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Hemp Oil for Pets With Seizures

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Hemp Oil for Pets With Seizures

Posted by AdKitan AdKitan on
Updated at: December 01, 2020

CBD Oil for Pets, CBD Oil for Cats and Dogs 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 Phytocannabinoid Rich (PCR) Hemp Oil. 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. The Hemp Act of 2018
2. Colorado State Starts First Major Clinical Trials Researching Epilepsy in Dogs and Implementing CBD Oil For Treatment
3. Can I give My Dog CBD Oil if They’re on Anticonvulsants?
4. CBD and The Cannabis Plant Infographic

For pets suffering from seizures, the use of PCR Hemp Oil 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 PCR Hemp.

According to another study titled, “Pharmacokinetics of Hemp in dogs,” researchers concluded that PCR Hemp Oil 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 Hemp Oil to treat pet health issues is being met with skepticism and concern.

CBD for Dogs, Hemp Oil for Seizures

 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, PCR Hemp is the non-psychotropic hemp cultivar that is high in fiber and Hemp, 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 phytocannabinoids, derived from hemp.  

When opting to utilize Hemp Oil 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 Hemp-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.

Innovet's, PurHemp+ makes it easy for you to base your dose on weight vs issues with its suggested dosing guide

It has been over a year since this article came out, and since then CBD has exploded into mainstream popularity changing both the laws and attention on CBD. So here’s what’s change.

The Hemp Act of 2018

You’ve most likely heard lately that hemp is soon getting legalized under federal law after House Majority Leader and Senator Mitch McConnell introduced a bill legalizing hemp cultivation federally.

Don’t worry this doesn’t mean your CBD product derived from hemp is illegal. Hemp cultivation is allowed in the United States under certain guidelines set forth in the 2014 US Farm bill which limits cultivation to pilot programs and universities.

As well, hemp is legal to import and sell. But with legalization has come restrictions that opened up a legal grey area for farmers, and banks have been reluctant to give out loans to them.

The Hemp Act — now a provision in the current version of the 2018 US Farm Bill — will officially separate all parts of the hemp plant from marijuana plants including the flowers, which the DEA has contested without success that non-psychoactive CBD and other cannabinoids taken from the flowers of hemp plants is marijuana.

This is an incorrect statement as THC is the difference between hemp and marijuana — both CBD and THC can come from the stalks and flowers.

This is why you only see CBD products derived from the stalks, not the flowers at the moment. Mature stalks and seeds are not defined under the label “marihuana” in the Controlled Substances Act.

While fantastic to see, this act/provision is much more important to farmers who are restricted from access to banking, but crop insurance, and water rights. It’s extremely likely to see this provision/bill become law.

Colorado State Starts First Major Clinical Trials Researching Epilepsy in Dogs and Implementing CBD Oil For Treatment

Pets with Seizures, Hemp Oil for Pets

Several major doctors and veterinarians led by the neurologist, Dr. Stephanie Mcgrath, are leading the charge in CBD animal research. They are doing several major studies on CBD and its efficacy to help manage epilepsy and osteoarthritis in dogs. While the first trials were small, McGrath saw promising results and immediately pushed for further studies at Colorado State University.

Mcgrath is wrapping up her second major trial this time looking at 60 dogs, and while not officially released, Mcgrath has hinted her results are very promising.  One of the results from the study showed a successful reduction in the number of seizures with the administration of CBD oil —  one lucky and lovable pooch, Ferguson, saw his 2-3 seizures a day reduce to only 2-3 a week.

Can I Give My Dog CBD Oil if They’re on Anticonvulsants?

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CBD products have been successfully used in tandem with pharmaceutical anticonvulsants to both reduce seizures and the overall dosage of the prescribed medication.

However, special care should be taken as CBD can inhibit CYP enzymes that metabolize many pharmaceuticals. This means there is a chance CBD can raise or lower the drug's potency by delaying when it’s metabolized.

Wile this interaction is a concern and has been seen, as long as some extra measures are taken, many studies and people have reported using CBD alongside an anticonvulsant is safe and effective.

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As well, CBD oil rose to and banks much of its fame on its use among people with epilepsy many of whom are on anticonvulsants. If there was a big issue with CBD negatively interacting with anticonvulsants, we should have seen it by now, but caution is still advised.

First, you’ll want to talk to your veterinarian and work closely with them — many are taking an interest in CBD as you can see from our Colorado studies. As well, you can find vets that specialize in CBD, which may be needed depending on where you live.

There are only a few additional steps to ensure successful use of an anticonvulsant and CBD in tandem:

  • The first step to avoid interaction is to administer them at different times. Drugs metabolized at different rates and even anticonvulsant metabolize at various rates. Your vet will know how much time needs to pass before CBD can be administered at the anticonvulsant — two hours is often a recommended minimum.
  • As well, it’s recommended to keep CBD dosage below .07mg/lb.
  • Last, blood tests should be administered to monitor the anticonvulsant level in the body.

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Comments

James - September 16, 2018

@Mildred, been there done that. The only place where I was able to purchase cbd legally was this verified place here https://bit.ly/2AqEi2r Fast shipping, great quality.

Mildred - September 16, 2018

How to sensibly buy LEGAL cbd oil? Because I got a letter saying customs has confiscated my package two times already and I’m pissed.

Jean - August 26, 2018

It’s not so much a comment it’s a question if you do answer questions on here I have a 4 year old cow that has severe seizures and I’m wondering has anyone else tried this on a cow on a bovine I would love to give it a try because the bigger she gets the more dangerous her seizures are as far as her hurting herself.

A.L. - August 19, 2018

I have an 8 yr old pit bull with arthritis in his back legs and seizures. He was having seizures about once a week where he would be on the floor and his feet would be peddling. I started him on a product called VetCBD and another Hemp CBD 3 days ago in conjunction with his seizure med and Ivan definitely see a difference. The vet said he might have a brain tumor as he was very wobbly when standing up and walking. It had been about 2 yrs since I’ve seen him run. He is hardly wobbly anymore and I saw him run for the first time yesterday, just a very brief moment but he did it. I am very pleased with this and will continue giving it to him with his seizure med. I also saw his tail wag for the first time in over a year.

Marie Donaghy - July 27, 2018

My Yorkie Molly has been having seizures for 2 years. Started off with one every couple of weeks. Now it’s worse.Three seizures every 2 weeks. She is on Kepora and Phenobarbital twice a day. My vet recommended CBD oil which he said slot of people are having good out comes. Picked up a bottle yesterday. Can’t wait to start her on it.

Carole - July 12, 2018

Hi…My my 6 year old Chihuahua has seizures since January, and they are usually in ‘clusters.’ The Vet put her on Zonisimide but it makes her sick to her stomach and she refuses to eat, and didn’t seem to stop the seizures either. Now she is on Phenobarbitol, which makes her hungry, but she’s still having seizures, just not as frequently. I was wondering if I can use the CBD oil with the Phenobarbitol? If anybody knows the answer to this could you please let me know. Thanks In Advance…Carole

Dannon - March 28, 2018

My African grey parrot. Nugent is about 14 years old. Happy and healthy. About 1 1/2 years ago he started to have seizures. Following 15 plus visits to the vet and up to three seizures a night we began discussing putting Nugent down. Long story short, we heard about CBD but there was nothing on the internet regarding birds specifically. With nothing to lose we purchased Paws plus by highland pharms. We started with one drop and noticed a small difference. Three weeks later he had two mild seizures. We in creased to two drops once a day. We had noticed all the while he was acting calmer throughout the day. More loving, talkative, appetite. He now has not had any for a month or longer. CBD works! It does! Saved my boy Nugent!

Debbie - March 05, 2018

CBD oil (non THC) is legal in EVERY state

Lori - February 24, 2018

I have a Boston Terrier currently on Keppra. She still has seizures, and high anxiety. And i have a mix breed that has muscular dystrophy & arthritis. I think both of my dogs would benefit greatly, but i live in Ohio… Still illegal… Id still buy it if i could though!

Erwin - February 15, 2018

@Smith, been there done that. The only place where I was able to purchase cbd legally was this verified place here http://bit.ly/2AqEi2r Fast shipping, great quality. Dogs enjoy treats too :)

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