Key Reasons To Use CBD Oil For Dog Intervertebral Disc Disease
Is your furry friend reluctant to play or jump around the garden? Has it changed its posture and gait? Well, you might have a reason to worry, as your pet is most likely suffering from intervertebral disk disease (IVDD).
This medical condition most commonly results in paralysis, intolerable pain, and restricted limb function. Despite the standard administration of painkillers, pet owners are encouraged to give CBD oil a chance in the treatment of IVDD.
Here is everything you need to know about this disease and the role of CBD oil.
Main causes and types
In order to understand the main causes of the IVDD in dogs, pet owners need to be familiar with the structure of the canine spine. The spine of these creatures consists of vertebrae, which are separated by intervertebral disks. The role of these disks is to protect the spine by absorbing the shock that occurs whenever your companion runs or jumps.
Moreover, under the fibrous shell, the intervertebral disk is filled with fluid, which leaks in the case of spine rupture. Consequently, it’s no longer capable of absorbing the shock, thus causing inflammation and insufferable pain. The gravity of the IVDD mainly depends on the location of the spinal injury, as it might affect the neck, upper back, mid-back, and tail of canines. Click here for a more detailed overview of the intervertebral disk disease.
Additionally, the most common cause of IVDD is undoubtedly age, as the intervertebral disks of older dogs are more prone to injury due to lack of flexibility. Anyhow, younger canines might also experience the IVDD in the case of sustaining a severe spinal injury.
Furthermore, chondrodysplastic breeds are believed to be genetically predisposed to developing such a medical condition, owing to their short limbs but long backs. Consequently, pet parents of Basset hounds, Pekingese, Bulldogs, Cocker Spaniels, and Beagles are advised to take preventative measures to minimize the risk of their companion suffering from IVDD. Large-breed canines are less likely but also prone to suffering from such a condition.
Your furry companion might suffer from two types of IVDD, those being type Ι and type ΙΙ intervertebral disc disease. The former is more common in small-breed dogs, particularly the ones of young age. It might affect any part of the spinal cord in the case of a rupture of the central part of the disk.
Conversely, the latter is more common in large-breed canines of older age, as it results from the degeneration of the IVD. This slow-progressing process is caused by dehydration of the intervertebral disk, which happens to dogs whose age is between eight and ten years.
The symptoms of IVDD are mainly determined by the type of medical condition and its spinal location. Generally, most canines experience neck stiffness and overwhelming back pain, which might result in an inability to move, walk, or stand. Consequently, your companion will cry out in pain, show reluctance towards playing and be sensitive to touch. The following link, https://www.cuteness.com/article/reasons-dog-suddenly-act-lethargic, includes more reasons for sudden lethargy in dogs.
Moreover, your furry companion might also exhibit signs of appetite loss, trembling, loss of bladder control, and reluctance to jumping. The worst symptoms of this condition are paralysis or paresis, known as partial paralysis.
Benefits of CBD oil
Instead of administering a multitude of medications, pet parents are advised to use a natural remedy, such as CBD oil. Owing to its incredible anti-inflammatory properties, cannabidiol has the potency to alleviate the intolerable pain.
Additionally, CBD is also capable of restoring your pet’s interest in playing and jumping. By boosting the secretion of serotonin, cannabidiol increases dogs’ energy levels and improves their mood. Your pet will no longer be reluctant to your playtime invitations, thus being your play buddy once again.
Due to their lethargic behavior, canines often experience appetite loss. Anyhow, CBD oil can restore appetite in dogs suffering from intervertebral disc disease by stimulating the production of ghrelin. Increasing the secretion of the hunger hormone will make your dog interested in food in no time.
CBD Oil For Degenerative Disease In Dogs
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.
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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.
One of the most promising OA studies was conducted by the Baylor College of Medicine. Like previous studies, they found significant improvements in dogs with Osteoarthritis, who received consistent doses of full-spectrum hemp extract. The study, using In vitro and in mouse models, found that CBD significantly attenuated the production of proinflammatory cytokines IL-6 and TNF-α while elevating levels of anti-inflammatory IL-10. In the veterinary study, CBD significantly decreased pain and increased mobility in a dose-dependent fashion among animals with an affirmative diagnosis of OA.
Another study published in 2006 in Current Neuropharmacology also states that cannabinoid receptors have shown therapeutic value against inflammatory and neuropathic pains and also concluded that CBD has therapeutic benefits for both people and pets suffering from chronic pain and acute chronic pain episodes.
Another study, published in the British Journal of Pharmacology, studied the role of cannabinoid receptors in inflammation induced demyelinating diseases, such as multiple sclerosis. Cannabinoids are well known immunomodulatory molecules that act through CB1 and CB2 receptors.
A decrease in pain and an increase in activity can dramatically change the life of your dog… and you!
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
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. T he 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!