If you’ve noticed your dog experiences difficulty getting up, tires easily, or seems stiff, arthritis may be the cause. Unfortunately, arthritis is common in dogs; as many as 1 in 5 dogs are affected in the U.S., according to the Arthritis Foundation.
Thankfully, we now have new research into CBD for dogs with arthritis. And it shows major promise, not only for our canine companions, but humans as well.
Arthritis in Dogs
As we mentioned, arthritis in dogs is a fairly common condition, osteoarthritis being the main type of arthritis in dogs.
Osteoarthritis occurs when there is damage to the cartilage protecting the bones of the joint. When this happens, the joint loses its cushion, causing friction between the bones. This can cause significant pain and decreased mobility in the affected joints. Unfortunately, to date, there is no cure for arthritis.
Although arthritis can affect any joint in your dog’s body, it’s most common in the hips, knees, elbows, lower back, and wrists.
Several factors can contribute to the development of arthritis, including:
- Congenital joint disorders (hip dysplasia, osteochondrosis, elbow dysplasia)
- Old injuries or repeated trauma to joints
- Activity levels that place increased stress on joints
- Metabolic diseases such as diabetes and Cushing’s disease.
Arthritis symptoms in dogs are similar to those in humans:
- Noticeable stiffness
- Lameness or limping, especially after rest
- Inactivity and sleeping more
- Reluctance to walk, run, or climb stairs
- Irritability and other behavioral changes
If you suspect your dog has arthritis, your veterinarian can confirm the diagnosis based on your dog’s age, medical history, and a physical exam and x-rays of the affected joint.
New Research into CBD for Dogs with Arthritis
We’ve read (and seen) the anecdotal reports showing how well CBD for dogs with arthritis works. Now, we have a major research study to back those reports up!
Researchers at the Baylor College of Medicine have released their findings on a clinical study that tested the efficacy of CBD in the management of arthritis symptoms. In a 4-week, randomized placebo-controlled, double-blinded study, researchers tested the therapeutic potential of CBD in a spontaneous canine model of osteoarthritis. Dogs were given either a placebo, or 20 to 50mg of CBD.
The participating dogs were client owned, and both client assessments and vet assessments were done throughout the trial period. Neither the dog owners nor the vets were told which dog was dosed with the CBD or which given a placebo.
9 of the 10 dogs receiving CBD treatments showed an improvement in their mobility and reduced pain. 90%! That’s huge! Both vets and owners reported these improvements, and noted that the benefits lasted 2 weeks after the trail was done.
The 10 dogs given the placebo showed no significant changes.
It’s important to note that the dogs were well monitored throughout the study. The dogs’ cell blood count and blood indicators of liver and kidney function were evaluated before and after the four weeks of treatment. The numbers indicate no significant detrimental impact of CBD administration over the 4-week period.
The researchers conclude, “In the veterinary study, CBD significantly decreased pain and increased mobility in a dose-dependent fashion among animals with an affirmative diagnosis of OA.” Based on these results, researchers note, “Cannabidiol possesses potent anti-inflammatory properties and significantly improved the mobility of large domestic canines afflicted with osteoarthritis.”
These results speak volumes, and back up the anecdotal evidence we’ve seen now for several years!
A Link to Arthritis in Humans?
According to the researchers, the findings of the study are significant to the over 50 million sufferers of arthritis in the U.S.
The symptoms of arthritis in dogs matches those in human beings. The results of the study showing how CBD is viable in managing the condition in dogs is huge. It gives researchers the push for human trials of CBD in the treatment of arthritis.
We know that many Americans are currently using CBD for arthritis pain with great success. What this study shows is that more research would be essential in spreading the word and giving CBD the recognition it deserves for people (and pets) suffering from arthritis. Onwards and upwards friends!