Seizures and Epilepsy in Dogs

Few events are as terrifying as witnessing your pet having a seizure. One second, they look perfectly fine and normal, and the next, they are on their side, eyes glazed, and muscles twitching. They may even lose control of their bladder or bowels. As a result of an abnormal electrical activity in the brain, this episode may last only seconds, and in other cases several minutes. For some dogs, this is a one-time experience, but in most cases, seizures may recur.

Because there are so many potential underlying causes of seizures, identifying the possible  culprits is a good starting point when trying to develop the best treatment option. For example: Your pet could be having seizures because of a possible culprit occurring within the brain, i.e. tumors; viral; bacterial or parasitic infections; strokes; and/or head trauma. Or they could be having seizures because of a possible culprit occurring outside the brain, i.e. nutritional deficiencies as well as toxins like lead, insecticides, and even molds. Additionally, metabolic abnormalities such as liver or kidney disease can cause seizures, and some anesthetic agents and medications may also trigger them in sensitive animals. And sometimes, no underlying disease process can be found and the final diagnosis may be the seizure disorder may be idiopathic, meaning cause unknown.

Possible Treatment Options

When treating seizures, early treatment is important, because with each seizure, more nerve cells within the brain will begin to fire randomly. This is why we require a complete medical history, including information on vaccinations, diet, exposure to toxins and mold, and the time relationship between seizures and other activities. In some cases, a complete blood chemistry and urinalysis may be recommended to rule out extracranial causes. In addition, a VDI blood panel may also be recommended to ensure there is no vitamin D deficiency. IF no underlying cause is found then some of the treatments below may be recommended:

  • A Change in Diet
  • Ozone Therapy (Rectal, UBI, or MAH)
  • Homeopathic Detox
  • Prescription Herbs
  • Prescription Hemp Oil
  • Vitamin D Supplement (Testing is Required)

Please Note: IF seizures are difficult to regulate then further tests may be recommended, i.e. an MRI and/or pharmaceutical drugs. However, our goal is to explore ALL alternatives FIRST!

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