Thanks to its massive popularity and well researched and proven facts, people all around the world are now aware of the infinite potential of medicinal marijuana when it comes to treating a wide variety of signs and symptoms of multiple diseases, including epileptic seizures.
After extensive analysis of different strains of cannabis, it has been seen that strains and concentrates that contain a high percentage of CBD are the most effective in tackling patients with seizures.
In fact, in our modern day society, such strains that are high in CBD contents are being used constantly to lower down the number of patients of who are suffering from epilepsy or Dravet’s syndrome.
But here’s the thing, all these scientific data and analytical results solely focused on the well-being of human beings!
What about our dear pets?
Let me start this section with a good news!
Yes, pets are also viable candidates when it comes to receiving treatment through CBD.
As of now, it has been estimated that about 1-5% of the vast majority of dogs are prone to suffering from symptomatic or idiopathic seizures.
For those who might be a bit more curious, Symptomatic seizures are primarily caused by external or internal abnormalities of the brain such as head trauma, lead poisoning, encephalitis etc.
On the other hand, Idiopathic epilepsy does not have any fixed cause and has been largely suspected to be a genetic flaw.
Breeds that are more vulnerable to inheriting symptomatic seizures include
- German shepherds
- Belgian shepherds
- Hungarian Viszlas
- English springer spaniels
- Irish wolfhounds
- Border dogs
- Golden retrievers
- Irish setters
- Saint Bernards
- American cocker spaniels
- Wirehaired fox terriers
- Alaskan malamutes
- Siberian huskies
- Welsh springer spaniels
- Labrador retrievers
- Miniature schnauzers
- Cavalier King Charles Spaniels
Dogs that commonly suffer from any form of epileptic seizures are generally prescribed a medication known as phenobarbital.
While the World Health Organization does indeed recommended this medicine for treating specific types of epilepsy and seizures, there have been numerous reports of side effects such as lethargy, dizziness, increase appetite, liver damage and confusion found in both humans and pets.
In order to save the beloved pets from such needless abnormalities, manufacturers are hard at work to develop CBD formulations that would specifically cater to the needs of a dog.
A large number of pet owners are becoming aware of the side-effects posed by phenobarbital, and they are always on the lookout for a better and healthier alternative. This movement is also encouraging companies to come up with more new and improved options from time to time.
In spite of all of these positive feedback, the idea of treating a pet with medicines derived from cannabinoids is still considered to be nothing short of blasphemy by certain groups of pet owners and veterinarians alike.
Even in the ever so modern and cannabis-friendly state of Washington, this particular issue was met with a largely mixed reception that ranged from outrages to gazes of curiosity.
In hopes of trying to find out the root of this problem, further steps were taken in order to discuss the matter directly with veterinarians.
The result of this survey was nothing less than shocking!
A good percentage of negativity towards treating a pet with cannabis, largely comes from the fact that they were completely unaware of the topic. In fact, when attempted to discuss the matter of introducing their pets to CBD treatment, some of them responded with rage when the words “Non Psychotropic chemical constituent of cannabis or hemp” were uttered while another group clearly became confused with the concept of “feeding an animal marijuana”
From reports such as these, it is clear that a majority of the backlash towards marijuana for pets primarily comes from individuals who lack proper knowledge of efficacy of Marijuana.
It is of paramount importance that they should know the medical prowess of marijuana in terms of treating pets which is not only limited to dealing with epilepsy, but also
- Immune system abnormalities
- Stress related issues
- Digestion related issues
- Passive aggressive behavior
Many pet lovers around the world stand with their heads high, boldly boasting the tale of how CBD treatment improved the health conditions of their furry friends, but that doesn’t mean that you should start giving your pet Cannabis biscuits without any supervision!
It is always recommended to have proper discussions with an experienced and knowledgeable veterinarian before exposing a pet to Cannabis, as they would be able to provide you with the proper instructions and cautionary steps that would keep your pet safe and healthy.
Since these medicines are still in their early stage, a great deal of researches are being carried out to further establish the strength of their efficiency as well as any accompanying risk.
Either way, the prospect of being able to improve the quality of life of our pets using medical cannabis- a medicine that is slowly rising up towards the front lines of medical treatment, is nothing short of exciting and brings hopes to many pet lovers and veterinarians alike!