CBD Oil For Dogs With Cancer
CBD Oil For Dogs With Cancer
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If you've asked yourself questions similar to the ones below, you should find this guide useful.
1. How do you treat a dog with cancer naturally?
2. Can CBD oil help dogs with cancer?
3. Does CBD oil work for dogs with cancer?
4. What does CBD do for dogs with cancer?
5. Is CBD good for dogs with cancer?
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Just to be clear, CBD in no way cures cancer. CBD is not a miracle oil that will save your dog.
But here’s some good news:
Although cancer can be terminal, it’s also important to note that some cases are treatable.
While cancer could be a severe condition, there is a range of alternative treatments and supplements that may help your pet cope with their situation. CBD is one of those supplements.
In this article, I’ll explore several ways that CBD may assist you and your pet with cancer.
Now, let's dive right in.
what is CBD oil?
For a more extensive guide on CBD, check out our Beginner's Guide to CBD Oil for Dogs.
Research continues to indicate that CBD can have a vast amount of benefits for a wide range of ailments, both physical and mental.
So what is CBD oil?
CBD is short for Cannabidiol (ka · nuh · buh · dai · uhl)
CBD is a compound derived from hemp plants that have many healthy and beneficial properties.
In light of this, people use CBD for various ailments that their furry friend might face, including helping with cancer symptoms.
CBD, when appropriately extracted, has almost no residual THC (the compound that gets you "stoned"), which is an essential part of why it's safe for dogs.
Although a minimal amount of THC is usually necessary to allow the oil to reach its full potential, CBD-rich oils balance out the small traces of THC, which means that it does not produce a “stoned” feeling and won't turn your pet into a zombie.
With all of the benefits of cannabidiol, while being a non-toxic substance for dogs, CBD can be a panacea in the painful struggle against cancer.
Understanding Cancer in Dogs
Although cancer is prevalent in humans and animals, it is a very complex disease. In this article, I will briefly discuss cancer, how it affects dogs, and how it is traditionally treated.
Now let's find out how CBD can help dogs that are potentially affected by cancer.
What is Cancer?
Cancer is characterized by abnormal cell growth in various parts of the body.
These abnormal cells grow out of control and, over time, begin destroying body tissue and affect the body’s ability to function correctly.
The term cancer does not refer to a single disease. Instead, it relates to various conditions, all of which spread differently and affect the body.
Although cancer can be fatal, it is essential to note that some cases can be treated.
In fact, some cancers are entirely benign and harmless.
What Kinds of Cancer Affect Dogs the Most?
Cancer is a common disease in dogs.
In fact, according to the Veterinary Cancer Society, it is the leading cause of death in about 47% of dogs.
Cancer affecting dogs include:
Skin: Skin cancer is common among dogs. Fortunately, most skin cancers are harmless.
Mammary gland: Female dogs are also susceptible to breast cancer. About 50% of breast cancers are malignant.
Head & Neck: Dogs are very susceptible to oral cancer. These are very vicious and usually must be caught quickly and treated aggressively. They may also suffer from tumors in the neck or nose. Symptoms of oral cancers include abnormal growths on the gums, bleeding, and unpleasant odors, while nasal cancer can cause swelling, shortness of breath, and bleeding.
Lymphoma: Lymphoma is a cancer of the lymph nodes, usually caught by abnormal enlargement of one or more lymph nodes. Lymphoma can be very aggressive and spread quickly to various parts of the body.
Testes: Testicular cancer also often occurs in dogs. Signs would be dogs with retained testicles (testicles that may be lodged in the abdomen or between the stomach and the scrotum).
Abdominal Tumors: Abdominal tumors also occur frequently but are usually difficult to diagnose early. Common signs of this tumor are abdominal swelling and sometimes accompanied with weight loss.
Bone: Bone cancers usually affect large dogs and dogs over 7 years old. They tend to affect the leg bones, and the common signs include swelling, lameness, and chronic pain.
Traditional Cancer Treatment
Cancer treatment in dogs usually involves chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, or a combination of the three.
The exact type of treatment depends on the type and stage of your dog's cancer.
After diagnosis, your veterinarian will usually make a treatment plan based on the condition of your pet.
Wherever possible, veterinarians prefer surgical procedures to remove the tumor or at least a portion of it.
But in some cases, chemotherapy is needed and at times, radiotherapy as well.
The type of chemo or radiotherapy used for your pet will depend on their condition and overall health.
Can CBD Help Treat Cancer In Dogs?
If you read the many studies, you will find that there is lots of evidence that CBD can actually help with cancer.
First, studies show that CBD has helped reduce cancer symptoms and some possible side effects from treatment.
Second, preliminary evidence suggests that CBD can help combat the development and spread of certain types of tumors.
CBD May Help Relieve Symptoms Caused by Cancer
The biological system responsible for mediating the effects of cannabinoids, such as CBD, is the endocannabinoid system (or ECS).
By stimulating the endocannabinoid system, CBD has all kinds of benefits.
For example, research shows that CBD is very good at managing inflammation and pain.
Cancer does many things to the body that causes discomfort or extreme pain. Seizures, loss of appetite, and joint pain are just a few of the many adverse symptoms.
You might struggle as a pet parent because it is challenging to help a dog during this time, which can sometimes cause debates about the quality of life over the amount of life.
Having a pet with cancer can be a tough time filled with stress and heartbreak, but here the CBD can shine as a warrior for the comfort of your dog.
It has also been shown that CBD can help reduce other gastrointestinal symptoms like vomiting and nausea.
In this way, CBD can indirectly help animals and humans regain an appetite that might have been lost due to cancer or treatment.
Keep in mind that most pet owners think that chemotherapy is as difficult for their pets as it is for humans. However, this is often not the case.
However, it is not uncommon for pets to be exposed to some side effects after treatment.
If that’s the case for your pet, you might find that CBD can help them deal with some of these side effects.
CBD May Fight the Growth and Spread of Cancer Cells
Tumors are also a troubling effect caused by cancer, which can spread and cause your dog pain and discomfort.
CBD cannot cure or get rid of a tumor, but it has been known to cut off its growth by preventing cancer cells from receiving the nutrients they need to survive.
This might not sound amazing, but it is a big part of why CBD oil can be a miraculous thing for dogs with cancer.
More and more research shows that CBD (and other components of cannabis and hemp plants) can help fight the growth of various types of cancer.
Before I continue, remember that these studies are still preliminary.
Therefore, it is still too early to talk about CBD and other cannabis products as “cures to cancer.”
Nevertheless, the results so far are promising. Two studies (published in 2012 and 2014) conducted by a team of researchers from the University of Naples, Italy, and the University of Aberdeen, UK, tested the effects of CBD-rich cannabis extract on colorectal cancer.
The researchers replicated a model of colon cancer both in vivo in mice and in vitro.
They found that the CBD extract had apparent anti-tumor effects and counteracted the effects of azoxymethane, a chemical used to induce cancer in biological research.
In this 2016 article by Davis MP, they showed some evidence that CBD can help stop the growth of malignant cells in tumors. Although this was not focused on dogs, there is still weight to the argument that CBD oil can help cancer in dogs.
Another example, in 2013, researchers from the Department of Experimental Medicine at the University of Camerino in Italy, found that CBD can slow the development of brain tumors.
They found that CBD not only slowed the growth of new cancer cells but also helped make existing cells more vulnerable to chemotherapeutic drugs.
Many other studies have shown similar results in many different types of cancers, including leukemia, lymphoma, bladder cancer, and many others.
A more comprehensive list of CBD and cancer research can be found here.
Using CBD to Treat Cancer in Dogs
Although the results I discussed briefly above are promising, it is essential to remember that all of this is still considered a preliminary study.
And while prestigious authorities (like the WHO, for example) have accepted CBD as a therapeutic agent for several diseases, it is still too early to draw concrete conclusions about the role of CBD in cancer treatment.
However, it is also important to note that various pet owners (including myself) have extensive experience in adding CBD to our pet care.
CBD Dosage for Dogs With Cancer
As a pet owner, you always want to pay attention to the recommended dosage of any new supplement that you use for your pet.
The same is true for CBD.
The exact dose of CBD your dog will need to help them deal with their condition will vary.
Many pet owners use CBD oil for dogs with cancer.
From many testimonials by CBD users, we can see that some use it for the symptoms of their condition as well as for the side effects of treatment, while others also use it to experience and delay the growth/spread of cancer cells.
Once again, CBD is not a cure for cancer, but it can improve the quality of life for your furry friend while they struggle with it. Before making any changes to your dog's diet and health, you should seek advice from your veterinarian to ensure that they are receiving the best possible care.
Dr. Doni Zivotofsky
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)
Doni Zivotofsky is a mixed animal veterinarian in Ma'ale Adumim, Israel.
His patients range from dogs & cats to birds and camels.