It’s Sunday morning, and you’ve decided to sleep in a little. With nothing on the agenda, you think to yourself, ‘Today is a great day for a trip to the park.’ You get up, get dressed, and look over at your loyal companion. You see that he’s just as excited as you to get out and about, except this time he’s moving a little slower than normal. You both make your way into the kitchen to have a nice hearty breakfast. But for some reason, your faithful companion isn’t very hungry. You figure that he’ll eat later. You then leash him up and head out to the car. You open the door and tell him to get in, but he needs a little help. Finally, you arrive at his favorite place in the world, the dog park. You both get out and head into the park. Excited dogs with wagging tails begin to greet you both. As large and small dogs begin to run laps around the park, you notice that your beloved pup isn’t keeping up with the rest of the pack like he used to.
You then start putting everything together, and it hits you: ‘Has my dog hit his senior years?’ As much as we hate to hear that our beloved pets are getting older, it’s inevitable. But that doesn’t mean we can’t help ease some of their aches and pains as they age.
Introducing Cannabidiol (CBD)
If you’re unaware of CBD, then you and your trusted companion are in for a treat. CBD is a medicinal compound found in the cannabis plant. Don’t worry, we’re not talking about marijuana (although CBD is found in that cannabis strain as well). No, we’re talking about another non-intoxicating strain of cannabis, hemp.
Hemp contains a number of therapeutic properties like:
- Amino acids
- Omega fatty acids
But it’s cannabinoids like CBD that have scientists, medical professionals, and veterinarians in awe of how well it can reduce inflammation and help regulate the human and animal body to maintain proper health and wellness.
While CBD is derived from cannabis, the products sold all throughout the country are derived from hemp. This is because CBD is more abundant in hemp and only contains a tiny amount (0.3%) of THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), the cannabinoid known for getting its users “high.” This small amount of THC is not nearly enough to be intoxicating, and it’s safe for humans and animals to consume. So, you can rest easy knowing that Mr. Whiskers and Fido won’t be high-pawing each other as they conspire a plan to raid the kitchen for snacks because they have the munchies. In fact, studies show that CBD is well tolerated among its users and has little to no side effects, thus making it an awesome supplement to ease the suffering of our senior pets.
Whether you’ve just adopted a senior pet, or you’ve watched your canine or feline friend slowly age through the years, here are 4 signs that your senior pet could benefit from the therapeutic properties of CBD.
#1. Arthritis and mobility issues
Like humans, our trusted canine and feline friends can also suffer from immobilizing aches and pains. The most common cause of these mobility issues comes from different forms of arthritis. And as you may have guessed, the main cause of arthritis is excessive or prolonged inflammation. One of the first things a veterinarian will do when a pet is diagnosed with arthritis is to focus on reducing the inflammation. They do this by prescribing anti-inflammatory medications such as Non-steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs). While NSAIDs have their place in reducing some pain and inflammation, they also can cause a number of unwanted side effects. And as pet parents, unwanted side effects are the last things we want for our senior pets.
Thankfully, however, there are some natural supplements that can help ease arthritic inflammation and pain. These anti-inflammatory joint supplements are:
- Fish oil
- Green-lipped mussel (GLM)
- Cannabidiol (CBD)
As luck would have it, Dr. Joe Wakshlag of Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine tested CBD oil on dogs suffering from Osteoarthritis. His results were jaw-dropping. According to the study, over 80% of the dogs that received CBD oil showed “significant improvement in pain levels and quality of life.” The best part? No side effects were reported.
Other studies show that when CBD is applied to the skin, it can reduce inflammation and relieve arthritic pain. And due to CBD’s powerful anti-inflammatory properties, it could target relief from a number of allergic skin disorders found in pets. Pretty compelling results, if you ask us.
Note: Consider trying our water soluble Broad Spectrum Hemp & Mushroom Oil for dogs and cats.
As your pet ages, you may notice them getting a little more clingy and needy. Maybe a quick trip to the grocery store or even to the mailbox has your dog or cat verbally interrogating you to see why you were gone for so long. Anxiety for pets is terrifying. In their minds, they think, “This is it, they’ve finally left for good. I’m all alone, and those weird noises (the wind, someone mowing their lawn, or cars driving by) I hear all the time are finally going to show themselves and take me away.”
If your pet already suffers from different kinds of anxiety such as noise, separation, situational, or behavioral anxiety, then chances are their anxiety might increase as they age. Not to mention, pain, inflammation, and lack of sleep are known to contribute to anxiety as well.
There may be some remedial things you can do, though. A study involving stressed-induced mice showed that CBD oil not only reduced their stress and anxiety, but it also improved their overall mood and wellbeing. This is great news for our senior pets, as the calming effects of CBD could potentially help ease their anxious thoughts and behaviors. That could mean trips to the store, or leaving for work, without worrying if Fido may be a nervous wreck by the time you get home.
Note: Consider trying our Broad Spectrum Hemp & Coconut Oil for dogs and cats (comes in various strengths).
#3. Lack of appetite and nausea
Have you noticed that your dog or cat has been throwing up a lot lately? Or maybe you’ve noticed they’re just not interested in eating anymore?
As you might have already known, most pets are totally driven by food, especially dogs. Healthy pet foods contain viable nutrients that are essential for the health of our senior pets. But as our pets age, you might begin to notice that your dog or cat isn’t as excited about their food as they used to be. In fact, instead of eating, they’re showing signs of nausea instead.
This could be due to a number of reasons:
- Sore teeth
- Not interested in the same ol’ dog or cat chow
- Emotional or social issues
- Or they’re just not feeling too well
Feeling nauseous might explain why your beloved companion is losing weight or has a poor appetite. But studies have shown that CBD is very effective in relieving nausea that often leads to vomiting. The less nauseated your senior pet feels, the more likely he or she will eat, thus increasing their overall health. If nothing else, maybe a change in their food might help, like a juicy steak or salmon.
Note: Consider trying our irresistible Broad Spectrum Hemp & Mushroom Soft Chews for dogs and cats.
#4. Seizures and memory loss
Believe it or not, a lot goes on in our beloved pets’ little brains, and as they age, stress, anxiety, and even fear can take its toll. While it’s unclear how seizures form in the human and the animal brain, it’s clear that they can cause a lot of health issues and damage.
Cognitive function and memory loss are two of the main issues our canine and feline friends will suffer from with seizures. And as helpless as you might feel when you see your beloved companion suffer from a seizure, you might be surprised to find that CBD could potentially help them.
One particular study found that CBD helped reduce the frequency of seizures in dogs diagnosed with intractable idiopathic epilepsy. What’s more, researchers from this study noted absolutely no adverse effects. So not only did CBD help reduce inflammation on the brain, but it proved completely safe for the dogs to consume.
Other studies have found that CBD, along with trace amounts of THC, not only improves memory but can potentially protect against memory loss as well. That could help Fido remember where he buried that bone a few days ago.
Note: Consider trying our Organic Full Spectrum Hemp Oil for dogs and cats (comes in various strengths).
Which brand of CBD oil and CBD pet treats are safe and effective for my senior pets?
We’re no stranger to the sadness of watching our furry friends grow older. In fact, Heidi Hill, founder and creator of Holistic Hound, discovered CBD because of this very reason.
In 2014, Heidi noticed that her beloved husky, Pearl, was entering her final years. She couldn’t stand watching her faithful companion suffer from aches and pains, so she gave CBD a try. Before she knew it, Pearl’s discomfort had minimized and her quality of life increased as she continued to age. While Heidi knew she would have to eventually say goodbye to Pearl, she made sure that in her final years she was comfortable and suffered as little as possible.
Since then, Heidi has combined her passion for animals with her knowledge of holistic healthcare to create high quality, organic CBD, CBG, and medicinal mushroom supplements for both cats and dogs. Each product is thoroughly tested by third parties to ensure potency, accuracy, and safety.
We know that watching your pet grow old can be hard, but adding high-quality CBD and health-promoting supplements to their daily regimen could help increase their quality of life as they age. As always, feel free to reach out to us here if you have any questions or concerns. We’re always happy to help in any way we can