Taurine and Canine Epilepsy part 1

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Hello everyone, CEO Olivia here. A few days ago I had a unwelcome visit from the epi monster. However, I had gone 107 days without a seizure. That’s a good run for me. Several months ago my huMom added a supplement called Taurine to my diet. We think it is helping me keep the monster at bay.

Taurine is an amino acid & is considered to be a long-lasting anti convulsant. Low levels of Taurine has been observed in both human & canine epileptics. According to vetinfo.com, it has been speculated that puppies with low taurine levels may develop epilepsy.

Taurine is released during a seizure & has a protective effect on the brain (much like GABA) during the event. Since it’s an inhibitory compound, it allays seizures & can reduce their frequency.

Taurine also plays a role in regulating the levels of other amino acids. Since the levels of amino acids in epileptic dogs are often irregular, taurine supplements can be very beneficial for them.

By contrast, a diet deficient in taurine can lead to a higher frequency of seizures in a dog with epilepsy. Besides this, taurine is a metabolic transmitter that regulates the blood sugar levels. This is particularly important because incorrect levels of blood sugar is also related to a higher incidence of seizures.

Two things you should know before buying a Taurine supplement. Be sure to get capsules, not tablets, since tablets may have binding agents added. Be sure it’s 100% Taurine with nothing else added. As always, check with your vet before adding anything to your good dogs diet.

Taurine also has many overall health benefits, especially for the heart which I will be barking about next Monday.

CEO Olivia

GABA Supplement for Good Dogs

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I’ve touched on GABA before. Gamma-aminobutyric acid, GABA for short, is an important neurotransmitter that is responsible for relaxing the nervous system. A deficiency of GABA may lead to anxiety. It has been used by some families who live with canine epilepsy. It’s calming effect can possibly stop the electrical storm in the brain that causes seizures.

There is some controversy as to wither taking a GABA supplement works. The argument being that GABA taken orally will not be processed by the brain. There are suggestions that you take other supplements that can boost GABA levels instead of taking GABA powder or pills. An example is L-Theanine which is a naturally occurring amino acid commonly found in green tea.

My huMom insists on more information before we see if GABA is an option for me. There are people that use it for their good dog during an epileptic episode, but at the moment, we aren’t sure if it’s right for me.

Have you used a GABA supplement for epilepsy? If so, we would like to hear your thoughts on it.

CEO Olivia