AND DIETS THAT HAVE WORKED FOR EPILEPTIC DOGS
||Lynn, Annie and
Pandi: Annie is a Pomeranian who has had epilepsy since she was a pup. Her
seizures have been controlled with Acupuncture only.
Pandi, who is also a Pom started having seizures at
the age of 8 years. Pandi has been seizure free for 14 months.
Medications and Food: Annie is not
on any medications. Pandi is on Phenobarbital. Annie and Pandi eat boiled
chicken and veggies with a little Innova dry and Wellness canned food and supplements.
Marian and Tinker: Tinker is a 14 pound, 5 year old, spayed female yorkie mix. I adopted her from a shelter almost three years ago. She was abused, and a fear-biter at the time. Now she works with me every day at my antique store and is the official greeter. She was having terrible grand mal clusters. Her worst cluster was a 5 day period when she was seizing every three minutes.
She is on .125 Soloxine b.i.d.
145 mg Kbr s.i.d.
50 mg Milk Thistle b.i.d.
125 mg Taurine b.i.d.
30 mg Phenobarb am; 60 mg pm
1.5 mg melatonin pm
Frontline for fleas when needed - she's allergic to flea bites
Plain Goat Milk Soap for baths
Rectal Valium protocol, oral Valium, ice cream, extra melatonin for seizures
Home cooking w/Nutro dry
Epi-safe muffins for treats and at bedtime
The valium protocol has stopped the continuous clusters, although she typically seizes once a day for two to three days now, but I feel we have better control than previously. For the most part her seizures are milder. She has gained a lot of weight and is more lethargic with the meds. The bedtime muffin with melatonin has made a huge difference in her night-time sleeping patterns. We are no longer up and down all night. Now, if we could just get the extra weight off.
and Sage: Meet Sage, an AKC registered Labrador Retriever. Sage loves kids,
sticks, long walks and a bowl full of food. At only one and a half years of age,
Sage has not had an easy life. At five months of age she was diagnosed with OCD
(where cartilage grows in a deformed manner) which resulted in the fracturing of her tibia
in her hock. Luckily we were able to find a specialist who was able to remove most
of the bone chips and implant two pins for support of the bone. Sage can run and
play now, but sometimes gets a stiff and swollen joint if she does too much.
At 13 months of age Sage had her first seizure.
It was a Grand Mal lasting about three minutes. She recovered well, and we hoped it
was an isolated incident. Two weeks later she had another and so on every two to
four weeks. Determined that she would not go on medication, we opted for the
holistic route. A home cooked diet with added vitamins and calming herbs such as
Kava Kava, St. John's Wort and Valerian was tried for two months, but the seizures came
with the same regularity. Finally with the worry of kindling on our minds we put
Sage on Phenobarbital at the urging of our veterinarian. The results have been very
good. Sage has not had a seizure since going on Phenobarbital.
We have her liver function monitored every 3 to 4 months with a chemistry
panel that contains the three liver enzymes GGT, ALT and alk phos because
Phenobarbital can cause liver damage.
We are so happy to have our sweet Sage with us. She is
a beloved part of our family. We are also very grateful for this web site which has
taught us so much and showed so much support.
Maggie May (on left) with Lily Morena
|Mary Jane and Maggie May: Maggie May is a 6
1/2 year old chocolate/red/white beagle. She has lived with me since she was 6 weeks old.
Her sister, Lily Morena, came to live with us when Maggie was two years old. Maggie is
very sweet and easy going but sensitive and loves to be with people. She had her first
seizure when she was three years old. Because of the length of the seizure, she was
immediately placed on Phenobarbital. She did very well on Phenobarbital and did not have a
seizure during the year and a half that she was taking it. Maggie developed hepatitis late
December, 2000. Although it was not felt that it was caused by Phenobarbital, the
medication was discontinued. Maggie had a seizure 6 weeks later and then started with
cluster seizures 3 months later. She now has clusters and her only treatment at this time
is the Valium Protocol. During the past year I have been observing Maggie May very closely
trying to understand what triggers her seizure activity.
Maggie May is a certified Pet Therapy Dog and loves to visit the patients at a local
hospital. She also loves Agility and playing with Lily. For more about that part of Maggie's therapy work,
click here. For information about
her agility successes, click here.
||Mary and Levi:
adopted Levi from the Humane Society in June of 2001. I was told he is a border collie,
but I feel he may be a border collie mix. He was a stray, so his medical history, and age
are a mystery to me. I didn't think it would matter...he had won my heart. The first year
was wonderful...no health problems. Last July Levi had his first Grand Mal seizure.
I had NO idea what was going on. The vet took a "wait and see" position.
Three weeks later, he had a second one. I took him to the vet and he was placed on
Kbr. We had 8 wonderful months, when the seizures began again. He had
approximately 3 more Grand Mals and was placed on Phenobarbital in addition to the Kbr. In April 2003 he began having
cluster focal seizures. The last episode being 5 focal seizures in 10 hours. I took
him to the Animal ER where, as the neurologist put it, "he declared himself an
epileptic." Levi isn't quite back to his old self yet, I'm praying it will
happen in his own time, but I have seen a little improvement. He's not quite the
high-energy, fun-loving border collie he used to be, but he still has my heart!
Currently, we are in the process of switching his meds from liquid Kbr (3.5 ml) to capsule
form (875 mg), Phenobarbital
(60 mg/bid)until his Kbr is therapeutic, then we will be backing off. I have also
used Rescue Remedy post seizure.
Levi's diet is also changing...I just started him on home cooking with Missing Link added,
along with dry kibble (Sensible Choice Reduced Calorie). (He gets dry in the
morning, since I leave for work at 4:30 a.m., and I worry about chicken sitting out too
We just want to thank everyone here for all the encouragement, understanding, and support
they have shown to us. You are all truly, Guardian Angels!