Veterinarian Katherine Kramer remembers an 18-year-old cat she recommended be put on hemp-based cannabidoil (CBD).
“It had heart disease and pancreatitis so painful the traditional amount of pain medication knocked him out and he had no quality of life,” says Kramer, a veterinarian at Vancouver Animal Wellness Clinic. “So, I contacted the [medicinal marijuana] Compassion Club.”
“It was nothing short of a miracle,” says Kramer. Veterinarian Katherine Kramer says CBD can bring relief to pets living with pain.
She adds since then, when a client brings in a senior animal that’s been diagnosed with a disease such as cancer and they’ve “hit the wall,” she suggests CBD as an option. Kramer says if you had told her six years ago she’d be recommending medical marijuana to her clients for their pets, she would have laughed at the absurdity of the idea. But, one year later, she began working with CBD for use with cats and dogs. Research shows CBD contains analgesic, anti-inflammatory and anti-anxiety properties without the psychoactive effects. Kramer says she’s witnessed CBD help animals living with cancer, pain, seizures and anxiety. Today she’s is considered a pioneer in the field of treating small animals with CBD.
“And now I field calls from vets every day, but on the down low,” says Kramer. “I’m one of the only vets willingly to speak publically about this. I used to send clients to specialists for advice when I had a problem and now specialists are calling me. Now I can’t imagine practising without it.”
See the complete article here: Sandra Thomas / Vancouver Courier APRIL 1, 2018 07:00 AM