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rohvannyn posted:
A dog of my acquaintance seems to have epilepsy. Purebred Australian Blue Heeler cattle dog, about 26 pounds body weight, about four years old. Small for her breed, very bright. She started having problems after exertion maybe once every month to five weeks where she would look confused, then fall over and have trouble walking for a few minutes. Complete recovery thereafter and no issues till the next occurance. Otherwise bright and very active. Vet did full workup, blood tests, etc and their diagnosis is that she PROBABLY has epilepsy. They still aren't sure.

Now, I would like to know what supportive care/food therapy they can use. It's been suggested they should be feeding a home cooked, meat diet. Any recipes? Any supplements to suggest? I know that epilepsy is essentially a wiring problem in the brain. The owners have been reccomended anticonvulsants but they are worried about cumulative liver damage.

Although the seizures, if that's what they really are, have been coming a little over a month apart, this week the dog had two. The vet isn't sure about the best therapy so I figured asking here wouldn't hurt.

Thoughts?
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atti_editor responded:
Hi rohvannyn,

I am sorry to hear that your friends' dog is suffering from what seems to be seizures. I did a little research and hopefully one of these resources will help your friends out.

WebMD has this article that outlines nutritional and supplemental needs when preparing a homemade diet for your dog, as well as some very basic recipe ideas.

If your friends are looking to go the raw diet route we do have this article , although I caution you that it is not widely supported.

I think that your friends may find PetDiets.com especially helpful, although I cannot vouch for its content as it is not affiliated with WebMD. They site is run by Veterinary Nutritional Consultations, Inc. and provides a tool to create and download homemade diets and a collection of articles on pet nutrition.

I hope one of these resources helps! I've been toying with the idea of starting my dogs on a homemade diet, so please keep us updated on what your friends find that works!


-Atti
 
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rohvannyn replied to atti_editor's response:
Thanks for responding! Ha ha, I found many of the same results when searching, but I'll pass those links along too. When I presented her with the information I found she decided she wasn't up to providing absolutely complete nutrition, and went back to researching high end dog foods. She was feeding Blue Diamond and I'm trying to get her to test Taste of the Wild.
 
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atti_editor replied to rohvannyn's response:
That's great that you found some of the same results And I definitely agree that providing complete nutrition is a huge step that really takes thorough research -- and a lot of time and money. I have only heard good things about Taste of the Wild. I feed my dog Nature's Domain (kind of Costco's equivalent to Blue Buffalo), but after reading a little more about your Taste of the Wild suggestion I am considering switching to that, so thank you for sharing! I don't know if you've already come across this site, but I think it does a pretty good job of breaking down dog foods by ingredients, protein, carbs etc. and then rating/reviewing them: http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-reviews/brand/

In case you or your friends want to take a look.



-Atti


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