CBD Effects on Epilepsy Medication

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It seems at least once a week I am asked about CBD Oil. It is showing promising results in the management of epilepsy. I have tried it briefly & my huMom believes it was helping me but we are hoping to get a specific CBD oil called, “Charlotte’s Web”, because it is made specifically to manage epilepsy. We are also doing our due diligence as this is a relatively new medication & it is not yet regulated (or legal) here in Canada.

A study is underway at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Adults & children with hard to manage epilepsy are trying CBD oil but the study is also looking as to how CBD interacts with other seizure medications.

The study has found that there were significant changes in levels of the drugs clobazam, topiramate, & rufinamide in both adults & children. Changes in zonisamide & eslicarbazepine was observed in adults only. Except for clobazam, however, the drug levels did not change outside of the normally accepted range. Tests also showed that participants taking valproate & CBD showed slightly more stress on their liver.

The findings emphasize the importance of monitoring blood levels of anti epileptic drugs as well as liver function during treatment with CBD oil. The perception exists that since CBD is plant based, it is natural & safe. While this may be true, this study shows that CBD can interact with anti seizure drugs.

Studies like this are very helpful. We intend to try CBD Oil again, once we find a quality brand that clearly helps. There seems to be no question that CBD oil can shut down seizures but some standardization & quality control needs to be established. Maintaining a regular dosage is very important.

Do you use CBD Oil to manage epilepsy? If so, I’d like to hear your story.

CEO Olivia

Do Dogs Get Warts? ~ Now You Know

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Today’s topic is a bit icky. We’re talking about warts. The more formal term is viral papilloma. As in humans, viral papillomas are caused by a papilloma virus, although dogs & people have different papilloma viruses which cannot be transmitted across species lines.

Viral warts in dogs tend to possess frond-like structures creating a cauliflower-like appearance, though they can be smooth as well. The classical canine viral wart patient is a young dog with warts in or around the mouth or eyes. This is partially due to the fact that the young pup’s immune system hasn’t fully developed yet.

The infection is transmitted through direct contact with the papillomas on an infected dog or with the virus in the pet’s environment (on toys, bedding, food bowls etc.). Although some businesses are nice enough to put out water bowls for good dogs, sharing them isn’t such a good idea for young dogs or those with a weaker immune system. My huMom always brings my own water dish & fresh water when we travel.

The virus requires injured skin to establish infection; healthy skin will not be infected. The incubation period is 1 to 2 months. The virus can only be spread among dogs. It is not contagious to other animals or humans, & it appears not to be contagious after the lesion has regressed. Recovered dogs cannot be re-infected with the same strain of virus, however, there are several strains.

The good news is these warts aren’t dangerous & in most cases treatment is not needed. The good dog will build up an immunity in a month or two. But if after three months, if the warts aren’t gone a vet should be visited for a biopsy to confirm what your dealing with. There are medications in development but they aren’t widely available.

Sometimes there are many warts clustered together which may cause discomfort. In those cases the warts can be removed by a vet either by laser or freezing them off.

So now you know, dogs can get warts. Especially puppies & dogs with a weakened immune system.

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CEO Olivia

Is My Good Dog’s Food Safe? ~ Now You Know

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With what seems like an endless parade of dog food recalls, I was asked, “How can I know if my good dog’s food is safe?” Well the easiest way is to make it yourself with fresh ingredients. There are a lot of online recipes for good, healthy dog food. But I understand not all humans have time for such things.

Luckily there is something called the Clean Label Project, which is a nonprofit organization focusing on health & transparency in consumer product labeling.

The Clean Label Project screened more than 900 dog & cat foods as well as treats for over 130 toxins including heavy metals, BPA, pesticides, & other contaminants with links to cancer & other serious health conditions in animals. They tested 71 brands that represented “the top 90 percent of the best-selling products in each category.”

What they found was disturbing. The Clean Label Project has tested tens of thousands of consumer products but they have never seen environmental & industrial contaminants as high as they have found in pet foods. Here are just three examples:

  • Some pet foods contained 2,420 parts per billion of lead, which is 16 times more than has been found in Flint, Michigan’s “tainted” water.
  • 1,917 percent more arsenic was present in pet food (5,550 parts per billion) than in cigarette tobacco (360 parts per billion).
  • There was 980 percent more BPA (a plastic polymer used to line the inside of cans) in pet food in comparison to a can of chicken soup.

Research into the long-term health effects in pets of chronic exposure to most of the contaminants that were studied simply hasn’t been done. Personally, I think a better safe than sorry approach to results like these would be wise. Why feed your good dog or good cat a food that contains high levels of toxins when potentially safer alternatives are available?

Is the food or treats you feed your good dog or cat on the list? Have a look & see. To answer the question, “Is my good dog’s food safe?” If it’s a commercial brand, sadly, it probably isn’t.

What do you feed your good dog? Do you make it from scratch or buy it at the store? Either way I’d like to hear your thoughts.

CEO Olivia