Epilepsy Case Studies
Epilepsy is a very common neurological problem seen by veterinarians. Epilepsy means the pet has seizures but that despite diagnostic testing the exact cause cannot be determined. It is important to test the pet for other causes of seizures such as thyroid disease, endocrine diseases, kidney failure, heart failure, GME, brain tumors, tick diseases, poisoning, and various cancers as these require different therapies.
Conventional doctors over-prescribe anticonvulsant medications such as phenobarbital and bromide to reduce seizures in epileptic pets, but in our practice these medications are rarely needed, as illustrated by the following case.
Tucker is a 4 year old rat terrier diagnosed with epilepsy by his prior veterinarian. Unfortunately no diagnostic testing was done to rule out other diseases, so I performed our standard testing for our seizure patients. Fortunately no blood abnormalities were detected (thyroid disease is very common in seizuring dogs and is often the cause of the seizures,) so I agreed with the diagnosis of epilepsy.
Tucker's prior veterinarian had prescribed high doses of phenobarbital to control his seizures. His owner agreed with me that natural medicines could help him without the strong medication, so we planned to slowly wean him off of the phenobarbital over the next 3-6 months (unfortunately this is a slow process that cannot be rushed or we might cause worsening of the seizures.)
I prescribed several natural medicines for Tucker including a homeopathic detoxification, liver support (to protect his liver from side effects from the phenobarbital,) phosphatidylcholine, dimethylglycine, and my own herbal remedy called Epilepsy Drops.
Over the next few months I continued to monitor Tucker and his blood and urine for any side effects from the phenobarbital (something his prior veterinarian should have done but didn't,) and slowly weaned him off of his medication.
It's now been over a year since I saw Tucker and he is totally off of his phenobarbital and doing fantastic simply on his natural medications (approximately 90% of my epileptic patients do not take anticonvulsant medications; those that do typically take less than 25% of the recommended dosage for maintenance.)