What are Seizures?
If your dog suddenly displays unusual changes in behavior, uncontrolled movements and or loss of consciousness, they could be having a seizure. A seizure is an electrical disturbance in the brain that is completely uncontrollable. Veterinarians will often diagnose your pet with epilepsy if they have repeated or recurrent seizures.
Partial seizures usually only affect a smaller part of the dog’s brain, and symptoms are not as severe. Grand mal seizures are one of the most severe forms of seizures your dog can experience. They involve both sides of the brain and may cause all four of your dog’s limbs to twitch or jerk involuntarily. Loss of consciousness is often associated with Grand mal seizures in dogs.
What is Epilepsy?
Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that causes sudden, recurring, and uncontrolled and seizures. The seizures may or may not be accompanied by a loss of consciousness.
Epilepsy is a catchall term that veterinarians use to describe a variety of brain disorders and dysfunctions that manifest in seizures.
- Idiopathic epilepsy means that your dog’s epilepsy does not have in identifiable cause. If left untreated, idiopathic epilepsy can become more severe.
- Cluster seizure describes a condition where a dog has more than one seizure in consecutive 24-hour periods. Dogs with established epilepsy—especially large breed dogs—are prone to cluster seizures.
- Status epilepticus means your dog is having almost constant seizure activity at all times. This is a very serious and crippling form of canine epilepsy.
Potential Causes of Seizures in Dogs
Common causes of epilepsy may be genetic in nature (idiopathic epilepsy), brain tumors, kidney stress, toxins, liver disease, or brain trauma.
How Does CBD Work to Reduce Seizures?
We are still learning about CBD and its effects on the body and brain, but we do know that it functions as part of the endocannabinoid system in mammals and other animals. The endocannabinoid system works to help control and mediate neurotransmitter signals in the brain. We’ve got a great video explaining the endocannabinoid system in depth here.
How Effective is CBD at Treating Seizures in Dogs?
The FDA does not allow us to make specific health claims about CBD Oil at this time. What we can tell you is that our pilot epilepsy study at Colorado State University showed an 89% reduction in seizure frequency. These results were so exciting that the AKC’s Canine Health Foundation decided to sponsor a larger trial—also using our CBD Oil—to study a larger population of dogs. The results of that clinical trial have not yet been released, but receive customer feedback almost daily that talks of seizure frequency and severity diminished. In some cases the customers tell us their dog’s seizures have completely gone away!
“Emma was having a seizure every two weeks, she has now only had one in two months. The literature I read on phenobarbital indicated that treatment was considered ‘successful’ if the dog had two seizures a month. When my dog only [has] two seizures a month to begin with, that does not sound like success to me. Additionally, we were able to give her a dropper of the oil mid seizure and it shortened the duration of the seizure. While I do not believe that any product will completely eliminate Emma’s seizures, I see this reduction as a success.”
“The difference is astounding. No more discernible auras. No more confusion. She’s happy. Her energy is pretty good. She has a great appetite. I only rarely see a tick of the head indicating a slight seizure now and again.”
How Much CBD Oil Should My Dog Have?
Every bottle of ABSC Pure Organic CBD Oil™ comes with detailed dosage instructions. We recommend dosing our CBD oil at 2mg/10 lbs, given twice daily. You can safely escalate that amount up to five times if necessary, and we are always here to help you make dosing decisions.
CBD Oil Research
ABSC Organics is the undisputed leader in veterinary CBD oil research. We put our money where our mouth is when it comes to touting the benefits of CBD oil, and we’ve got three clinical trials under our belt to prove it. Nobody else in this industry has sponsored a Phase One Safety and Toxicity Trial or TWO Phase 2 efficacy trials. Join us as we continue to learn more about cannabidiol and it’s amazing effects on dogs’ neurotransmitters.
Why Choose ABSC PURE ORGANIC CBD OIL™ For Dogs?
If you’re looking for CBD oil you can trust for your eplieptic dog, you’ve come to the right place. We’re in this business because we care about the science, we care about doing it right, and we care deeply about pets.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can anxiety cause seizures?
Anxiety can undoubtedly cause a myriad of symptoms—in both humans and their furry companions. When it comes to seizures, anxiety is not usually a cause on its own. (Seizures are electrical disturbances in the brain that are typically caused by toxins, tumors, underlying disease, genetics, or other idiopathic issues.) But if your dog is predisposed to seizures, stress and anxiety can often be a trigger.
What dog breeds are prone to seizures?
Although any type of dog can fall prey to seizures, some breeds are known to be more prone to the malady. The following breeds top the list of susceptible dogs:
- Belgian Tervuren
- Shetland Sheepdog
- Labrador Retriever
- Golden Retriever
Do seizures go away on their own?
Most seizures do stop on their own, but once your dog has had a seizure, they are highly likely to have another. If the seizure is caused by a toxin, sometimes a pet-owner need only remove the toxin from the pet’s environment to prevent future seizures. Other causes of canine seizures are harder to root out and sometimes impossible to avoid. If your dog has had a seizure, seek advice from a trusted veterinarian right away.