On the surface, Lou and Gaby look nothing alike.
But the pair of sick animals — a raccoon and a skunk, respectively — have something in common: they are both being treated with cannabis oil at a shelter in Quebec’s Laurentians region.
Jacques Lessard, co-founder of the Centre-refuge Nymous, an animal shelter in Sainte-Béatrix, Que., says the unorthodox treatment is working.
Gaby’s hind legs don’t work and part of her brain has atrophied, while Lou, a female raccoon, suffers from body spasms resulting from a bout of hypothermia.
“The results were almost immediate for Gaby. She’s stopped trembling. It seems to have helped her have better co-ordination, better balance, and hasn’t stupefied her,” Lessard told Radio-Canada.
For Lou, the cannabis oil “lowered the intensity of her spasms,” he said.