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Can You Use CBD to manage normal Exercise Recovery with your Dog?

Can giving CBD to your dog help them recover after a day of exercise?

We spend a lot of time talking about the many ways CBD might help our pups when they’re under the weather or suffering from things like arthritis or anxiety. But what about when they’re feeling a-ok? Are there any potential reasons to give CBD to perfectly healthy dogs?

It all has to do with muscles.

When dogs work (or play!) hard, their muscles often suffer little microscopic tears as they expand and contract under pressure. No worries—this is totally natural, but it can lead to inflammation that creates the kind of soreness we humans sometimes feel after a workout.

How Can CBD Help with Muscle Recovery?

Reduces Inflammation

Science says CBD may be just the thing to reduce inflammation , which is a key part of helping our furballs recover from exercise and activity faster so they’re ready to go again. It’s also important because when inflammation makes muscles sore or stiff, they restrict their contractions in order to protect themselves. And that limits our dogs’ abilities and performance in the moment and afterward, too.

Reduces Cortisol

There’s also the issue of cortisol, which in high amounts can actually eat away muscles and cause weakness and fatigue—the last thing an active dog needs! When we exercise, the physical strain boosts production of this damaging stress hormone. But the research we’ve seen suggests that CBD puts a lid on cortisol levels , which would help our four-legged friends not only recover from exercise but do more every day.

Reduces Pain

Add in CBD’s apparent ability to reduce everyday pain , and we think the possibilities for healthy dogs are nearly endless. Just like the other things we put inside Austin’s Wellness Biscuits , CBD is there not so much to treat illness but to support wellness so that our pups can live their very best lives. And that may be its biggest gift of all.

How do I use CBD for Exercise Recovery?

Serving size

1-2mg CBD per 10 pounds of weight to start. So if your pup is 50 pounds, 5-10mg of CBD per serving is a great starting point. Use more for extra action-packed days and less for day to day.

When to Give

Give your pup a serving of CBD right after having fun. So for those beach trips and hiking adventures, give it to them right when you get back to the car. CBD takes 30-60 min to start to work. The CBD will start to work right when their adrenaline wears off and soreness starts to kick in. That way they are feeling good for the next adventure.

What to Look for In CBD Products for Exercise Recovery

Make sure the product you buy is of high quality and from a reputable brand. Your best friend deserves the best and there’s nothing worse than spending your money on products that don’t work.

Broad/Full Spectrum CBD from Hemp Oil

Full spectrum means the oil has the added benefit of the entourage effect, meaning the CBD works in tandem with the other cannabinoids, terpenes, and lipids to make the CBD more effective. Broad-spectrum is the same as full-spectrum, except all traces of psychoactive THC have been removed.

3rd Party Lab Tested

3rd party just means a laboratory that isn’t associated with the company tested the CBD to ensures the amount of CBD on the label matches what’s in the product. To guarantee the efficacy of the CBD that you buy, check the 3rd party test results. All reputable companies have it listed online or will happily give it to you if you ask.

Organically Grown Hemp

Hemp is a natural bioaccumulator, meaning it absorbs nutrients as well as contaminants from the soil as it grows. Make sure the CBD you buy is from a farm that uses organic practices to ensure there are no pesticides or metals in your CBD.

What’s the Best CBD for Exercise Recovery in Dogs?

Austin’s Active Formula Wellness Biscuits are made with our own happy-go-lucky namesake dog-o in mind. These treats are perfect for high-energy puppers who get tons of exercise just like he does. They’ve got lots of good stuff like salmon, blueberries, nutritional yeast, and eggs that all work together to support everything from skin to immune systems so that our enthusiastic dogs can stay that way. T hey also contain 10mg of CBD, the perfect amount to ease achy muscles.

Labradors and arthritis: Here’s how you can make your pet feel better

CBD oil works as a natural pain relief therapy. It reduces the pain caused due to sore joints and arthritis, says a doctor

Among the many breeds of dogs, people like Labradors a lot, because they are friendly, get along with family members and kids, and even assist the police with their bomb detecting skills. But these lovable dogs suffer from some health problems as well, which can be heartbreaking.

Dr Pranjal Khandare, a veterinary officer at Wiggles.in, says one of the major health issues is weak and poor joint health that leads to arthritis as they age.

What is arthritis?

“A dog’s body is made of approximately 320 bones. They are joined at different points which enable functional movements like walking, running, jumping etc. Sometimes, these joints can experience wear-and-tear due to growing age, accidents, injuries or fractures. Arthritis is an inflammation of joints. It is a painful experience that restricts their movement.

“Generally, arthritis affects senile dogs, but the symptoms can start in their younger days as well,” she says.

Common symptoms

– Joint pain
– Stiffness in joints
– Stiffness while walking
– Difficulty in standing or sitting
– Reluctance to use the stairs or climb the bed
– Swollen and sore joints
– Loss of stamina
– Loss of interest in physical activities like walking or playing
– Aggressive behaviour when touched in the hip or joint region
– Overweight or obesity

Arthritis and Labradors

According to Dr Khandare, Labradors need a chicken and meat-rich diet. “This is necessary to fulfill their energy requirements. Sometimes pet parents can make a mistake with the number of calories consumed by them. If the calorie intake exceeds the number of calories shed, it can lead to them being overweight. With the extra weight, the joints have to bear the burden. If not taken care of, it can lead to swollen joints and arthritic pain.”

The doctor says Labradors need ample amounts of exercise in the form of walks, playtime, and swimming. “Also, maintain a monthly chart to track their weight. Regular vet visits are a must, too.”

Labradors need ample amounts of exercise in the form of walks, playtime, and swimming. (Photo: Pixabay)

But if your Labrador is suffering from arthritis, the remedy is in CBD oil.

CBD or cannabidiol is a chemical found in the cannabis sativa plant and is known to have wonderful pain-relieving properties. It is a common misconception that consuming or applying CBD oil on dogs will give them a ‘high’. CBD oil doesn’t contain the THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) compound that is known to give a ‘high’ like feeling, Dr Khandare explains.

How does CBD oil work?

CBD oil works as a natural pain relief therapy. It reduces the pain caused due to sore joints and arthritis. When CBD oil is massaged topically, the skin absorbs it completely. It then activates the endocannabinoid system (ECS) that is responsible for pain sensations. CBD oil interacts with the cell receptors in the muscle, skin and nerves, thereby reducing pain.

It is a natural cure, but can also help in preventing early signs of arthritis. Consult your vet about the right time to start using it for your Labrador.

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