By Angela Ardolino
Updated on December 3, 2020
How could CBD oil help your dog with a degenerative disease? Well, where do we begin? The benefits are endless. Not only does CBD help your dog with the degenerative disease, but CBD helps your dog’s overall health as well as associated pain and anxiety. CBD oil reduces inflammation, reduces pain, provides dogs with more energy, helps with reducing the amount of stress they are experiencing, prevents infection, helps in the healing process, and gives their immune system a boost.
The Pain of Degeneration
What matters most in pets suffering from degenerative diseases is ensuring their life is full of joy. Making each day count is critical. The term ‘degenerative’ means the condition will continue to worsen over time, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t methods that can be implemented to increase the joys of life during this time period.
We want to reduce the amount of pain and stress they are feeling to make sure each day is a good one. Usually, drugs like Rimadyl would be prescribed to reduce inflammation, and therefore assist in reducing pain in pets with degenerative diseases. Unfortunately, drugs like Rimadyl are extremely harsh on our pet’s body and can cause stomach ulcers, liver toxicity, and kidney failure.
Here’s what CBD comes in. CBD helps reduce inflammation in the body and offers a natural, side-effect free solution to pain and inflammation.
CBD works with a part of the body known as the endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system is existent in nearly every living organism ranging from humans to insects (yes, insects!). The purpose of the endocannabinoid system is to regulate homeostasis; bringing the body back to balance.
CBD helps by communicating with various cell types within our body using the body’s receptors. The communication between the cells has a job to do. Their job is to defend the body. They are the warriors in the frontline.
Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine conducted an 8-month, first of its kind, double-blind clinical study on the effects of cannabinoids in dogs; specifically dogs suffering from osteoarthritis. The results of the study were significant. Dogs in the study experienced a significant decrease in pain and an increase in activity.
A decrease in pain and an increase in activity can dramatically change the life of your dog… and you!
Another study, “Pharmacokinetics, Safety, and Clinical Efficacy of Cannabidiol Treatment in Osteoarthritic Dogs,” studied the levels of comfort experienced in regard to CBD treatment in dogs with osteoarthritis. The study found that 2 mg/kg of CBD twice per day can increase the level of comfort a dog is experiencing as well as increase a dog’s activity levels.
Dementia/ Canine Cognitive Dysfunction (CCD)
As a dog ages, there may be a change in her behavior. At first, you likely won’t notice the subtle changes, but if you have a senior dog and notice changes in behavior, it’s time to take her to your veterinarian and find out if she has Canine Cognitive Dysfunction (AKA doggy Alzheimer’s).
CBD has been shown to reduce symptoms of neurological issues in dogs. It’s so effective that the United States government has a patent on cannabis as a neuroprotectant. In addition to reducing the risk of developing CCD, CBD can help, once your dog has been diagnosed, by reducing anxiety and increasing comfort throughout her remaining years.
Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD)
IVDD can be extremely frightening, stressful, and traumatic to your dog. Handling chronic pain and sometimes losing the ability to play, walk, and/or run, can send your dog into a state of depression. Dogs who undergo surgery for their IVDD may need to be confined to a crate until they are close to done or done healing. Providing CBD for anxiety during these difficult times can help your dog rest during recovery as well as reduce daily anxiety in general, pain, and inflammation.
Muscle spasms are also common with Intervertebral Disc Disease. These muscle spasms can be incredibly painful so it’s critical we, as pet parents, do all we can to prevent them from occurring or help them occur less frequently. A full-spectrum CBD product can reduce muscle spasms keeping your dog more comfortable, less anxious, with fewer IVDD effects.
A Testimonial from Rocky: The Shih Tzu
Rocky, a 16-year-old Shih Tzu, was diagnosed with degenerative disc disease which worsened with inflammation. In addition to degenerative disc disease, Rocky suffers from arthritis and has an inoperable tumor on his body.
Rocky’s owners decided to take a leap and try CBD oil. Rocky was provided with 1 mL of HEAL 1100 mg Full Spectrum Hemp Extract once daily in the morning and REMEDY 150 mg Full Spectrum Hemp Extract Salve on the tumor twice daily.
Since the regimen has started, Rocky’s owners reported Rocky’s ‘old behavior’ has now become more puppy-like and he appears to be feeling significantly better after taking HEAL.
Rocky’s level of inflammation has dramatically decreased and his overall health has drastically improved.
Since beginning the REMEDY treatment (applied twice daily), his tumor has shrunk in size, and Rocky no longer has infections from excessively licking his tumor area.
Now, that’s a success story!
A Testimonial from Toothless: A Courageous Canine
Toothless the dog
The testimonial from Toothless, a dog diagnosed with IVDD (Intervertebral Disc Disease) was provided to us by yet another dog lover helped and we couldn’t be more ecstatic hearing the results. This is his story:
“This is Toothless! He is a gem and stole our hearts as soon as we met him. We rescued him 4 years ago, but the past he left behind is catching up to him. The little fella suffers from IVDD (disc disease), and sadly he collided with his big k9 sister coming in from outside. It was the worst “flare-up” we have ever seen. We went to the emergency vet twice and after he was fully loaded with SO MANY drugs, it just wasn’t working. He was spending his days whimpering and yelping out in pain.”
“Heads hung, feeling defeated & preparing for the worst, we decided to try alternative and less invasive methods. I found a local vet that thinks more holistically and got our boy in for a consult. We’re now on a path to recovery with acupuncture, laser therapy, and you guessed it – CBD oil! EASE, to be exact!”
“Since his first porcupine sessions and applications of the oil, our boy is finally able to rest and let his body heal. Inflammation is decreasing and his ears are finally standing upright again. There’s no doubt that we are early in this process, or that we have a ways to go, but we are so relieved to have found something that seems to provide relief and isn’t pumping him full of contradicting medicines!”
The number of success stories are continuous. We are thrilled to share them with all of you.
Don’t Let the Disease Win
Even though a disease is degenerative, that doesn’t mean your dog or your family have to spend the final days in agonizing pain or agony. The final days can be full of happy memories you will treasure for the rest of your life. And, you can feel good knowing that you gave your dog the ability to enjoy life despite the disease.
Don’t let the disease win. Be happy. Have fun. Enjoy life.
If you have a success story to tell, please send it in! We would love to share it with all of our friends here at CBD Dog Health!
About Angela Ardolino
Angela Ardolino is a holistic pet expert who has been caring for animals for over 20 years and operates a rescue farm, Fire Flake Farm, in Florida. She is also the owner of Beautify the Beast, a natural pet salon and shop. After getting her certificate in Medical Cannabis Biology and Therapeutic use from the University of Vermont School of Medicine, she founded CBD Dog Health to provide high quality, all-natural medical cannabis products designed specifically for pets. Angela has seven dogs, Odie a 12-year-old mini-schnauzer, Nina an 8-year-old Doberman. Jolene a 7-year-old mutt, Maza a 7-year-old mutt, Rhemi an 8-year-old poodle, Potato a 15-year-old shih-tzu, and Miss Daisie a 15-year-old black lab, plus 4-10 more at any time she is fostering or boarding. She uses Full Spectrum Hemp Extract on all her pets at her rescue farm every day, and has since 2016. She is a member of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians, the Veterinary Cannabis Association and has trained hundreds medical doctors and veterinarians about the therapeutic uses of medical cannabis on animals. Visit www.angelaardolino.com for more information.