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 the promise it has shown to help regulate the human and animal body to help support 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 such as these posted on PMC, show that CBD is well tolerated among many of its users and has little to no side effects, thus making it an awesome product to help 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. Joint discomfort 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 conditions caused by eroding tissues that result in joint discomfort and other aches. And as you may have guessed, the main cause of eroding tissue is excessive or prolonged inflammation. One of the first things a veterinarian will do when a pet is diagnosed with a condition like this is to focus on reducing the inflammation. They do this by prescribing anti-inflammatory medications (examples of these types of medications are Non-steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs, or 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 alternatives or additions that can help ease aches and discomforts. Some of these 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 help maintain a normal inflammatory response and offer connective tissue support. And due to CBD’s powerful properties, it could also help support healthy skin 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 – “An Update on Safety and Side Effects of Cannabidiol: A Review of Clinical Data and Relevant Animal Studies” – involving stressed-induced mice showed that CBD oil was not only effective for their stress and anxiety, but it also helped with their overall mood and wellbeing. This is great news for our senior pets, as the calming effects of CBD may help maintain a normal and relaxes disposition. 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 on the “Regulation of Nausea and Vomiting by Cannabinoids” have shown that CBD is very effective with nausea that can lead to vomiting. The less nauseated your senior pet feels, the more likely he or she will eat, which of course is important to their health! If nothing else, maybe a change in their food might help, like a juicy steak or wild-caught sockeye 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 from the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association on “dogs with intractable idiopathic epilepsy” found that “dogs in the CBD group had a significant reduction in seizure frequency, compared with the placebo group.” What’s more, researchers from this study noted no adverse effects. So not only did CBD support a healthy inflammatory response in the brain, but it showed no detrimental impacts on the dogs.
Other studies have found that CBD, along with trace amounts of THC, not only enhances memory recall but may help in combating 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 bites are safe and effective for my senior pets?
We’re no strangers 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 was better 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 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 products 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 products to their daily regimen may have positive effects on 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.