Does your fur baby seem less energetic and active than usual or have a hard time jumping onto the couch and running up the stairs? If so, your animal companion may be suffering from arthritis. Canine arthritis is extremely common and can decrease your pet’s quality of life by causing extreme pain and loss of mobility. All animals can suffer from this degenerative joint disease, but certain predispositions can increase risk. While there is no cure for arthritis, the advancement of natural medicine has made this painful condition manageable for your furry friend. CBD for canine arthritis may control swelling and associated complications and keep your best buddy happy and healthy.
Arthritis is a disorder characterized by inflammation and degeneration of the joints. Because our pets are always running, jumping and playing, they are likely to develop this condition. Arthritis may increase swelling and make mobility difficult. Your pet may not want to move around, however, decreased movement can cause the situation to worsen. Osteoarthritis, the most common form of this degenerative disorder, is a progressive and permanent deterioration of joint cartilage. Cartilage reduces friction and allows the joints to move freely past each other. When it wears down, bones begin to rub against bone causing inflammation and swelling of the joints. This cartilage does not regenerate, potentially leaving your pet in pain for a lifetime.
If pets could talk, it would be a lot easier to know when something is wrong. But because they can’t, you must be in tune with subtle behavioral changes that may indicate underlying stress. Visible signs of canine arthritis include weight gain, increased sleep patterns, decreased interest in playing or running, hesitation to jump on couches and ascend stairs.
Because some cats are less active than dogs, the indicators of feline arthritis may vary slightly. Excessive grooming of an area suggests that there may be underlying pain and inflammation. Other indicators include urination outside of the litter box because of decreased mobility and reluctance to jump on furniture. These small changes in behavior may be warning signs of arthritis, but it is best to see a vet if you believe your pet may be developing the condition. Because pets react differently to pain and discomfort, there may be no external signs of arthritis, making regular checkups on joint health a necessity.
There is no single known cause of arthritis; however, there are several contributing factors that can increase the risk of this disorder. Constant stress on joints can accelerate the development of arthritis. Obesity can increase this stress and exacerbate joints causing inflammation. Some larger dog breeds are genetically inclined to develop canine arthritis because of higher weight and abnormal bone development as puppies. Tissue destruction from infections, congenital defects in the hips and elbows at birth, and autoimmune disorders can all increase the risk of arthritis. Generally, animals develop arthritis or osteoarthritis as they get older.
Although there is no cure for canine arthritis, there are preventative measures that can be taken to slow the progression of the condition. A balanced diet may keep your pup at a reasonable weight, decreasing the amount of stress on the joints and increasing mobility. Additionally, in larger breeds, proper nutrition can promote healthy bone development and lower the risk of arthritis later in life. Encouraging moderate exercise helps maintain joint mobility and flexibility as dormancy can often speed up the development of this disorder.
If arthritis has already developed, efforts should be taken to control prevalent symptoms and slow the progression of the disorder. Physical therapy may help ease friction and make movement more comfortable for your pet. In extreme cases, surgery may be necessary to slow the progression or replace irreparable joints. Traditional pet medication may relieve the symptoms but can also have adverse side effects on the liver and GI tract. Natural alternatives, like CBD, may decrease discomfort and soothe pain and inflammation without the harmful consequences associated with prescription medicine.
CBD, or Cannabidiol, is a natural compound found in Hemp plants. This compound is being researched for its ability to relieve pain, reduce inflammation and encourage healthy cell growth and reproduction. At Pure Paws, we extract CBD from superior-grade, organic Industrial Hemp, grown on American farms. Our Hemp plants are always cultivated under environmentally-friendly, sustainable conditions, free of pesticides and harmful chemicals. Using a CO2 extraction process, we separate CBD from the other cannabinoids, or chemical compounds, found in Hemp plants like THC – the active cannabinoid in Marijuana known for causing intoxication. The resulting CBD isolate is federally legal and contains no THC, so your pet will not feel “high.”
CBD has strong healing properties that may calm arthritis symptoms in both animals and humans. This natural compound interacts with the body’s Endocannabinoid System, or ECS, to manage pain. The ECS is a network of receptors and molecules in mammals that is responsible for maintaining homeostasis, regulating sleep and appetite, and affecting mood. The body creates cannabinoids naturally, but it also responds to plant-derived cannabinoids like CBD and THC. That’s why adding higher concentrations of cannabinoids to the body via CBD products may improve the functionality of the ECS and provide long-lasting health benefits.
According to a 2016 study of rats, CBD may have a positive impact on arthritis. When you give your pet CBD, the natural compound works to reduce arthritic symptoms by accelerating the immune response. In cases of autoimmunity, CBD may influence the death of overactive immune cells that cause inflammation and swelling unnecessarily. All these combined efforts of one natural supplement can potentially restore comfort and mobility to your precious pup.
Pure Paws Hemp has a human-grade product line for your pet to experience the healing properties of CBD in a tasty way. Our CBD Pet Oil and Dog Biscuits contribute to a balanced diet and boost immune system function.
Arthritis can affect any animal at any age – even humans. Since there is no cure, it is easy to live in daily pain searching for effective pain relief. If your pet’s arthritis pain progresses, you should see a veterinarian about possible treatment plans. CBD may provide a natural health supplement that reduces pain while contributing a wealth of health benefits and promoting a better quality of life. At Pure Paws, we want you to enjoy your time with your furry loved one for as long as you can. Learn more about how CBD for pets can reduce pain and inflammation associated with a number of health conditions.