Ocular Compression Therapy


ocular compression

One method that has been successful in controlling seizures in epileptic dogs is called Ocular Compression Therapy (OCT). By applying pressure on one or both eyes of your dog you stimulate the Vagus Nerve which in turn releases Gamma-Amino Butyric acid (GABA) which acts as a neurotransmitter in the central nervous system. It inhibits nerve transmission in the brain, calming nervous activity & shuts down “messages gone out of control”, i.e. seizures.

Start Ocular Compression as soon as possible Β­ especially if signs of an impending seizure are present. OC has been proven effective in preventing seizures from occurring. If you were not able to apply OC before a seizure, start as soon as you can. The procedure is quite simple.

Stabilize – First, you will need to stabilize the head as best you can.

Apply pressure – Once you’ve gotten the dog’s head stabilized, apply pressure to the eyes. This is accomplished by closing the eyelids with your fingers or thumbs & applying firm, but gentle pressure. You should be able to use your own instincts to determine the amount of pressure to apply. It should be a little firmer than what it takes to read a pulse, but not so hard as to damage the eyes. Pressure should be applied for 5 to 8 seconds.

Release & repeat – Release pressure for another 5 to 8 seconds. Begin the pressure cycle again, releasing & repeating until you sense the dog’s relief from the seizure. Applied after a seizure, OC can reduce post seizure effects.

Here is a short video that briefly shows this technique.

A great site to learn more on Canine Epilepsy is Canine Epilepsy Resources.Β  They have a comprehensive article on Ocular Compression (OC)

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