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Older Pets and CBD

How to utilize CBD to potentially ease your pet’s aging process

There isn’t a lot that most of us wouldn’t do for our pets. We spend multitudes of money, time, and energy on our cats, dogs, hamsters, and more! From their infant stages to their twilight years, we do what we can to make sure they’re healthy, happy, and comfortable.

One of the hardest parts of having a pet is realizing they’re aging and need new routines and medications to maintain their quality of life. Unfortunately, the medication world can be intimidating even with a vet’s help and advice. Some steroids for example, can help with arthritis swelling but potentially harm liver and kidney function. Pet owners are often left with difficult decisions, weighing the risks, for years as their pets get older and older.

Fortunately, research in CBD and how it may be able to reduce swelling and inflammation is progressing well. CBD, or cannabidiol, has been studied for years in relation to how to utilize its potential medicinal benefits and uses. And the market is extensive!

Still, when you think of CBD medicinal uses, you probably first think of humans and how we can benefit, but the fact is that animals are susceptible to the impacts of cannabinoids just like humans. Dogs and cats both have an ECS or endocannabinoid system, just like humans. They therefore also have the same cannabinoid receptors, CB1 and CB2, as humans. As a result, we are able to give our pets with CBD treats and oils in efforts to improve their day-to-day life.

How to Know Your Pet Might Need CBD

It’s not uncommon for pets to get older and develop arthritis. Arthritis is a swelling in the joints, which creates pain and inflammation from the inside to the outside of the body. It’s a common ailment amongst humans but with animals as well.

If your animal is older, it’s a good time to ask your vet about whether or not they have arthritis. Many animals, especially dogs, may begin excessively licking or chewing on paws and joints in an effort to ‘fix’ the discomfort of arthritis. Other symptoms include difficulty getting up, a newfound reluctance in going up and down stairs, stiffness in the legs, uncharacteristic aggression, and similarly, a sensitivity towards being touched in joints. The aggression is nothing to worry about, your animal is simply in pain and scared. If you notice these symptoms, you should take your animal to the vet.

But often times, your vet will be able to tell you if your animal has developed arthritis before you even have to ask. Many of them may recommend over the counter medications and some which can be prescribed to you. All of these things are good, and while some may come with scary side effects such as affecting your pet’s organs, others are harmless.

When to Introduce CBD to Your Pet’s Routine

You should ask your vet about whether or not it’s safe to start giving your pet CBD to help treat the symptoms of arthritis. CBD has been linked to reducing inflammation and swelling in humans and animals. This means that introducing CBD to their daily routine may help them with the pain of arthritis and any other discomfort it causes, as the swelling may be reduced, eliminating the symptoms.

Introducing CBD to your pet’s routine should start as soon as your vet approves the use of CBD. Remember that CBD can interfere with other medications and pre-existing conditions. Your vet who knows your pet’s medical history best should approve this decision first.

How Much CBD to Give Your Pet

Dosage of CBD, like so many things, really depends on size and weight of the animal. Larger animals will need more of course. Most websites that sell CBD products for the pet, have a scale for how many milligrams per pound the pet weighs. Some may recommend say two to four milligrams per ten pounds the animals weighs for example. Others are different because of the content of their product. It’s important to read the instructions and ask your vet if you have any further questions before giving your pet CBD.

While your pet cannot overdose on hemp extract, too much could make them very sleepy and clumsy. The effect should wear off within a few hours, but it’s important to monitor them after you give them CBD. Keeping a journal where you can remember how much you gave your pet, how it affected them and if you increase or decrease the amount as a result is a smart, simple way to stay organized. That way you can have a detailed log of how the CBD is or is not affecting your pet.

And again, while your pet cannot overdose on CBD, CBD can interact poorly with other medications. This is just one reason why you should consult with your vet before introducing CBD to any pet’s routine.

Final Thoughts on CBD for Aging Pets

Having your pet age is never easy. They can’t tell you when they’re hurting or feeling off, and the best we can do is guess, go to the vet, and do what we can to make them comfortable. We are fortunate to live in time when CBD is readily available as an option to potentially help our pets during the later portion of their lives.

Wishing you and your pet lots of cozy, comfortable days ahead!