We have always heard that Kratom is good for the relief of pain and we know the standard dosage of Kratom for human beings.
Have you ever considered that it can impart the same effects in other species like your pets especially dogs?
If not, it’s time you consider it because Kratom is as useful for animals as it is for human beings, of course, animals won’t use it for recreational purposes.
Let’s start a journey of Kratom usage for the pain relief of pets. And figure out if it’s good or bad?
A common question asked by those who read the newspaper and watch news about getting Kratom banned.
It is the herbal supplement that grows in the humid climate of the Southeast Asian countries and is exported to the international markets.
From these markets, it gets access to the online vendors who sell it for having qualities like analgesia, stimulation, euphoria, Opiate withdrawal, enhancement of cognition and mood elevation.
The primary mechanism of causing such effects is that it has a number of alkaloids.
These alkaloids are 40 or more in number but the ones that have a major impact are Mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine.
These two alkaloids act on the mu, delta, and kappa Opiate receptors present in the central nervous system to induce a state of stimulation by activating adrenergic pathways and inducing the release of dopamine, serotonin, adrenaline etc.
This brings about the effects mentioned above.
How does Kratom give relief from pain?
When Kratom acts on the Opiate receptors especially when 7-hydroxymitragynine acts on mu receptors, there is the release of endorphins, dynorphins, and enkephalins.
These neurotransmitters are responsible for the suppression of pain signals along the pain pathway.
They also increase the pain nerve endings stimulation threshold. When signals are not generated and even when they are generated, they are suppressed; pain is not felt by the central nervous system.
The release of dopamine and serotonin play an additional role in making one feel better.
What does research say about the use of Kratom for pain relief in pets?
As we all know, all the research that is done so far on the topic of Kratom involves the use of animal subjects.
No human experimentation has been done so far.
According to a study, in which the effects of Kratom were observed in animal subjects like mice, rat, cats, and dogs, Kratom actually alleviates the symptoms of pain after these tests were applied to the animal subjects;
- Hotplate test
- Tail flick test
- Writhing test
- Pressure/Inflammation test
This is achieved by the action of 7-hydroxymitragynine on mu Opiate receptors and the activation of descending noradrenergic and serotonergic pathways in the spinal cord.
The use of Kratom for pain relief in pets
According to a Vet tech who did research on Kratom use for pain relief in dogs, Kratom is a potent analgesic in dogs too.
She tells a narrative of her dog which underwent a surgery and then started Kratom medication for pain relief of the dog.
To her surprise, it actually worked and the dog got better. The same thread had a narrative of a person using Kratom as an analgesic for his cat and he found it quite beneficial for his pet.
A research conducted on Kratom for pain relief In pets showed an amazing result, Out of 66 dogs that were treated with Kratom for pain relief, 62 dog owners reported noticing the beneficial effects of Kratom on their dogs.
They actually saw the improvement in their dog’s pain. The dogs that had accidents were given Kratom and they were seen walking around with faster recovery, on the other hand, other pain medication made them sleep all day.
How to feed Kratom to your dog?
An easy way to feed your dog some Kratom is to mix Kratom with a sugar-free peanut butter.
The dosage of Kratom is to use 2 grams of Kratom powder for a tablespoon of peanut butter. Also, add some probiotics to the mixture.
The probiotics help the dogs in processing the alkaloids better. Small balls are made from the mixture and then they are frozen in a ziplock bag.
What are the reviews of pet owners about the use of Kratom in pets?
Anecdotal reports suggest that Kratom is a beneficial medicine for pets especially dogs if they are suffering from some energy or who undergo surgery.
However, Kratom is known to reduce intestinal motility so signs of constipation should be kept in check. Some of the pet owner reviews are mentioned below;
According to Dominique, owner of a 3 legged pit bull, Kratom relieves the pain of his dog when he gives 1/8 of a tablespoon.
Kristie says that she wets her finger and then presses it into Kratom and then rubs the Kratom on their gums and their tongue.
She gives her beagle Kratom for her seizures. According to her, the seizures have stopped. She gives her pit bull Kratom for the relief of pain associated with cancer.
Katie tells a sad recount of the last days of her dog that had terminal bowel cancer. According to her, she discovered Kratom very late in the course of her pet’s cancer.
When she gave her pet Kratom, it stood up and started playing despite suffering. Another pet owner Bekkah shares a story of her dog who was limping due to a sprained paw.
After giving her pet some Kratom, she saw it jumping around on the couch without trouble.
According to the research studies and reviews by pet owners and vets, one can conclude that Kratom can be used for the relief of pain in pets especially dogs.
No animal has ever died due to Kratom ingestion even in excess amounts during research studies.
Using Kratom for pain relief in the cat has some vague reviews but the general opinion is that even cats get better after taking Kratom in the diet.
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