No Medical Cannabis For Pets In Canada (For Now)

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Here in Canada, the sale of cannabis in all forms will be legal as of July 1st. This has been of interest to me because CBD oil which is derived from cannabis has been proven to help manage epilepsy. There is even a strain called, “Charlotte’s Web”, which has been bred specifically for treating epileptic humans.

Generally, veterinarians in Canada have been unwilling to recommend cannabis treatments because at present, there are no official guide lines for prescribing them for animals.

Cannabis & its derivative products are prohibited under the Controlled Drugs & Substances Act. While veterinarians are included as ‘health practitioners’ in the Act, they would still require a ‘legal pathway’ to prescribe cannabis-based medicines. No medicine (cannabis or otherwise) can legally be prescribed without first being classified as an approved medicine by Health Canada, & since to date no cannabis-based medicines have been approved by Health Canada for use with animals, there can effectively be no legal pathway to prescription.

At Colorado State University, clinical trials are already underway for cannabidiol as a treatment for epilepsy, as well as for treatment of osteoporosis in dogs. These trials could pave the way for FDA-approved cannabis treatments in the USA, which could ultimately lead to Health Canada-approved treatments in Canada.

It may take some time but eventually I’m sure CBD oil’s will become available for animals in Canada. Before then, vet’s will need to learn how to adjust dosages & understand the benefits of the various strains.

It should be noted that having CBD’s prescribed by a vet will be the wiser alternative than trying to treat your animal companion on your own. Often joked about by cannabis aficionados of the human variety, the possibility of overdose is a real concern. Accidental cannabis toxicity can cause symptoms like vomiting, incontinence & irregular heartbeat.

We are keeping a close eye on this story as it is my huMom’s wish that I can try Charlotte’s Web CBD oil one day with the hope that it will shut down that Epi monster once & for all.


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CEO Olivia

Olivia Reaches 10, 000 Followers!

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Hello everyone, CEO Olivia here. Today I find myself a bit humbled. My Facebook Page, “Oh The Life of Olivia“, as of today has 10,002 followers. That’s a whole lot of good dogs, cats & humans! 3 bum swings! 3 more!

Since I began my page (with huMom’s help) I have met so many good dogs & their humans. Many live with canine epilepsy like myself. We are affectionately known as Epi-Warriors. HuMom & I feel a true sense of community through my page. There is so much love & support out there. We all rally round when a warrior is battling the evil monster that is epilepsy. We collectively morn when one falls & celebrate when a seizure free milestone is reached.

Both my huMom & I want to say a big, wooftastic thank you to everyone.  We couldn’t do it with out you nose nudges

CEO Olivia

 

 

Chronotherapy

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We all have our own internal clock. It follows a 24 hour cycle known as circadian rhythm. Chronotherapy is the practice of timing medication with respect to disease changes related to circadian rhythm. It is believed that Chronotherapy can maximize drug efficacy & minimize adverse effects.

Researchers have identified several seizure patterns linked to natural circadian rhythms &/or wakefulness/sleep cycles. Natural rhythms can alter anti epileptic drug’s (AED’s) digestion, absorption, distribution, metabolism, & excretion. Furthermore, AEDs themselves can modify circadian or diurnal (wake/sleep) patterns. Early trials in humans suggest some epileptic patients may have improved seizure management if their conventional treatment is shifted to chronotherapy.

Keeping a hand written or electronic seizure diary will help identify patterns in seizure activity. My huMom knows from my diaries that quick weather changes or the days around the full moon are times to prepare for me to have an epileptic event. More often than not, my events occur in the early hours of the morning, usually between midnight & 2am, or between 5am & 8am.

Although chronotherapy is in its infancy, it may offer relief to those who appear to have rhythmic breakthrough seizures. New dosing strategies based on your good dog’s natural circadian rhythm may help. We intend to consult my vet about chronotherapy.

CEO Olivia