Dog's & Arthritis
There's no sweeter sound to your dog than the jingle of their leash, signalling that it's time for a walk. Your pet is designed to live an active life filled with long walks, brisk runs, and steep climbs. And while your workout buddy is always eager to tackle the next trail, joint pain can hinder their ability to keep up. We understand how tough it is to watch your pet struggle and the wish to keep them movin' and groovin' for as long as possible.
The Dog-gone Truth
Canine arthritis affects one out of five dogs. Estimates in the United Kingdom reveal that more than 22 million dogs are living with the discomforts of arthritis on a daily basis. While this is an alarming and unfortunate statistic, take comfort in knowing that their aches and pains can be dramatically reduced. In many cases, canine arthritis is treated with cortisone or steroids - both having serious side effects stemming from long-term use. Luckily, CBD treatment offers a natural remedy to help mitigate painful and restricting symptoms.
Does your pet have Arthritis?
Your veterinarian is likely to diagnose your pet with arthritis if they experience limited mobility due to inflamed joints, pain and stiffness. Our furry friends are susceptible to these symptoms, as it is common for dogs to have a degenerative joint disease called osteoarthritis. This disease targets cartilage - the connective tissue responsible for cushioning and protecting the bones in the joint. As this tissue slowly deteriorates, friction is caused between the joint and bones. This breakdown ultimately leads to continuous pain.
Additionally, inflammation in the joint capsule can produce the formation of bone spurs, which can be extremely painful as well. The most common locations where arthritis can occur is in the lower back, hips, shoulders, wrists, elbows, ankles and knees. Ageing is a big proponent of arthritis, so most cases will show in senior dogs. That said, infections or injuries that damage cartilage can also lead to arthritis.
Canine arthritis is associated with the following symptoms:
- Stiffness in the joints
- Excessive panting
- Reduced mobility
- Unusual and excessive sleep patterns
- Inability to jump
- Reluctance to jump
- Slow movements when laying down or getting up
- Reluctance to go on walks
And we hate to tell you, but the pesky ailment doesn't stop there...
How Arthritis Fuels Obesity
Given the frequent pain that is linked to movement, your dog will likely become more sedentary and avoid playtime. This decrease in activity level can lead to weight gain, which in turn worsens arthritis, as more stress is put on the joints. Weight gain triggers a long list of problems ranging from difficulty breathing and diabetes to decreased stamina and liver disease. It's a devastating cycle that can leave your pup in both a physically and mentally unhealthy state. Keeping your pup active is crucial in minimising the likelihood of long-term problems.
CBD to the Rescue!
While other forms of treatment exist for arthritis, they pose the risk of serious side effects. CBD is a safe and natural solution that doesn't come with a laundry list of harmful reactions. Research has shown that CBD has anti-inflammatory properties that can greatly assist with the joint inflammation that results from arthritis. Additionally, CBD is a great pain reliever. Not only will this help your pet rest comfortably, but it will also permit mobility with minimal to no pain. Given that arthritis targets specific areas of the body, a great way to administer treatment is through our yummy fish / sausage / cheese flavoured CBD oil. So, break out the tennis ball (and the CBD oil) for a game of fetch! Your pup deserves a day at the park and we're happy to help you get them there.