Although there have been a lot of studies about CBD’s effect on humans and only a few on dogs, more studies are needed in order to find all health benefits that CBD oil has on dogs.

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