The love we have for our four-legged friends knows no bounds, and when they're in pain, it feels like a thorn in our hearts. If you've been asking, "What can I give my dog for pain?" you're not alone. It's a query on the minds of countless pet parents, particularly when faced with the helpless feeling of watching their canine companion suffer.
Navigating the vast sea of pain relief options can be daunting, but have no fear - we're here to help guide you through some promising alternatives, spotlighting the increasingly popular use of CBD for pain in dogs. Our pets, much like us, experience a range of pains and discomforts - arthritis, skin conditions, symptoms from chronic illnesses, and more.
Unlike us, however, they can't voice their discomfort, which makes it all the more crucial for us to be knowledgeable and proactive about their health.
Let's delve into the world of pet pain relief, unpacking the potential benefits of CBD, CBG, and CBN for your furry friends, and how these hemp compounds can make a world of difference for their comfort and quality of life.
In doing so, we'll help answer your pressing questions about safe and effective pain relief options for your beloved canine companions.
1. Pet Health and Pain
Our pets experience many of the same pains we do: arthritis, joint & muscle pain, nausea & gastrointestinal issues, eczema & skin conditions, symptoms from various chronic & acute illnesses, and more. They just can’t communicate it the same way we can.
No one wants to be in pain, let alone see their beloved pet in pain. With all the comfort and love they bring us, we want to do the same for them.
2. CBD for Pain
It’s no secret CBD for pain is a common choice that grows more popular daily.
CBD and other hemp plant compounds (like CBG & CBN) interact with our body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS).
The ECS helps regulate our vital physiological functions and nervous, endocrine, digestive, & immune systems. It heavily impacts sleep, metabolism, inflammation response, pain, overall health, and much more.
All vertebrae mammals have an ECS, so hemp impacts dogs the same way it impacts us.
The ECS is made up of cannabinoid receptors: found throughout the body, bones, bodily systems, and major organs.
Cannabinoids play important roles in appetite, pain management, inflammation, immune function, and more. The body naturally produces endo-cannabinoids, while plants (like hemp) contain phyto-cannabinoids.
Numerous humans and animals encounter difficulties in naturally producing sufficient endocannabinoids. As a result, many opt to supplement their endocannabinoid system with phytocannabinoids, such as CBD and CBG.
These plant-derived compounds are commonly used to help manage a variety of conditions, including pain, stress, sleep disturbances, and various illnesses.
Consistent use is highly recommended for the most noticeable results. As are high-quality, lab-tested products from trusted companies!
3. CBD for Dog Pain
A few common reasons people choose to give their dog CBD are:
- Chronic conditions like arthritis, Crohn's Disease, diabetes, and endocrine disorders
- Hip dysplasia & pain in specific dog breeds, causing joint wear & tear
- Anxiety, hyperactivity, and fear of separation, fireworks, or travel
- Pain from acute conditions, illnesses, GI issues, or disabilities
- Skin irritations or minor wounds
- Immune function & daily health
All of the above (and more) can impact our pup’s pain. Fortunately, CBD and hemp show to be helpful for easing pain & supporting healthy lives in our pups.
4. CBD Dog Products for Pain
There are countless CBD pet treats, oils, and balms to choose! Some dogs may prefer treats, while others prefer oils. Or both! Take time to find what’s best for YOUR dog, and always consult a licensed veterinarian before trying new herbs or supplements.
4.1 Oral Pet CBD
Different oral products include CBD oil, CBD treats, and CBD spray. Often these contain high-CBD, full-spectrum hemp extract or CBD isolate.
Full-spectrum hemp has all of the cannabinoids, terpenes, terpenoids, flavonoids, and other plant compounds. These work together (known as synergy) to enhance and amplify each other’s individual effects (known as the entourage effect).
CBD isolate is the isolated form of the compound CBD extracted from hemp. Those who prefer high doses of pure CBD or are sensitive to other cannabinoids may opt for CBD isolate.
Many prefer full-spectrum options in order to experience the entourage effect. However, some also use full-spectrum hemp & CBD isolate in tandem or separately for different reasons.
4.2 CBD Oil for Dogs
CBD oils are sublingual oils with concentrated amounts of CBD. Pet parents can put them directly in their dog’s mouth, on top of treats, mixed in food, or on a paw to be licked.
Full-spectrum hemp oils are a great way for dogs to get high doses of CBD and the full plant benefits.
Non-intoxicating, Bailey’s full-spectrum hemp oil for dogs with naturally-occurring CBD is made with single-sourced hemp extract from a small family farm who hand harvests their hemp.
4.3 CBG for Pet Pain
Still being studied, this cannabinoid is particularly appealing for pets due to being non-psychoactive. Research explores its potential benefits for neurological diseases, skin disorders & infections, chronic pain, bone repair, high blood pressure, inflammation, gastrointestinal issues, glaucoma, seizures, and so much more.
CBG’s possibilities for lasting & long-term pain relief are very exciting!
4.4 CBD-Infused Treats for Canine Companions
Delighting dogs and their pawrents alike, CBD dog treats have become a sought-after way to incorporate the health benefits of hemp into our four-legged friends' routines.
These tasty morsels are an excellent choice for dogs who may be fussy eaters, have food sensitivities, or simply relish a flavorful snack.
What's more, combining CBD treats with CBD oil can offer an added therapeutic punch, enhancing the potency of the wellness-boosting properties.
4.5 Bailey’s Premium CBD Soft Chews for Dogs
At Bailey’s, we take pet health seriously, crafting a line of delectable, CBD-infused soft chews designed with your dog's well-being in mind.
Each treat is brimming with high-quality CBD and a medley of carefully selected ingredients known for promoting health, vitality, and pain management.
Your dog won't just find these treats irresistible; they'll also reap the myriad benefits that CBD has to offer. Dive into Bailey's selection of CBD soft chews and find the perfect blend to treat your pup to wellness in every bite.
4.6 Omega Hemp CBD Soft Chews
Our bacon-flavored omega hemp CBD soft chews won the 2019 California Cannabis Awards CBD Product of the Year award, and more recently won the 2023 Pet Innovation Awards "Overall Pet Health Product of the Year" award.
They contain omega-3 fatty acids to support your pup’s well-being and happiness. Omega 3s are known for their anti-inflammatory benefits.
With inflammation being a leading cause of many painful diseases, omega fatty acids and CBD work together in synergy to help ease our pet’s pain & prevent it in the future.
4.7 Hip & Joint CBD Soft Chews
These chicken-flavored soft chews have naturally-occurring CBD with glucosamine, MSM, & green lipped mussel to help support mobility, arthritic pain, and dogs predisposed to painful hip & joint conditions.
4.8 Calming CBD Yummies!
These peanut butter & banana chews focus on calming doggos. With a special blend of tryptophan, valerian root, chamomile, passionflower, & high-CBD hemp extract, these vegan chews are a popular choice for anxious, aggressive, or hyperactive pups.
These ingredients combined with CBD provide ideal calming support - and are studied for their analgesic properties. Stress and anxiety are both symptoms & causes of various painful conditions.
Calming CBD Yummies! are also ideal for dogs who anxiously scratch, lick, or chew their skin. Excessive skin irritation can cause long-term problems, inflammation, and topical pain.
For more details about our Bailey’s Soft Chew CBD Treats for Dogs, check out our guide.
For dogs struggling with topical inflammation, hot spots, minor wounds, or localized pain, there are CBD balms and shampoos. Pet parents can put CBD topicals directly on their pet’s body, whether for skin irritations or pain in a certain place. Topicals usually need to be reapplied more often, but many find the relief more immediate & able to target specific areas.
4.10 CBD Balm for Dogs
Balms provide an excellent solution for topical and localized relief, potentially alleviating your dog's discomfort right where it's needed most. And while dogs may ingest a small amount due to their instinctive licking, there's no need to worry with the right product in hand.
Introducing Bailey’s Hemp Infused Paw & Nose Balm - a uniquely formulated balm rich in naturally occurring CBD and a medley of plant-based ingredients, all aimed at your pet's wellbeing.
This includes beeswax and sunflower seed oil for their moisturizing properties, shea butter known for its healing potential, aloe leaf juice for soothing comfort, and hemp extract, sourced with love and care.
For optimal use, generously apply the balm to chapped, cracked, or inflamed areas, healing wounds, hot spots, or areas with localized muscle, joint, bone, or nerve pain. With Bailey’s Hemp Infused Paw & Nose Balm, your pet's comfort is just a dab away.
4.11 CBD Shampoo for Pets
For daily PH balancing, anti-inflammation, flea & tick protection, and anti-itch, CBD Pet Shampoos are another helpful option. Our Bailey’s Pet Shampoo contains 300mg CBD, organic aloe, provitamin B5, avocado oil, and colloidal oatmeal extract for maximum relief & effects.
CBD topicals are used together with internal CBD oils or treats, in order to provide whole-body effects. Make CBD oil & a CBD scrub part of both your routines!
5. Importance of Consistency for Dog Pain and Chronic Conditions
As with anything, consistency is key when it comes to CBD and hemp. Set a time of day to give your dog hemp and stick to it.
When taken consistently, CBD encourages homeostasis (inner systemic balance) and supports immune function - both which heavily impact pain management. Even if your dog shows no signs of pain, CBD may help prevent it, as well as conditions that cause it. It also may help support a healthy inflammation response.
Start by giving a dose twice daily for two weeks, observe your dog’s behavior, and adjust the dosage accordingly. Veterinarian Dr. Robert Silver suggests a starting dose of 1mg/10lb twice a day.
If not seeing the desired pain relief, increase the dosage after a week. Work with a licensed veterinarian to find your dog’s ideal dosage. It will take time to find what’s best for them!
But time is worth it to help those we love.
6. Is your dog in pain?
Bailey’s CBD pet products are always made with love, the highest quality ingredients, and are third-party, lab-tested.
Check out our selection of veterinarian-formulated CBD pet products. We care as much as you do!
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This article is not intended to treat, diagnose, or cure any condition. Please consult a licensed healthcare physician before consuming new supplements or herbs.