But how does the CBD spray help treat Titch’s seizures?
Epileptic seizures are caused by irregular electrical discharges, or misfiring, among brain cells. This causes convulsions of the body, loss of consciousness, and sometimes severely altered senses.
Cannabidiol has anticonvulsant properties, which help reduce seizures in mammals.
All mammals have an Endocannabinoid System (ECS), including our beloved canine and feline pets. The ECS allows cannabinoids, such as CBD and THC, to interact with our bodies.
The anticonvulsant properties of CBD work by operating on different targets, which are calcium ion channels, glutamate receptor antagonists, sodium ion channels, and the GATA system and receptor agonists, in the brain.
Anticonvulsants may affect the neurotransmitters responsible for sending messages or attach themselves to the neurons. This is done to alter the activity of the cell by switching how ions flow into and out of the neurons.
Cannabinoid medications, however, are not a “cure-all,” meaning they may work better on different patients (both human and animal) as Steve was quick to stress:
“Recently he [Titch] had to go to the vet to have a growth removed, and while he was there, I thought I’d have him castrated.
“I didn’t even take into consideration that the GA would trigger his epilepsy, so after his surgery, he had 2 days of seizures, it took me back to the powerlessness I felt before CBD, so from that I learned that CBD is brilliant, but it’s not a magic fix.
“Now he has the very occasional fit early in the morning, and when he wakes up he doesn’t remember like he used to.
“He doesn’t cry like he used to.
“CBD has absolutely changed both of our lives, I don’t think he’d be alive today without it.
Who’s a good boy? Titch smiling after him medication
“He’s been on CBD since June 2017, and since starting him on it, and not including when he had the surgery, he’s had maybe 3 seizures, and all of them were much less intense than before.
I can go out and know that he’s going to be alright and not seizing in his create. So it’s changed his life for the better. And I don’t have to force pills down his throat, and he doesn’t get stoned from pharmaceuticals.
It’s a blessing, I’d recommend it to anyone, it’s worth trying. It might not work, but it certainly won’t do any harm.”
The UK is currently undergoing a “CBD Boom,” with hundreds of different brands making it difficult for customers to find a legitimate brand that works for them.
Steve told he has found success with Simply CBD:
“I started him on Simply CBD “light” oil, which is a low % CBD and great for dogs, as they’ve got smaller brains, they’re more susceptible to it.
“I started on a very low dose, gradually building him up to a 400mg, or 4%, Simply CBD oil which I give to him 5 times a day.
“He hates the taste, he’s not a fan of having it dropped in his mouth, but he does let me give it to him like that, and as I have to be sure he’s had a full dose, I need to make sure it lands directly on his tongue.
“For more difficult dogs, I’d wait until they’re asleep, then lift up their gum and drop it on the flashiest part I could see.”
Epilepsy affects an estimated 0.6-0.7% of all dogs in the UK (around 1 in 130 dogs). Could CBD be the future of their treatment?
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