Treatment for Dog Seizures

Published: 02nd August 2010
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If your dog begins to have seizures, it's crucial that you get him to a veterinarian immediately for an evaluation. If your dog is diagnosed with epilepsy, the following article will outline some ways that these seizures can be controlled. It is important to understand that epilepsy is not the cause of all dog seizures, however. For example, certain kinds of brain tumors or an injury to the dog's brain can cause seizures, as can certain toxins in the environment. If these are the reasons for your dogs epilepsy then the following treatments will not help in the slightest.



The purpose of this article is to explore treatment options so that you will have a better understanding of them once your veterinarian has determined that the cause of your dog's seizures is epilepsy. If your dog only suffers from seizures occasionally and not as frequently as once a month, then it is advised that you do not need to treat it. You should keep in mind that the purpose of treatment is to reduce the frequency and intensity of the seizures, and that in many cases the seizures will continue in spite of the treatment, so don't give up and don't get discouraged.



In most cases your dog will be prescribed some Anti-Epileptic Drugs, these will likely be in the form of Phenobarbitol and Potassium Bromide, these drugs will either be given alone or sometimes together if one does not have as large an impact on seizures as desired. Diazepam (a/k/a Valium) is used for treatment if the seizures go into what is called "status epilepticus" or "cluster seizures" which is where the seizure goes on for more than about 5 minutes, or one seizure quickly follows another. When looking deeper into the subject to write this article I was surprised to find a drug that I was always told to stay clear of, is sometimes still prescribed to dogs, this is 'Primidone', it is knows to cause issues thanks to the high amount of liver enzymes it contains, such as increased hunger, thirst and lethargy, in fact it is often called 'Primadon't' by many epileptic dog owners. There have been studies done in the past 5 to 10 years that have shown that Neurontin (a/k/a gabapentin) can also be useful, and anyone considering using AED's should do further research about these studies. With Anti-Epileptic Drugs liver enzymes can become increased, this can cause issues for you dog and so you will need to have regular tests done in order to determine that your dogs liver is not suffering.



Acupuncture or Gold Bead Implants, involve the placement of needles throughout the dog's body, or placement of gold bead into the acupuncture points. To avoid unwanted side effects, it's better to try acupuncture before trying any AED's, and you should avoid the use of gold bead implants only if all other treatments have failed.



Vitamins, Diet and Homeopathy Diet can have a big impact upon a dogs epilepsy, most dog foods are crammed full of chemicals, additives, preservatives and flavoring. In dogs that have a low seizure threshold, preservatives can cause seizures. So eliminating preservative from their diet can help reduce seizure frequency. I believe that the benefits of feeding fresh, raw food and fresh pulped green leafy veggies actually stopped my dog's seizures without us ever having to use AED's. Working in conjunction with a holistic veterinarian in order to ensure you are feeding your dog the right kinds of food can also be very helpful. Vitamins and homeopathic treatments that a holistic vet can offer can also make a difference. Giving your dog bottled water is also a good idea, since many cities have fluoridated water systems.



Ice Cream and Rescue Remedy Bachs Flower Essence, which is also known as Rescue Remedy, can help to lessen the intensity of seizures provided you can administer it as soon as the seizure starts. Rescue Remedy is available in most health food stores. Since the act of seizing uses up a massive amount of energy in your dog, giving your dog a tablespoon of Breyers All Natural vanilla ice cream can help to elevate your dog's blood sugar levels after a seizure. Giving your dog ice cream after a seizure may help to soften the blow that seizures take, since a dog will learn quickly that he will get a treat after experiencing a seizure.



Sandra DeMers is the author of "Cory's Story," the story of a yellow Labrador retriever suffering from dog seizures that will absolutely AMAZE you. Cory is alive, happy and healthy at the age of 13 and hasn't had a seizure in over 5 years. Visit www.corysstory.com to learn Sandra's secret to good canine health and ways to deal with dog seizures--you'll be surprised when you learn the truth.

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