A Frenchie’s Tale of Stardom and CBD
Debbie Fix tries not to feed her dog’s ego. He did, after all, grace the pages of Bark magazine. And with a name like Elvis, staying humble isn’t easy.
In his heyday, Elvis cruised the sunny streets around Balboa Park, San Diego, accepting belly rubs from his devoted fans. But today, Elvis is a senior Frenchie, and Debbie does her best to remind him to slow down.
To start, he’s blind as a bat – though he feels his way from floor to couch cushion with killer instincts and a can-do spirit. Together, Debbie and Elvis have perfected a walking rhythm that fools the world of his disability.
But Elvis also suffers from seizures, and they’re not as easy to conceal.
“The vet ruled out epilepsy,” says Debbie, “because they started so late in life – when he was 12. They thought the seizures mayhave been caused by a tumor, pushing on his brain. It was brutal for both of us.”
Due to his age, Debbie was hesitant to medicate Elvis. But as the frequency of the seizures increased, she knew something had to give. “I had a friend recommend non-THC CBD oil,” she says. “I rolled my eyes. But I was so desperate to relieve Elvis, I was willing to try anything.”
Turns out, she was on to something. According to the American Kennel Club, cannabinoids interact with endocannabinoid receptors located in the central and peripheral nervous system. The interaction can help maintain balance in the body.
It’s important to note, that like most CBD claims, there is very little research to know exactly how effective it is. Yet the AKC reports anecdotal evidence from dog owners that CBD can help control seizures.
Debbie and Elvis can absolutely back that claim. “I started out very conservatively, just a few drops,” says Debbie. “He improved immediately. We went from upwards of five seizures a week to only a few over a three month period. And they were mild. It was like a miracle for us.”
The trouble with the lack of research around CBD for pets, is a lack of recommended dosages. While many people find success with CBD, they are unsure of how much to give, and where to start. So the AKC offers these tips:
1. Start small. Let your vet know you’re trying CBD, and get their feedback on amounts. He or she will know how to be conservative with dosage.
2. Go for the good stuff. The higher the quality and purity, the higher the cost. So try not to treat your pet with a skimpier product.
3. Choose organic. Look on the label, and make sure your oils is free of pesticides, herbicides or heavy metals.
4. Look for liquid. The best method for administering CBD to pets is a tincture, so you’re able to carefully control the dose.
5. Scour the certificate: Good CBD oils will come with a certificate outlining contents. Make sure it is pure, and for the good of your dog, free of or very low in THC.
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