I have an italian greyhound 6 years old,that has seizures at leaste 1 every month,,what can i give her to maybe prevent
on Feb 8th 2010
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Many commercial foods contain ingredients that promote seizures, such as Rosemary. Try another high quality type of food, or jump to the step of feeding a raw prey-model diet.
K-10 Von Canein answered on 2/8/10. Helpful? / 0
Have you had her diagnosed by a vet? Seizures can happen from a variety of conditions, some of which are really not life threatening and some of which are very serious and need special treatment.
The most common cause of intermittent seizures over a long period of time is canine epilepsy. There is a very simple blood test that can be done at the vet to confirm this diagnosis. If you haven't been in to see the vet, I'd start there so you know for sure.
As for meds, phenobarbital or potassium bromide are the most prescribed meds for epileptic seizures. What you should know, though is that neither drug completely stops seizure activity and "breakthrough seizures" are commonplace on the drugs. Most vets won't prescribe them for a dog who has one or less seizures per month simply because the benefit doesn't outweigh the long term toxicity of the drugs (close monitoring of the liver levels of both drugs is required.)
Triggers include certain plants (rosemary) and flashing, bright lights.
Jack answered on 2/8/10. Helpful? / 0
Unless things have changed in the last two months, any testing for idiopathic epilepsy only rules out other causes for the seizures... if no other cause can be found then it is usually labeled idiopathic epilepsy. This is often hereditary in nature and quite a number of breeds are prone to seizures.
However, Jack is right in stating that most vets will not prescribe anti-seizure meds to dogs having only one or two seizures a month since the meds are more dangerous long term than the seizures. While there is some belief that certain foods and substances can induce seizures, these will normally differ for different dogs. My dog only seizes when he is startled from a deep sleep... if he is gently wakened, he will not have a seizure. Because this is a known trigger he is not medicated for the seizures.
The best place to discuss your dog and it's seizures is with your own veterinarian... he knows her situation and is best able to advise you concerning treatment if necessary.
B.J., CGC answered on 2/8/10. Helpful? / 1