Old dogs are benefitting from new medicine these days. A new study from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University reveals that hemp oil can help aging dogs suffering from joint pain.
According to the study, presented over the weekend, a hemp-based medicine developed by ElleVet Sciences is “efficacious for pain in dogs with osteoarthritis, chronic joint pain and geriatric pain and soreness; with dramatic beneficial effects in our more geriatric patients.” The first-of-its-kind study took eight months to complete and examined how ElleVet’s soft chews metabolized and how it relieved joint pain in canines.
Joseph Wakshlag, associate professor of Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine presented the findings of the first pharmacokinetic study and clinical trial on the use of cannabinoids to treat dogs with osteoarthritis and multi-joint pain at the Veterinary Meeting & Expo. The university partnered with ElleVet Sciences to conduct this double-blind, placebo-controlled study.
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According to the press release:
The study found that dogs who took ElleVet’s proprietary hemp oil blend showed significant improvement over dogs that received the placebo. More than 80% of dogs who have used ElleVet Mobility soft chews have seen a significant or dramatic improvement. Veterinarians have called ElleVet soft chews, “A game changer that will change the face of veterinary medicine.”
Previously, anecdotal evidence from pet owners and animal clinics across the country have shown that hemp-based medicine greatly improves pain levels and quality of life for dogs with osteoarthritis and joint pain. The Cornel study backs up the anecdotal evidence. The VMX conference is the largest gathering of veterinary professionals in the United States.
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And here’s some good news for cat lovers: ElleVet and Cornell are studying the effectiveness of a similar product for felines. The product is expected to be available within a few months.