Dying dog saved with cannabis oil after vet tells owner ‘prepare yourself for the worst’
Milo has been given a new lease of life after a family friend suggested the treatment when he was taken seriously ill with pancreatitis.
- 10:17, 17 OCT 2019
A pet dog days from possible death has become the first to have its life saved – with cannabis oil .
Beloved pooch Milo down had been given just days to live after he was diagnosed with pancreatitis leaving him in crippling pain.
Owner Vicky Horton was told to prepare for the worst as conventional treatment was not working.
But after a friend suggested giving him some drops of CBD oil his prognosis turned around – within just 48 hours.
Milo is still on the CBD oil and recently celebrated his 15th birthday and able to enjoy his twilight years.
Vicky, 31, of Torquay, Devon, who has had Milo since she was 16, 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 vet on a drip, and we were told to prepare ourselves for the worst.
"Milo didn't cope well at the vet 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 vet 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 following morning he was eating a plate of chicken, which was the first food he had eaten for six days.
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."
Pet cbd oil for dying dog
Like humans, our canine companions are susceptible to cancer, with 1 in 3 dogs developing some form of cancer in their life. 1 in 4 dogs will develop neoplasia, the abnormal growth of cells or tissues within the body. The main cause of deathfor dogs over 2 years old is cancer, and half of the number of dogs over the age of 10 are likely to develop it. Clearly, cancer is common enough that dog owners should familiarize themselves with the main types of dog cancers and how they are treated.
Most Common Cancers in Dogs
The most common types of cancer in dogs include:
- Canine lymphoma: Lymphoma can affect the lymph nodes, as well as the spleen, gastrointestinal tract, and bone marrow.
- Melanoma: Melanoma is found on the skin, particularly within a dog’s mouth.
- Mammary cancer: Mammary cancer affects the mammary glands.
Other common forms of cancer in dogs are mast cell tumors , bone cancer , and Hemangiosarcoma (a kind of cancer found in the heart or spleen).
The good news is that over half of all canine cancers are treatable if caught early.
Signs Your Dog Might Have Cancer
There are various signs that your dog might have cancer, but you need to schedule an appointment with the veterinarian in order to get a diagnosis. Some of the signs and symptoms of dog cancer include:
- Difficulty eating
- Sudden changes in weight
Keep in mind that some of these symptoms are also common in dogs with anxiety problems , or simply characteristics of dogs who are getting older.
Warning Signs for Dogs With Cancer
Some warning signs of cancer in dogs are:
- Lumps or bumps underneath the skin
- New odors coming from their mouth or ears
- Discharge from their mouth, eyes, or ears
- Abdominal swelling
- Wounds or sores that won’t heal
- Sudden weight loss
- Dramatic changes in appetite
- Difficulty breathing or coughing
- Depression or lethargy
- Bathroom habit changes
- Evidence of pain
If your dog shows any of these cancer warning signs, contact your vet immediately.
Diagnosing and Treating Your Dog
After your dog visits with their general veterinarian and the vet suspects cancer, the veterinarian can refer you to a veterinary oncologist who specializes in cancer care for pets.
They will provide further details about three main areas:
- How advanced the cancer is
- What kind of cancer it is
- What other health factors will affect the cancer
Then, they will help you make a list of possible treatment options.
You will need to consider factors like:
- How treatment will affect quality of life (chemotherapy is often the most effective, but it can be painful)
- How long your dog has left to live
- And any other concerns
As you’ll see, CBD is a great auxiliary treatment for dogs undergoing painful treatment regiments, or a way to improve the quality of life for pets whose owners decide extensive and invasive treatment isn’t the right option for an aging dog.
What is CBD Oil?
CBD or Cannabidiol is one of the better-known cannabinoids or natural compounds that occur in the Cannabis Sativa plant. CBD oil typically comes from the hemp plant . Once harvested, the CBD is extracted and mixed with an oil to result in the consistency you see in products today.
CBD Oil Vs. Cannabis Oil
Unlike Tetrahydrocannabinol(THC), CBD is not psychoactive, meaning it doesn’t result in thedistinctive ‘high’ that most people associate with marijuana. For thisreason, as well as its ability to provide natural relief from a wholehost of pain and anxiety disorders, CBD is growing in popularity aroundthe world.
Despite growing popularity, CBD still suffers fromsomething of an identity crisis, with some people still people failingto make the distinction between CBD and marijuana. While it’s true thatCBD and marijuana do come from the same plant, the chemical makeup ofthe Cannabis Sativa plant means that the plants harvested for CBD andmarijuana have different properties. To produce CBD oil, a higher CBD concentration of CBD and minimal levels of THC are required, leading producers to favor the hemp plant.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS CBD OIL FOR DOGS WITH CANCER?
Like for humans, CBD and hemp oils have long been used in traditional communities to treat pain in dogs resulting from a range of illnesses including cancer and muscular injuries.
By interacting with the dog’s endocannabinoid system, the CBD can help to effectively manage many different types of pain . For this reason, CBD is growing in popularity as a tool to improve the quality of life in dogs or as a dual treatment method with more traditional therapies.
Supports Anti-Tumor Medication
A study found that mice had a increased survival rate when taking CBD with anti-tumor medication. CBD oil is natural with few side effects that disrupt the anti-tumor treatment, making it a safe supplement for your dog.
Reduced Cell Proliferation
For dogs with cancer , some studies have suggested that CBD can even lead to a process called cancer apoptosis , which is essentially the death of the cancer cells. It’s worth noting that CBD as a complete treatment method for cancer has not been proven and the research is in its very early days.
Natural, Cost Effective Pain Relief
Regardless, more traditional cancer treatment methods for dogs can be prohibitively expensive , costing anywhere from $3,000 to $10,000 and can involve many of the same negative side effects as in humans, such as vomiting, and loss of appetite.
While more research is needed in this area to fully explore the potential of CBD to cure disease, it remains highly regarded as a form of pain relief .
May Improve Sleep
A study found that CBD oil is actually a wake agent that will help your dog stay awake during the day, so that it gets more restful sleep at night. But CBD’s mechanism for sleep modulation is still unclear and needs more testing to validate.
May Help with Nausea and Appetite
ARE THERE ANY RISKS of CBD OIL FOR DOGS WITH CANCER?
CBD use for dogs , like humans, poses minimal risk. The biggest risks that do exist stem from:
Some studies have found that CBD can reduce saliva production for dogs, which makes them more thirsty. This is a mild side effect.
Lower Blood Pressure
For some dogs, CBD can decrease blood pressure and can cause light-headedness. Talk to your vet to know your dog’s susceptibility to low blood pressure.
Some dogs can experience drowsiness when give too high a dose of CBD. It’s important to start your dog on a low dose to determine how your dog will react.
Lack of Regulation Surrounding CBD Products
Due to the lack of regulation, there are some products on the market that have not undergone adequate testing and not only contain negligible quantities of CBD, also contain higher levels of THC than you may expect. Use of these products may lead to THC toxicity in your dog. Essentially, they may get “high”.
As vets legally cannot prescribe CBD as a treatment option for pain or illnesses in dogs, many owners are effectively going in blind when choosing to dose their animals.
The most important thing when looking for a CBD product for your pet is to do your research. Look thoroughly at reviews and begin by testing a small amount to make sure the product is what it claims to be.