Distemper (CDV) is a very serious, very contagious, and often fatal virus that affects dogs, and more severely & most commonly, puppies.
The virus, which is spread through the air and by direct or indirect (i.e. utensils, bedding) contact with an infected animal, initially attacks a dog’s tonsils and lymph nodes and replicates itself there for about one week. It then attacks the respiratory, urogenital, gastrointestinal, and nervous systems.
In the initial stages of Canine Distemper, the major symptoms include high fever, reddened eyes, and a watery discharge from the nose and eyes. An infected dog will become lethargic and tired, and will usually become anorexic. Persistent coughing, vomiting, and diarrhea may also occur. In the later stages of the disease, the virus starts attacking the other systems of the dog’s body, particularly the nervous system. The brain and spinal cord are affected and the dog may start having fits, seizures, paralysis, and attacks of hysteria.
Distemper is a horrible, horrible disease. Even if a dog contracts distemper & recovers, it may continue to show signs of neurological or physical impairment for months afterwards. Although there is a distemper vaccine that can be administered up to 4 days after exposure, or at 6–8 weeks of age, much like the flu shot, it isn’t guaranteed to work 100% of the time.
The Story Of Casper
Casper was an 8 day old puppy diagnosed with distemper along with his mother and 2 sisters. Tony & Sanchia devoted their time to treating & rehabilitating Casper.
The veterinarians diagnosis of Casper was grim. They expected the poor frail puppy to only make it a few weeks.
That didn’t stop Tony & Sanchia from researching alternative options. After being put on a variety of medications, some of which would only compromise his immune system further, they decided that they needed to start looking for alternative options.
They had been recommended & researched the possibility of using cannabis oil to help treat Casper. Sanchia made a long drive up to Oklahoma from their home in South East Texas, to a dispensary, where she was able to purchase a few bottles of cannabis tinctures.
She got back home & got to work — researching dosage, administration, and how the endocannabinoid system works in mammals & specifically, dogs.
Endocannabinoids (ECs) are involved in immunomodulation, neuroprotection and control of inflammation in the central nervous system (CNS). Activation of cannabinoid type 2 receptors (CB2) is known to diminish the release of pro-inflammatory factors and enhance the secretion of anti-inflammatory cytokines.
Basically, cannabis would work in conjunction with Casper’s endocannabinoid system to help manage the neurological complications associated with distemper.
Over the course of several weeks, they gave Casper, as well as his mother & sisters cannabis oil in regular doses & carefully monitored their progress.
Slowly, over the course of several weeks and months, Casper was able to not only overcome his terrible illness, but was also able to walk again.
In the end, Casper, his mother, and his sisters were all able to make full recoveries, and today live happy, healthy lives.
Tony & Sanchia didn’t just stop there. They were determined to spread this story of Casper across the country, and how a once demonized plant helped save his life.
Sanchia continued to travel to Oklahoma to buy cannabis oil & distribute to local shelters, rescues, & veterinarians, until one day the dispensary closed their doors.
She realized that to keep this up, she would need to just start making & distributing the cannabis tinctures herself.
She consulted with multiple veterinarians to determine what the safest ingredients would be to include in the tinctures & products. After partnering with a manufacturer that could bottle Casper’s Oil, they got in their first batch & put the word out on social media. Traction quickly started building for Casper’s Oil, and now they carry a variety of products for dogs, including an all natural CBD hemp infused paw balm, & a deliciously smelling CBD body butter.
You can view a copy of their test results by a third party trusted laboratory by clicking the link here: Click here to see the product test results.
They’ve since been working with local rescues in Austin, & across the country, including Austin Pet’s Alive. They continue help transport, foster, & rehabilitate rescues into forever homes, and have also worked with vets across the country to develop effective treatment protocol for distemper.
You can visit the Casper’s Oil website at www.caspersoil.com