Epilepsy Remedies for Dogs

Fish Oil

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Posted by Michael (Panama City, Fl) on 07/04/2011

I have a 5lbs 4oz chiuaua who from the first year I had her suffered from seizures. Went to the vet who prescribed phenobarbytol which made her lethargic and begin getting fat and did nothing for the seizures. Even after at the end tripling the dose. I went online and spent about a week on research and finaly ordered norwegian fish oil. I only have to give her two a week and she has not had a seizure since. She is 5 years old now. The best thing is I do not have to force feed it to her I squeeze the gel caps out on a plate and she will happily lick the plate clean. The vet said that it would not work. He got quite when I told him she has not had a seizure in a year and does not had in meds in the last year except the oil.

Replied by Catherine

Wow. No way. My baby King has had 7 seizures in one morn. My vet gave him the same 3 weeks ago. He had 5 seizures yesterday morn. I never wanted to give him this med in the first place..i just wanted to fix him. But along with cbd oil this is pretty cool and will try:). Thank you

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Posted by Kay (Billings, Montana) on 09/02/2010

I had a litter of pups get their first vaccinations. Exactly three weeks later all of them had back to back seizures for 48 hours straight. Horrible seizures where they ran across the floor and would slam into the wall. It was terrifying. I looked it up and found that lepto will cause seizures 21 days after vaccination. Just like my pups.

They had seizures for several years until we found out that fish oil would stop them. Within a few weeks of giving them fish oil daily the seizures became so mild that the pups would just shake. Eventually they stopped completely. My pups lived to 14 and 15 years old. They never got another vaccination after they were one!

Replied by Dean

Hi what fish oil do u use and how much do u give them? My mom's dog has this. So please can u tell me what fish oil and how much to give him? Thank u, Dean

Replied by Suzanne

Interested in finding out about the Norwegian Fish Oil....my dog has had idiopathic seizures for three years now...tried phenobarbitol and now using levetiracetam, monoamine and potassium bromide...seems like once her body gets used to the drugs the seizures start more frequently so just started her on Amanda Hemp Oil 600 today. Also someone said Honey?

Replied by Phyllis
(Roswell, Ga)

I had problems with my Beagle having seizures; didn't want to put him on drugs so I read everything I could find and found if not neurological, seizures are often caused by preservatives used in commercial dog foods. I searched and tried many kinds. My Beagle responded immediately to Paul Newman's Organic dog food (yellow bag with red banner on front). This started when he was 3 and bless his baby heart he lived to be 18! I just lost him 11-3-17.

Get a Tick Panel

Posted by Lisa (Wood Dale, Il) on 08/01/2009

I have been in dog rescue for nearly 10 years. This year we associated Dog Seizures to Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever exposure. It costs about $100 to do a Tick Panel to find out if your dog (especially a dog with an unknown history) has been affected. If not treated--tick borne illnesses can cause all kinds of problems while lying dormant in the dog's body. Even if a dog has suffered for years- a good 8 week course of doxycycline can usually help.

If I had a dog with seizures- I would rule this issue out. Testd codes are IDEXX 37161 or Antech SA330.

We do know these diseases can cause brain damage, deafness and aggression besides renal failure.

Heartworm Meds and Seizures

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

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).

Replied by Lee

Hi, I just read your post, b/c I am concerned about my Jack russell/corgi cross boy, @ 11 yrs old. He has just started showing signs of degenerative myeopathy in past few mos, and now starting w/seizures (opposite, perhaps, of your pup?)

I just brought my boy to the vets, for bloodwork but am looking into getting cannibis oil to prevent seizures. Any thoughts out there?!

Replied by Billie

I am researching Cannibis too. My lil Sheltie Stormy is epileptic and starting to show kidney problems because of the meds.

Replied by Suseeq
(Sydney, Australia)

MSM 500 grams or b complex, zinc 15 mgms -- I have had good success with both of these.

Replied by Phyllis
(Roswell, Ga)

I rescued a Beagle 10 years ago and his seizures started within 2 months of his adoption. I refused the normal RX's because of kidney and other organ failure that often occur. I then began to search out REAL preservative free dog food. I went through about 10 different kinds, even tried home made but with me working proved to be a real hassle - shelf life is not long at all. I finally found Paul Newman's Organic dog food (yellow bag with red label) and he has been seizure free for 10 years. Hope this helps you!

Replied by Thomas

My dog had 10 seizures in 2 days. I was worried about having to put him down. Started using CBD oil. His seizures have stopped for 5 days. Only use a couple drops a day. Would rather use that than phenobarbital.

Replied by Claire

hi my 4 year old jack Russel just started having seizures she had 4 seizures in this Month, I heard about CBD oil just wondering which one and where to buy and how to use, really appreciate if someone could help.

Replied by Sima

Hi Claire, Glad to hear about your positive results with your Jack Russel. Which brand do you use because I am need of help for my husky? Thank you so much.

Replied by Lauri
(Vina, Alabama)

My overweight 6 year old min pin has seizures the vet put him on phenobarbital and that worries me because this breed is suceptible to liver and kidney disease! And it makes him lethargic. I have been told to put him on cbd oil, so I am gonna try it if possible. Or are there other options?

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(Sydney Australia)
Replied by Latisha

hi what type of CBD oil? As my chihuhua has been epileptic for 3 years the results of phenobarbital have made her very bloated and lethargic. I am at my wits end mentally and financially. Any recommendation regarding CBD oil such as type name dose would be appreciated.

Heartworm Meds and Seizures
Posted by Cathy (Wyckoff, NJ, USA) on 07/15/2008

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)

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.


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

Hemp is working for my dog's seizures!! ... I previously wrote about my dog Diesel here https://www.earthclinic.com/pets/epilepsy3.html 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. http://www.canna-pet.com

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. http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/10/prweb11276477.htm

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. http://www.canna-pet.com/technical.html

Importance of Terpenes http://www.hightimes.com/read/talking-terpenes

Difference between Industrial Hemp and Cannabis (I never knew...) http://hempethics.weebly.com/industrial-hemp-vs-cannabis.html

Interesting and fun facts you didn't know about Hemp (I didn't know any of this) http://hempethics.weebly.com/i-bet-you-didnt-know.html


An excellent video about CBD... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31SrjjgPbhU#t=22

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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4GUkzTnFG0


WEED 2 - Dr. Sanjay Gupta 2014 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAFu-Ihwyzg

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 www.cannaforpets.com 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

Replied by Christine
(New Jersey)

Hello, did you have any luck using the canna-pet hemp?

I have been giving my 91lb Rottweiler Charlotte's web cbd hemp extract oil for 3 weeks 25 to 30 drops every 4 to 5hrs. She gets 1 grandmal seizure ever 7 to 10 days. She also had bacteria in her urine. I have to test her urine again to see infection is gone. She had a seizure today.

Replied by Derek

My golden retriever Bruin has been experiencing grand-mal seizures for the last 3 years.. hes on Keppra 1500 mgs and Pheno 64.5 mgs x3 (twice every day) and he STILL has a bad episode of 5 or more seizures once a month. I researched CBD oil and I want to see if that would work for him. Anyone have any suggestions on the best brand to use? Are the canna supplements just as reliable?

Thank you for any comments

Replied by Jacqueline
(County Antrim)

My black lab George is also epileptic, he is 5 yrs old.I give him taurine supplements, vitamin c in ester c powder and 1 tablespoon of hemp oil per day. His seizures have reduced and his general condition is much improved. He is prescribed Pexion 400 mg 3 per day divided into two doses one morning and one evening.

The supplements I use are the best reviewed I have found in the UK and also affordable.

Replied by Bronwyn
(Decatur Ga)

hi- I also have a 2.5 yr old female Rottweiler. Mid September she was treated for a mild UTI as she goes swimming in our lake ALOT! No biggie- she was on 10 days of antibiotics and two days after finishing she had her first ever gran mal seizure- it was a big and bad one. She was started on Keppra, and now her seizures are getting worse and worse- example: she has had 4 in 24 hrs. I have not excepted that fact the vet says she has epilepsy bc I feel as tho something is not adding up with UTI. She was also on trifexis which I have now stopped as of 9/15/16 but her seizures are worsening. I have ordered some CBD oil.

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hello Bronwyn,

I agree something is not adding up. What are you feeding your dog? Corn/grain based diets that have sweeteners and red food dyes have both been linked to UTIs and seizures in dogs.

Replied by Bronwyn
(Decatur, Georgia)

8/22/17 update:

My now 3 yr old Rottweiler is completely seizure free since starting her on CBD oil December 30,2016. (Canna-pet) She is weaned off the keppra in Feb! (Which made her a zombie, no personality, she wouldn't play and she refused to eat her food- went from 90lbs to 74lbs.)

I changed her food from EarthBorn holistic to Acana regional formulas. (NO ROSEMARY EXTRACT, which is known to trigger seizures) She gets NO flea/tick meds endless it's an all natural oil based. She was on a heavy dose of CBD oil and capsules 3x a day and over the past 6 months I have weaned her down to no oil and she only gets 2 capsules at night before bed. I have my baby back- happy, fun loving 90lbs of rotti!!!

Seizure free for 10 months!!!!

Replied by Michele

Love hearing these stories. They were worried about the seizures our 4 year old baby was having so they had to start him on phenobarbital but I am giving him a hemp treat at night. Thinking about doing the CBS oil in the mornings too. Not sure what will be too much. He is 17 lbs.


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

Replied by Christine
(Maywood, Nj)

Hi Lia Omg.. Same thing is happening to my dog. My one dog passed away and 2 months later my female Rottweiler started having seizures. Her 1st seizure started in May it was happening once a month. Now they are every 10 or 13 days. I think The rabbies vaccine increased it my stupid vet did more harm. She is being fed frozen raw meat patties since July they were other complications that occured that I think is to why they are happening more. I live in NJ I want to try to give her cannabis oil but not sure if it's legal for pets.I need to find out any luck with getting another dog to help stop your dogs seizures?


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Posted by Jamesm (Riverdale, Md) on 04/17/2012

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.

Replied by Shannon

Ok.. I have a ( NORMALLY HEALTHY) boxer who's 8 yrs. Old. He out of the blue had a TERRIBLE seizure, foam looking stuff coming out of his mouth, shaking head, jaws locked, teeth were showing, he got stiff, etc. I have been with him LITERALLY ALL DAY!! He has had them ALL day... My heart is BROKE watching him go through it. I read your HONEY remedy, I gave him some to lick, he LOVES IT, and he got a drink of water, he wasn't drinking until now, and, 10 mins have gone by, so far, so good... I will keep you posted. You can email me anytime... Kmz13 (at) yahoo (dot) com.THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR REMEDY! Shannon

Replied by Dana

I have found the same thing with my little dog when he starts to have a seizure. If I can get a teaspoon of honey into him (or peanut butter) I can stop the seizure from coming on. I also put an ice pack on his belly and move it to his shoulders as well to cool his belly. If he is outside and beginning to seizure, he will take himself into the dog wading pool to cool as well.

(Sydney, Australia)

Hi Dana, be careful with the ice as you can bring down the temp too far. It's better to use a damp towel and wipe the dog over.

Posted by Beaglemama (Charleston, Sc) on 03/22/2011

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!

Posted by Sandy3598 (Mobile, AL) on 07/01/2009

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.

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

dip the tip of your finger in honey given orally will bring any person, as well as dogs and cats, out of a diabetic and an epileptic seizure immediately.

Lecithin and Belladona

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Posted by Rntg83 (Martinsburg, Wv, Usa) on 01/25/2011

My 14 year old cocker sheltie mix has had seizures since he was just under a year old. He was on phenobarbital and continued to have them. The vet then added KBR and he would STILL have cluster seizures. It was time for an intervention. I couldn't sit back and watch him have seizure after seizure for 45 minutes to an hour three to five times a week any longer.

I researched websites and found that Lecithin is a good supplement for seizures. He gets a daily dose of 1200 MG (He is 45 lbs). He has been weened off the phenobarbital so he wouldn't have withdrawal symptoms. Now if he has a seizure it is very mild and only last a short amount of time. That is when I give him Belladonna (bought from homeopathy site) and it stops them almost immediately.


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.


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

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 coverage...contact 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.
Also,try to purchase the BEST natural /holistic food u can as it definitely makes a differencein your pets' lives....or prepare your own.

Ocular Compression

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Posted by Jasper (Redondo Beach, Ca) on 09/04/2011


We have a 2 yr old siberian Husky who has been cluster seizing since 7mos old. Recently I have been using Ocular Compression on her during the seizure, and in some cases, the efforts have stopped the seizure in mid stream ..

Typically it will phases of the seize that include paddling, jaw extension, full ridigidy, bowel movements etc .. When I reached her early enough, ocular compression stopped many of the phases. Ive done it 6 times now with successful outcome..

The upside is an immediate recovery from the seize - almost no post ictal phase.. the downside is now, she has developed facial ticks when she is drifiting off to sleep ..

I've stopped using the technique now due to the fact that it looks to be very uncomfortable when she is trying to sleep and her face ticks her awake.

Hope this information helps others with seizing dogs - and virtually no medical remedy.

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