Whether she’s a Standard, or Toy, your Poodle is an elegant athlete.
She’s very smart, and probably the most obedient dog on the block.
While she might require plenty of exercise and grooming, you wouldn’t give her up for the world. And because you’re reading this, you’re probably worried about her health.
After all, Poodles can develop a variety of health problems.
If you’ve looked into pet health, chances are you’ve heard of CBD, and perhaps a few of the health benefits it can have for dogs.
In this article, I’m going to look at CBD in more detail and show you exactly how you can use it to prevent and treat a variety of conditions that might affect your Poodle.
Poodles are renowned for having been extremely popular among French royalty and nobles in the 15th century.
As the years went on, Standard Poodles also became increasingly popular among duck hunters.
Thanks to their elegance, intelligence, and athleticism, they also made their way into show business, being used as trick dogs in circuses and (later on) even starring on TV.
Today they’re loved as regular household pets, thanks to their loving nature, intelligence and, of course, appearance.
They are ranked as the second most intelligent dog breed just behind the Border Collie.
Given plenty of exercise and proper training, Poodles are great, loyal companions and extremely obedient.
Common Health Conditions Affecting Poodles
Poodles have a long lifespan and are relatively healthy dogs.
Nonetheless, they can develop a variety of health problems just like any other breed.
While they aren’t particularly prone to any specific conditions, Poodles can suffer from some of the following ailments:
- Addison’s Disease: This is a relatively rare condition, but can affect some Poodles. It is caused by the immune system attacking the adrenal gland, causing it to produce fewer hormones. The symptoms of Addison’s Disease are usually vague, but can include lethargy, vomiting, loss of appetite, unexpected weight loss, diarrhea, and increased urination.
- Arthritis: Arthritis is common in all kinds of dogs, and Poodles are no exception. Usually affecting older dogs, arthritis causes chronic inflammation and degeneration of the joints, especially the knees, hips, elbows, and shoulders. It is also more common in dog’s with other related conditions, such as IVDD, Hip Dysplasia, or Patellar Luxation. Arthritis is also more common in active dogs or smaller breeds that regularly have to jump up on things, such as miniature Poodles.
- Epilepsy: Epilepsy can affect all breeds of dogs. It causes a rapid, uncontrollable firing of the neurons in the brain, which in turn causes regular seizures. These seizures can obviously be really distressing to watch and can vary in intensity and regularity. To learn more about dog epilepsy and how CBD can help, check out this article.
- Hip Dysplasia: Hip Dysplasia is generally caused by a genetic malformation of the hip joint. This may cause the hip to dislocate regularly, and also causes abnormal wear and tear of the joint. It also puts your dog at a higher risk of developing arthritis, and can cause stiffness, inflammation, pain, and even lameness.
- Intervertebral Disk Disease (IVDD): IVDD is caused by a herniated disc in the spine. When this happens, the affected discs usually press on surrounding tissue, causing all kinds of problems. Poodles with IVDD will usually experience back pain, inability or difficulty to walk, lameness, and sometimes even paralysis.
- Patellar Luxation: Patellar Luxation causes the knee cap to dislocate regularly and is the most common knee abnormality affecting dogs. And while it only causes acute pain when the kneecap slips out, it can affect a dog’s level of activity, and can make them unwilling to go on walks, exercise, or jump up on things. Patellar luxation is common in smaller dog breeds, and tends to affect miniature or toy Poodles.
- Sebaceous Adenitis: This condition is more common among miniature and toy Poodles. It is caused by inflammation of the sebaceous glands of the skin, in turn causing hair loss and skin infections, as well as generalized skin irritation.
How Can CBD Help My Poodle?
CBD is a natural compound derived from cannabis and hemp plants.
And before I go on, don’t worry:
This isn’t “pot” for pets, and CBD won’t get your dog “high.”
CBD is a completely safe, reliable, and non psychoactive substance.
It cannot cause an overdose, and also doesn’t produce any nasty side effects.
In fact, CBD is a powerful natural supplement that has many health benefits.
Below, I’ll look at how CBD can help your Poodle deal with sebaceous adenitis and patellar luxation.
CBD can help your dog deal with a vast variety of conditions.
If your Poodle is suffering from pain, anxiety, seizures or some other ailment, CBD can definitely help.
For a more generalized overview of the most common benefits of CBD for dogs, check out this CBD benefits page.
CBD for Sebaceous Adenitis and Other Skin Conditions
The sebaceous gland is a tiny gland in the skin that secretes sebum, a natural oil designed to lubricate the skin and hair.
Sebaceous adenitis causes chronic inflammation of the sebaceous glands of dogs.
It is a rare skin condition, but is more common in Poodles, Akitas, and Samoyeds.
Luckily, sebaceous adenitis causes a handful of clear symptoms, making it a fairly easy condition for your vet to diagnose.
Some common signs of sebaceous adenitis include:
- Spot baldness
- Strong odour along the hairline
- Small clumps of matted hair
- Flakes or casts forming along the hairline
- A dull, brittle, and coarse coat
- Intense itching and constant scratching
- Scaly skin
- Infections along hair follicles
- Skin lesions, usually appearing in clusters
If your Poodle has this condition, your vet should be able to diagnose the condition and recommend a few home treatments to help keep the inflammation at bay.
This may include:
- Gentle brushing to remove flaky skin.
- Anti-inflammatory drugs, although these are usually prescribed in dogs with an advanced disease.
- Skin rubs, oils, or other topical applications to improve skin health and fight inflammation.
If your Poodle is dealing with sebaceous adenitis (or any other skin condition, for that matter), I highly recommend trying a topical CBD solution like a balm or spray.
I personally recommend using either King Kanine’s CBD balm or spray, which combine CBD with a variety of other natural compounds designed to improve the health of your dog’s skin.
CBD is a renowned anti-inflammatory compound, and the endocannabinoid system (which is responsible for mediating the effects of CBD and other cannabinoids) has been shown to play a key role in fighting inflammation all around the body, including the skin.
In 2009, a paper published in the medical journal Trends In Pharmacological Sciences reviewed some of the existing literature on the endocannabinoid system (ECS) and its role in skin treatments.
The studies reviewed in this paper made it clear that the ECS plays a key role in skin health.
For example, some of the studies found that the receptors that CBD targets are found in specific skin cells.
Others also showed that, even when not applied directly to the skin, CBD and other cannabinoids can cause specific reactions in the skin by activating those receptors.
I’ve covered the topic of CBD and how it can help dogs with skin allergies and other skin conditions before in this article.
For a full list of studies on CBD and how it can help treat skin conditions, click here.
CBD for Poodles With Patellar Luxation
Patellar luxation, as I mentioned earlier, is a common condition affecting smaller breeds like miniature or toy poodles.
It is caused by an abnormality in the knee, which causes the capella (knee cap) to dislocate regularly.
It can also be caused by direct trauma to the hind legs or knee.
Luckily, this condition isn’t as painful as it sounds.
Dogs with patellar luxation will usually only experience a brief, acute pain when the knee cap actually slips out of place.
You may also notice your dog limping, or becoming temporarily lame in their hind legs as a result of the condition.
They may also be reluctant to go on walks or might be generally less active as a result of the condition.
Unfortunately, patellar luxation is commonly accompanied by osteoarthritis which, on the other hand, is a very painful and debilitating condition.
In fact, patellar luxation is almost always accompanied by arthritis due to the increased wear and tear of the knee joint.
If your Poodle deals with patellar luxation and arthritis, I highly recommend trying CBD.
As I mentioned earlier, CBD is a natural anti-inflammatory, meaning it can help reduce swelling and inflammation around the knee caused by patellar luxation and osteoarthritis.
Once your dog begins dealing with arthritis, they’ll likely also experience strong pain sensations around the knee and hind legs.
Once arthritis sets in, you’ll likely find your dog becoming more lethargic and far less energetic.
Luckily, CBD’s anti inflammatory properties can help with these issues. I have published a full article on CBD for dogs with arthritis and joint pain here.
I personally used CBD with my dog Rosie, who was diagnosed with hip dysplasia a few years ago.
Like most dogs with this condition, Rosie eventually developed arthritis, which left her dealing with constant pain.
She became less active, which also lead her to put on a few extra pounds.
Watching Rosie deal with her condition was heartbreaking.
She was always such an active and lively dog, but she’d come to spend most of her days lounging around the house and avoided walks or other forms of exercise.
Once I started her off on CBD, however, she completely changed.
Within just a few days of treatment, Rosie seemed more active and in less pain.
She’d move around the house much more, and we were soon able to take her on walks again.
Hence, I can personally vouch for using CBD with your dog, especially if he/she deals with patellar luxation and arthritis.
Are Other Dogs Having Success With CBD?
As pet owners, we’re always looking for evidence to make sure what we’re giving our pets the best supplements and medicine.
Luckily, there are plenty of CBD success stories out there, so you don’t just have to take my word that this stuff works.
Pet owners all around the world are using CBD to help their dogs with all kinds of conditions.
Bella, for example, is a toy poodle who deals with intervertebral disk disease due to old age.
As a result, Bella deals with constant back pain.
Her owners, however, recently started her out on CBD treats and noticed instant results:
“Bella is much more active, and seems to show no signs of pain.”
Hunter, on the other hand, is a GoldenDoodle.
As is common with these dogs, Hunter deals with anxiety and seizures.
Since he started his treatment using CBD oil, Hunter went 3 weeks without a seizure.
He was also able to cut back on some of his seizure medication, which caused him to deal with a variety of side effects.
Try CBD Today
Like I mentioned earlier, I have used CBD myself, and regularly recommend King Kanine’s range of CBD products.
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