When Traci’s 12-year-old dalmatian cross was diagnosed with hip dysplasia, there weren’t many options: expensive surgery that may not work, agony for her companion, or euthanasia.
Rather than put her dog down, she decided to try something different – and both unproven and (usually) illegal. She gave her dog some of the cannabis-derived CBD oil she takes for her own health conditions.
“Within a minute or two [of taking a dose of the oil], you can see how his gait changes,” says Traci, whose surname Stuff has agreed not to use. She says her dog can now jump up at the front fence, go for walks, and has returned to his normal happy self. Her vet has even commented on how well he is doing, she says.
Traci is not alone. A growing number of people are understood to be willing to risk breaking the law to find alternative relief for their chronically-ill pets.