AKC Canine Health Foundation Announces Funding for Clinical Trial to Study Cannabidiol to Treat Epilepsy in Dogs

Epilepsy is the most common disorder of puppies, also can affect puppies of pure- and mixed strains. The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) with the support of its many donors has funded over $2 million for epilepsy research. In 2017, CHF launched an epilepsy initiative to advance this area of search for puppy health. Treatments are needed for puppies with epilepsy or in which unwanted side effects of currently available drugs aren’t tolerated. Additional understanding of genetics and the effect of diet are also current goals of CHF-funded research.

CHF declares a clinical trial to study the use of cannabidiol to deal with drug resistant epilepsy in dogs. As stated by Dr. McGrath, up to 30% of dogs receiving regular anti-epileptic treatment remain uncontrolled because of their seizures, and also the side effects of the antiepileptic medications tend to be unacceptable. CBD is a component of the Cannabis sativa plant, that has been shown to have anti-convulsant properties. This clinical trial study is going to be used to establish its efficacy. “The timeliness and significance of research to the use of Cannabis in veterinary medication can’t be emphasized enough,” said Dr. McGrath. “With the changing public perception of Cannabis, it is time that we set science behind the stories and claims. We will need to understand if this drug is safe and whether or not it functions. If CBD is effective for curing epilepsy, it has the potential to conserve the lives of puppies around the globe.”

Dr. Mary Smith, a member of the CHF Board of Directors and the Chairman of CHF’s Scientific Review Committee, says, “This study has the potential to supply a much-needed brand new instrument for veterinarians to treat dogs with epilepsy. A study of the scope is required to prove the effectiveness of the daily therapy for puppies, and CHF is proud to take the lead with this research effort.”

Throughout the CHF Epilepsy Initiative, the American Kennel Club is matching all contributions up to $ 250,000 throughout 2017. Pay a visit to the CHF Epilepsy Initiative donation page to make a contribution to the important work for many dogs.