Anyone looking for further proof that our pups are just like us (except with a few extra legs and a lot more fur!) only needs to watch them grow old. As the dog years start to add up, they tend to suffer the same troubles as their aging humans. And that means you'll need to look out for arthritis.
What is Arthritis?
Osteoarthritis is a natural part of getting older. The protective cartilage that cushions and lubricates the places where our puppers’ bones meet wears down or deteriorates over time. If our dogs lose enough of it, bone eventually ends up rubbing directly on bone. The connective tissues that hold the joint together and keep the muscles attached start to disintegrate and the whole area becomes painfully inflamed.
How Do I Know if My Dog Has Arthritis?
It’s pretty easy to spot the signs:
- Our puppers don’t move like they used to.
- Their enthusiasm is zapped
- They seem downright lethargic.
- They stop running and jumping
- Play a lot less.
- Lying down and getting up is hard
- Lameness in their legs.
- Stairs will be tough
In addition, your dog may even get a little cranky when you touch them. These symptoms might be something else (always check with your vet!), but much of the time tit's pointing to arthritis, and there’s lots we can do if it is:
How Can I Help Them?
- Give them a nice soft, thick-padded bed in a warm place.
- Use ramps to help them get up on your sofa and bed, and in and out of the house.
- Take them out for plenty of exercise, even if it’s just slow, gentle walks.
- Put carpets over slippery floors to prevent falls.
- Add extra salmon oil to their meals to help with joint mobility
Your doggo will be grateful for all of these things, but what they may thank you for the most is some CBD.
Can CBD Help My Dog With Arthritis?
CBD has shown some pretty amazing promise when it comes to treating arthritis, and lots of evidence suggests it might be exactly what our dogs are looking for. One project found CBD’s well-known anti-inflammatory abilities had “a potent anti-arthritic effect”.
Another said that CBD may be a good way to treat osteoarthritis joint pain.
And a study done just two years ago said that two daily helpings of CBD boosted both comfort and activity in dogs with osteoarthritis.
How Do I Use CBD For Arthritis?
Serving size: 2mg CBD per 10 pounds of weight to start. So if your pup is 50 pounds, 10mg of CBD per serving is a great starting point.
When: Try giving your dog CBD in the morning and evening. CBD also works best when taken on an empty stomach so avoid giving them their treat and hour before and after they get their meals. CBD lasts between 4-8 hours, longer for older pups with slower digestion. So we recommend a serving size in the morning and evening.
Consistency: Make sure to give CBD to your dog every day, at the same time, to see the best results. If, after a few days, the amount you gave is not enough, feel free to double the amount you give until you see them feeling more mobile and happier.
Product: All of which is exactly why we cooked up Bakko’s Get Up and Go Biscuits. They’re loaded with lots of full-spectrum CBD and natural joint boosters like green mussel, glucosamine, and chondroitin to put everything that can help our arthritic pups in one yummy treat. We say share them with your own furry friends and help them age gracefully not painfully!