4 Natural Remedies for Management of Seizures in Dogs
There are many reasons why a dog can have seizures. Here a a few:
- Lack of Omega 3 fatty acids
- Long-term use of pharmaceutical sedatives (e.g. for nail trim, teeth cleaning, etc. several times per year)
- Heartworm preventatives
- Electrolyte imbalance
- Brain Tumor
- Pharmaceutical medications
What to do if your dog has a seizure:
- Try to be Calm
- Reassure him/her quietly
- Don't put your hands in/near the mouth
- Track the length of time the seizure lasts and keep them cool
- You will want to contact your Holistic Vet so they can examine your dog and possibly run tests
Traditional Veterinarian Protocol
Not as commonly used because the long-term usage can cause liver damage. If you decide to use this drug, I recommend also giving your dog Milk Thistle and an Omega 3 fatty acid daily to provide support for his liver and organs.
2. Keppra -
This is a newer drug that is a safer long-term option. This drug is processed by the kidneys so pets with kidney disease will need to have frequent bloodwork. Additionally, pets can build a tolerance over time and will need to have the dosage adjusted. If you decide to use this drug, I suggest ensuring your pet is on a good Omega 3 fatty acid to support the kidneys and organs.
3. Potassium Bromide
Potassium Bromide has been a reliable medication for many years. However, if your dog is on any diuretic type medications, it can flush this drug out of the body which will make a seizure more likely. Also, you will want to wean them off of this drug slowly so as not to trigger a seizure.
Although I have specified certain supportive supplements above, for all of the pharmaceutical type drugs I recommend milk thistle and Omega 3 fatty acid. When a pet is consuming any type of drug, it is important to support the body.
Natural Methods of Seizure Management in Dogs
Now for the alternative approaches for seizure management. I have been working with pet parents for many years to help manage their dogs' seizures.