About six weeks ago my wife and I were told by our vet that our nine year old Shepherd mix (ZuZu) was in the late stages of her chronic liver disease and likely only had a few days or at most, weeks, to live.
Her belly was filling up with fluid. Her eyes were yellowish. She was lethargic and didn't want to eat.
Along with having the fluid aspirated twice, putting her on milk thistle drops, diuretic, antibiotic, and a cortisone medication, I decided it wouldn't hurt to get some dog CBD -- the non-psychoactive component of marijuana.
Twice a day we've been putting a dropperful of Select Pets CBD drops, chicken flavor, in her food.
Naturally this isn't a controlled experiment. I can't prove that the CBD drops are helping ZuZu. All I know is that her vet has told us that she's amazed at how well ZuZu is doing, given how dire her recent prognosis was.
And keep in mind that when the vet told us ZuZu only had days or weeks to live, that was with all the medications the vet had prescribed. Which didn't include CBD, as that was my decision.
ZuZu (photo taken just now above) has pretty much her old amount of energy. Her appetite is strong, though this could be a side effect of the cortisone. There's been no return of the fluid buildup.
My wife and I are grateful for ZuZu's recovery, even if it is temporary. Maybe the CBD drops are partly responsible for her improved health. Heck, it could be more than partly.
I'm a believer in CBD myself.
I take CBD drops several times a day for general health promotion. I've read enough about the therapeutic effects of cannabis in general, and CBD in particular, to conclude that the risks of taking it are hugely less than the potential benefits.
So it was easy for me to believe that CBD could benefit our dog, with little chance that it would hurt her.