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OVC researcher studying cannabis as treatment for cancer in canines

Dog lying down (IStock_Credit_HRAUN)An Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) researcher is heading up one of the first studies of the potential use of cannabis for treating animal cancer.

Prof. Sam Hocker, in OVC’s Department of Clinical Studies at the University of Guelph, is undertaking a three-year study exploring the efficacy of cannabis for treating bladder cancer in dogs.

Hocker hopes to help point the way to alternative pet therapies by learning more about the potential anti-cancer properties of cannabidiol (CBD), particularly for urothelial carcinoma, a common but hard-to-treat form of canine bladder tumour.

OVC Dean Jeff Wichtel notes this project will provide much needed research on veterinary applications for cannabis.

“Veterinarians and pet owners have been eager for information on the medical applications for cannabis,” he said. “This groundbreaking work will help us learn about the role of cannabinoids in cancer and advance this field of medical research in Canada.”

For this project, OVC will receive one of Canada’s first grants for veterinary cannabis research from Grey Wolf Animal Health, a specialty animal health company focused on improving the lives and well-being of vets and pets in Canada. Along with funding, Grey Wolf will supply cannabidiol oil for the studies.

The studies are also supported by OVC’s Pet Trust.

Hocker’s research was recently featured in a number of news outlets, including the Toronto Star and CTV News.

Read the entire article about Prof. Hocker’s work on the University of Guelph website.

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