Is CBD Safe For Dogs With Epilepsy?

As we discussed in this article, CBD is indeed safe for dogs. However, is it safe for dogs suffering from epileptic seizures? Recent studies, and anecdotal evidence indicates that not only is CBD safe for epileptic pups, but also an effective treatment.


Why CBD Works For Your Dog

All mammals (including humans, cats, and dogs) have an endocannabinoid system. This system is a branch of the mammalian nervous system, and is responsible for a variety of homeostatic functions in the body. In layman’s terms, the Endocannabinoid System supports balance and harmony in mammalian bodys.

This is why CBD seems to be a “cure all”. It supports the health and harmony of the endocannabinoid system, which results in a variety of positive effects. CBD is non-toxic, and will not get your dog high. The worst thing that will happen from giving your dog too much CBD, is a long and sleepy nap.

Some of the positive effects of CBD for Dogs include:

          • Reduction in anxiety – especially for stressful car rides, separation anxiety and thunderstorms.
          • Reduction in inflammation – especially useful for arthritic joints, muscle pain, and general health problems
          • Improvement in digestion – CBD is great for your dog’s digestive tract. If your dog has trouble digesting food, try adding CBD to its meal. You will likely notice improvements within 1-2 weeks.
          • Better sleep – Because of CBD’s calming effect on the nervous system, it is a great support for your dog’s sleep problems.
          • Cancer symptoms – Some people are using CBD oil to offer relief from cancer symptoms in their dogs
          • Reduction in pain – Due to CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties, many people have found it to relieve various sources of acute and chronic pain in their dogs.

Epilepsy In Dogs

Recurrent seizures in dogs is most commonly caused by canine epilepsy. Epileptic seizures are very upsetting for dog and owner alike. Unfortunately, the commonly prescribed medications, like phenobarbital, potassium bromide, diazepam, and other seizure medications, can result in serious side effects. Even with medication, 30% of epipleptic dogs continue to have seizures. It seems to be a lose-lose situation.

With such grim treatments, it’s no wonder that dog owners are seeking alternative therapies. CBD appears to be a promising one. Human studies have shown CBD to be effective in treating epilepsy in humans, so it’s no wonder that it could have similar benefits for dogs. 

Is CBD An Effective Treatment For Epileptic Seizures In Dogs?

There has not been conclusive evidence for treating epileptic seizures in Dogs, however initial research has been very promising. A major clinical trial by the AKC Canine Health Foundation (AKCCHF) studied CBD as an alternative treatment for drug-resistant epilepsy in dogs. The results were extraordinary. 

The study, named “Efficacy of Cannabidiol (CBD) for the Treatment of Canine Epilepsy”, was conducted at Colorado State University by Dr. Stephanie Mcgrath, a board-certified veterinary neurologist. 

The trial showed that 89% of epileptic dogs who received CBD had a reduction in the frequency of seizures. 56% of the dogs were treated with CBD, while the 44% were given a placebo.

The trial found that there was a direct correlation between the reduction in seizures and blood level concentrations of CBD in the dog’s blood. It seems like more CBD equals less seizures when it comes to epilepsy in dogs.

Could CBD Make Canine Epileptic Seizures Worse?

There has been no evidence to support any danger of giving your epileptic dog CBD. In fact, CBD is non-toxic, even in excessive amounts. The worse side effects you would observe from giving your dog too much CBD is sleepiness. Too much CBD may ‘knock out’ your dog for several hours, or cause lethargy. No need to worry!

That being said, quality is key. Not all CBD oil is created equal. We suggest sourcing high quality CBD For Pets. Not only will this provide a more effective oil, but it will also ensure that there are no pesticides, heavy metals or other potentially toxic ingredients. 

How Much CBD You Should Give Your Dog For Epileptic Seizures…

Below are our standard serving sizes depending on your dog’s weight. We suggest administering one serving directly into your dog’s mouth, or add to your dog’s food. 

For epileptic seizures, start with the doses below and increase as needed until you see a reduction in seizures. Depending on the severity of your dog’s epilepsy, you may consider giving it CBD 1-2 times a day, everyday. Or you may give it CBD on the onset of seizures. As always, consult with your veterinarian or dog health expert before giving your dog CBD or other treatments.

Serving Size:

≤25lbs dogs: 0.25ml

26-50lbs: 0.5ml

>50lbs: 0.75ml

Other Natural Options For Your Dog’s Epilepsy

Homeopathic Remedies could offer relief from your dog’s seizures. Consider giving your dog Belladonna 200C, Cocculus 6C.

Diet is key. Ketogenic diets have been shown to be extremely beneficial for neurological conditions, especially epilepsy. A ketogenic diet is a low to no carb diet, high in fat and protein. This means cut the kibble, and focus on meat and fat. Give your dog healthy oils, and raw meats. Organ meats are especially good for your dog.

Avoid toxic ingredients like dyes, chemicals, and other food additives.

To Conclude…

Yes CBD is safe for dogs suffering from epilepsy (even in large quantities). Initial evidence strongly suggests that CBD will be an effective treatment for your dog’s seizures. Start slow and small and work up to a high dose. 

In combination with CBD, consider changing your dog’s diet to a ketogenic one, and avoid toxic ingredients in conventional dog food.