My poodle recently turned twelve-years-old.
Over the last couple of years, I’d noticed my dog getting stiff after walks or chasing a ball.
He was having some difficulties jumping up on the bed and getting down the stairs. We live in San Francisco, where the winters are short, cold and quite wet. The temperature can drop into the forties. My poodle was definitely bothered by the cold and struggling to walk and run. The vet diagnosed my dog with arthritis, which is a progressive disease. I started looking for a treatment to slow the process and minimize his symptoms. I wanted something natural that wouldn’t cause problematic side-effects. Synthetic pet medications have been linked to renal damage. I found that there are several cannabis dispensaries in San Francisco that sell pet products. Full-spectrum CBD oil won’t eliminate arthritis but can alleviate pain and reduce inflammation. It doesn’t cause any psychoactive effects or side-effects. Within a couple of days of visiting the San Francisco dispensary and buying pet CBD oil, I noticed my poodle was more active. Because THC is toxic to pets, I make sure to purchase only CBD products specifically designed for cats and dogs. These products contain less than 0.3% THC, ensuring that they are safe. The most common form of CBD oil is tinctures. They are especially convenient because of the included dropper. I can either place a few drops right into my poodle’s mouth or hide the CBD in food or a treat. I’ve also found CBD biscuits, capsules and balms that have proven especially helpful. I give him a small dose every twelve hours.