Guelph researchers hope to find out whether or not cannabis can be utilised as a doable therapy for bladder cancer in dogs as element of 1 of the initial research exploring the topic because legalization.
More than the subsequent 3 years, Sam Hocker and a smaller group of researchers with the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph will appear at what effects cannabidoil has on cancer cells, as effectively as the effects it can have on chemotherapy and radiation therapies in dogs.
“We genuinely do not have a lot of proof in dogs at this time to say, is this going to perform? And in these diverse suggestions of therapy in cancer or other elements,” Hocker mentioned.
His analysis will appear at whether or not possible anti-cancer properties of cannabidiol can kill cancer cells and if so, how.
Hocker mentioned he chose to study cannabis as a possible therapy to bladder cancer in dogs for the reason that in his knowledge, the illness is “very frustrating” to treat.
He mentioned bladder cancer is a quite invasive illness in dogs and is also relatively resistant to most treatment options. Hocker mentioned veterinarians cannot surgically take away the tumour like medical doctors can in human medicine.
“We do not have a lot of superior therapies to supply extended term outcomes for these sufferers,” he mentioned.
“From my stand point, if we’re going to tackle a cancer, let’s tackle 1 that is frustrating for us.”
Raise to harm reduction
Kadri Uukkivi, co-owner Dunnville Veterinary Clinic (DVC), says the study is an crucial step in veterinary medicine and could open up additional possibilities for alternative pet therapies and medicine in the close to future.
“It’s going to place us 1 step closer in finding items on the industry that we can legally prescribe and suggest, which we cannot do at this time,” she mentioned.
Most importantly, Carol Beauparlant, a technician at DVC and who is the clinic’s cannabis counsellor, said the study would also assist enhance harm reduction amongst owners who currently use cannabis items to treat other illnesses in their pets.
“We’re offering harm reduction by speaking about it,” she mentioned.
“We want them to be open about what they are performing and what they are deciding upon [to use] on their pets and we want to give them the suitable guidance on the security of making use of it and how it could potentially advantage their pet.”
Beauparlant adds there continues to be a stigma with cannabis use, even if it is utilised on pets, and urges owners to speak to their vets if they are making use of cannabis items on their pets.
“Get more than the stigma. The stigma demands to quit,” she mentioned.