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Pause from painful paws

11 March 2022

Pause from painful paws

Taking a pause from painful paws does not mean that you should stop treating any condition that you have discussed with a veterinarian professional, but it does mean that you take a break to think about how you can help your pet even more, by helping to keep your stressed or anxious animal calm in the face of any pain they may be experiencing.

Most medicinal remedies are derived from the healing powers of Mother Nature, so by adding CBD (Cannabidiol) oil to your pet’s food, you will be assisting them in remaining calm in an otherwise stressful situation.  You will reap the benefits of your pet’s calmness, as well, knowing that your beloved pet is more relaxed and not in so much pain…

Causes of painful paws

There are numerous potential causes of painful paws, but here is a short list of some of them…

  • small cuts in their pads
  • common yeast infection
  • pavement burn
  • potential food allergy
  • a parasite infection
  • cracked pads
  • arthritis

Small cuts in the pads

Small cuts in your pet’s pads can feel to them a bit like when you get a paper cut on your fingers and we all know how painful that little thing can be!

Clean the wound with water or an antiseptic solution, just as you would if you had a paper cut.  If the pads are bleeding, apply pressure to the wound to stop the bleeding.  Bandage the cut paw and allow it to heal – this may require your pet having to wear a neck collar to prevent them from licking and biting off the bandage while the small cuts heal.  Obviously, if the cut to a paw pad is much deeper than a shallow cut, it may result in infection and should be checked by a veterinarian.

Yeast infection

A yeast infection between a dog or cat’s toes is the canine equivalent athlete’s foot.  Malassezia is the yeast responsible, and it thrives in warm, damp environments.  It can cause severe itchiness and the pet will lick the itchy area to provide more moisture, allowing the yeast infection to thrive.

Treatments for yeast infections in pets can range from topical antifungal creams, to shampoos.  The first line of defence is usually an anti-fungal shampoo, but the importance of thoroughly drying between your pet’s toes cannot be overstated.  Once completely dry, you could apply a medicated talc, which is available in high-street stores such as Boots Chemist.

Pavement burn

Prevention is essential, so keep track of how long your pet spends outdoors.  Pavement burn can occur in both cold and hot conditions.  Just as a human’s fingers and toes can become extremely cold, so can a pet’s paws.  The paws can be extremely cold to the touch, making them extremely painful.  Similarly, if your pet walks for long periods of time on very hot pavements, their pads can literally burn.

Food Allergy

Just as humans can be intolerant or totally allergic to certain foods, your pet may experience some reaction to the food you are feeding them.  This allergic reaction can cause itchy skin, as well as potentially causing diarrhoea or vomiting.  If your pet continues to lick itchy skin around their paws, they can aggravate the problem and cause secondary infection, which can lead to more painful paws. A suitable alternative diet can be recommended by your veterinarian professional, which should alleviate the symptoms.

Parasite infection

Parasites can infect your pet in a variety of ways, including inadvertently ingesting parasite eggs in contaminated soil, water, faeces, or food. The most common is external parasite infection, which occurs on the outside of a pet’s body and can be seasonal, taking the form of ticks, fleas, lice, and other parasites. External parasites, such as fleas and ticks, are less difficult to control than ingested parasites, which can cause diarrhoea or vomiting. If your pet suffers from either of the latter, they should be treated by a veterinarian as soon as possible.

Cracked pads

Because your pet’s pads are subjected to a lot of wear and tear, they may develop dry cracked pads. To encourage repair, use NuLeaf Naturals full spectrum Pet CBD (oil) as a moisturiser.  Simply keep the paws clean to prevent further infection, which may necessitate the intervention of a qualified Practitioner.

Arthritis

Some pets lick their toes when they are in pain or throbbing, and arthritis can cause them to do so. Arthritis is more likely to affect your elderly pet, but this is not always the case. If you’re looking for a natural remedy for painful joints, the soothing power of NuLeaf Naturals CBD for Pets can help relieve the pain caused by arthritis symptoms. By adding the recommended number of drops of NuLeaf Naturals CBD for Pets to your pet’s food twice a day, the cannabinoids and terpenes in the oil will synergistically work with your pet’s own endocannabinoid system (ECS), and the healing powers of Mother Nature set to work…

The anatomy of pet paws

Sometimes soft and squishy, sometimes rough and hard – your pet’s paws endure a lot of wear and tear over the course of their lives.
Skin, bone, tendons, ligaments, blood vessels, and connective tissue make up your pet’s paws (dogs), which have five basic parts:

  • digital pads
  • claws
  • metacarpal (front paws)  and metatarsal (rear paws) pad
  • dew claw
  • carpal pad

A dog or cat’s natural instinct is to protect its paws from harm, which is why they are so sensitive when their human friends touch their paws.  If a dog or cat has ever had a paw injury, touching them my cause them to make a defensive move out of fear…
Digital pads, like cushions, have a spongy filling that acts as a shock absorber, but the outer layer is made of keratin.

Natural remedies for painful paws

These statements are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease or illness in your pet.  Before starting a new dietary supplement regimen for your pet, consult with a veterinarian professional.

NuLeaf CBD (Cannabidiol) for pets is an effective, natural alternative remedy for painful paws because it is non-toxic and has powerful anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties that work naturally with the body’s endocannabinoid system, to produce a wide variety of health benefits for your pet’s painful paws and general wellbeing.

What has the endocannabinoid System (ECS) got to do with painful paws?

Most animals have an endocannabinoid system and can benefit from being given CBD.  NuLeaf Naturals CBD for Pets has been proven to help animals in stress, anxiety and pain – sometimes the smallest cut or abrasion can be the most painful when it comes to your pet’s paws.

Your pet’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a biological system composed of endocannabinoids.  Endocannabinoids are endogenous lipid-based retrograde neurotransmitters that bind to cannabinoid receptors, and cannabinoid receptor proteins that are expressed throughout the vertebrate central nervous system and peripheral nervous system which are involved in a variety of physiological processes.  The endocannabinoid system helps to regulate:

  • memory
  • sleep
  • stress
  • energy and balance
  • nervous system
  • immune system function
  • mood and appetite
  • metabolism

CBD increases the ECS’s ability to promote balance and optimal health in your pet when absorbed by the body.

Taking a break from painful paws will bring a shine to your pet’s coat and a very wet nose when they nuzzle up to you, thanks to the cannabinoids and terpenes found in all of NuLeaf CBD for Pets CBD products.  Cannabis Sativa L. cannabinoids mimic the endocannabinoids in your pet’s ECS system.

Because NuLeaf Naturals CBD for Pets is a natural option, it can help keep your pet calm and relaxed in stressful situations, and painful paws are stressful for them.  Incorporating NuLeaf Naturals CBD (Cannabidiol) oil into your pet’s food can help relieve pain, anxiety and other symptoms.  You can also dispense the CBD drops directly into your pet’s mouth as long as you are confident that your pet will not bite the hand that feeds them!

By adding a few drops of NuLeaf Naturals CBD for Pets to your pet’s food twice a day, the cannabinoids and terpenes in the oil will work synergistically with your pet’s own endocannabinoid system (ECS) and the healing powers of Mother Nature will set to work…

The plants used in the production of NuLeaf Naturals CBD for Pets are grown organically and sustainably.  NuLeaf Naturals’ primary tool for extracting phytonutrients from each plant is CO2 extraction.  This method uses no heat or solvents and contains a wide range of naturally occurring synergistic cannabinoids and terpenes.

There is plenty of anecdotal evidence from pet owners on the internet who say that their pets have been helped by giving them CBD, especially when it comes to pain and anxiety.  Because of the anti-inflammatory properties in the hemp plant, CBD oil, which is a constituent of the hemp plant (Cannabis Sativa L.), has been used successfully in the treatment of joint pain in pets as well as their human companions. Isn’t it time to take a pause from painful paws?

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