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Both my dogs are considered seniors now, and have been for a while. At eight-years-old I disagreed with this, but now, at 13 (Sampson) and almost 11 (Delilah) I’ve had to accept the fact, that yes, I have senior dogs.
Both dogs have had age related issues, in the last few years. Most notably Sampson has been dealing with Arthritis and Delilah was recently diagnosed with a progressive Cornea Disease. Sampson has also been dealing with CCL tears, although those are probably more related to his build and his lifestyle.
If you follow this blog, you know that I’ve tried many, many different procedures, therapies, and supplements to help ease Sampson’s joint discomfort. Most of them work, if not for long term, at least for a short while. Since his partial CCL tear in January of 2015, the bulk of his treatment has been pharmaceutical, which most of you know, is my last choice for treatment. He’s been on Carprofen for inflammation and Gabapentin which is a nerve-blocker. He also has Tramadol for those really bad days.
His walks are limited to short, gentle walks twice per day. While I know these walks are what’s best for him right now, it hurts my heart that his world has become so small. One of my hopes is that I can find something that will allow him to have longer walks on occasion, and hopefully get him back into the woods that he loves.
For a while now I’ve been wanting to find a natural product that would help him with this goal, as well as allow me to begin weaning him off the pharmaceuticals. I’d consider Hemp, but the one biscuit I tried, was just not cost effective for a dog Sampson’s size.
When I noticed the folks from Treatibles would be at BlogPaws, I couldn’t wait to talk to them. I stopped at the booth and spoke to Jodi, explaining Sampson’s situation, and the fact that he was such a large dog, and costs for using the Hemp were prohibitive for me. Jodi happily shared they had a Hemp capsule, that would give Sampson the dosage he required for an amount that seemed reasonable to me, and fit into my budget.
Sampson is currently on his third bottle of Hemp, with a dosage of one 10 mg capsule per day. Dosage is typically 1 mg per 10 pounds of body weight, but this will depend on your pet, and what issues you’re treating. For a dog Sampson’s size, he would normally get about 9 mg, but it’s perfectly safe for him to get more than the recommended dosage.
I’m seeing the Hemp work in a couple of different ways.
One…we can tell he is feeling better. He walks better, with less of a limp in his bad leg. He is also more playful. He will often times grab a toy and flip it around. One day he actually ‘threw’ something at me, which I haven’t seen him do in ages. He will also run around the house in short bursts, and has initiated play with Delilah on more than one occasion. There have also been times in the yard, where I’ve turned my back for a few minutes, or dashed into the house for something, only to come back outside, to find Sampson has used the stairs and given himself full access to the back yard. Those times he comes back to the door with a definite swagger in his step. You can tell he’s so proud of himself.
The second area where we’ve noted improvement is in his front paws. For the longest time Sampson has been licking at his front paws. There were actually periods of time where this licking made his paws bleed. He actually licked those paws practically raw. Initially we thought it was behavioral, allergies, a lick granuloma, or boredom. Then he was diagnosed with Arthritis in his front toes and wrists and it all made sense.
Since starting on the Hemp oil, I’ve noticed a definite slow down, of the licking. (FYI, I’m also working on shortening those nails because I believe they are also a contributing factor to the arthritis pain.) His paws started looking amazing, so good in fact, that I thought it might be safe to start decreasing the amount of the Gabapentin he was taking.
Let’s look at those paws side by side.
About a month ago, I started decreasing his Gabapentin. He was taking 300 mg twice per day. One in the morning and one in the evening. At first I started by dropping him down with the morning Gaba. 200 mg in the morning, 300 mg at night. He seemed okay with that. We did that for at least a week to 10 days. Then I dropped his Gaba down to 200 mg in the morning, with the same dosage at night. After a week or so, I noted that while he wasn’t going at his toes so much, he had begun licking at his wrists.
So he’s back on the Gabapentin at 300 mg twice per day. Without the Hemp Oil, I think we would have kept increasing the Gabapentin, which is something I really wanted to avoid. So for now, he will continue with the Treatibles Hemp Oil, along with the Gabapentin and the Carprofen.
A lot of people are under the misconception that Hemp is a psychoactive drug like Marijuana, and that’s just not true. You will not be giving your pet “pot treats”. While Hemp and Marijuana both come from the same plant species, “Cannabis,” Hemp has little to no THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) which is the chemical compound that gets you high. (SOURCE) A lot of the differences come from the way they are grown and cultivated, although it’s good to note that Hemp is grown all over the world and is used for food, oil and fiber, in this fashion, the whole plant is use, as opposed to Marijuana, where only the buds are used.
If you’re interested in finding out exactly how the Cannabinoid system works in your pet, check out the information page at Treatibles.
Hemp oil can be used to help manage a variety of different issues with your pet. From pain and inflammation, to separation anxiety, epilepsy and seizures, joint pain and inflammation, allergies, and the list goes on and on.
To see how some of our blogging friends have benefited from using Hemp, you can check out these reviews as well.
Can Treatibles CBD Oil Products Benefit Your Pet? Our Experience & Review by Jan at Wag ‘N Woof Pets.
CBD Gel Capsules and Hemp Chews For Big Dogs: Treatibles Review by Jen at My Brown Newfies
Besides offering CBD oil in a capsule, Treatibles also has cookie type treats, as well as oil in drops, so you can get the exact dosage your pet needs.
I’m truly grateful for the folks at Treatibles for making a quality product that’s affordable for me, and offers me so many different options.
Treatibles Gel Caps gets a big four paws up from us.