Watching your beloved pet go through a health problem can be one of the most devastating feelings. You want to be there for them in every way, just as they have done for you. Having said that, just as diverse health issues exist for humans, they exist for animals as well; and knowing how to confront these issues requires research.
If your pet is struggling with a condition or health obstacle that causes seizures, you may find that there are numerous medicines that can be utilized for treatment. One medicine in particular that many veterinarians are finding useful is Cannabidiol, otherwise termed CBD.
For pets suffering from seizures, the use of Cannabidiol has been shown to be an effective, non-toxic form of treatment. Statistically speaking, a survey conducted by AHVMA that relied on pet-owner testimonials reported that between 61.8% and 95% of pet owners endorsed the benefits of treat products laced with CBD. According to another study titled, “Pharmacokinetics of cannabidiol in dogs,” researchers concluded that CBD has properties that can prevent convulsant and epileptic symptoms.
Despite the studies and testimonials that are surrounding this drug, it perhaps comes as no surprise that the use of CBD to treat pet health issues is being met with skepticism and concern. However, some of these concerns can perhaps be refuted when taking a closer look at the drug and where it comes from. Though coming from the cannabis plant, CBD is the non-psychotropic hemp cultivar that is high in fiber and CBD, and low in THC. The latter (THC) actually has the potential to be harmful for pets. According to an article posted by Hawthorne Vet, the use of THC can bind to highly responsive receptors in a pet’s brain, leading to “static ataxia,” or behaviors that include the animal drooling, urinating excessively, and/or disorientation. Furthermore, if your pet is administered a product or drug that contains too much THC, there exists a risk for toxicity. Therefore, when considering the use of this drug on pets for health issues, it is important to avoid the use of THC and rather look for a product that contains only CBD, derived from hemp.
When opting to utilize Cannabidiol to treat your pet’s seizures, it is important to start with the lowest dose possible and only then gradually increase the dosage, if necessary. Calculating the starting dose for your pet involves taking your pet’s weight in kilograms, determining the concentration of the CBD-product being used, and dividing the dosage across multiple administrations throughout the day. Ideally, the dose to start of with would be 0.05 mg/kg/day and go from there.
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