For many disabled and senior dogs, pain management is a key component of treatment to maintain quality of life. Pain can be caused from injury, surgery, and chronic and progressive disease such as IVDD, hip dysplasia, and arthritis.
Reducing pain is important for your special needs dog’s quality of life.
Generally, pain management will include prescription medications such as opioids. Although these medications are very effective, they also come with serious side effects. Side effects include chemical dependence, long term liver damage, and the potential for a lethal overdose. On the other hand, the natural supplement cannabidiol has been demonstrated in multiple studies to be effective in reducing pain.
Inflammation is a significant source of pain for many of our handicapped and older dogs suffering from chronic conditions. Typically, these conditions are treated aggressively with NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs).
Unfortunately, this class of drugs has come under recent controversy concerning the safety of their use, particularly for immune compromised and aging dogs. This is particularly a concern for long term pain management. These drugs are well known to cause various issues in the gastrointestinal tract and the functions of the livers and kidneys. In fact, renal failure and death are risks of the long term use of this class of drugs.
Confirmed by multiple research studies, we now know that cannabidiol exerts powerful anti-inflammatory effects. Occurring when taken either orally and when applied topically to the affected areas of the skin. One study showed that CBD is so effective against the inflammation caused by Osteoarthritis that it may even slow the progression of this degenerative disease by preventing the nerve damage caused by inflammation! And, its safety profile is strong with fewer and less severe known side effects.