Medicinal cannabis is effective in elderly dogs with chronic pain

Mexico’s valley /

Preclinical studies with pets have found that cannabis positively affects dogs with chronic pain, helping to improve their mobility and quality of life, said the National Association of the Cannabis Industry (ANICANN), a non-governmental organization.

He stated that studies showed that cannabidiol administration is well tolerated by animals (CBD) in monodrug scheme and had a positive clinical effect on the analgesia and quality of life of the patient, without observing unwanted clinical effects.

He stressed that thanks to veterinary medicine it has been achieved that dogs and cats have a longer life expectancyThis has led to diseases previously considered terminal today being treated as chronic conditions.

Chronic diseases

Geriatric patients can present a variety of diseases such as:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarticular disease.
  • Cognitive dysfunction.
  • Obesity.
  • Neoplasias.
  • Dental problems.
  • Kidney and / or liver failure.
  • Cardiac pathologies.

However, many result in the chronic pain condition.

The patient suffering from prolonged pain promotes structural changes in nerve pathways that participate in the transduction, transmission, modulation and perception of pain, which can aggravate the clinical picture and lead to chronic pain.


Due to the complex neurobiology of pain it becomes difficult to establish a single treatment that adapts to all situations and it is reasonable to think that a multimodal approach is the best option.

It is common for geriatric animals with acute or chronic pain have another concomitant disease such as liver disease, kidney failure or gastrointestinal pathologies.

These patients together with those who do not tolerate non-steroidal anti-inflammatory pain relievers (NSAIDs) need other treatment options and within multimodal therapy, the use of cannabis as a complementary treatment.

Studies, although they have been focused on chronic pain, make it clear that cannabinoids have shown their efficacy in pain relief without serious adverse effects and also show therapeutic action in the treatment of pain associated with diseases.



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