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Our Maltese suffers from idiopathic epilepsy. Her seizures are pretty mild compared to some dogs. Between 2 and 5 min episodes. She has had this for years and we tried to avoid using Phenobarbital as she also has a liver shunt. From what I gather Phenobarbital would affect her liver and other organs. Her seizures has progressively got closer and when they were 5 days apart we tried Pexion as it does not have the negative effects of Phenobarbital. On the normal dose her seizures went out to about 7 days apart and our Vet said this was unacceptable so put her on the ma dosage. This moved her seizures out to about 9 days apart. The positive effect was her appetite improved and she had a lot more energy. Again the Vet said this was not good enough and wants us to try Phenobarbital. His logic is she will have a short lifespan if we dont treat her and the negative effects of Phenobarbital will also reduce her lifespan, but she will have a better life without the seizures(But there are dogs where medication does not work for seizures)

My question is has anyone heard of negative effects of CBD oil. My wife has seen someone blame CBD oil for the death of her dog who also had seizures. Any advice on alternatives to Phenobarbital would be welcome.

Thanks from deepest darkest Africa.
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DaySleepers, from your reading, is it cannabis as a whole that is a danger concern, or THC? Meaning, would CBD isolate have the same toxicity potential?

In legal states, CBD with varying levels of THC can be purchased while other US states CBD is limited to 0.3% THC under the Farm Bill. To avoid even that amount, you'd want a 99.9% CBD isolate.

If one were to decide to try CBD, it would be an absolute must to only purchase from a company that does third party lab testing and provides those results without even being asked.

I think deciding dosage and such of the dog's current meds is a judgment call that if it were me and my dog, I'd have to consider how much an extra day or two between "mild" seizures seems to change her quality of life. It may be a lot or it may be barely noticeable.
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I think trying the phenobarbital first makes sense.

I do not know the legalities of importing CBD into South Africa so please of course be aware of that as you would not want to get in trouble at customs. As far as I know, it is legal to possess but always check regs first.

The CBDistillery is one source which provides test results and every product has its batch number labeled on it. One option would be CBD isolate slabs (a solid) which you then mix into a carrier oil like olive oil or coconut oil. Cheaper (but not cheap) than oils or tinctures and lower risk of breaking in transit compared to a liquid.
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