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momofthegoons

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After treating my dog's cancer with cannabis, he's still alive — more than three years after a vet said he'd die

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  • Kai, still a very good boy.

Ever since I wrote about using cannabis to treat my dog's cancer last year, people have continued to ask about him. I'm happy to report Kai is still alive — three and a half years since a vet said he would be dead.

Back in April 2016, Kai had some big tumors on his body and was hardly able to move. The doctor said even if he operated they would return in a few months, and without the operation he would die by June or July.

I took him home feeling bad about it. Then I started giving him Rick Simpson Oil — a medication derived from cannabis. He perked up and the tumors stopped growing, though they never went away.

He still gets cannabis of some form every day. For most of that time it's been RSO, although it's sometimes been hard to find. When he doesn't get it for a few days he's visibly dragging along.

I prefer RSO with high CBD but also a significant amount of THC. But that's been pretty much impossible to find the past few months — which is strange, because there seems to be CBD everywhere these days. The market seems to be taking it out of the RSO.

Now I use a little RSO with high THC, along with some CBD isolate on a dog biscuit with a little peanut butter. Peanut butter is probably Kai's favorite thing to eat.

I've got to say that I thought I was just easing the passage of what I thought would be Kai's last days, but it's been lasting a while. The doctor said operating would cost $5,000 and the tumors would come back. I've probably spent near that amount on cannabis for him over the years. He's still got the bumps, but they don't seem to bother him.

As the weather turns cold every fall, he slows down and I tell myself he's not going to make it through the winter. So far he's been there in the spring each time. It's cooling down now. About a week ago he laid around and didn't move much for a couple of days. Then he livened up the next few days. It's like that. He's an old dog. We'll see what the spring brings.

You can read more about research on cannabis and cancer here.
 

momofthegoons

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Cannabis oil brought dog back from brink of death - and now he's loving life
“It’s completely unbelievable how a few drops of oil can make such a difference to an animal’s life"

A pet owner who was faced with the heartbreaking decision of whether to put her beloved dog down after he was given just days to live says cannabis oil saved his life.
Vicky Horton, of Torquay, had almost given up hope of saving her Labrador springer cross Milo after he was diagnosed with pancreatitis.

She was told to prepare for the worst by vets after conventional treatment was not working.

However, after a friend suggested giving him some drops of CBD oil from the CBD Lab in Torquay, his prognosis turned around within just 48 hours.

Seven months on, Milo is still on the CBD oil and recently celebrated his 15th birthday. Now the family are all going on holiday together in their campervan to help Milo enjoy in his twilight years.

Vicky Horton and Milo

Vicky Horton and Milo (Image: Vicky Horton)

Vicky, who has had Milo since she was 16 and had him at her wedding, said: “Milo was taken seriously ill on the Monday with pancreatitis. It is a very serious condition in dogs, especially older dogs. He spent two nights at the vets on a drip, and we were told to prepare ourselves for the worst.

“Milo didn’t cope well at the vets and kept pulling his drip out. He was also very confused and unsettled due to the drugs he was on, so they decided to discharge him on Thursday evening as they thought he would be better off at home.

“When we collected Milo I’m sure he didn’t even recognise us. He was weeing himself constantly, his back legs had given way, he was disorientated and he hadn’t eaten since Sunday. The vet said again on discharge that we should prepare ourselves for the worst.


“We came home and slept in the lounge with Milo, feeding him water through a syringe and trying to tempt him with food, but he wasn’t interested. Trying to get the painkillers down him was a battle and the Tramadol made him foam at the mouth as it tasted so horrible.

“We visited the vets on Friday to top up Milo's injection painkillers and antibiotic, and visited again on Saturday to do the same. By the Saturday we had nursed Milo non-stop for 48 hours and he hadn’t improved.

“He had lost 4kg in weight and we believed we were being cruel by keeping him alive.

"That evening we had decided we couldn’t put him through any more suffering as he wasn’t improving, so would need to think about making that heartbreaking decision.”

It was then Vicky’s husband remembered some friends used CBD oil to treat their dogs and was recommended to go to the CBD Lab.

Around 6pm that evening they gave Milo eight drops of CBD oil. Within three hours he had his first proper wee in three days. By 11pm he was asleep and resting for the first time in four days.
By 6am the followin
g morning he was eating a plate of chicken, which was the first food he had eaten for six days.

Milo is now enjoying a new lease of life thanks to CBD oil

Milo is now enjoying a new lease of life thanks to CBD oil (Image: Vicky Horton)
Vicky said: “As the hours passed by he improved; he was eating, drinking and weeing more. We gave him five drops of oil every six hours and he has shown no sign of pain since.

“Finally we stopped all prescribed painkillers as they were making Milo so confused and distressed. It only took 48 hours to turn the whole situation around.

“If you look at Milo today running around the block, scoffing plates of chicken and wagging his tail it’s really surreal to think that we almost made a decision to end his life.
“It’s completely unbelievable how a few drops of oil can make such a difference to an animal’s life."

Up until September last year, CBD shops were able to supply pet owners with products to make their pets lives a little easier.

However, the Veterinary Medicines Directorate then issued a statement saying that veterinary products containing (CBD) are veterinary medicines and should be regulated which has halted the trade.

Jess Dale, co-owner of the CBD Lab, said: “How fortunate that the story has a happy ending, but with results like this, why has the Veterinary Medicines Directorate decided to take this course of action? There is no evidence that CBD Oil is harmful, yet it is now an offence to administer ‘unauthorised product containing CBD without a veterinary prescription’ under Regulation 8 of the VMR.

“As they themselves state it has medical benefits so why withhold this from general use? Pet CBD and human consumption CBD contain exactly the same ingredients.”

The statement issued by the Veterinary Medicines Directorate in September 2018 states: “We consider that veterinary products containing Cannabidiol (CBD) are veterinary medicines and should be regulated as such.

“We have made this decision on the basis that products containing CBD fulfil the following definition of a veterinary medicine in the Veterinary Medicines Regulations (VMR) by virtue of the effects they have ‘any substance or combination of substances that may be used in, or administered to, animals with a view either to restoring, correcting or modifying physiological functions by exerting a pharmacological, immunological or metabolic action, or to making a medical diagnosis’.”
 

momofthegoons

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Could CBD treat dog cancer? Ontario vet college to study cannabis and canines

TORONTO -- An Ontario university is set to undertake a three-year study in treating dog cancer with cannabis.

The University of Guelph’s Ontario Veterinary College said in a news release Tuesday that the research could “help point the way to alternative pet therapies.” The study will focus on the efficacy of cannabidiol (CBD), a cannabis compound, in treating bladder cancer in canines, with particular focus on a common and “hard-to-treat” form known as urothelial carcinoma.

“Veterinarians and pet owners have been eager for information on the medical applications for cannabis,” said vet college dean Jeff Wichtel in the statement. “This groundbreaking work will help us learn about the role of cannabinoids in cancer and advance this field of medical research in Canada.”

Urothelial carcinoma tumours are difficult to remove in surgery for both humans and dogs, with about 20 per cent of human cases presenting more difficult surgical scenarios. In addition to identifying new treatment for animals, the new study “could ultimately help in designing potential therapeutic options for the more aggressive form of bladder cancer in humans,” said lead researcher Professor Sam Hocker in the statement.

The research will look at whether CBD can kill cancer cells, and how the substance works in circus with radiation and chemotherapy treatment.

While medicinal cannabis is used to treat humans for a variety of health issues, there are currently no legal and licensed cannabis products for veterinarians to prescribe, a fact that some groups are trying to change. The Canadian Association of Veterinary Cannabinoid Medicine is one non-profit group lobbying for legislation and “species-specific research” like the new University of Guelph study.
 

momofthegoons

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Is CBD Safe for Dogs? 5 Benefits CBD Has for Your Dog

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Cannabidiol, or CBD for short, is becoming wildly popular as an over-the-counter health supplement for both people and their pets.

However, many people still do not fully understand what CBD is, how it works or how to take it for the best results.

Even as more veterinarians and animal health advocates promote CBD for dogs, some pet owners continue to wonder "Is CBD safe for dogs?" Here, it is only natural you want to be sure whatever you give your precious furry best friend is safe, healthy and beneficial.

So let's take a closer look at CBD for dogs - is it safe? If so, what benefits can it offer your pup?


What Is CBD, Exactly?

CBD stands for Cannabidiol, which is the main active ingredient in a certain plants in the Cannabis genus of plants.

And here is where a great deal of the confusion lies. As the National Institutes of Health (NIH) explains, different plant varietals have different types of active compounds

In some cases, this difference is native - naturally-derived. In other cases, this difference is cultivated - human-made. In other words, some varietals of Cannabis have never been found growing wild, but rather have been domesticated by botanists to have higher concentrations of certain active ingredients

What is important for you, the dog owner, to know is that the varietal that is strong in CBD, or Cannabidiol, is different from the varietal that is strong in THC, or delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, the active ingredient in marijuana that creates the notorious "high.

No plant in the Cannabis genus will ever be completely void of either CBD or THC, and besides these two compounds, there are literally hundreds more that are still being examined and studied by botanists.

But CBD products made from plant varietals (often called "hemp") that are high in the active ingredient CBD, which does not cause a "high," must also have 0.3 percent or less THC content to be sold legally as an over-the-counter product or health supplement in the United States.


Is CBD Safe for Dogs?

CBD taken on its own has many potential health benefits for both people and pets. However, it is important to know that use of CBD is still in its infancy and a lot that is not yet known.

For this reason, always talk with your dog's veterinarian before starting your dog on XO Hemp CBD. Start with the very lowest possible dose until you see how your dog responds

CBD can be taken in a variety of forms. Using oil, tincture or liquid ensures you can carefully control the dose

This is why the American Kennel Club veterinary staff recommends CBD tincture, oil or liquid over any other form for use with dogs.

Common temporary short-term side effects of using CBD with dogs can include dry mouth, drowsiness and low blood pressure. There may be other side effects that are not yet documented so always watch your pup carefully.


5 Potential Benefits of CBD for Dogs

These are five of the best-known and most promising potential health benefits of CBD for dogs.


1. Epilepsy.

Dogs can get epilepsy just like people can. And just like some people don't find relief of symptoms from traditional medications, so too can some dogs continue to suffer from drug resistant epilepsy.

In 2017, the Canine Health Foundation announced a clinical study to explore the use of CBD to treat canine epilepsy.

Since nearly one-third of dogs with epilepsy do not find relief with traditional canine medications, this study provides new, fresh hope to epileptic dogs and their owners.


2. Pain.

According to PetMD, one of the most important potential health benefits CBD has for canines is in the area of pain management.

Many traditional medications used for pain relief in canines come with strong side effects. In some breeds that have higher known sensitivity to drugs, these side effects can even be deadly.

For this reason, the search continues for alternatives to help ease pain in canines, whether from surgery, injury, cancer, illness or some other reason. CBD can moderate pain symptoms without the side effects of traditional pain relievers by blocking messages about pain sensations at their source - in the brain.


3. Arthritis.

Arthritis is another health condition that dogs and their people share in common. Along with pain, arthritis can trigger stiffness, lameness and sometimes immobility.

Cornell University conducted research to determine the impact of CBD therapy for dogs afflicted with osteoarthritis. The double-blind study results were extremely promising.

Dogs that were given the CBD (versus the placebo) showed significant improvement to quality of life with significant reduction of pain.


4. Stress and anxiety.

While some dog breeds can cope with periods of alone-time, other breeds cannot tolerate this hardly at all.

For dogs that have been abused or traumatized, or puppies removed from the litter too early in life, managing more severe separation anxiety can often make the difference between a new forever home and euthanasia.

CBD is now being studied as an aid to stress and anxiety in dogs, whether from separation anxiety specifically or from some other source, like seasonal fireworks.

The Canine Journal reported that CBD shows promise as a treatment for canine separation anxiety, general anxiety and stress.


5. Gastrointestinal distress.

More and more dogs are presenting with gastrointestinal (GI) distress. For many dogs, GI distress is associated with food or environmental allergies. In some dogs, GI disturbances can be linked to emotional anxiety or stress.

In still other dogs, the cause of GI distress comes from other health issues such as colitis, gastritis or inflammatory bowel disease.

When dogs experience gastrointestinal distress, it can lead to loss of appetite and weight loss, aggression or depression and plenty of elimination issues.

Some veterinarians are now recommending CBD as a potential aid to alleviating the symptoms of GI distress in dogs.


If you would like to try CBD for your dog, start by talking with your canine veterinarian. You may just discover CBD provides for improved life quality, reduced pain and a happier pet dog!
 

bulllee

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https://stonerthings.com/cbd-dogs-cannabis-may-help-canines-arthritis/

CBD for Dogs? Cannabis May Help Canines with Arthritis, Study Reveals
By
Ben Walker
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Jul 15, 2020

Animal testing has long been controversial, not just because of the harm it can do to animals but because the science is questionable. After all, humans and other animals are different species — what works for one isn’t necessarily going to work for the other. In a twist, it seems humans may have clued in researchers to the benefit of cannabis for dogs. In this case, humans were the guinea pigs, not actual guinea pigs (or dogs). Since humans find arthritis relief with cannabis, researchers wanted to know if CBD could help dogs, too.
It’s no surprise to dog owners that dogs can get less able to play as they age due to a variety of factors, but osteoarthritis can develop just a year after birth and progressively get worse as a dog ages. Forbes reports that there’s research showing canine cannabis use could help with the symptoms of osteoarthritis.
Noting that this doesn’t cure the condition, which involves a loss of mobility and pain due to inflamed tissues around bone joints, researchers did see a positive impact from CBD use in dogs who suffered from osteoarthritis. In fact, a doctor involved in the study said he was surprised by the results.
It seems that CBD helps dogs with the stiffness and pain associated with osteoarthritis, but it can take higher doses for the effect to make a significant impact in behavior. Really, behavior is all we have to measure the results of these studies with. Dogs can’t tell us they’re feeling certain levels of pain, but their willingness and ability to play is a key indicator of how much or little pain they’re feeling.

Researchers designed the study using a group taking placebo, and groups taking low and high doses of CBD. It appears the high-dose CBD group fared better by far, with dogs reportedly appearing happier and more active than before. Even better, the positive outcomes lasted beyond the initial dose, sometimes weeks later. This improvement in quality of life bodes well for further study.
After all, the critics of animal testing point out how our different systems interact with our brains, and how even “close” relatives like primates may see wildly divergent outcomes when certain chemicals or compounds are tested. The endocannabinoid system is intricate enough to where we’re still learning about it and how it responds to various types of cannabis — it only stands to reason that we have a long way to go to understand how it works on other animals, too.
Meanwhile, expect this news to be happy not only for dog parents, but for marketers looking to promote CBD products. The study was funded by a company who makes just such products, but that’s not unusual in pharmaceutical studies overall. In the end, if it means healthier and happier dogs, it’ll be worth it. It’s great to see cannabis is a useful substance for humans and their best friends, really.
 

Madri-Gal

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https://stonerthings.com/cbd-dogs-cannabis-may-help-canines-arthritis/

CBD for Dogs? Cannabis May Help Canines with Arthritis, Study Reveals
By
Ben Walker
-
Jul 15, 2020

Animal testing has long been controversial, not just because of the harm it can do to animals but because the science is questionable. After all, humans and other animals are different species — what works for one isn’t necessarily going to work for the other. In a twist, it seems humans may have clued in researchers to the benefit of cannabis for dogs. In this case, humans were the guinea pigs, not actual guinea pigs (or dogs). Since humans find arthritis relief with cannabis, researchers wanted to know if CBD could help dogs, too.
It’s no surprise to dog owners that dogs can get less able to play as they age due to a variety of factors, but osteoarthritis can develop just a year after birth and progressively get worse as a dog ages. Forbes reports that there’s research showing canine cannabis use could help with the symptoms of osteoarthritis.
Noting that this doesn’t cure the condition, which involves a loss of mobility and pain due to inflamed tissues around bone joints, researchers did see a positive impact from CBD use in dogs who suffered from osteoarthritis. In fact, a doctor involved in the study said he was surprised by the results.
It seems that CBD helps dogs with the stiffness and pain associated with osteoarthritis, but it can take higher doses for the effect to make a significant impact in behavior. Really, behavior is all we have to measure the results of these studies with. Dogs can’t tell us they’re feeling certain levels of pain, but their willingness and ability to play is a key indicator of how much or little pain they’re feeling.

Researchers designed the study using a group taking placebo, and groups taking low and high doses of CBD. It appears the high-dose CBD group fared better by far, with dogs reportedly appearing happier and more active than before. Even better, the positive outcomes lasted beyond the initial dose, sometimes weeks later. This improvement in quality of life bodes well for further study.
After all, the critics of animal testing point out how our different systems interact with our brains, and how even “close” relatives like primates may see wildly divergent outcomes when certain chemicals or compounds are tested. The endocannabinoid system is intricate enough to where we’re still learning about it and how it responds to various types of cannabis — it only stands to reason that we have a long way to go to understand how it works on other animals, too.
Meanwhile, expect this news to be happy not only for dog parents, but for marketers looking to promote CBD products. The study was funded by a company who makes just such products, but that’s not unusual in pharmaceutical studies overall. In the end, if it means healthier and happier dogs, it’ll be worth it. It’s great to see cannabis is a useful substance for humans and their best friends, really.
I've got two older dogs, and need to get to the dispensary for CBD for them. I need them ready to play with the young dog. She's wearing them out.
 

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