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Natural Approaches for Managing Epilepsy in Pets

Standard anti-seizure medications don't effectively control seizures in about a third of dogs with epilepsy, and these medications can come with adverse side effects and long-term health consequences. Learn more about exciting alternative natural therapies for seizure disorders.

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  • For about a third of dogs with epilepsy, standard anti-seizure medications don’t effectively control their seizures; these medications also come with adverse side effects and longer-term health consequences that can further impact a dog’s quality of life
  • A recent small study at the Royal Veterinary College in the U.K. evaluated the effectiveness of a medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) supplement to manage seizures in dogs
  • A total of 17 of 28 dogs showed a significant reduction in seizure frequency while receiving the MCT supplement
  • Other natural approaches to seizure management in dogs include chiropractic and acupuncture, homeopathic remedies, traditional Chinese medicinals, nutraceutical therapies and herbal formulas including cannabis extracts
  • Achieving the metabolic state of nutritional ketosis with a ketogenic diet has also proven beneficial in managing epilepsy in pets, and can be very beneficial for epileptic dogs that aren’t well controlled with medication

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