Natural Ways to Treat Seizures in Dogs

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Natural Ways to Treat Seizures in Dogs
Canine epilepsy is a frightening condition. (dog image by Michal Tudek from Fotolia.com)

Seizures in dogs can be successfully controlled with pharmaceuticals, but many pet owners seek natural remedies to protect their loved ones from harmful side effects, to control seizures when medication is unsuccessful or to augment medication. Before treating seizures, be sure to rule out non-epileptic causes of convulsions. Those can include environmental poisons, hypothyroidism and other glandular and organ diseases, sensitivity to parasite preventives, and calcium deficiency, calcium-phosphorus imbalance or sodium-potassium imbalance caused by improper diet. Homemade diets are the culprit in many nutritional deficiencies.

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Magnesium Supplements

Magnesium supplements can decrease seizures in some dogs. Dosage is based on weight. Consult a veterinarian or qualified animal nutritionist about supplementing your pet's diet with magnesium.

Natural Ways to Treat Seizures in Dogs
Do not give monthly flea or heartworm medications if your dog has a seizure disorder. (dog image by Ramona smiers from Fotolia.com)

Coconut Oil

Many pet owners have reported a decrease in seizures after adding raw, virgin, unrefined, organic coconut oil to their pet's diet in the ration of one tsp per 4.54kg. of the dog's body weight. The oil must be this specific version, which is completely uncooked and solid at room temperature.

Natural Ways to Treat Seizures in Dogs
Rule out nutritional deficiencies before deciding your pet has epilepsy. (dog biscuits image by Greg Pickens from Fotolia.com)

Homeopathic Remedies

Homeopathy is based on introducing exceptionally small amounts of vegetable, mineral or animal substances into the patient's system to provoke an immune response. A qualified homeopathic veterinarian must be consulted to recommend these medications. Some substances safe for humans are toxic to dogs.

Natural Ways to Treat Seizures in Dogs
Alternative remedies safe for humans may not be safe for canines. (dog image by Mat Hayward from Fotolia.com)

Herbal Remedies

Herbal remedies are some of the most well-established and most potentially dangerous alternative treatments. They require the proper plant, proper part of the plant, prepared correctly and administered in the correct amount at the right time. Many herbs that are well-established for human treatments can be deadly for dogs. Consult a veterinarian experienced in alternative treatments and a qualified herbalist before beginning your dog on an herbal remedy.

Natural Ways to Treat Seizures in Dogs
Check a dog with seizures for liver, kidney and thyroid disease. (dog image by Joanna Redesiuk from Fotolia.com)

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a proven supportive treatment for many diseases and conditions. The procedure should not be painful and lulls most pets to sleep. Consult a practicing veterinary acupuncturist to determine if your pet is a candidate.

Natural Ways to Treat Seizures in Dogs
A dog with epilepsy can lead an otherwise happy and healthy life. (dog image by Ergün Ã--zsoy from Fotolia.com)

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