Saturday, July 5, 2008

Natural Treatment of Seizures in Cats and Dogs

More commonly associated with human patients, pet seizure disorders are becoming more and more prevalent. Watching your pet fight their way through a seizure can be a very scary experience. Many times this type of disorder comes on suddenly and with little to no warning. The most important thing that you can do for your pet is to educate yourself on what they are facing. If you understand the disorder, then you can understand how to beat it.

Most people associate seizures with very traumatic events that are hard to miss. In reality there are different types of seizures that vary in intensity and seriousness. The two main types of seizures are the grand mal and the focal motor seizure. The grand mal is the type of seizure that most people are familiar with. These are the seizures that cause repetitious jerking of the body, loss of bowel and bladder control, vomiting, and increased salivation. The focal motor seizure is much more subtle. This type of seizure causes repeated twitching movements but only last a few seconds. In fact this type of seizure is so subtle that many times it can go completely unnoticed.

So what causes you pet seizures? Well, all cat and dog seizures are caused by a change in the electrical activity in the brain. The cause for this change generally varies with the patient. For example, seizures have been traced back to everything from epilepsy to chemicals and head trauma to low levels of nutrients. No matter what causes your pet’s seizures, it is very important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. If your pet is having more than one episode per month or shows any other medical symptoms along with their seizures, then it is time to head off to the vet.

Your vet is likely to suggest one of the more traditional treatments for cat or dog seizures. This includes the anti-epileptic drugs such as Phenobarbital. These drugs are designed to treat the causes of the seizures. They work in some animals, but can also have some very unappealing side effects like weight gain and somnolence. If you don’t like the sound of this, then don’t worry there are other options! Natural and Homeopathic medicines for many different pet ailments are now available.

Some of the more appealing options to many pet owners are the natural remedies available on the market. These choices can often offer the same level of relief, or sometimes better, as the prescription options, but without the side effects.

One great option is PetAlive's EaseSure. This is a 100% all-natural product has heaps of testimonials behind it. helps to both treat and prevent your pet’s seizures as well as help with the other symptoms of the disorder. What’s really great is that these easy to use drops can be used along with your pet’s prescription seizure medication. Over time you might even be able to cut back on the prescriptions or even wean them off completely.

Pet Seizures can be frightening. No, scratch that, cat or dog seizures are downright scary. But, with the proper pet seizure treatment, your cat or dog can lead a completely normal life. And don’t forget, knowledge is power.

The more that you know about this pet seizure disorder or any other disease regarding your pet, the more prepared you are to fight it. Study up and make smart choices, your pet will thank your for it!


Emily said...

Hi Michele! Very informative and well written post! One type of focal seizure many don't recognize is 'flycatcher seizures'. They snap their mouths up in their air, but there is no fly at all. Also, sometimes it is rythmic chomping.

I can always tell if it is seizure behavior by the fact that henry doesnt stop when I talk to him, he continues.

The focal seizures are very often indicative of a med or food not agreeing with him, and have helped me narrow down what his biggest triggers are. When he is exposed to a trigger, he has focal right away, (within hours) and if the trigger is not removed, he goes into a full blown grand-mal about 24 hours later.

I have a whole blog about this. Click nto my name to see my profile and link to 'the BARF Blog'.


augustine said...

nice post! I had this problem with my pets last month and I went to our vet to check on my pets. Good thing I was able to get the pet meds online.

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