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17th March 2005, 12:59 PM
I have been doing some research on epilepsy and found quite a few interesting sites:







During a seizure, try to reduce external stimuli, ie shut the curtains, turn off radio and TV, keep quiet and calm, obviously make sure the animal is safe, not likely to fall down stairs etc, and away from anything which could get broken causing injury.

Afterwards you can give ice cream - not sure if it's the sugar or the coldness that helps, but they certainly enjoy it!

Stop using all household cleaners, plug-in "smellies" etc maybe try something like a Polti steam cleaner instead.

Holistic approaches include:

Dr Bach Rescue Remedy - 1-2 drops in the mouth {small dog, 3 for a large dog}, and/or 3 in the water bowl {every time you change the water}. During an actual seizure, this can be administered on the skin of the ears or the nose, rather than in the mouth if that's not possible.

Vitamin B complex aids brain function - 1/4 human dose {dogs and cats under 25lb}, 1/2 human dose {25 to 60lb}, full dose {dogs over 60lb}

Essential oils - Lavender, Neroli, Rose, Ylang Ylang, Melissa and Chamomile - in a diffuser, for about 1/2 hour, 2 to 3 times a day. Or dilute them in water, and sprinkle a few drops on the coat {chest area}

Amino acids can increase resistance to seizures, thereby reducing them.
L-taurine and L-tyrosine 5-10mg per lb bodyweight, 1 to 2 times a day.

Flax Oil - 1/4 tsp per 10lb bodyweight

Evening Primrose Oil - 5-10mg per 10lb of body weight
OR Borage Oil - 5-10mg per 10lb of body weight OR both, at half this dose.

Homoeopathic remedies best to consult with a homoeopath for these. I obtain mine from www.gentletouchremedies.co.uk (http://www.gentletouchremedies.co.uk)
NB these have to be kept well away from the essential oils, and not given at similar times.

If you have access to a video camera, maybe try to video a seizure, this can really help the vet/neurologist.

***Check with your vet/neurologist for all "holistic" remedies, just to make sure they won't clash with conventional medication***

***These are all just suggestions based on my own research and experiences I'm not suggesting stopping conventional medication THIS COULD BE DANGEROUS - but that there are things you can try as well, which do sometimes mean that conventional medication may be reduced, or sometimes even stopped completely***