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Hi there, I am new to the bullie forums. We have two english bulldogs Lucy 8, and Sergio, 5. Our recent addition is our 3 month old English Mastiff, Charlotte. Our male bullie was diagnosed with epilepsy as a puppy. We recently had him to a specialist and his medication has been regulated to 10CC of pot. Bromide 2x daily. I was just curious if anyone has noticed whether a diet change helped their babies. I was thinking of switching him to a more holistic food to see if that would help. The doctor stated that many factors including heredity (although there isn't epilepsy in his line). diet, allergies, etc.. affect seizures and play a factor in the condition all together (common sense really). It is heartbreaking when he seizes but thankfully with the regulated meds his seizures have been spread out in longer duration. In otherwords instead of having them once a month, they are spread to every 2 months or so. He was starting to have cluster seizures thus the trip to the specialist. The fortunate thing is that animals with this condition can live a relatively long, normal life. It is more painful for us to watch than it is for them to have them. We currently feed the bullies Royal Canin Bulldog Formula. Can anyone offer me any advice or insight? I look forward to hearing what everyone has to say. Thanks! GINA
 

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I don't really have any input, I just wanted to say Hi and Welcome! It's great what you do to take care of your boy. So many people wouldn't take that much time to deal with a problem like that. Kudos to you! I'd love to see some pictures of him. BTW, how do you give a dog pot? :oops:
 

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Our dog Spooky had epilepsy. At first our vet had us put her on phenobarbital. I did some research and didn't like what I found out. If there's a way around mediactions I usually try to find it. I took her off it and we found out that hers was linked to stress and allergies. We changed her food and she wasn't aloud to eat any treats or bones unless I made them or I trusted the company/person who made them. She got a supplement to help her skin and coat that also helped to relieve stress.

Once we understood the nature of the causes of her epilepsy she rarely ever had an attack. I personally don't like chemicals. That's just my opinion, I am not telling you to take your dog off it's medication.

I would suggest keeping a daily diary of everything your dog does (eats, sleeps, treats, tv on or off, etc....). After a while you probably will start to notice a pattern.
 

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bulldog with epilespy

My Bulldog had a seizure today. The vet is confident that it is epilepsy, but he is doing blood work just to be sure. I would appreciate any input or advice. I am so nervous, I can’t handle seeing my baby in uncomfortable or in pain. The vet assures me he will able to live a normal life. I don’t think his seizures are from diet. I've checked the ingredients of his food and it has natural preservatives. The vet told me another cause of epileptic seizures is stress. The problem is he loves playing with our other dog. They run and wrestle until they pass out. That is his only stress and I have no idea how to limit his playtime without making him feel restricted. If anyone has any ideas for that please let me know.
 

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Most dogs are allergic to corn, chicken, wheat, soy, and dairy. They could also be allergic to things like grass, trees, fleas, mold, dust mites, feathers...pretty much anything just like us. My dog was allergic to all of those things.

Stress is a big factor sometimes. Usually things like other dogs (not already in the home), animals, or people, trips for them or you, changes in the household, or illness (which is where I think allergies come in). Our dog never had problems playing with our other dog. But all situations are different.

I would do what I posted before with the diary. Good luck.
 

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My son is an epileptic and he takes lamictal and carbitrol 2x's daily. I know he's not a dog, but what I am curious about is some epileptics are on the ketogenic diet. Would this work for dogs as well?

A Therapy in Search of an Explanation
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Calling the ketogenic diet a "therapy in search of an explanation", Carl E. Stafstrom, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor at Tufts University School of Medicine and the New England Medical Center in Boston described research in animal models to investigate the mechanisms of action through which the ketogenic diet confers its apparent beneficial effect. Animal models are useful because it is possible to control and evaluate precisely factors such as components of the diet, types of seizures, and various bio-chemical and neurologic parameters. Although cautioning the audience that a wide variety of experimental designs makes broad conclusions difficult, Dr. Stafstrom indicated that we have learned the following from animal models: 1) the ketogenic diet appears to afford protection against acute seizures in some models, 2) the mechanism of anticonvulsant action may be related to the ketosis itself, rather than to the associated acidosis or other metabolic effects, and 3) several features of experimental responses parallel those observed clinically. For example, the diet seems to be more effective in younger animals just as it seems to be more effective in children than in adults. Also, although the onset of action is gradual, the reversal of the effect occurs rapidly. We see this clinically when it may take several days after beginning the diet for the effect to build up, but, if ketosis is interrupted by the consumption of carbohydrates, the anticonvulsant effect can reverse within hours. This is why it is so important to maintain the diet strictly, and why it is so easy to undo its effects: weeks of hard work can be undone if the child eats a couple of cookies or candies because they contain enough glucose to switch the body over to using glucose for fuel rather than the ketone bodies. (Remember that the body only uses the ketones when sugar is unavailable; as soon as the slightest amount of sugar is made available the body immediately converts it to glucose to use for fuel).

Dr. Stafstrom described several experiments in which rats given ketogenic diets were compared with rats on normal diets as various parameters of cognition and behavior were tested. In general, the rats on the ketogenic diet did better in several tests, such as the "water maze", which measures the ability to learn and remember the location of food on a platform in a pool of water through which the rat has to swim to reach the food. "I am not willing to say that the ketogenic diet makes rats smarter, but at least it's clear that it doesn't make them any dumber", said Dr. Stafstrom, and this observed effect correlates with observations in children with severe epilepsy on the ketogenic diet who experience improvements in mood, behavior, and cognition. Unfortunately, this improvement carries with it an increase in activity, possibly hyperactivity, in terms of awareness and exploration of the surroundings; this may correlate with observations of increased irritability in some children on the diet.
 

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Not sure if Tinkerbell was epileptic or what. She was a complete mess when we brought her home, and we had been lied to about her health. So anything was possible with her. Her second day home, she had a seizure and didn't come out of it. She died in my arms. The vet wanted to do a necropsy (autopsy) to find out cause of death, but I just wanted her to finally be at peace. We decided against the necro, so Im not sure what caused her seizure and her death.

I hope your pupper is doing well.
 

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Tinkerbell that is so sad and I didn't know that happened to you. I'm so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you and you can rest assured that she died knowing you care even thou it was for 2 days.
 
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