How Can Hemp Oil Help Dogs With Cancer?
While cancer is a very serious condition, I soon learned that there are a variety of alternative treatments and supplements that can help your pet cope with their condition.
One of those supplements is hemp, a compound derived from cannabis and hemp plants.
In this article I’ll explore some of the research currently being done on hemo and how it could help you and your pet deal with cancer.
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Cancer, although very common in humans and animals, is a very complicated disease.
Below I’ll take a brief look at cancer, how it affects dogs, and how it is traditionally treated.
Then I’ll reveal how hemp can potentially help dogs with cancer.
What is Cancer?
- Cancer is a characterized by the abnormal growth of cells in various parts of the body.
- These abnormal cells grow uncontrollably and, over time, begin destroying body tissue and hinder the body’s ability to function properly.
- The term cancer doesn’t refer to a single disease.
- Instead, it refers to a wide variety of diseases, all of which spread and affect the body differently.
- While cancer can be terminal, it’s also important to note that some cases are treatable.
- In fact, some cancers are completely benign.
What Kinds of Cancer Affect Dogs the Most?
Cancer is a common disease among dogs.
In fact, according to The Veterinary Cancer Society, it is the leading cause of death in roughly 47% of dogs.
Cancer affecting dogs includes:
Skin: Skin cancers are very common in dogs. Luckily, most skin cancers are benign.
Mammary gland: Female dogs are also susceptible to breast cancer. Roughly 50% of breast cancer cases are malignant.
Head & Neck: Dogs are particularly prone to mouth cancers. These are very malignant, and usually need to be caught quickly and treated aggressively. They may also suffer from tumorsin the nose or neck. Symptoms of mouth cancers include abnormal growths on the gums, bleeding, and bad odour, while nose cancers can cause facial swelling, breathing difficulty, and bleeding.
Lymphoma: Lymphoma is a cancer of the lymph nodes. It is usually caught by an abnormal enlargement of one or more lymph nodes. Lymphoma can be very aggressive and quickly spreads to various parts of the body.
Testicle: Testicular cancer is also common in dogs. Dogs with retained testicles (testicles that may be lodged in the abdomen or between the abdomen and the scrotum).
Abdominal Tumors: Abdominal tumors are also common but usually hard to diagnose early. Common signs of these tumors include abdominal swelling and/or weight loss.Bone:
Bone cancers typically affect large breeds of dogs and dogs over 7 years old. They tend to affect the leg bones, and common signs include swelling, lameness, and chronic pain.
So, Can Hemp Help Treat Cancer In Dogs?
If you dig into the studies, you will find that there is evidence that hemp can help.
First of all, hemp has been shown to manage the symptoms of cancer and some of the possible side effects of treatment.
Secondly, preliminary evidence also shows that hemp can help fight the development and spread of certain types of tumors.
Hemp Can Help Manage Symptoms Caused by Cancer
The biological system responsible for mediating the effects of cannabinoids like hemp is the endocannabinoid system (or ECS).
By stimulating the endocannabinoid system, hemp can goes to work in producing all types of benefits.
For example, research shows that hemp is great at managing inflammation and pain.
Hemp has also been shown to help curb other gastrointestinal symptoms like vomiting and nausea.
In doing so, hemp can also indirectly help animals and humans gain back their appetite, which they may lose due to their cancer or treatment.
Remember, while most pet owners imagine chemotherapy to be as tough for their pets as it is for humans, this is often not the case.
However, it’s not unheard of for pets to deal with some side effects following their treatment.
If that’s the case for your pet, you may find that hemp can help them deal with some of these side effects.
Hemp May Fight the Growth and Spread of Cancer Cells
A growing body of recent research shows that hemp (and other constituents 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, and most of them have been conducted on lab rats or test-tube models of cancer.
Hence, it is still too early to refer to hemp and other cannabis medicines as “cancer cures.”
Nonetheless, the results so far are promising.
Two studies (published in 2012and 2014) by a team of researchers from the University of Naples, Italy, and the University of Aberdeen, UK, tested the effects of hemp -rich cannabis extract on colon cancer.
The researchers replicated a model of colon cancer both in vivo in mice and in vitro.
They found that the hemp extract had clear anti-tumor effects and counteracted the effects of azoxymethane, a chemical used to induce cancer in biological research.
In 2013, for example, researchers from the Department of Experimental Medicine at the University of Camerino, Italy, also found that hemp could help slow the development of brain tumors.
They found that hemp not only slowed the growth of new cancer cells but also helped make existing cells more vulnerable to chemotherapeutic drugs.
Numerous other studies have shown similar results on all kinds of other cancers, including leukemia, lymphoma, bladder cancer, and many more.
Using Hemp to Treat Cancer in Dogs
While the results I briefly discussed above are really promising, it’s really important to remember that this is all still considered preliminary research.
And even though respected bodies (like the WHO, for example) have accepted hemp as a therapeutic agent for some diseases, it is still too early to make concrete conclusions about hemp role in treating cancer.
Nonetheless, it’s also important to notice that a variety of pet owners have had great experiences using hemp to treat our pets.
Hemp Dosage for Dogs with Cancer
As a pet owner, you’ll always want to pay close attention to the dosage recommendations of any new supplement or medicine you use on your pets.
And the same goes for hemp.
The exact dose of hemp your dog will need in order to help them deal with their condition will vary.
Are People Successfully Using Hemp to Treat Cancer in Dogs?
Many pet owners use hemp oils, treats, and capsules on dogs with cancer.
Some use it for the symptoms of their condition as well as side effects of treatment, while others also use it to attempt and slow the growth/spread of cancer.
As I mentioned, I also used hemp on my Rosie and was astounded by the results.
Here are some examples:
Mattie was diagnosed with lung cancer a few years ago.
Like so many pet owners, his parents just wanted Mattie’s remaining years to be as comfortable as possible for him.
He was given hemp during his two-year struggle with cancer and his owners strongly believe that it kept him calm and happy.
Lee was living it up until his owners found out he had cancer.
But it’s not all bad. Since taking hemp lee has improved a lot according to his owners. His energy levels are back up and he’s doing much better.
Molly’s chemo had made her unhappy and lethargic. Her owners starter her on hemp and she began to gain her energy back.
She’s sleeping much better and seems much happier these days.