May 2017 Magazine - Page 48

Seizures One of the most commonly cited benefit of CBD products in pets is the prevention of seizures, which can be a scary and trau- matic thing for both pet and owner. An estimated one to five percent of dogs suffer from either symptomatic or idiopathic seizures and certain breeds, like Beagles, German Shepherds, Dachshunds, and Collies, have a notoriously high rate of symp- tomatic seizures. Other breeds, like Retrievers, Irish Setters, St. Bernards, most Spaniels, Alaskan Malamutes/Siberian Huskies, Labs, miniature Schnauzers, Boxers, and Poodles can also be prone to seizure disorders. Typically, seizures are treated with prescription drugs, like phenobarbital, which always have a long list of unwelcome side effects including long term liver damage. But, for owners open to the idea of a natural alterna- tive, CBD has reduced the number and severity of their pet’s seizures with little to no side effects other than mild sleepiness. Tumor Reduction The reduction and prevention of tumors, both fatty and malig- nant, is also noteworthy. While not a laboratory-conducted study, my seven-year-old Labrador, Monti, developed a fatty tumor on the bridge of his nose that completely went away after feeding him CBD treats. His other lumps and bumps didn’t disappear, but they haven’t grown, either. The American Veterinary Medical Association website (AVMA.org) cites the story of Miles, a 12-year-old Lab mix whose tumor had metas- tasized to the point that vets gave him two months to live. Treating him with tramadol, something his owner, Denise, didn’t like because it made Miles completely lethargic and unresponsive, she started him on a low-THC tincture she pur- chased at a dispensary. Her pet came back to life - running on the beach, eating his food, and no longer vomiting. It’s even worked on cats and horses. After his own doctor rec- ommended marijuana for his back pain, one California man gave his 24-year-old cat, who had trouble walking, a marijua- na tincture and, within days, the cat appeared to be pain free and moving much better. Another woman’s horse stopped eating and walking as a result of its degenerative ligament dis- ease; as a last-ditch effort before euthanizing her 20-year com- panion, she fed the animal some hemp. Within an hour, the horse named Phoenix was walking, eating, and drinking.