Dog seizures are very distressing. Traditional treatments for seizures can have serious side effects and don’t work in roughly 30% of cases.1 Hemp is a natural and safe anticonvulsant that has proven effective in early research and may help alleviate seizures in our canine companions.
The American Kennel Club is currently sponsoring a major research study regarding use of Hemp in dogs for treatment-resistant epilepsy. That said, most animal studies on seizures are performed on rats, where CBD has been shown to combat seizures, reduce seizure severity, and enhance other seizure medications.2-3
Why is My Dog Having Seizures?
The most common cause of seizures in dogs is idiopathic epilepsy, or primary epilepsy. This genetic condition causes generalized seizures (unconscious with whole body convulsions). Secondary epilepsy is caused by structural issues in the brain and manifests partial seizures (conscious with erratic seizure symptoms). Our dogs can also have seizures in reaction to many factors in their bodies and environments. It is vital to consult a licensed veterinarian if your dog experiences seizures.
When our best friend suffers, we suffer. Seizure treatment can be challenging, but hemp may help. Discuss with your veterinarian to determine the best course of treatment.
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Consroe, P. and A. Wolkin. “Antiepileptic Drug Comparisons and Interactions in Experimentally Induced Seizures in Rats.” Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics. 201 no. 1 (April 1977): 26-32.
Consroe, Paul et al. "Effects on Behavioral Seizures Caused by Convulsant Drugs or Current in Mice." European Journal of Pharmacology 83, no. 3-4 (1982): 293-98. doi:10.1016/0014-2999(82)90264-3.
Reddy, D.S. "The Utility of Cannabidiol in the Treatment of Refractory Epilepsy." Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics 101, no. 2 (2016): 182-84. doi:10.1002/cpt.441.