Whole Plant Hemp CBD for Dogs with Seizures
Seizures are a devastating condition for dogs and their owners alike. It's frightening to watch your pup descend into a violent seizure. To make matters worse, you might have already visited the vet, and the conventional treatments to improve your canine’s quality of life are not helping as well as you had hoped.
What if there was an alternative/complementary treatment that showed promise as a remedy for seizures in dogs? According to recent developments in the scientific and medical world, cannabidiol (CBD) might offer the much-needed help you seek. But first, how much do you know about seizures affecting your four-legged friend?
Seizures in Dogs – A Brief Overview
What causes seizures? It is believed that seizures arise when neurons in the brain fire abnormally due to health conditions such as epilepsy or injury that affect the nervous system. Seizures vary in intensity, and they can be either subtle or severe. Common symptoms of a seizure episode include:
- Jerking and twitching
- Paddling – mimicking a swimming motion
- Loss of bladder/bowel control
- Excessive whining and barking
- Foaming at the mouth and excessive drooling
- Loss of consciousness or suddenly collapsing
- Confusion and a dazed appearance
- Body stiffness
- Heavy breathing
- Rapid eye movement
- Uncontrollable physical fits and tremors
Why Whole Plant Hemp CBD? – Benefits, Safety, and Effectiveness
CBD has the potential to alter some of the negative symptoms associated with dogs suffering from seizure-inducing conditions. A recent clinical trial by neurologists from Colorado State University showed that CBD reduced the frequency of seizures in 89% of dogs in the study. Similarly, another study by British scientists concluded that “CBD (all doses) significantly reduced the percentage of animals experiencing the most severe seizures.“ Aside from scientific studies, there is overwhelming anecdotal evidence (personal endorsements and testimonies) to support the benefits of CBD for seizures.
What is the Endocannabinoid System (ECS)?
It is a network of transmitters and receptors (CB1 and CB2) that work in parallel regulating the immune and nervous system to maintain balance within the body.
A collaborative study between Italian and American scientists showed that the endocannabinoid system plays a key role in neurological disorders. Another study showed that the CB2 receptor, which is associated with a variety of immune functionality, is a potential target for the management of neurological disorders. The stimulation of the endocannabinoid receptors has also been shown to regulate food intake, neuroinflammation, energy metabolism, behavioral responses, social interactions, and other metabolic pathways involved in neurological disorders.
How to Use CBD for Dogs with Seizures
Which CBD product is best for your canine friend? What is the ideal dosage? To answer the first question, CBD for pets is available in a variety of forms. For example, you can use a whole plant hemp CBD oil tincture such as with Paws Effect 250mg Whole Plant Hemp CBD Spray for Dogs, which is mixed into your dog’s favorite food or consumed sublingually by administering directly into your pets mouth. Other options include Paws Effect Small/Medium & Large Dog 100% Organic CBD Biscuits and Certified Toxic Free Topical CBD Products. The amount of Cannabidiol in CBD products varies from one product to another. It is advisable to always start with the minimum recommendation and working your way up until you find the serving amount that works best for your pet. To give you an idea on the amounts necessary please view the Paws Effect Serving Suggestions