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Epilepsy in Dogs and Cats Canine Epilepsy Feline Epilepsy

Epilepsy in Dogs and Cats / Canine Epilepsy / Feline Epilepsy

Herbal nutrition to help address symptoms of epilepsy and to help reduce epileptic seizures in dogs and cats.

                                                                                                                                                                

The adrenal glands help the body manage and adapt to stress through the release of natural steroids and hormones. However, with chronic stress or neurological dysfunction, the adrenals can become fatigued, affecting many body systems including the pituitary, parotid and thyroid glands, the endocrine system, the autonomic nervous system, the liver, the duodenum and the kidneys.

Plant botanicals help soothe, help relieve irregularity and help provide multi-level support for many bodily systems, including Adrenal, Cardiovascular, Digestive, Excretory, Respiratory and all aspects of the Autonomic and Central Nervous Systems due to their calming, mildly sedative and nervine effects to relax the brain, functioning as a neurological tonic to tone and balance brain function, especially important when related to conditions such as epilepsy and seizures.

Epilepsy is a disorder that has increasingly become a common problem for dogs and cats. Seizures are caused by abnormal electrical disturbances in the brain. Neurons, also called nerve cells in the brain send and receive electrical impulses in the body which interferes with the normal brain processes. This disorder is characterized by seizures which occur intermittently (occasionally) and range in intensity from mild to severe.

As a result, your pet will lose control of its muscles and experience jerking, twitching, thrashing and paddling movements. Seizures can affect animals once in their lifetime or can occur regularly.

When more than one seizure occurs in 24 hours, it is known as cluster seizures. Three or more seizures after each other or a seizure that continues for more than 30 minutes is known as status epilepticus. It is imperative that you consult your vet immediately if your pet exhibits any signs of epilepsy so that he can receive medical attention.

Types of epilepsy

There are various types of seizures that differ in intensity. Epileptic seizures may be classified into either generalized or partial episodes:

Generalized seizures occur frequently in dogs and cats and there are a number of variations of this type of seizure which includes grand mal (tonic clonic), tonic, clonic, mycoclonic and petit mal (absence seizures). Grand mal seizures are the most common form in cats and dogs. A grand mal seizure begins with loss of consciousness and contraction of the skeletal muscles.

A grand mal seizure wil cause your dog or cat to fall on his side with its limbs extended and head back, which is referred to as the tonic phase. During the tonic phase, your pet may often drool excessively, experience loss of bowel and bladder control, and vomit.

The tonic phase is followed by the clonic phase which is characterized by jerking of the muscles, paddling or running movements of the legs or clamping of the jaws.

Partial seizures are also referred to as focal seizures and remain localized or spread to other parts of the body. It causes repeated twitching movements and is often so subtle that you may hardly notice it all.

There are many conditions and factors that may contribute to epilepsy and these include:

Genetics

Hereditary

Hypoglycemia (low blood glucose)

Infections

Fungal disease

Viral disorders

Inflammatory disorders

Cysts

Severe worm infestation

Anemia

Encephalitis

Head trauma

Brain abscess or tumor

Rabies

Vitamin deficiencies

Liver disease

Renal failure

Toxoplasmosis

Metabolic disorders

Poisoning

Toxins such as fertilizers, pesticides, arsenic, chocolate and strychnine

Metals such as lead, mercury, copper and aluminium

Herbal Remedies:

Herbal remedies have been used as a gentler alternative to conventional prescription drugs when helping address symptoms related to epilepsy, to help soothe the brain, to help provide tonic (toning and balancing) support to the brain; to help improve neurological health and help reduce the symptoms of epilepsy and seizure disorders; to help slow down elevated heart rate and to help normalize proper blood flow; to help support the natural equilibrium and balance of the nervous system for cats and dogs.

Soothed & Serene  – (learn more) is used to relax and calm all bodily systems of an anxious animal, particularly the Central, Autonomic, Sympathetic and Parasympathetic Nervous Systems, as well as for its positive effects to relax the endocrine, cardiovascular, digestive, excretory & respiratory systems; used holistically to help soothe animals exhibiting all types of  destructive behavior due to anxiety, fear, grief, separation, pain, illness, allergies, aggression, socialization issues, electrical and thunder storms due to its calming, mildly sedative, nervine effects and alternative to benzodiazepine drugs; as a nutritive to help bridge nutritional deficiencies and relieve irregularity in bodily systems;  helps restore emotional balance, promotes comfort, relaxation, balanced mood and feelings of security; helps protect the blood brain barrier, important in preventing plaque buildup in the brain related to cognitive decline and as a stroke preventative. 

Serenity Zen Dog & Cat - (learn more) is used for its multi-level nutritional and plant botanical support that works on all animal body systems to help soothe, relax, calm, balance and provide pain relief to nerves and muscles (Adrenal, Cardiovascular, Digestive, Excretory, Respiratory, Autonomic and Central Nervous Systems); may be useful for stress, anxiety and behavioral disorders; may be helpful in reducing the effects of allergies, digestive colic, storms, fireworks, travel, boarding, vet visits, separation, restlessness, irritability, depression, hyper-excitability, aggression, sadness and fear; to help address and reduce pain; to help maintain normal electrical balance in the brain, to reduce neuro inflammation,  and to modulate inflammatory response throughout the animal body.

Life’s An Itch - (learn more) is used to promote optimal immune response, reduces and works to correct all types of allergic (acute and chronic) reactions by stopping histamine and mast response, which directly causes allergies; help reduce respiratory disorders; relieves wheezing, chest discomfort and sinus inflammation; soothes smooth muscles and tissues and alleviates respiratory congestion, including asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, laryngitis, esophaghitis (GERD, reflux), rhinitis, sinusitis, bronchitis, COPD; relieves viral and bacterial infections, hot spots, remedies skin allergies and irritations, soothes itchy skin and coat in dogs and cats, and works to cut recovery time and prevent recurring infection. Strongly anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-microbial, anti-spasmodic, antibiotic and anti-Candidal.

I Want Liquid Immunity -  (learn more) contains water-soluble plant bioflavonoids that function as potent antioxidants which are important in disease prevention; used adjunctively for growth abnormalities such as tumors, cysts and lipomas (often related to poor diet, excessive medication, environmental toxicity as well as aberrant cellular mutations); provides antioxidant protection against free radicals; helps promote cellular health and to reduce catabolic waste; may help address symptoms related to allergies, Lyme disease and other auto immune diseases; provides nutritional, biochemical and plant botanical support of healthy immune cells; promotes optimal immune protection and systematic health and strength; supports bone, teeth and muscle health and integrity and for animals that need extra joint, immune, circulatory and vascular support. Strongly anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and anti-mutagenic.

Conventional Remedies:

The diagnosis of epilepsy is based on your pet’s symptoms, a thorough physical examination and a review of the medical history. Tests such as x-rays, blood tests, CAT scan, MRI, EEG or a spinal tap may have to be performed. Certain conditions such as hypoglycaemia and insulinoma that may often be the cause of seizures have to be ruled out first.

Once the diagnosis of epilepsy has been confirmed, your veterinarian will prescribe the most appropriate anti-convulsant therapy for your pet.

If your pet experiences mild seizures, anticonvulsive therapy may be recommended while anti-convulsive medications such as Diazepam, Phenobarbitone and Potassium Bromide may be prescribed to reduce the severe, frequent epileptic seizures. It would also be useful to monitor your pet’s behavior closely and keep a journal of seizure activity.

 

 

 

 

 

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