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CBD Oil for Dogs with Epilepsy

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
  • Beagle
  • Labrador Retriever
  • Golden Retriever
  • Keeshond
  • Vizsla

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. 

Jackson One-Eyed Cat

CBD Helped This Adorable One-Eyed Jack(son)

ABSC Pure Organic CBD Oil™ Helps Jackson Lives His Best Life

Here at ABSC Organics, we’re often talking about dogs. Our clinical research (so far) has been conducted on dogs, most of the conversation about CBD and animals revolves around dogs, and the bulk of our customers are buying ABSC Pure Organic CBD Oil™ for canine companions. Nevertheless, we do offer a cat product, because we know that many people are successfully using it to help their feline friends. Today, we want to introduce you to Jackson. We’ll let his owner—Kristen B.—tell his story. She was kind enough to send us his tale recently, along with some terrific pictures:

CBD Oil helps Jackson
This cutie won the lottery when Kristen B. brought him home!

Jackson’s Story

“Jackson is 5.5 years old and has had nasty seizures since he was 1 year old. He was a patient at the clinic I worked at and brought in initially as a barn kitten with a bad eye. He had the eye removed, but had a difficult time coming out of the anesthesia. He was neurologic and couldn’t walk in a straight line. I took him home since the people who brought him in didn’t want to return him to his barn given his condition.”

Seizures and CBD

“Jackson eventually made a recovery, but then after about a year, he started having really violent seizures—so bad that he would run in a circle like the tasmanian devil and often would tear toenails off in the process. He started on gabapentin, then moved to phenobarbital, eventually we had to add zonisamide, and eventually we had to add levetiracetam. About two years ago, I started Jackson on CBD oil. After we started it, his seizure frequency diminished. The CBD oil seemed to really help keep the seizures at bay—and when he would have one, the severity was diminished and he wouldn’t have another in immediate succession a few days later.” 

A Bad Reaction to a Different Brand

“Recently, Jackson has begun to have a terrible reaction to the brand of CBD oil he has been taking. For some reason, even after two years of taking it without incident, he began to drool and vomit after being dosed with it—this is a HUGE problem because sometimes when he would vomit, it would include vomiting his other seizure medication. This development was devastating to me because I didn’t want to have to change his regimen. I want to give him the best life possible for as long as possible and the CBD oil was part of that effort. I purchased gelatin capsules to put the CBD oil in and began to pill him with it, but the capsules were just too big and hard and eventually he seemed to lose interest in eating; I believe they were irritating his throat, and seeing as I have to pill him 5 other times during the day, it was affecting his quality of life.” 

ABSC Organics Offers a Solution

Jackson cat eating
ABSC Pure Organic CBD Oil™ has helped Jackson stop vomiting.

“This is why I sought out ABSC. I had been trying for months to figure out which oil was being used by CSU in their research, but had no luck. I had a friend who went to vet school there and she didn’t know either. Finally I found it in an article online and I ordered it. I was so excited to start Jackson on it and was hoping it would allow me to continue his normal regimen. 

Jackson has NO reaction to this CBD oil. I think any reaction he does still have (and he does, because he’s a drama queen) is leftover from what he *thinks* is going to happen when he gets his CBD. But when I dose him with the ABSC oil, he doesn’t drool, he doesn’t run away, he doesn’t vomit. It must be because the flavor is so mild – I even tried the two to compare and the other oil we had is definitely more bitter. 

I don’t know what caused him to start having a bad reaction to the other oil—but I have to tell you that I am so thankful that we did get the bottle of ABSC oil. I can continue him on his anti-seizure regimen and feel good that his quality of life is being preserved. I just wanted you to know Jackson’s story. We really appreciate your product and now that I see how easily he takes it, I’ll be switching brands. Thanks for your understanding—and for your amazing customer service.”

We Love to Hear Great Stories Like Jackson’s!

Big thanks to Katie B. for sharing this story! We’re working hard to get the clinical research done, but that world moves slowly. In the meantime, anecdotal stories like this one are one of the best ways we can learn more about the specifics of how our CBD oil is affecting cats, dogs, horses, and any other animals who might be taking it. If your pet has benefitted from ABSC Pure Organic CBD Oil™, we’d love to hear your story too. If we publish it, we’ll send you a 25% off coupon as a thank you!