We love our four-legged friends, don’t we? A cherished dog or cat is as much a part of your family as the human members they share time and space with.
Each person is different of course, but we give our pets plenty of love and attention, and many of us share meals and even bed space with our furry friends.Is it any wonder then, that as they get older, we do everything we can to take care of them and make them feel better?
According to the most recent statistics, about 30% of our family pets suffer from arthritis, and until recently, effective remedies to help soothe their aches and pains have been few and far between. That’s grim news, because the arthritis your pets suffer with is functionally the same condition that exists in humans, and every bit as painful for them.
At the root, the pain arthritis sufferers feel (regardless of species) stems from inflammation.Fortunately, there’s a growing body of evidence proving that CBD, also known as Cannabidiol, has tremendous health benefits, including the ability to help fight inflammation.
So, You’re Saying I Should Get My Dog High?
Not at all.
The chemical compound in marijuana that’s known for its psychoactive effects is THC.Hemp oils, sprays, and other treatments are made with high concentrations of CBD, and no THC.You could bathe in hemp oil and it wouldn’t give you even a slight buzz.
CBD-based treatments come in three basic forms, although from a practical standpoint, one of the three may not be right for your dog.The three forms are:
We’ve started with the least pet-friendly method first, and let’s face it, this is less than ideal unless you’ve got a short-haired, or hairless pet.
This form of treatment is proven effective though.Simply spray onto the affected joint and gently massage the oil into your pet’s skin.Don’t expect to see instantaneous results, but over time, you will begin to see positive impacts and increased mobility for your favorite four-legged friend.
This one’s probably the easiest of the three treatment options.Being liquid, it’s easy enough to simply mix into your pet’s water supply undetected.And don’t worry if you are a multi-pet household.It’s not harmful to pets who don’t have arthritis, and there are no side effects.
It’s hard to find cat treats infused with CBD, but dog treats are fairly common.As such, this is more of a dog-specific option, but it’s incredibly effective.After all, what dog doesn’t love an approving look, a pat on the head, and a delicious treat!You’ll never see such enthusiasm for taking meds as you do when you incorporate it into a dog treat!
What we said about the effects of the topical treatment hold true for these other two as well.CBD isn’t a miracle cure.It won’t work instantly, or even overnight, but give it time.Keep treating your beloved pet at regular intervals, and you’ll note a steady improvement and increased mobility, and that’s enough to put a smile on your face, and back into your favorite pet’s eyes.