Dog food that helps epilepsy

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Dog food that helps epilepsy
Dog food has a huge impact on epilepsy (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Xtopher)

Witnessing a dog having a seizure is frightening for the owner as well as the dog. The key with an epileptic dog is preventing the seizures in the first place. Diet plays a big role in controlling seizures.

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Causes

Epilepsy in dogs can be hereditary; some breeds are more susceptible to seizures than others. Seizures may also be brought on by environmental factors including allergies to household chemicals or even substances in the dog's food.

Diet

High quality, human-grade dog food that is meat-based with minimal grains and no byproducts is the best food for a dog with epilepsy. Grain-free options are also very well received by dogs and many times helpful in reducing or eliminating seizures.

Significance

Pure meat products that do not have added seasoning can also be given to epileptic dogs. Meat is very good for dogs and will not trigger a seizure. Several pure meat treats in dehydrated form are available for dogs.

Considerations

Stressful situations can trigger a seizure in a dog, so lessening the stress load as much as possible in the dog's environment can mean fewer seizures.

Warning

If your dog has a seizure, a veterinarian should be notified immediately, particularly if it is a first seizure or if the dog is under a veterinarian's care for some other condition.

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