If you’ve experienced a pet with arthritis it can be devastating. Nobody wants to see their pets in pain, but it can be harder to help when it’s not visible.
Medication is available to help dogs with arthritis, however, they come with a variety of side effects.
This article will take a look at the causes of arthritis and other joint pain in dogs, and how Full spectrum hemp can help ease their pain.
What Causes Arthritis In Dogs?
To start with it’s worth mentioning that canine arthritis is extremely common, with 1 in 5 dogs experiencing joint pain.
Despite it being so common, joint pain and arthritis in dogs isn’t fully understood. The term ‘arthritis’ refers to a group of over 100 diseases causing joint degeneration and pain. All forms of arthritis cause inflammation of the joints, which then causes pain and stiffness in the affected area.
The most common type of arthritis in dogs is osteoarthritis -also known as Degenerative Joint Disease or DJD. This is caused by the degeneration of cartilage in the joint.
The damage that arthritis causes can occur due to ‘wear and tear’ of the joints, which normally affects older dogs.
Although, joint injuries or infections can also damage cartilage which can lead on to arthritis.
Symptoms Of Arthritis In Dogs
If you think your dog has arthritis you may have spotted common symptoms. They can include:
- Slowness in getting up or lying down
- Reluctancy to exercise or go on walks
- Difficulty or inability to jump
- Sleeping more than usual
- Reduced mobility
- Excessive panting
Dogs with arthritis are also prone to gaining weight, due to being less active. As moving becomes more painful, dogs will avoid activity.
This can become a vicious cycle as when your dog puts on excess weight, they’re putting more pressure on their joints, intensifying the painful symptoms.
How To Treat Joint Pain And Arthritis In Dogs
As arthritis and joint pain are common in dogs, there are a few options when it comes to treating or easing the pain caused.
Medication For Arthritis In Dogs
If you’ve been to the vet regarding your dog's arthritis, chances are you’ve been recommended medication to ease their pain. This may include a type of pain killer and or an anti-inflammatory.
Some of the most common medications prescribed to dogs with arthritis are Metacam and Rimadyl, both non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
As with most medication, both of these drugs can cause side effects. These can include:
- Skin Irritation
- Stomach ulcers
- Loss of appetite
- Abdominal pain
- Liver and kidney damage
- Increased or decreased activity
- Black or bloody stools or diarrhoea
Therapies For Arthritis In Dogs
As side effects from medication can be so harmful, more and more pet owners are looking to avoid them. There are a variety of alternative therapies to help dogs manage their condition, these include:
- Massage therapy
Full spectrum hemp Oil For Arthritis In Dogs
Although therapies can help with arthritis they can be quite inconvenient and timely, especially if you don’t have a therapy centre local to you.
Full spectrum hemp oil can be very effective in relieving the symptoms of joint pain and arthritis due to its natural anti inflammatory properties.
Research actually suggests that full spectrum hemp can be tolerated better than standard medications, due to the little or none existent side effects.
Several studies have shown that full spectrum hemp can reduce inflammation all around the body in pets; including inflammation in organs like the pancreas, lungs, and of course the joints.
Although fighting inflammation is the priority when trying to treat your dogs arthritis, hemp can also manage the pain associated with the condition.
What makes our Joint and Hip Calming treats unique and effective?
Aside from the powerful benefits of hemp for joint pain and inflammation our treats also contain:
1. Glucosamine: a powerful anti-inflammatory that will help reduce joint inflammation and pain.
2. MSM: AKA Methylsulfonylmethane, is an important building block for healthy bones and joints. Studies have shown that MSM has an important effect in improving your dog's joint pain, and it is even more beneficial when combined with glucosamine.
3. Chondroitin Sulfate: Promotes water retention and elasticity in the cartilage, helping to ensure sufficient shock absorption and adequate nourishment of the tissues that line the joint. Chondroitin may also inhibit the production of inflammatory mediators that are destructive to the joint.
And of course, 5mg per serving for the most powerful and beneficial Joint and Hip Hemp treats out there!
Benefits Of Full Spectrum Hemp Oil For Dogs
Whilst your main reason for giving your dog or cat hemp oil may be for arthritis, joint pain or even hip dysplasia, there are an array of other benefits and anxieties it can help with. These include:
- Anxieties and stressful behaviour (aggression, barking, tremors)
- Control of Epileptic seizures
- Digestive problems
- Regular supplement to promote overall health
- Can slow tumour growth
- Helps with allergies
- Helps with nausea
Reviews on our Calming (Hemp) Hip and Joint Treats and Full Spectrum Hemp Oil
These are great!
"We've been using our new Petals and Tails hip and joint support treats for about a week now and I have to say, I'm happy with the results! Generally, hip and joint treatments take a few weeks to begin seeing improvement, but by the second day, Taz was showing almost no signs of discomfort in his hind legs. My dog, Taz is on glucosamine for life to carefully manage arthritis due to an injury. I'm always on the lookout for different ways to add to his current regimen to keep his pain down, especially in the colder months when he gets super stiff. I was excited when I saw that Petals and Tails had a treat that combined full spectrum hemp and glucosamine to aid in joint pain relief, and even more excited to see that it actually helped a lot"
Full spectrum hemp oil is known for being an anti-inflammatory natural supplement. When it comes to arthritis in dogs and cats medication is normally the first consideration. However, medication can cause unnecessary harm with side effects such as liver damage. Therefore making hemp oil a great alternative and prevention method for arthritis in pets.