If your dog suffers from seizures, you’ve probably experienced feelings of stress and helplessness watching him suffer.
It’s hard to see your dog suffering and not be able to explain to him what’s happening and why. Perhaps you’ve visited the vet already and haven’t found any answers, or maybe you want to spare your dog the upset of a trip to his least favorite place? Or maybe you’re looking for an alternative to the medication the vet prescribed? Either way, if your dog is prone to seizures, you’ve no doubt yearned to find a way to help him …
… And CBD oil may be just the answer you’re looking for.
Seizures In Dogs
Seizures in dogs can manifest as anything from a twitch to uncontrollable shaking. They might be over quickly, or they might last for several minutes. Causes of seizures vary from dog to dog.
There are several different things that cause seizures:
- Underlying health condition like liver or kidney disease or cancer
- Electrolyte problems
- Topical flea and tick products
- Herbicides and pesticides
- Head injury
However, if your dog suffers from regular seizures, epilepsy might be the culprit. Epilepsy means there are bursts of uncontrolled electricity in your dog’s brain. Often there’s no cure for this condition, but you can manage it naturally with CBD oil.
What Is CBD Oil?
CBD stands for Cannabidiol and it’s harvested from the cannabis plant. However, unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD has no psychoactive properties. This is because of the way CBD is structured. That structure affects CBD’s impact on the brain, nervous system and throughout the body.
The psychoactive effect that comes with THC comes from the way it binds with receptors in the brain. These are known as endocannabinoids. CBD also interacts with these receptors. But, because of its different structure, it doesn’t bind with them.
Endocannabinoids are found throughout the body. The highest concentration is in the brain, spinal column
How Can Dog CBD Oil Help With Seizures?
Scientists are discovering a wide variety of uses in both humans and dogs. And one of the most important uses is for the management of seizures.
Studies have shown CBD to be incredibly effective at managing seizures. But you don’t want to give your dog something without knowing exactly what it is and what it’s going to do. We’ve covered the nature of CBD, but how does it work?
Earlier I mentioned those endocannabinoid receptors. And they’re important when it comes to CBD oil for seizures in dogs.
There are two types of endocannabinoid receptors in your dog’s body.
- The CB2 receptors are primarily located in the immune system.
- The CB1 receptors are centralized in the nervous system and the brain.
It’s these CB1 receptors that have the greatest impact on your dog’s seizure treatment. Studies suggest that the endocannabinoid system is altered by seizures and epilepsy. Research shows that CBD improves seizure control in patients with specific epilepsy syndromes. Seizures can have profound effects on the endocannabinoid system and through a process referred to as “external modulation,” these effects can be mitigated heavily, if not altogether for many patients using CBD. These results can be realized in both humans and dogs alike since the endocannabinoid system (ECS) occurs in all mammals.
The exact way in which CBD contributes to a reduction in seizures and affects the ECS is still unknown. Another form of research leads to the idea of CBD containing the ability to affect the receptors which can help calm the neurons firing during a seizure, but these studies are far from confirmed as there is still a large amount of unknown as noted above.
In other words, CBD oil can have a positive effect on your dog’s seizure activity. If he feels any side effects at all, it will most probably take the form of mild drowsiness.
**Note. Even big pharma has finally recognized the power of CBD oil for seizures. Just a few months ago, the FDA approved the first drug containing CBD for the treatment of epilepsy.
How Much CBD Oil Should My Dog Have?
The CBD dosage you want to give to your dog depends on his size. Smaller dogs require lower dosages, of course, and larger dogs will need more to see an effect. You can make these determinations based on your dog’s weight. It is best to follow the label directions on the product you buy.
You’ll also want to decide which form of CBD is right for your dog. Chewable tablets are best for some dogs. Some owners will find oils and tinctures easier. Make the right choice for yourself and your dog.
When choosing a CBD oil, shop carefully. You want to make sure you select the best option out there. Here are some things you should be looking for:
grownin low pollution environments. You don’t want any toxins contaminating the oil.
- No heat extraction methods. Many suppliers use these methods because the cost is lower. Unfortunately, the heat can also damage your CBD and cause it to work less effectively.
- Avoid isolates. For similar reasons to those mentioned above, CBD isolates are simply less effective. You want the whole plant extract, not just a part of it.
- Learn who you’re buying from. Studying up on the company providing your CBD oil can be extremely helpful. Get to know their mission and values and make sure they align with your own.
- Look for independent lab testing and a
certificatof analysis. These should be made readily available by a company with high-quality CBD oil.
CBD oil for seizures in dogs is a natural alternative with a very promising future.