Cbd oil for horses with epm


After many years of battling EPM, finally all of my beloved horse are fine! There have been times I’ve sat and cried, watching what was happening to them — heart breaking. My first EPM battle came with a Quarter Horse mare CiCi. She kept falling down with me. I had no idea what was going on. My friend and vet Dr Cheryl Detamore quickly diagnosed her with EPM; with the “tail pull” she put us on the Marquis treatment. This was my first introduction to the horrible disease. At this time Marquis was the only treatment available… the Internet was young and not much information was out there. I’m very thankful we were able to treat her, but to this day I believe the treatment was as hard on her as the disease it self. It took her years and years to recover. She is a wonderful trail horse now, but it wasn’t till about 3 years ago that we could ride her.

Shay and Jeff returning to slow trail riding after battling EPM for years. Gabriel enjoying a day of riding in Durbin WV. It’s been a long time coming. EPM caused him lameness… now he’s sound and moving forward!

My beloved endurance horse Gabriel began to show signs four years ago that something was just not right. He was not pulsing down as well at the vet checks. He was showing signs of fatigue, weakness, a sad look in his eyes, and his hooves changed along with his legs. I knew he was just not right. Dr Jeannie Waldron helped me with Gabriel. We did treatments with Karbo Combo. This seemed to help, but it would always come back.

Jeff’s wonderful mare Shay, started with the same signs of weakness, the sad look, not willing to go. Her legs started to become crooked, and her hooves suffered from that crookedness. So we did the same with Shay as Gabriel, Karbo. Same effect – it kept coming back. I then started both horses on this and that. Oh my — there isn’t anything out there I haven’t tried. Sefacon was another expensive drug I did try with little results. Lots of other homeopathic drugs, too many to list. I have spent thousands of dollars in the past few years trying to treat our horses. Nothing seemed to work…

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With that said and the sadness every person and beast were suffering, Dr Lynne Johnson came to me with a new FDA approved drug — Orogin made by Pathogenes, a company in Florida. www.pathogenes.com. Great people to work with, too. First was to draw blood from both horses. The blood count goes like this

0-1 Normal. 16 very badly infected.

Both horses’ counts were over 16+. It was heart-wrenching when I got the report back. But I didn’t give up hope. It was a 10-day treatment of 1 pill a day. I melted the pill in water and poured it on one spot in their feed. I made sure that was the first bite they got. I held the feed pan up under their noses. I wondered if 1 pill a day of anything for 10 days would do anything thing for these beautiful horses. But, I’d tried everything else, why not give this a try too? After all it was only money, right? I didn’t see results right away, but never lost hope. A few days after the treatment was over Gabriel’s lameness was GONE! Shay’s eyes had a twinkle in them! Oh my, have we really helped them? 10 days after the treatment was over we drew blood again. The results showed: Gabriel at a count of 1 and Shay was a 2! We then gave Shay 10 doses of Levamisole that was compounded for her. I have not retested after that. She seems wonderful to us, wanting to go out and enjoy the trail now.

We are slowly building up their muscle tone and top lines. One day and one ride at a time. It is so wonderful to have our horses back. There are no words to describe the happiness in my heart when Gabriel and I enjoy a day on the trail…

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Thank you Dr. Cheryl Detamore, Dr. Jeannie Waldron and Dr Lynn Johnson for all your hard work over the years. Putting up with my horses and me. I’m so thankful for all of you. And thanks to the wonderful scientists at Pathogenes who have saved my horses and many more.

The Latest Treatment for Inflammation and Anxiety

CBD, or cannabidiol, is the new buzz in the veterinary world. CBD oil, produced from the hemp plant, contains very little THC which is the psychoactive compound in the marijuana plant that causes you to get high. Pets are extremely sensitive to THC, with low levels causing toxicity. Since the legalization of marijuana in many states, the pet poison control centers are reporting increased numbers of pets being treated for marijuana toxicity.

CBD oils and products produced for the pet industry are required to contain no more than 0.3% THC. Because CBD is non-psychoactive, the cannabidiol can be taken for its significant health benefits. CBD interacts with the body through the endogenous cannabinoid system (ECS) or endocannabinoid system. First discovered in the late 1980’s, the endocannabinoid system regulates the body’s general state of balance, impacting such functions as mood, sleep, appetite, hormone regulation, and pain and immune response.

The endocannabinoid system is found in all mammals. The body is capable of making some of its own cannabinoids, but in the past we have not supplemented the diet with these natural chemicals. CBD has been the focus of more than 23,000 published studies about cannabinoids in relation to various medical indications including anxiety, epilepsy, inflammation, cancer and chronic pain in humans.

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CB1 receptors are widely distributed, but are particularly abundant in areas of the brain, including those concerned with movement, coordination, pain and sensory perception, emotion, memory, cognition, and endocrine functions. CB2 receptors are found mostly in the immune system, and they seem to reduce inflammation and certain kinds of pain.

CBD oil is different than the hemp seeds or organic hemp oil you commonly find in grocery stores. Derived only from hemp seeds, hemp seed oil is a great nutritional supplement, containing many vitamins and minerals and other healthy constituents, but it does not contain cannabidiol.

Studies have shown that CBD oil does not cause changes in blood pressure, heart rate, body temperature, or blood glucose levels. CBD benefits include anti-inflammatory effects, anti-convulsant activity, antioxidant, decreases nausea, decreases anxiety, and is therefore a potential medicine for the treatment of neuroinflammation, epilepsy, oxidative injury, vomiting and nausea, and anxiety.

I have been using CBD oil for many of my patients for a variety of problems including seizures, pain, cancer, inflammation, and anxiety. I have started using it myself to treat pre-cancerous skin lesions and I now give CBD oil to all of my dogs (seniors with arthritis, heart disease, cancer, and other chronic inflammatory conditions). My horse is suffering from EPM, or Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis, which is a disease that affects the spinal cord; I recently started using CBD oil to decrease his symptoms. My father is also taking CBD oil to help with Parkinson’s symptoms.

I recently attended a lecture given by a CBD oil researcher. The studies being done for children with seizures are nothing short of miraculous. When asked, he told me every member of his family, including all the children, take a daily dose of CBD oil as an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, cancer-preventing supplement. Sounds like a good plan to me.