Dogs are mammals just like us. But can you use the same pain treatment for humans to treat pain in dogs? Some humans think it is safe to give dogs the same medications we take. Nothing could be further from the truth! Many of the medications that work well for humans are downright poisonous for dogs. This includes nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like Tylenol, Advil, Aspirin, or Alleve.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a safe, natural, and effective medicinal supplement that you can use on its own or in a combination with other treatments.
There are a variety of natural remedies which, when you combine them with CBD, treats pain in dogs with no side effects and no risk of toxicity. Below you will find 12 options to help keep your pooch healthy and happy. Not only do these remedies treat pain in dogs, but most of them also help with inflammation. Inflammation relates to pain in the mammalian body.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a natural extract from the cannabis plant. CBD is in a class of natural plant compounds called cannabinoids. These are compounds that activate and react to cannabinoid receptors spread all over your dog’s body. This system of receptors is called the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). When a cannabinoid naturally occurs in the body, it is referred to as an endocannabinoid. CBD is extracted from a plant so it is referred to as a phytocannabinoid.
Even though it comes from the cannabis plant, CBD is not psychoactive. This means that it does not cause intoxication. Some people might find this disappointing, but remember that intoxication is frequently unpleasant or distressing for dogs. It may cause agitation or even aggressive behavior in the intoxicated animal. As a result, CBD is the preferred cannabinoid to treat pain in dogs.
However, it has so many other benefits! Use it to treat:
- Inflammation and pain (including chronic conditions like arthritis)
- Anxiety and/or agitation (like separation anxiety that many dogs suffer from)
- Obesity and/or heart disease (this is becoming a serious problem for dogs)
- Seizure disorders (like epilepsy)
- Unstable blood sugar levels and/or diabetes (it stabilizes the dog’s appetite)
- Nausea and/or vomiting (and most forms of gastrointestinal distress)
- Various forms of cancer (both the symptoms and the actual tumors)
Furthermore, CBD is extremely safe you can combine it with various other remedies or supplements. This will ensure maximum relief for your furry little friend!
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Neosporin is an anti-bacterial ointment that you can use on both humans and dogs. You apply it to the outside of the body, typically directly on wounds. Doctors refer to it as a topical treatment. An easy way to remember this is that You use it “on top” of the skin.
Neosporin disinfects wounds and keeps infections from developing. It does so with antibiotics in the ointment. These are usually bacitracin, neomycin, and/or polymyxin. These are generally very safe and well tolerated with very few allergic reactions. Neosporin also helps to treat pain in dogs via a chemical compound called pramoxine. This is also a topical treatment, meaning it is a numbing agent that dulls the sensation of pain on the surface of the skin.
You should note that Neosporin does not treat the underlying source of the pain; it only treats the wound on the surface level. If it is administered along with CBD, then Neosporin would treat the actual wound while CBD would lessen the pain response within your dog’s body.
Turmeric is an incredibly useful and widely-used health supplement. It is related to the ginger plant and is a common ingredient in various kinds of curry. It usually comes in a bright yellow/orange powder with a strong and distinctive flavor. They make the powder by grinding up the roots of the plant.
This supplement has a long history of human consumption. It has various positive effects on the mammalian body (for both humans and dogs). In moderate amounts, it can aid in digestion and settle an upset stomach. At greater doses, it is highly effective at treating pain, stiffness, and inflammation. It decreases the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), osteoarthritis (OA), and bursitis. These are all painful inflammatory conditions that both humans and dogs suffer from.
Studies have also shown that it is most effective at preventing joint inflammation. This means that it is best if you use it as a kind of everyday supplement to keep the inflammation from occurring. In this regard, it is exactly like CBD. Both of these compounds work best when administered on a regular basis and integrated into a healthy diet and vitamin routine. CBD products that have both these ingredients are the most effective at treating joint health and mobility in dogs.
Remember that ginger and turmeric are related plants. They are also both made up of phytochemicals, which is just a fancy word for the chemicals in plants that give them their medicinal qualities. Ginger consists primarily of two phytochemicals: gingerol and shogoal.
Much like turmeric, ginger has been shown to be highly effective in treating pain, stiffness, and inflammation. It should be noted that both of these compounds treat these symptoms all over the mammalian body. A recent study concludes that ginger alone reduces pain and stiffness in knee joints by 40%. When you combine with turmeric, it becomes a super-power. Ginger is also effective at settling an upset stomach as well as decreasing nausea. Now imagine combining these with CBD and you have a supplement that can do wonders for your dog’s body.
Another plant with the ability to kick pain’s butt is cayenne. Its major phytochemical is capsaicin. This not only gives cayenne peppers their spicy kick, but it also blocks a compound known as substance P. This compound is responsible for pain transmission in the mammalian body.
Consequently, cayenne can treat all types of pain in dogs, including arthritis, bruises, spinal pain, and even a kind of nerve pain associated with diabetes called neuropathy. Hopefully, you can see a pattern emerging with these supplements; they’re delicious and good for you!
Yucca plants are a kind of shrub from the southwestern United States and Mexico. They have been used by indigenous peoples for thousands of years for their powerful healing properties. The phytochemicals of the yucca plant are steroidal saponins and phenolics. Both of these are powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-arthritic compounds.
There are also very high amounts of folic acid and vitamin C. Both of these are crucial in the skin and eye health. You can use Yucca to treat a variety of skin conditions in your dog, including:
- Cuts and/or sores
- Skin infections
These various conditions can be treated by rubbing the Yucca extract directly on the skin like an anti-bacterial ointment. You could even say that it’s Mother Nature’s Neosporin!
Arnica is another plant with anti-inflammatory and painkilling properties. This is an herb that grows predominantly in Siberia, central Europe, and certain parts of North America. It has been used in folk medicine by various indigenous peoples for many years.
Another name for Arnica is the “mountain daisy” because of its bright yellow/orange flowers. The medicinal phytochemicals are found in these flowers and can be used to make ointments, creams, gels, and/or oils. Arnica is another topical treatment for general and arthritic pain in dogs. However, it is toxic for both humans and dogs if they use it on an open wound.
#8 Green Tea
This is a very famous and widely-known medicinal supplement. Phytochemicals known as catechins give green tea its various health benefits, including anti-inflammatory properties.
These phytochemicals are antioxidants. The presence of these antioxidants decreases the chances of cancer. Antioxidants work by neutralizing small compounds in your dog’s cells that can cause damage and premature aging.
It is also a rich source of vitamins and minerals that can be administered with topical ointments. Green tea contains vitamins A, D, E, C, B, B5, H, and K as well as manganese, zinc, chromium, and selenium. Look at all those vitamins! It’s like the whole alphabet!
Remember that CBD is also a potent anti-cancer agent. If you combine it with the catechins and antioxidants in green tea, you will have a powerful medicinal supplement. The combination can improve your dog’s health and potentially expand their lifespan.
Alfalfa is a widely known plant that people also refer to as Lucerne. It has been grown and fed to livestock for centuries because of its incredible vitamin, mineral, and protein content. It has high levels of vitamin C, vitamin K, copper, manganese, folate, thiamin, riboflavin, magnesium, and iron.
In addition to this density of nutrients, it has various medicinal benefits. It is incredibly effective at lowering cholesterol. Believe it or not, dogs have high cholesterol too! This is because they possibly are being fed human food. Alfalfa also has powerful anti-inflammatory properties and can help alleviate the symptoms of arthritis.
This is another plant that is used to make medicine. It is absolutely chock-full of phytochemicals, including flavonoids, phenolic acids, alkaloids, phytosterols, tannins, and triterpenoids. As you may imagine, having all these active compounds means it has a wide variety of uses.
It can treat the following conditions in your dog:
- Urinary tract infections
- Incontinence (inability to control urination)
- Various kidney and/or bladder conditions
- Joint diseases
- Weak bones (osteoporosis)
- High cholesterol levels
Much like the other plants on this list, it has anti-inflammatory properties as well. It is particularly good for treating stiffness and swelling from arthritis. It is a powerful diuretic, however, so it should not be taken in high amounts.
The leaves, roots, and stems of this plant can be used to make medicine. If it is taken by mouth, then it can treat an upset stomach, including nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea. It has been shown to be effective in treating ulcers as well.
The same mechanism that makes it effective at treating ulcers within the body makes it a powerful topical treatment too. You can apply it to open wounds and sores to reduce pain in dogs and fight off bacteria. In many ways, it is similar to Yucca and is another one of Mother Nature’s Neosporin treatments. It can also treat inflammation in the joints and arthritis due to the presence of tannins and rosmarinic acid.
The final remedy that we will discuss is the herbal extract known as Boswellia. It is sometimes referred to as “Indian frankincense” and it comes from a tree that is native to Africa and Asia. As with many of the plants on this list, it has been used for centuries in indigenous medicine.
This is an incredibly powerful anti-inflammation supplement. You can use it to treat osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). It does so by preventing the formation of leukotrienes in your dog’s body. These leukotrienes are a primary way that inflammation is triggered in the mammalian body.
Much like CBD and turmeric, Boswellia is also useful in preventing the development of some forms of cancer. Studies have shown that Boswellia is especially effective when combined with turmeric. Any product that contains both these supplements will be incredible at preventing pain and inflammation.