Every morning as I am out walking my 3 dogs, a young man rollerblades by me with a puppy on a leash. The dog is actually pulling him along the sidewalk, and they both appear to be having great fun. The dog thinks this is all a game. Actually, it is exercise, more for the dog than for the young man.

 

But it is also creating more wear and tear on the dog’s joints than they were built to endure, and in the long run it might create problems for the unsuspecting pup.

One of the saddest experiences a pet owner can have is watching a dog that used to be able to run free and joyously age into arthritis.For dogs with arthritis, just getting up to go out or to eat is problematic.  Of course that happens to us humans, but we begin to understand it and adapt our behavior. That’s what recliners are for. The dog tries to do that, but he’s also trying to continue being your companion as he always was.

 

Not only do dogs get arthritis just the way human beings do, as they get older they also lose muscle mass the way humans do. For a dog that usually means the hind legs first, and is there is often hip dysplasia as a further complication. Hip dysplasia is an abnormal formation of the hip socket that, in its more severe form, can eventually cause crippling lameness and arthritis of the joints. … It is common in many dog breeds, particularly the larger breeds, and is a leading cause of arthritis of the hips.

 

So pet owners have been doing everything from medicine for aches to anti-inflammatories to relieve pet discomfort. But all those meds have side effects, just as they do in humans.

 

But in most dogs CBD works just as well as meds without the digestive side effects of anti-inflammatories.

 

In our house we have an aging Gordon setter, a beautiful dog who used to run like the wind back in the day. Now he is 13, and still beautiful, but unfortunately lately he is having trouble getting up and he spends most of the day laying on the couch. His shoulders still work, but his hind leg have a lot of atrophy.

 

That’s OK, he earned his place as a senior dog, but we don’t want him to be in discomfort so we give him CBD tincture In the morning and it makes possible a day where he can still make his way through the dog door and get outside to sniff around our yard and then come back in to resume his place of nobility on the couch. I like to think that the ability to get through the dog door represents his ability to age independently.

It’s a simple fix, and since it comes from our company I know exactly what is in it, and I know he’s not getting either too much THC or heavy metals, or the opposite — not enough CBD forward to be useful. 

It seems to give him back enough movement to make him glad to be alive and make us glad to watch him acting like a dog. It’s not a miracle drug, it’s a safe alternative to expensive veterinary visits an anti-inflammatory or drugs for discomfort. And it’s the same thing I use for myself on the days when I get up and my back and hips don’t seem to be part of the same body as my mind and spirit.