I previously introduced you to the benefits of Canna Companion, a cannabis (hemp) supplement for pets developed by two Seattle veterinarians, Drs. Sarah Brandon and Greg Copas, who pioneered the use of medical marijuana for pets two years ago. I was so intrigued with the many benefits of this product, I asked Dr. Brandon to share some of her many success stories of using CannaVet as part of an integrative approach to treatment.
Today’s story features Little Bitsy. She is a lovely almost 19-year-old tabby who is dealing with a multitude of health issues, ranging from seizures to chronic kidney disease, hypertension and arthritis. Many of these are common problems for a cat her age. Bitsy has been with her guardian, Laura, since Laura’s former husband found the three or four week old kitten at their Florida home. For many years, Bitsy traveled back and forth between Florida and her Manhattan home.
“It feels to me like it’s time for her to release and go,” Bitsy’s guardian Laura told me when we spoke on the phone. “I just want her to go peacefully when it’s her time.”
Laura, who has always had a strong interest in holistic modalities, contacted Dr. Brandon when Bitsy’s seizures kept getting worse. After starting CannaVet, Bitsy had one small seizure the first week, but has had none since. “Sometimes I feel her trembling a little,” said Laura, “but that’s it!”
“Cannabis works on seizure control by several methods,” says Dr. Brandon. “Some depend on what triggered the seizures, others are simply due to the nature of how cannabinoids affect neurotransmitters.”
Bitsy was started on hemp supplementation in November of 2014. By February of this year, Laura said “she seemed to be even more alive than she had been for ages.”
Cannabis is only one part of Bitsy’s regimen. This lucky little girl has an entire entourage of people tending to her needs. In addition to Laura, Bitsy’s cat sitter and Laura’s housekeeper also take an active role in her care. Bitsy gets subcutaneous fluids every day. She also takes Chinese herbs and gets acupuncture. Since starting CannaVet, Bitsy’s appetite has improved. Prior to supplementation, she often needed to be syringe fed. “She’s walking to her food now,” says Laura. Bitsy’s supplement is administered in a syringe with some liquified food twice a day, but thanks to her increased appetite, regular syringe feeding is no longer necessary.
Bitsy needs to get the cannabis supplement twice a day. “Her thickened GI tract and multiple conditions means she loses some of the active compounds as they cross her GI walls,” said Dr. Brandon. The twice daily dose ensures that Bitsy properly absorbs an effective dose of the supplement.
Bitsy has her up and down days, as any cat her age with multiple health issues will, but Laura firmly believes that hemp is improving her quality of life.
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All photos ©Laura Utley, used with permission.