By Angela Ardolino
Updated on March 26, 2021
When Daisy joined us on my rescue farm, Fire Flake Farm, she couldn’t walk due to arthritis pain, was having up to 3 grand mal seizures a day, and had no hair left on her feet, covered in yeast.
Along with Daisy, came many prescription drugs. First things first, we safely weaned her off of Phenobarbital and other medications. Next, we put her on a natural CBD regimen and switched her to a fresh and species appropriate, raw diet. Within two weeks, Daisy’s feet were no longer red or inflamed and her sores were gone. She also experienced a reduction in the number and duration of her seizures within the first week. Within a month, Daisy was seizure-free and no longer taking any of the prescription medications she had previously been prescribed.
CBD for Seizures
I knew the signs of a seizure, but nothing can really prepare you for the moment your pet starts seizing. Even the calmest person might panic when you see the blank look in your sweet pup’s eyes as they convulse. It is something I would never wish on anyone. Luckily, CBD has been used by humans to treat seiz
ures for years and has shown great success in both animals and people. In fact, in 2003, the U.S. government patented CBD as a neuroprotectant (despite the U.S. prohibition on cannabis). Daisy was given 1 mL of HEAL 1100 mg Full Spectrum Hemp Extract twice daily (in the morning and the evening) and within a month, was seizure free.
Because of the rise of hemp-derived CBD for pets, studies focusing on the effects of CBD on seizures in dogs is being studied now more than ever. Neurologist Stephanie McGrath assessed the short-term effect of CBD on seizure frequency in 16 dogs. Dogs in the trial were randomly assigned a placebo or a hemp-derived CBD treatment for 12 weeks. Nine dogs received CBD while seven were given a placebo. All of the dogs in the study suffered from seizures. Through the study, McGrath found that 89 percent of dogs who received CBD in the clinical trial had a reduction in the frequency of seizures. Additionally, McGrath saw a significant association between the degree of seizure reduction and the amount of CBD concentration in the dog’s blood.
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Seizure Success Stories
Nothing makes us happier than hearing back from happy pet parents with success stories! Here are just a few.
“This is nothing short of amazing. My 5 year old suddenly started experiencing bi-weekly seizures. After months of trying other products (including low dose CBD treats), our vet specifically recommended this brand and strength of CBD. It’s now been 10 weeks since his last seizure and I’m so grateful.”– Delceta T.
“This helps with my dogs seizures he has only had one seizure since starting and it was because of a missed dose love this so much.” – Catherine L.
“I have a 9 lb Biewer Yorkie named Rosie.. She has epilepsy. I am really not in agreement with putting her on medication from the vet for too many reasons to list right now.. I have been giving her Heal and the seizures have gone from 2-3 times a week to the longest span being 18 days.. And when She did have a seizure, it was significantly better, It did not last as long and there was no after effects!!! Totally happy about that.”– Darlene K
Full spectrum hemp extract (CBD) offers a wide variety of health-boosting benefits, with specific applications to help ease arthritis and the associated pain and mobility issues it can cause.
Here’s how CBD can help with dog arthritis:
Cannabis has been used as an effective analgesic dating back thousands of years. One of the ways it does this is actually by changing the way their central nervous system communicates the sensation of pain to our brains. Not only does CBD help manage pain on a naturopathic level, but it also stops the physical conditions that cause pain, inflammation.
CBD and the other compounds found in a full spectrum hemp extract are known to reduce inflammation through the body. In many cases, the pain that our arthritic dogs feel is a direct result of the inflammation in their joints. When we soothe that inflammation, we are treating the cause of the problem and also preventing the hurt.
In recent years we have had the incredible opportunity to learn from world-class studies by reputable scientific institutes who confirm what anecdotal evidence has pointed to for years.
Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine recently conducted pharmacokinetics study on cannabinoids for dogs. This 8-month double-blind study was the first of its kind for Cornell and studied dogs suffering from osteoarthritis. Dogs in the study saw a significant decrease in pain and an increase in activity, with no side effects.
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Join Pain Success Stories
One customer, Jarrod, using the EASE tincture stated: “This helps my 15 year old dog so much. She has a lot of joint pain usually but when she takes EASE she seems so much more comfortable. She is able to walk without pain. I can’t say enough about this product.”
Another customer shared her story about her dog using EASE Full-Spectrum CBD. She stated “I have an elderly dog that has had neurologic issues with wasting of leg muscles along with significant arthritis. It got to the point where I added a vet recommended nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory because I couldn’t stand seeing her so uncomfortable . I decided to try EASE (18-21 mg daily divided into 3 doses) and began noticing more activity and less pain. Ease seems to be better for her and I have reduced her pain meds to minimal times as needed (i.e travel or just a bad day). I am pleased with her progress and hope to see it continue. Our walks are a little longer, and she is enjoying playing with her sister mutt as she may chase a thrown ball every now and then.”
CBD for Yeast
Yeast is extremely common in dogs and, most often, appears in the form of yeast dermatitis. Yeast dermatitis is caused by a fungus scientifically known as Malassezia pachydermatis. It’s not abnormal for yeast to be found on the skin of our dogs. It’s when there’s an overgrowth of yeast that causes concern.
If there is a significant rise in yeast on or within the layers of the skin, a yeast infection will occur. There are a few pharmaceutical options to the treatment of yeast, but CBD is also an up-and-coming, and promising, option for antifungal use.
Research has determined CBD has potential as a potent antifungal. A study published by the British Journal of Pharmacology, indicated cannabinoids like CBD, CBG, and CBC (found in full-spectrum products) can boost caryophyllene oxide.
REMEDY Full Spectrum Hemp Extract (CBD) salve, available here at CBD Dog Health, is used to reduce and heal fungal infections, yeast infections, skin infections, polyps, warts, and other growths. REMEDY is an all-natural topical CBD salve for mammals, combining hemp CBD, naturally occurring cannabinoids, and essential oils in an effective formula for optimum results.
Yeast Success Stories
“I kept going to the vet spending loads of money because my dog had a yeast infection/bacteria on her paws that was causing them to peel and bleed. Her paws were also so inflamed. The vet kept giving me antibiotics that were making her throw up and wipes with medication that weren’t even working. Finally I came across this Salve on Facebook and I decided to give it a try & I’m glad I did because her paws have started to progress in as little as 2 weeks! The inflammation has gone down a lot and they are not as red as they used to be. The blood spots are also getting smaller by the day. I apply it 2-3 times a day & as long as I stay consistent I’m confident that it’ll save her paws 100% and bring them back to being healthy.”– Marcy M.
“Thank you CBD dog health for this amazing CBD salve for allergy prone dogs like my schnoodle! We rub it on her when we see little red bumps caused by her environmental allergies, it also worked on a skin infection caused by her allergies as well as a yeast infection! So thankful to have a safer option than the commonly prescribed pill, Apoquel!”– Nicole C.
About Angela Ardolino
Angela Ardolino is a holistic pet expert who has been caring for animals for over 20 years and operates a rescue farm, Fire Flake Farm, in Florida. She is also the owner of Beautify the Beast, a natural pet salon and shop. After getting her certificate in Medical Cannabis Biology and Therapeutic use from the University of Vermont School of Medicine, she founded CBD Dog Health to provide high quality, all-natural medical cannabis products designed specifically for pets. Angela has seven dogs, Odie a 12-year-old mini-schnauzer, Nina an 8-year-old Doberman. Jolene a 7-year-old mutt, Maza a 7-year-old mutt, Rhemi an 8-year-old poodle, Potato a 15-year-old shih-tzu, and Miss Daisie a 15-year-old black lab, plus 4-10 more at any time she is fostering or boarding. She uses Full Spectrum Hemp Extract on all her pets at her rescue farm every day, and has since 2016. She is a member of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians, the Veterinary Cannabis Association and has trained hundreds medical doctors and veterinarians about the therapeutic uses of medical cannabis on animals. Visit www.angelaardolino.com for more information.