|Barked: Tue Jul 26, '11 4:27pm PST |
|The problem with valium is that it increases the severity of seizures over time, and increases the chance they won't respond to valium. So only use for clusters/grandmals lasting over 5 minutes.
Rescue remedy had absolutely no effect on my dog when she had epilepsy, not for the seizure itself or for the post/pre time, but other owners have said they notice it helps. Ice cream or honey believe it or not may also help if you can feed it before or right after a seizure.
Melatonin also helps decrease and for some even entirely stopped seizures especially late night or early morning ones.
Ice packs put on the upper-middle of the dog's back (like between the shoulders) is also said to be effective in helping reduce the severity of a seizure when you see pre signs.
Try the yahoo group k9epilepsy for more help! They are open to all treatment genres, which there are alot of out there.
There IS hope. My dog was CURED of epilepsy through homeopathy. Hers were induced by over vaccination (of course genetics played a role too, but they didn't manifest until her vaccines triggered or hurt her health) The problem is, from what I read about homeopathy, is it's very hard for owners to do it because most homeopaths want your dog off all conventional medication and that means there is a period where the seizures are worse. Homeopathy isn't your only hope though. There are goldbead implants, amino acid therapy, laser therapy, acupuncture, thyroid therapy etc that have stopped seizures in dogs without needing any more conventional medication.
What I don't feel has hope is the use of only conventional medication. It breaks my heart when I read owners who's dogs have been on phenobarb, kbr, etc for years trying different combinations and doses, lowering this, raising that, changing this and that, and the dog keeps having seizures..maybe after a month, maybe a year. A body needs to be healthy to fight this disease, and the side effects of these drugs are sadly toll taking. Holistic health must be combined, or dogs continue to have seizures on the meds.
Edited by author Wed Jul 27, '11 9:01am PST
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