Seizuring Pet:What to do [new Remedies]

November 14th, 2016 at 10:33 am EDT
Hello Friend,

Welcome to Monday!

Lately I have been hearing about a number of pet emergencies..a dog hit by car, neigbor's cat with difficulty urinating, another dog yelping when opening his mouth..

I don't know IF there are more lately, or I just seem to be hearing about them?

Believe it or not, pet parents such as yourself do regularly ASK me dog and cat health questions, including emergency ones.

Well I am happy to help :-) 

IF you want some additional help and expertise, you should get a copy of my Manual of Pet First Aid

It's here:

Seizures in Dogs

A seizure is defined as abnormal muscle activity, as a result of uncontrolled messages from the brain. There is a sudden, brief change in how your dog’s brain is working. When the brain cells are not working properly, your dog has the physical changes called a seizure.

Dog seizures are classified as either grand mal seizures, or localized. Grand mal seizures affect your dog’s entire body. Generally the legs are extended and paddling and the head is rigid and extended. They may go through cycles of being stiff then relaxed. Some dogs may lose bowel/bladder control, and if the seizure occurs at night, this is all you may see in the morning. Localized seizures affect only certain areas of your dog’s body. Typically you may see their head shake or their jaw chatter.

In the majority of cases the cause of the seizure is unknown, and it is then called epilepsy. Some of the other possible causes include: cancer (i.e. brain tumor), infections, brain trauma, poisoning, low blood sugar, hypothyroidism. Your veterinarian can discuss a variety of diagnostic tests such as blood work, x-rays, CT scan, MRI, Spinal fluid tap.

The age at which the seizure starts will give you a fairly good idea as to the underlying cause. For pets less than 1 year old, most are caused by brain infections (i.e. meningitis); some dogs though will develop epilepsy as puppies. For pets between the ages of 1-5, the most common diagnosis and seizure cause is epilepsy. If your pet has his first seizure over the age of 5, the most common cause is a brain tumor.

Emergency Care

The most important thing to do if your dog is experiencing a seizure is to protect it from self-injury. Be patient, don't panic, and use the following tips to provide proper care.

Step 1: DO NOT place your fingers or any object in the dog's mouth.

Step 2: Pull the dog away from walls and furniture to prevent self-injury.

Step 3: Wrap the dog in a blanket to help protect it from injury.

Step 4: When the seizure has stopped, contact your veterinarian for further instructions.

Step 5: If the seizure does not stop within 10 minutes or if the dog comes out of the seizure and goes into another one within an hour, transport the dog immediately to the veterinarian.

Natural Remedies

There are reports that show a link between diet and seizures in dogs. One human study showed a marked reduction in seizure activity with patients on the Atkins diet. Every seizuring pet should at least try a commercial hypoallergenic diet for 12 weeks. Most alternative practitioners are strongly advising a holistic diet, naturally preserved, free of grains, and primarily animal protein.

There is one acupressure point that can be particularly helpful. GV26 is the most important one, as it can help stop a seizure. It is where the nose meets the upper lip (immediately below the nostrils). This is a key one for CPR, as it can trigger your pet to breathe, and for seizures. Hold the point for 1 minute during a seizure.

Essential Fatty Acids may potentially decrease brain inflammation. Here you want to have high doses and therapeutic levels of the the EFA’s; the dose being 1000mg per 10lbs of body weight daily. That equates to 1 tablespoon of flax oil per 50lbs daily.

There are 2 homeopathic remedies that have been reported to be helpful by some holistic practitioners. Belladona can be given twice daily in addition to the conventional medication; the dose being one 30C tab per 30lbs twice daily. Aconite is useful for sudden conditions ( such as during a seizure), dosing it at one 30C tab per 30lbs every 15 minutes.

Choline is used for certain human nerve disorders; it helps make a nerve chemical called acetylcholine. A specific choline product that can help seizures in dogs is called Cholidin. It can be given with conventional medication, at a dose of 1-2 pills daily for a small dog, and 2-4 pills given daily for a large dog.

Cannabidiol: CBD A recent study by Colorado State University found that among those with an opinion, 92% of Canna-Pet® customers reported that our hemp products helped to relieve dog seizures or convulsions a moderate amount or a lot. 

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Best Wishes,

Dr Andrew Jones, DVM
P.S. If I had a dog with epilepsy, I would be getting him on CBD's - No question. Just look into ALL the side effects of the 2 most prescribed veterinary drugs, phenobarbital and sodium bromide

No reported side effects from CBD's

P.P.S. If you do not have a book on Dog or Cat First Aid, then may I suggest mine..

It covers ALL the common dog and cat emergencies

DISCLAIMER: This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your own veterinarian. Dr Andrew Jones resigned from the College of Veterinarians of B.C. effective December 1 2010, meaning he cannot answer specific questions about your pet's medical issues or make specific medical recommendations for your pet.

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