Pet Nutrition

Natural Treatment for Dog Seizures

Canine Epilepsy

Vitamin B6 seems to be a common feature in many seizure patients. The dose for B6 for dogs is 25 milligrams for small dogs, about 50 milligrams daily for the average-size dog and 100 milligrams daily for large breed dogs.

Also increase the dogs vitamin B3 level. 25 milligrams for small dogs, 50 milligrams for an average dog and 100 milligrams for a larger animal. Niacinamide, one of the common forms (non-flushing) of B3 seems to be extremely helpful in combating the problem. There have been many reports of dogs never having another seizure after only a week of therapy. In humans it is used to treat schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s disease and age-related loss of thinking skills, chronic brain syndrome, depression, dizziness, motion sickness, and fluid retention (edema).

It's long been known that a deficiency of vitamin B6 or any interference with its function can cause convulsive seizures in any mammalian species, including man and dog.

Conventional Drug Therapy

Dogs suffering grand mal, the more severe form of seizures, will need central nervous depressant drugs in the beginning. These drugs have no curative properties but will act to sharply reduce the degree of seizures. It will also make the dog despondent and listless. Unfortunately, another feature is that in many dogs these drugs loose there effectiveness over time and cease to work.

The objective here, would be to put the dog on a supplemental program (such as this one) for one month, then with the help of your veterinarian 'very slowly' wean the dog off of the drugs. You may just find, that with the supplements you can stop the drug or significantly reduce the dose. The benefit is a dog that is functioning at 100 percent again, minus the depressant drugs.

Magnesium and Manganese

Magnesium helps the body absorb calcium, vitamin C, E, and B complex and is important to the health of the nervous system. Convulsive seizures have been observed in dogs fed a magnesium-deficient diet. The daily magnesium dosages for dogs are: 10 mg. for small dogs. 20 mg. for medium dogs, 50 mg. for large dogs and 75 mg. for giant breeds.

Vitamin C

Buffered powder (Ester-C is a good brand). Mixed into food. Introduce vitamin C slowly, at 1/4 the recommended dose. Adding a little more every 2 or 3 days until you reach the desired dose or to bowel tolerance.

Small
500 to 1,500 mg.

Medium
1,500 to 3,000 mg.

Large & Giant Breeds
3,000 to 6,000 mg.

Vitamin E

Use a natural form of mixed Tocopherol Complex. Vitamin E will defend the nervous system.

Small
200 IU

Medium
400 IU

Large & Giant Breeds
400 IU - 800 IU

Melatonin for Dog Seizures

Doses for Dogs: 1.5 mg for dogs under 25 lbs, 3 mg for an average medium to large sized dog and 6 mg if the dog's weight exceeds 100 lbs. Dose once daily. The dose should be given to dogs in the evening. Melatonin will help with dogs that have seizures at night.

Dietary Suggestions

  • Homemade or a natural brand dog food.
  • Avoid food with sugar, artificial flavors, preservatives, or food coloring. Chemicals can trigger seizures.
  • Raw or lightly sautéed liver (organic if possible) once or twice weekly (liver is high in B vitamins)
  • Greens (lightly steamed and finely chopped)
  • Vitamins and minerals should always be mixed into and given with food.
  • In addition to the supplements already mentioned, you should put the dog on a daily veterinary multi-vitamin and mineral supplement. Dose according to label directions (PetTabs are fine).

Homeopathic Therapy

Numerous remedies exist for dogs. Example: if the symptom picture fit, you could consider: Causticum 30c - 1 or 2 pillules every 12 hours for 3 doses, then 1 dose every week for 6 weeks.

Other Prescriptions

  • Bach Rescue Remedy (2 to 4 times daily or in the pet's water bowl)
  • SleepyTime® or Chamomile is a calming herb tea. Dose for small dogs, 2 droppers full several times a day, Medium size dogs, 1/4 to 1/2 cup, Large dogs, 1 cup. Can be mixed into food.
  • If intact: consider neutering your pet, to help calm hormonal stress.

Important: Remember, you get what you pay for. Avoid 2 for 1 sales and vitamin chain stores. If you want the treatment to work, always buy quality human grade products from a reputable manufacturer.

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Please Note: Any seizure, no matter what type, should last no longer than five minutes. It is normal for seizures to last under a minute. Any seizure that lasts over five minutes should be considered an emergency and you should seek professional medical help.

Any information given in this website is not intended to be taken as a replacement for medical advice. Anyone with an animal with a medical condition requiring veterinary attention should consult a qualified DVM practitioner or veterinary emergency care clinic.



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