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Dog Seizures and How to Treat Them

This article outlines what you can do to treat canine epilepsy (dog seizures). After reading it, you'll be well-equipped to help your dog live a more happy, healthy life.

If your dog begins to have seizures, it's crucial that you get him to a veterinarian immediately for an evaluation. There is a very good chance that if your dog suffers from seizure the vet will diagnose the issue as being epilepsy, this article will explain some methods you can use to help treat this problem. First you must realize that epilepsy is not the only reason for dog seizures. There could be something else to blame such as a brain tumor or some kind of injury caused to your dogs head, it could even be down to your dog coming into contact with harmful toxins. So if your dog's seizures are not caused by epilepsy, any epilepsy treatments will be ineffective.

This article will help you to understand the different treatment options available once you have a definitive diagnosis of epilepsy from your veterinarian. In many cases of epilepsy, no treatment will be necessary unless the seizures happen at a minimum of once a month. The purpose of any treatment for epilepsy is to reduce the intensity and frequency of any seizures. But you should be aware that in many cases, seizures will continue to occur no matter what treatment you choose.

The first line of treatment options with canine epilepsy is usually anti-epileptic drugs (AED's). Potassium and Phenobarbitol are the most commonly prescribed anti-epileptic drugs, and are used either together or independently of each other. If your dog suffers from seizures that last longer than 5 minutes, or seizures that are quickly followed by more seizures then you may be prescribed Diazepam. In my research for this article I was surprised to find that Primidone is still on the list of potential treatment options; however, because of the high concentration of liver enzymes that have been reported and other side effects such as lethargy and excessive hunger and thirst, I was always told that this drug should never be considered, and I knew it by the nickname of “Primadon’t” among my fellow owners of epileptic dogs. Recent studies indicate that Neurontin can also be a useful for helping your dog cope with its epilepsy, it is also known as Gabapentin. 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.

Another treatment you might want to consider is acupuncture or the use of gold bead implants. Acupuncture is the placement of needles at certain points throughout the entire body, while gold bead implants is the implantation of a gold bead right into the specific acupuncture points. I would try acupuncture before AED’s, but gold bead implants would be a last resort for me, to be considered only if everything else failed.

Vitamins, Diet and Homeopathy There is evidence that shows that diet may play an important role in canine epilepsy treatment, as many brands of commercial dog foods are loaded with preservatives and chemical dyes. In dogs that have a low seizure threshold, preservatives can cause seizures. So eliminating preservative from their diet can help reduce seizure frequency. Feeding your dog fresh food, including green leafy vegetables, may actually stop seizures in a dog that has a sensitivity to preservatives. I recommend that you work with a holistic veterinarian to ensure that you are providing the right balance of food, vitamin and if recommended, homeopathic treatments. Giving your dog bottled water is also a good idea, since many cities have fluoridated water systems.

It is also a good idea to get some Rescue Remedy, and even some ice cream. 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. It is also nice for your dog after going through a seizurePsychology Articles, with mine it would actually happily go to his bowl waiting for some ice cream after each seizure.

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