All dogs need love, but senior dogs definitely deserve a little extra TLC.
Senior dogs have dedicated their lives to being loyal, loving companions. And as they age and start to experience new struggles, like arthritis, it’s our job to do the best we can to give them a comfortable and happy life.
To do this, many dog owners are turning to CBD oil. CBD oil is a natural derivative of the Hemp plant. Most CBD available today is TCH-free (the stuff that creates the ‘buzz’), so it’s 100% safe, and as a supplement it provides many incredible benefits to our canine companions.
So how can CBD oil possibly help your senior dog? Keep reading to find out!
#1 – CBD Oil for Dogs Helps with Aches and Pains
CBD oil is great for natural pain relief.
In fact, dogs have 5x times as many CBD receptors than humans…which is why it’s no surprise they seem to benefit so much from it!
The oil safely interacts with proteins in the body and central nervous system (including the endocannabinoid system). It also affects CB1 receptors that are located in the brain and central nervous system as well as CB2 cannabinoid receptors that are in the spleen and a dog’s immune system.
This interaction prevents inflammation which can cause pain and also keeps pain receptors from firing and causing discomfort.
If you have a senior dog with achy joints, arthritis, or pain from an injury, CBD oil may help!
More important, if you have a dog with an injury that needs to rest, CBD oil will naturally help calm your dog so they can rest and take it easy, not putting unnecessary stress on their body.
#2 – CBD Oil for Dogs Relieves Anxiety
As we just discussed, CBD oil affects the CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptors. These receptors are most commonly found in the nervous system.
When the CB1 and CB2 receptors are impacted by CBD oil, serotonin—a chemical that naturally relaxes the body and improves mood—increases.
It works the same way for humans as it does for dogs. Therefore, a daily dose of CBD oil can quickly help your dog relax and feel calmer and happier. Adding CBD oil dog chews to your everyday routine is an easy way to make this fun and they work perfectly as a training aid too.
Of course, training is still incredibly important for anxiety relief and I would ALWAYS start with ensuring that you have a solid foundational program in place. This ensures that you are not creating the anxiety in your dog with how you’re interacting with them. If you’re in need of a safe, gentle training program, check out The Dog Calming Code.
Using both a solid training program and one of my CBD oil products hand-in-hand is a great way to help calm your dog’s mind and get him to focus when it matters most.
#3 – CBD Oil Can Help Increase Your Dog’s Appetite
Older dogs tend to lose their appetite for a variety of reasons including…
- Pain from an injury.
The good news is that CBD oil can be used to “jump-start” the endocannabinoid system. This, in turn, stimulates appetite, reduces nausea, and helps your dog eat.
If your senior dog has been examined by a vet and there are no serious underlying health issues, CBD oil might be the solution to helping your senior pup get the nutrition he needs.
I’ve also found that a lot of older dogs are quite fussy with food, so the dog treats I’ve created using only the best CBD oil are easier for them to enjoy than the drops.
#4 – CBD Oil is Easier on Senior Dogs Kidneys and Liver
As we age, our organs start to wear down. It’s a natural process of getting older.
The same thing happens to your dog.
Knowing this, it’s important that we are mindful of what we are putting into our dogs’ bodies. For example, many medications can take a toll on your dog’s liver and kidneys, yet as dogs get older some of them need to be on meds to manage various illnesses.
CBD oil is a great painkiller substitute and can help your dog remain calm and rest when he/she isn’t feeling his/her best.
Of course, ALWAYS talk with your vet before you make any adjustments to your dog’s medications. But, if your dog needs relief from mild pain, CBD oil is often a healthier option than other prescribed drugs.
#5 – CBD Oil Can Help Fight Cancer/Ease Painful Cancer Symptoms
Nobody wants to hear that their dog has been diagnosed with cancer. However, thanks to modern medicine, cancer treatments are more readily available than ever for our pups.
Once again, it’s important that you follow your vet’s treatment recommendations for such a serious illness. However, CBD oil has shown proven benefits for fighting against cancer.
In fact, it’s been shown to…
- Help the immune system’s killer cells eliminate cancer cells
- Block the energy product of cancer cells which kills them
- Aid anti-tumor properties that slow glioma cell growth
If your pup is suffering from cancer, ask your vet if CBD oil is safe to use!
Of course, CBD oil isn’t a cure-all for cancer. It’s vital that you follow your vets recommended treatment plan. That being said, I want to reiterate one more time a benefit of CBD oil that might be helpful if your dog is battling cancer.
CBD oil naturally helps dogs relax and remain calm. If your dog is fighting for his/her life, the gift of helping your dog chill out while attending vet appointments, after surgeries, or while not feeling well at home is an amazing thing.
Some dog’s, regardless of how well-trained they are, get anxious and scared…especially when they aren’t feeling well.
My Angel Oil products might just be the key to helping your pup remain calm during such a scary time in his/her life. They’re THC-Free, highest quality Full Spectrum, and made in the USA, which basically means they’re super awesome! Ask your vet if CBD oil would be beneficial to helping your pup remain calm and relaxed!
Once again I would like to stress that whilst I am a big fan of the benefits of CBD oil in dogs I am fully aware of the importance of training. As mentioned earlier, I would ALWAYS suggest you start with ensuring that you have a solid foundational program in place and then use CBD in conjunction with it if you need it. If you’re in need of a safe, gentle training program, check out The Dog Calming Code.
I wish you many happy and healthy years with your pup!
~Doggy Dan 🙂