My pooch was just given 6 months to live from a veterinary specialist.
She has a benign odontogenic tumor. Our regular vet has tried to completely excise it through 4 different surgeries, but each time it grew back bigger than ever. The specialist, we were hoping, would be able to perform a more invasive surgery, possibly removing part of her jaw.
The specialist said it’s one of the biggest he’s seen and he wouldn’t operate because the severe complications involved would drastically reduce her quality of life. He gave her 6 months, tops. She is in pain, but it’s being managed with Metacam, a prescription NSAID that doesn’t dope her up. The tumor is pushing against her nose, sinuses, across her palate, and one eye; she will end up being euthanized because the tumor will start suffocating her, starving her, or bursting. Not the way I want my favorite girl leaving this world.
I asked the specialist about using cannabis and he kinda…well, he’s a visiting doctor from Montana…looked annoyed and said there’s no medical basis to use it, but it won’t kill her, so use it if I want. Very disappointed in all his responses, really.
I have an appointment with our regular vet in a week. I will definitely ask her what she thinks. I know veterinarians are forbidden, by law, to recommend cannabis, but that doesn’t preclude them having the knowledge, right?
Anyway, I started giving her CBD. It’s not the best supplement, because it’s only made with CBD isolate (bought it while I was in the city). Giving her 33mg, orally, twice a day. I plan on making her some full-spectrum oil, though. I have a pound of hemp on the way, loaded with Humulene, Limonene, Linalool, Myrcene, and Caryophyllene, for their anti-tumor, anti-inflammatory, and pain relieving properties.
I have been reading that CBD can also be used topically to possibly shrink tumors by messing with the blood flow to the tumor; tumor won’t disappear, but smaller is definitely better. Thinking about giving this a go, too, maybe rub her oral dose on her tumor, then allow the CBD to absorb or be swallowed.
I am thinking about adding THCA, as well. I know it’s not as powerful as THC, but I really don’t want to accidentally give my girl a dose that will cause ataxia because her human gave her 1mg too much THC. The whole THCA/THC thing for dogs is frustrating. I can’t find any real solid info about it. So, until I do, THCA is safer for my girl.
Next week, I plan on making a batch of CBD oil for topical treatment (and ingestion) to be given once a day, plus a batch of 1:1 CBD/THCA for oral administration once a day. Going with .3mg per kg of weight, to start (that equals 9 mgs); will go up to .5mg per kg. I can dose that out fairly easy. It will all be estimated, of course, but I am fairly certain that I have this whole make oil and dose it thing down pretty pat.
Not looking to cure my dog. I mean, I’d love to cure her, but…I’ll settle for keeping her happy and comfortable until the time comes.
*Anybody with advice they’ve received from vets Re: cannabis, please share.
*Anybody with scientific articles on the subject, please share.
*If you just want to commiserate, you’re welcome, too.
My only request: I would like this thread to be filled with scientific evidence, not anecdotal evidence. Our pets are depending on us.