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Epilepsy Remedies for Dogs

Last Modified on Jun 03, 2015

Gluten-Free Diet   1  0   

Posted by Petguitar (New York) on 02/27/2013

[YEA]  For years my Maltese has suffered from canine seizures. We have tried every suggestion found on the web and on this website, but his seizures returned.

What seemed to work was to put him on Organic Pet Food and cutting him off of all human food.

Then we accidently discovered that Gluten might be the culprit when he was given a tiny piece of pizza crust. 4 hours later, he had a seizure. A first one in about 2 months. So I started to search for "Gluten causes seizures" on the web and found a ton of articles that verified this suspicion. Gluten intolerance sets your brain on fire.

This makes so much sense to me and remembering that he didn't have any seizures (when he used to have 5-10 seizures per month prior) for a few months since I stopped giving him human food.

Hope this helps someone out there. The worst thing you can do is taking your pet to the vet and getting drugs, IMO. Try a gluen free diet for your dog, even yourself, if you have seizures.

Heartworm Meds and Seizures   0  0   

Posted by Corgi Mum (Colo Spgs) on 10/13/2013

[SIDE EFFECTS]  Our male Corgi, from age 4, started having seizures regularly after accidently given two doses of Heartguard on the same day (am & pm). Found out later that Collies are very sensitive to Heartguard. Our Pemb Welsh Corgi was a white and tan. This mixture came about by inc the Collie breed. My vet never said a word about this. Later we ended up having to put our Corgi on Phen Barb and potassium bromide. After starting him on this nasty combo--his seizures all but stopped, but then he came down with Degenerative Myopathy (we tried everything in the book before PB and PB).

Posted by Cathy (Wyckoff, NJ, USA) on 07/15/2008

[SIDE EFFECTS]  My Pug, Peanut, developed grand mal seizures after taking Interceptor heartworm medication. I took her off the medication immediately. She had one small seizure 2 months after coming off Interceptor. She is completely seizure free after being off the medication for the last 3 years. I do not give my dogs any heartworm medication as they are mostly indoor dogs. They have all tested heartworm negative even though I do not use heartworm medications.

In addition, after the seizure scare, I do not update my dogs' vaccinations. The dosages are too toxic. However, my dogs are mostly indoor dogs.

Replied by Sandy
Houston, Tx
[SIDE EFFECTS]   Heartworms are epidemic in the Gulf Coast area. Dogs WILL get them if no preventative is used. My problem is, I suspect Heartgard is the reason for my Border Collie/Pointer's seizures that have started at 5 yrs old. I'm switching to ProHeart, which use a less toxic chemical, and I'm using a smaller dose than is recommended. I'll have her tested in a couple of months and again after the first big cold spell of 2010, but I'm guessing she will be heartworm free. In addition to decreasing the toxicity of heartworm meds, I'll be using herbal remedies as a back up. If you don't live in this area, you have no idea how bad the mosquitos are. And I refuse to keep my 3 dogs indoors all the time because they need to be outside enjoying life. Good luck to everyone on this thing...
Replied by Olga
Hollywood, Florida
I've had four dogs since living in south Florida since 1979. They are inside dogs and I have used lavender and skin so soft if they happen to be outside during times that there were many Mosquitos. None of my dogs have ever been on heart worm prevention. I had them tested annually however, to ascertain that they did not get bitten by an infected mosquito. I have to say however, that I cook for my "children with hair" and use alternative remedies as the norm - thanks to websites as Earth Clinic. My German Sheperd was 17 when she passed away.

Hemp   1  0   

Posted by Dharmony (Ny, Usa) on 05/16/2014

[YEA]  Hemp is working for my dog's seizures!! ... I previously wrote about my dog Diesel here Look for two entries, 02/06/12 and 10/20/13 to read about the difficulties we have had and all of the things we had tried to get control of his seizures. Note that in October 2013 we had tried the hemp oil supplement containing CBD, which really seemed to be working. We had 42 days seizure free (which was really good) and then over the next couple of months we had some breakthrough seizures and the oil didn't seem to help as much as his seizures came back more regularly.

Soooo...In my never-ending search to help my little guy, I found a hemp supplement that isn't an extract or oil but is 100% hemp. It is called Canna-Pet and is actually developed by veterinarians for dogs and cats.

There have been major improvements in Diesel. Not only way less seizure events, but he is more alert, has a better appetite and sleeps better.

So I started reading and learning about phytocannabinoids, terpenoids and flavonoids, the important parts of cannabis. I learned that the process to make the oils and extracts (heat, alcohol, chemicals) could destroy some of the natural things in the hemp, which are beneficial. The new product doesn’t use any of these methods.

For anyone who would like to learn more about the important parts of cannabis and hemp and why they are important, here are some of the links I came across while educating myself. Keep in mind that some of the links are about medical marijuana, but the same important things are in hemp such as CBD.

Here is an article about the Canna-Pet product and the vets who developed it.

Here is a link to the "white paper" from Canna-Pet - If you scroll down you can learn about phytocannabinoids, pharmacological actions of non-psychotropic cannabinoids, terpenoids, flavonoids, cannabinoid profile of medical marijuana and cannabinoid profile of Hemp #112 and their "golden Ratio" and references at the bottom. Tons of information.

Importance of Terpenes

Difference between Industrial Hemp and Cannabis (I never knew...)

Interesting and fun facts you didn't know about Hemp (I didn't know any of this)


An excellent video about CBD...

For those that did not see...I know it is about marijuana but the CBD is the important part... WEED - CNN Special Dr. Sanjay Gupta 2013 Documentary


WEED 2 - Dr. Sanjay Gupta 2014

Diesel is still on phenobarbital, Kbr and Zonisamide along with the hemp. These medications have never given control to him. If the hemp continues to control/eliminate seizures, these medications will be reduced with the guidance of my vet.

Replied by Dharmony
UPDATE: Doctors Greg Copas and Sarah Brandon, the vets who started Canna-Pet are now at Their new product name is Canna Companion. Diesel is now off of Keppra.
Replied by Naghme
Kamuela, Hi
Aloha. I have a 4 year old 130 pound dog who started having seizures 3 months ago. He clusters too, grand mal seizures are horrible .. He is on phenobarbital and kepra I started giving him canna-pet hemp supplements for giant dogs twice a day .. But he just been having petite mal seizures and I want to know if I am giving him enough of a dose for his weight ..... How many pills are you giving your dog diesel?? Thanks so much for sharing I am praying that this CBD supplement help my dog. I love him so much

Homeopathy   0  0   

Posted by Lia Vang (Milwaukee, WI) on 06/04/2013

I want to start using belladonna supplements for my 10 year old dog who has been having monthly seizures since my other dog passed away on 9/2012. Any suggestions about belladonna or homeopathic remedies that may help? She is having accupuncture once a month, on chinese herbs and taking cholodin as well as neuroplex. Any suggestion on food to feed dogs with seizure? She is on the raw meat diet and I jusy got another dog so she won't be so lonely. Any advice would greatly be appreciated. Lia

Karo Oil, Pancake Syrup or Honey to Stop Seizure   4  0   

Posted by Michelle (Las Vegas, Nevada) on 04/29/2007

[YEA]  dip the tip of your finger in karo oil, pancake syrup, or honey given orally will bring any person, as well as dogs and cats, out of a diabetic and an epileptic seizure immediately.

Replied by Sandy3598
Mobile, AL
[YEA]   YEA.. Honey really works!!! My mixed breed (Rot, Lab, Chow) has moderate to severe seizures. He was starting into a seizure I ran for the honey. He was not fully into the seizure so he was able to recognize me and able to lick the honey off my fingers; HE CAME OUT OF IT ALMOST IMMEDIATELY. He usually is unsteady on his legs and takes him several minutes to hours to come around; again, he immediately was back to himself and needed to go outside.

It works for people too - I have a friend that has a friend with epileptic seizures, I told her about the honey and they were at the store purchasing honey when she had a seizure, they opened the honey and gave her some. She came out of it almost immediately and was amazed.

Replied by Beaglemama
Charleston, Sc
[YEA]   I just wanted to say THANK YOU! My 5 yo beagle has horrible seizures and has been having them more regularly. This morning he started to have one and, having read your post, I ran to the kitchen for the honey. As soon as it got into his system the seizure completely stopped!! It worked and he loved it!
Replied by Jamesm
Riverdale, Md
[YEA]   Honey! Honey! Honey! Stops my Honey's seizures when given before they get a good hold, while glazed eyed, or any other sign begins. Tonight even my Honey was going into a seizure, and I ran Wildflower honey over to her, and in less the 5 minutes she was just about normal, and asking for some food.

Magnesium   0  0   

Posted by Jennifer (USA) on 04/29/2009

I read the suggestion for magnesium for seizures for pet. I have a yellow lab who has a seizure about every other week and was going to try it. I needed to know kind of magnesium - there is chelate, chloride, citrate, glycinate, malate, oxide etc. etc. Most are for at least 500mg so i wanted to make sure i got the right one.

Thank you for your help.

Replied by Fletch and Mia
Rockland, Ontario Canada
Jennifer, not too sure if you've found your answer, but in my researching for my yellow lab, I've learned that Magnesium needs calcium to be properly absorbed, so buy magnesium in combination with calcium in the chelated forms of magnesium glycinate, magnesium citrate or magnesium gluconate. As for dosages, a medium sized dog would start at 20mg and could go to 50mg/day.

Melatonin   1  0   

Posted by catroina (astoria,ny) on 03/05/2008

[YEA]  to :anonymous in Mississippi--around the time the "next ?" rabies booster is due, have the vet draw the titres and take it from there.
IF the titre proves your board of health or whomever handles rabies vaccinations and let them know you want an exemption, have proof etc.
for those with epileptic dogs,we have found,thank God that going by your dog's weight,melatonin(natural supplement)WORKS esp. IF your pet is prone to night time,early AM seizures--there is a website out here but unfortunately I can't remember their name,had a forum for epople to post questions/responses/their stories etc--what works..
one thing finally dawned on us here--we had 2 wonderful dobies that lived healthy lives till 14-16 years---a VERY loooong lifespan for this breed. They were NOT vaccinated for all these diseases and only received a rabies the year nyc mandated it.
for testimonies both human and pet.
Also,try to purchase the BEST natural /holistic food u can as it definitely makes a differencein your pets' lives....or prepare your own.

Miscellaneous Remedies   2  0   

Posted by Wendy (Melbourne, Australia) on 12/03/2011

[YEA]  My 15 year old cat started having seizures about two months ago. As soon as she starts, I grab her and continuously tap FasterEft style on the point above her eyebrow all the time saying "Let it go, let it go, let it go, let it go" until the seizure stops. It usually stops within 10 to 15 seconds. (Go to Robert Smith's website for info on tapping. ) I then hold her and cuddle and reassure her and give her Rescue Remedy. I fill a 30 mil dropper bottle with spring water and add four drops of Rescue Remedy and I keep this bottle handy.

I give her a dropper full from this dosage bottle. Sometimes I can only get half a dropper in her mouth but it seems to be O. K. The length of time from the start of the seizure until she's back to normal is no more than a minute

Fastereft is a technique to help you release your stress and all emotional issues, e.g. Anxiety, trauma, depression, abuse, fear, anger etc. Etc.. I've been using it on myself for a couple of months and I can't recommend it enough. I thought I'd try it on my cat and the result was extraordinary. She is still having seizures but this shortens them dramatically. I think I'll try coconut oil as well.

Robert Smith founder of FasterEft is a most generous man and he has posted nearly 500 free FasterEft videos on Youtube so people can learn how to heal their emotional issues and stresses.

Do yourself a favour and check out his site, it is life changing stuff.

Posted by debby (miami, fl) on 05/02/2007

[YEA]  hi i know how horrible seizures could be , i have tried several natural remedies and would like to reccommend them . very important is to evaporate alcohol from herbal and homeo remedies because as it occured with my chi , his liver was hurt from alcohol in the tonics . But what has worked fairly well is Dr. Cynthia Foster's Composure formula, Frankincense oil diluted in jajoba oil and the healthy dog diet homemade recepie from Dr.Dodds , google these persons and you should find out , he still has seizures but i am controlling it better without the use of pheno , although his have been pretty mild . any further info email me . Also his thyroid was low, dr dodds has a cheap and great service for checking this out google her you'll see , way cheaper than vets prices. God bless, deb

Potassium Bromate, Acupuncture   0  0   

Posted by Helaine (Jacksonville, Fl) on 07/06/2011

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  I had a dog (70 lbs) that had grandmal seizures for years. For control I gave him Potassion Bromate caps (made in manipulate pharmacy) quantity depending on his weight. And what really made the difference was acupuncture. I was succesfull controling the attacks and lived to be 14 years.

Potassium Bromide   0  0   

Posted by Phyllis (Tuscumbia, Alabama) on 12/28/2014


I have two Boston Terriers, George and his daughter Tina. It seems their seizures center around the new moon. Not every month by any means, but if it's going to happen they will both have a seizure on the new moon.

A few months ago Tina had at least one seizure three weeks straight. While I waited for a day off to take her to the vet I came on site here and was encouraged to find good suggestions on alternatives to phenobarbitol. I know it causes liver damage and I wasn't willing to go that route. As an herbalist the last thing I want to do to my dogs is give them drugs that don't always work and cause damage. So I talked to the vet and he assured me that Potassium Bromide is a safe alternative. I had already been using Bach's rescue Remedy with pretty good effect, but dosing is kind of tricky, too little isn't effective and too much becomes more stimulate than sedative.

Well, we put them both on Potassium Bromide and at first everything seemed fine. Then Tina started developing symptoms of Ataxia, at first I thought it was just too strong a dose so I started giving her a smaller dose. Every day it got worse, she was becoming more and more crippled in her back legs. it scared me enough to put her back on the RR. Sure enough she started improving right away. In about two weeks she was walking normally and being able to jump on the furniture again. The next new moon she had two seizures in two days and that scared me into going back to the PB. Eight days later she was blind in her left eye and quickly losing sight in her right eye. She's been back on the RR for about a month now and her vision has almost completely recovered.

I won't say absolutely do not use Potassium Bromide. My George hasn't had any problems. Except that, and I can't be completely sure missing a dose will cause them to be able to seize. Christmas Eve Tina seized before breakfast, and I was still upset when I fed them and forgot to give George his meds and he seized that afternoon.

So if you do plan to use PB watch your pet closely. Keep a constant check on hearing and eyesight and if you notice they have become clumsy when they usually aren't watch closely to make sure it doesn't continue to worsen. I wouldn't want anyone to have the tragedy I came so close to with my little girl.

Raw Diet   2  0   

Posted by Marsala (Webster, NY) on 03/19/2012

[YEA]  My 4 y/o Keeshond began having seizures (clusters). Started the phenobarb routine, it changed her personality and she also developed increased thirst and appetite from the meds. She began peeing in the house, couldn't hold it. I found a vet who specializes in Chinese medicine. Daisy started on Chinese herbs and a weaning schedule to get off phenobarb. My vet was not sure this would work. I also stopped feeding her commercial dog food and started giving her raw meat and bones- appropriate for her size and teeth. That was Dec 1st 2010. It is now March 2012- she has not had one seizure since the end of Nov 2010. She is still on the herbs-(successfully weaned off phenobarb over 6 week period) vet says the herbs won't hurt her- is somewhat of a liver cleanse. The vet doesn't particularly like that I feed raw food- but both my dogs (also a 10 lb Shitz-poo) are thriving, wiht beautiful coats and teeth and great digestion. It is amazing how small their poops are. After 6 mos of exclusively raw, I changed to one cooked meal in the morning and raw chicken necks at night. The cooked meals are rotated: beef- chicken-fish each weak with some veggies, eggs and rice. The cooked food gets ground egg shells and kelp mixed in for extra minerals. For those of you who have seizure dogs- there is hope. Look into a raw diet. Stop poisoning your dogs with commercial foods that have been totally stripped of nutrition then fortified with added in vitamins and minerals which are never quite like getting it from actual foods.

Replied by Taylor
Baltimore, Md
[YEA]   My dog Penny has been seizing for years, started out once or twice a year until it progresses and became monthly and then weekly. We tried phenobarbital, keppra, and bromide.. Some helped for a little bit but she still had a seizure about once a month. In November of 2011, she had a cluster of 9 seizures in a 48 hour period and was hospitalized. A friend of mine suggested I look at raw feeding and I started reading success stories with regards to raw food and epilepsy.

December 2011 I switched my dogs cold turkey to the prey model raw diet. Penny is now 5 months seizure free and counting! Additionally, both my dogs have more energy, no doggie gas, and their teeth are unbelievable! Moving them to this diet was the best thing I could have done.

Replied by Suzy
Austin, Tx
Thanks for sharing this very helpful information. Would you mind telling me what foods your dog eats now?
Replied by Jr
Coloma, Mi
Marsala, you mentioned that you feed your dog chicken necks. Do you feed any other kind of raw bones?
Replied by Amanda
Hi,I just read about you feeding your dogs raw because of seizures. Our pug has had a couple and I am very leery of phenobarbital. I am looking at a natural way to handle this. If you could please send me your recipe for your dog as an idea I would be very grateful. Thank you so very much, Amanda in Canada

Sunflower Seeds   1  0   

Posted by Barbara (Dayton, NEVADA) on 07/02/2007

[YEA]  Re Canine Seizures: When our 4 yo Brittany had his first seizure we weren't even sure what had happened to him. When he had a second two months later, I started to look for answers on the internet. Someone suggested giving him ground raw,unsalted sunflower seeds. This seemed like a doable thing so I got some from the health food store. He responded well and only had a seizure about once every 8-10 weeks. At 35 pounds we feed him 1 Tbls a day and we have learned to grind them fresh every day as they lose freshness very quickly. We also tried sunflower seed oil but that didn't work as well.

Taurine   1  0   

Posted by Redright (Venlo, Netherlands) on 03/12/2012

[YEA]  My Maltese has been suffering from violent Grand Mal seizures for years and years. I tried everything I could find; including Earthclinic: phenobarb (which is outlawed now, trashed my dog's liver, thanks, and of course the vets have "no idea"), coconut oil, fish oil, hemp oil, eye pressure, organic food, doctors' food, multiple treats/food thinking it was low blood sugar, baking soda, eggs, ACV, excersize, magnesium (which made my dog really sad, btw), vitamins, home cooked foods, natural dog seizure remedies.... Nothing worked.

The seizured continued, usually once or twice a week, on bad days 3-4 times in a couple of hours. I would bathe him all the time because after each episode he would look absolutley pathetic. It was horrible. With each seizure, he would go partially blind for hours. Felt really, really helpless.

Then I came across a cute little blog ( which reasoned that it was the lack of muscle meat in dog (and cat) food as pet food industry kept evolving to maximize profit; resulting in today's mostly corn/junk/chemical filled pet food.

As for my dog, his seizure would come when we started to get ready to leave the house. My dog would sense that we are about to leave, get nervous and would start to pant rapidly, then seizure usually followed.

According to the blog, the lack of muscle meat in today's pet food meant TAURINE deficiency, a vital amino acid which controls seizures. Well, I ran out (by now I was desperately trying anything) and bought a bottle of Taurine and immeditately started giving him one (1) 500mg capsule a day, divided to 2 doses.

It's been 2 solid weeks without even a hint of an onset of seizure!!!!!!! I couldn't be happier. My dog is much calmer now, rarely gets nervous and much less anxious. It's like magic.

Taurine is all natural with no known side effects. And since it has many benefits, I give them daily to my dog, cat and my family.

Hope my experience with Taurine helps someone and somepet out there!

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