Hemp vs. Traditional Pain Meds: Weighing the Options for Your Dog

When your dog is in pain, you will do anything to help him feel better, and you want to find a solution fast. In the past, the only option was to get prescription drugs from your veterinarian. However, NSAIDs, opiates, and other drugs are not the only options for managing pain in your dog. There are safer and more effective alternatives available that do not carry the risk of side effects that prescription drugs have. One of these options is hemp. 

What is Hemp and How Does It Work?

Hemp is a naturally occurring plant that contains compounds called cannabinoids. These cannabinoids interact with your dog’s endocannabinoid system. The job of the endocannabinoid system is to maintain homeostasis in the body and therefore is effective for addressing multiple problems. Cannabinoid receptors are located throughout the body and brain so it makes sense that they help regulate the entire body.   Cannabinoids can positively affect pain sensation, mood, anxiety, appetite, inflammation, and the immune system. It is important to note that not all cannabinoids are the same, and not all work on the same disease areas. You can learn more about Cannabinoid safety in our Pet Owner’s Guide to Cannabinoids.

Side Effects of NSAIDs for Dogs 

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (commonly known as NSAIDS) are often prescribed by veterinarians to help alleviate pain and inflammation in dogs. Other drugs that may be use are in the opioid class.  Common drugs your veterinarian may prescribe include:

  • Rimadyl
  • Meloxicam
  • Gabapentin
  • Galliprant
  • Tramadol

These traditional pain medications can work but they also come with a price. The most common side effects of NSAIDs for dogs are vomiting, loss of appetite, depression, and diarrhea. Severe side effects include stomach or intestinal ulcers, liver failure, kidney failure, and even death. Prescription painkillers for dogs come with an “Information for Dog Owner Sheet” that describes the possible side effects. It is important to read this information carefully and discuss with your veterinarian. Some topics to cover with your vet include: 

  • Likelihood of side effects
  • Proper dosing
  • How to give it to your dog
  • When to give it and for how long
  • And what to avoid when your dog is on the prescribed medication

Giving Your Dog Hemp as an Alternative to NSAIDs and Other Drugs 

Many pet owners choose a high-quality hemp product because their dog is on an NSAID, or some combination of drugs and is still stiff and sore, depressed, self-isolating, or experiencing other side-effects. Hemp works when many other drugs do not, and also can be taken with other drugs with no adverse interactions.  Hemp has no known side effects.  Many pet owners are able, with the help of their veterinarian, to decrease or stop the use of other drugs after using an effective hemp product.  It is important to choose a hemp product that has been well tested and endorsed by veterinarians. 

When ElleVet conducted a clinical study with Cornell Vet School using our proprietary blend of hemp oil, over 80% of the dogs showed significant improvement in pain levels and quality of life. A good percentage of these are able to get off or reduce their traditional painkiller medications. ElleVet Hemp products are safe to take with other medications. No adverse reactions have been reported, and our products have been tested at 10x the normal dose. No side effects (even sedation) were noted at this level. 

Hemp Chews for Dogs Backed by Science 

ElleVet Hemp Oil for DogsAt ElleVet Sciences we work with some of the best veterinarians in the world to ensure the safety and efficacy of our hemp chews and oils.  This is because when your dog is suffering, we feel you shouldn’t have to choose between safety and pain relief.  And remember, when weighing the options of hemp vs. a traditional painkiller for your dog, it is important to include your veterinarian in the discussion. To learn more about how our hemp products can help your dog you can contact us at 844-673-7287 or fill out our contact form

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