During the six months my husband and I were dealing with the escalating seizures in my Great Dane puppy Meshach, I did lots of research. I want to provide here for you the links I found on a more natural approach to dealing with this rather than using the conventional drugs that ultimately will destroy the liver of your beloved dog as well as the quality of life he or she will experience as drugged-out zombies rather than loving companions.
While none are guaranteed, I think it is worth always taking a holistic approach rather than a conventional approach. I would think the conventional route which is merely nothing more than drugs should be the last resort. Another thing I will be adding here are classes offered using two specific natural modalities that get to the root cause we believe is behind this growing problem: vaccinosis with an emphasis on rabies and distemper. Most sites you will visit on this topic will scare you about distemper being the cause in un-vaccinated dogs but of course that is rare. In fact most of these dogs have been vaccinated but conventional medicine doesn’t want to discuss this since they believe vaccines are a prevention panacea to all that ails us – and nothing could be further from the truth.
Meshach’s life may have been short but he has fueled a passion in me to help other dogs. And to shed light on the real reason behind this problem.
1. The first thing is if you are feeding kibble to switch to a species appropriate raw meat, bone and organ diet – that alone has been known to help many dogs stop having seizures.
2. The second thing is to stop all vaccines – one of the side effects of vaccines can be seizures.
3. The third thing is to stop all pesticides masquerading as pest control prevention – they contain neurotoxins which damage the brain. There are always natural alternatives that don’t cause harm but rather help your pet.
If you are in doubt about any of the three above you may go through my DOGgone Wellness Course that covers these topics for pet owners. This is to empower YOU with the knowledge to make your own informed decisions for your pets in a proactive, whole health way. You are guided through an entire whole health regimen for your dog. Check out the page so you can see all that is included. One day soon I hope I can make it so you can decide to pay what you believe this is worth to you.
You may want to consider ruling out a possible thyroid problem. The best thyroid testing is done by Jean Dodds, DVM at HemoPet.org – you will need to get your veterinarian to send off the blood work for you.
If your dog suffers from seizures, you’ve probably experienced feelings of stress and helplessness watching him suffer.
It’s hard to see your dog suffering and not be able to explain to him what’s happening and why. Perhaps you’ve visited the vet already and haven’t found any answers, or maybe you want to spare your dog the upset of a trip to his least favorite place? Or maybe you’re looking for an alternative to the medication the vet prescribed? Either way, if your dog is prone to seizures, you’ve no doubt yearned to find a way to help him …
I’m happy to report that there’s a ton of research on the use of CBD for seizures. Even the FDA has approved it for a rare form of epilepsy. That’s how far the research has come.
There are several different things that cause seizures:
Underlying health condition like liver or kidney disease or cancer
Topical flea and tick products
Herbicides and pesticides
Endocannabinoids are found throughout the body. The highest concentration is in the brain, spinal column and nervous system. It’s in these organs and systems, therefore, that CBD has the greatest potential for impact.”
It’s these CB1 receptors that have the greatest impact on your dog’s seizure treatment. Studies suggest that the endocannabinoid system is altered by seizures and epilepsy. Research shows that CBD improves seizure control in patients with specific epilepsy syndromes. Seizures can have profound effects on the endocannabinoid system and through a process referred to as “external modulation,” these effects can be mitigated heavily, if not altogether for many patients using CBD. These results can be realized in both humans and dogs alike since the endocannabinoid system (ECS) occurs in all mammals.”
-from Dog’s Naturally Magazine
CBD oil for seizures in dogs is a natural alternative with a very promising future.
***For those whose dogs may need joint support or support with other issues, a product that is often touted as a panacea (it isn’t by the way) is CBD oil.
Lastly but never least, to support my own wellness and that of my dogs, I use Young Living Essential Oils. With permission I’m sharing how one FB friend uses certain YL oils with her own dog who suffers from seizures. I like that she has researched and found something that has helped her and her own dog when going through this:
Kathy Cullen Toney: “There are several oils I use to support her health. These encourage improvements during such times as mentioned. YL Jasmine, YL Idaho Balsam Fir, YL Frankincense, and/or YL Aroma Life I drip on her head/neck as needed and pet onto her head and around the back of her ears. If I have time, I drip them onto my finger tips first and then rub onto those areas. For calming and encouragement I use YL’s blends Peace & Calming and Valor. I start those at the bottom of her spine and pet her fur up her spine toward her neck. If I feel I need to be proactive, I will pick one or more of those oils and put a drop or 2 on her. I don’t have to rub down onto her skin to get relief.”
For a diagnosis of any illness please consult with your holistic veterinarian before embarking upon any natural protocol to make certain you are using the correct products for your pet’s health issue***.
Here is a story about a dog that was helped using the following two products – I have not used these but I am an affiliate for their products including their probiotics and enzymes for dogs
“The use of Vital Lipids, about a half of teaspoon to a teaspoon twice daily along with an eye dropper full of Soothing Solution has given our dog 40 days without a seizure!”
“Vital Lipids and Soothing Solution stopped the worst case of seizures.
The use of Vital Lipids, about a half of teaspoon to a teaspoon twice daily along with an eye dropper full of Soothing Solution has given our dog 40 days without a seizure!
When we started, we noticed a difference in the dog (a Husky/German Shepard mix). Initially, the nature of seizures changed. When they happened, they were not as severe. At one point I gave him the wrong food for a couple of days and paid the price, he had 8 seizures in 25 hours. Finally, adding Soothing Solution and more Vital lipids, he has been seizure free since November 25, 2009 (40 days)–amazing.”
I personally feel that with many dogs, simply switching them to a carnivore raw diet will greatly help and has helped many dogs stop having seizures altogether. ~Dr. Kim
Canine Epilepsy Guardian Angels
Canine Epilepsy – Alternative care
Managing Epilepsy in Dogs
Alternative Therapies for Seizure Disorders in Dogs
Arresting Canine Epileptic Seizures
Can Canine Epilepsy Be Successfully Treated?
Canine Epilepsy and Nutritional Deficiencies
Epilepsy in Dogs & Cats
Conditions that Mimic Seizures
Supplements, Remedies, etc.
http://floweressencesforanimals.com/pet-therapy/essences.php#trauma (near bottom of page). These are created by my friend, Nancy Boyd. She created a wonderful blend for my Neo, Shadrach (the originator of this blog) to help him deal with his past abuse before coming to live with us, called Receiving Kindness at Last. It did wonders for him and I’ve no doubt this blend will help with seizures. Here is what is stated about it on her website: “Balance Me For animal seizure disorders, regardless of origin. This formula quickly and effectively puts the nervous and electrical system back into normal functions, reducing the quantity and severity of the seizures. We have seen remarkable results with all the animals who were challenged by seizure disorders after they started using Balance Me. It will not cause any harm, and can be used with veterinary medications, if your veterinarian recommends them.”
http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/animal/animal.html – Tranquility Blend (herbs in this are known to help with seizures as well)
MAGNESIUM was initially a great help for us with Meshach – magnesium taurinate is what is typically suggested for canine seizures. There are a variety of places you can find magnesium. Here is one I have found that makes it all simple and easy to put into the water: http://www.enerpetic.com/ – it also has a 30-day money-back guarantee. Magnesium chloride may also be used. Please note that you may need much more than what is typically used in healthy animals.
Vitamin B Complex – helps support the nervous system. Please don’t use any that isn’t naturally derived – so many supplements these days are synthetic. The body only recognizes those as more toxins. Often the right B complex is supplied naturally in the raw diet. Nutrients in the Raw Diet
Information can be found on blog posts here as well as on the DOGgone Truth Podcast
Veterinary modalities that can help
http://www.avcadoctors.com/ – chiropractic
http://www.aava.org/ – acupuncture
http://www.nbcaam.org/members.html – certified animal acupressure & massage practitioners
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