Soup Bones & Canine Epilepsy

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My HuMom used to give me soup bones to chew on. However, it appeared these delicious treats triggered seizures. We did some sniffing about & discovered that HuMom was right, soup bones are a known trigger because they contain high levels of an amino acid called glutamate (different from MSG).

Neurotransmitters are either excitatory or inhibitory, meaning that the receiving neuron will be either be stimulated to fire or silenced. The main excitatory neurotransmitter is glutamate. So ingesting high concentrations of glutamate contained in a soup bone or broth made from soup bones can raise levels in the brain causing neurons to become hyper-excited & a seizure may result. In humans high levels of glutamate has also been linked to brain fog, migraine headaches, dramatic mood swings, & nervous tics.

Unfortunately most of what we sniffed out was more about humans than dogs, but HuMom isn’t taking any risks. I do have my bone that I play with but it’s was thoroughly cleaned out first by my furriends Dio & Grisham, so that only the bone remains. HuMom then packs it with my liver treats & I have a wooftastic time getting the them out.

Here is a short article about glutamate & epilepsy.

Here is an article about canine diet & epilepsy that discuses glutamate

CEO Olivia

Raw Honey

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It has been said that having a grand mal seizure is like running a twenty mile marathon in a minute. When I have an epileptic event I’m exhausted afterwards. My huMom has started giving me raw honey right after an attack from the epi-monster to boost my energy. But we have learned that raw honey also has many health benefits.

Two things I should mention quickly. We are using raw, unpasteurized honey, not the processed honey you usually would see in the supermarket. Second, there is some controversy about whether honey is of any help.

Raw honey contains two predominant natural sugars (Fructose & Glucose) 11 enzymes, 14 minerals, 21 amino acids, all the vitamins that nutritionists consider necessary for health A, D, K, Rutin, Nicotinic acid, B vitamins, Thiamine, Riboflavin, Niacin, Pantothenic acid, Pyridoxine & Biotin as well as Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C). It is rich in potassium, iron & copper as well.

As honey is a pre-digested food (a process done by the bees) it enters the blood stream directly producing energy quickly, unlike refined sugar which has to be digested. This is the main reason I’m being given raw honey after a seizure. I need energy & I need it right away.

Some people give raw honey to their dog if they believe a seizure is imminent. Although I’ll need to do more sniffing about, it is believed raw honey can stop or lessen the intensity of a seizure. Do you give your good dog raw honey before or after an epileptic event? If so, we would like to hear your thoughts & experiences.

CEO Olivia

An Update On Our Epi Warrior Olivia

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I have been on my new AED cocktail (anti seizure drugs)  for a few months now. I have started taking Zonisamide & have been slowly decreasing my Phenobarbital while continuing with my Potassium Bromide. When I cluster I used to take Clonazepam but over time it’s effectiveness has decreased so I’ve started to use Keppra instead.

In the past few months, for the first time ever I have been able to fight off seizures & when I do have one, I don’t always cluster (more than one seizure in a 24hr period). I haven’t needed to take Keppra as often as was expected. This is very good news.

When I do have a Gran Mal my postictal stage has decreased in length & my usual temporary blindness & loss of smell isn’t occurring. I still need to pace for a while but I’m not frantic like I was in the past. My hunger remains the same.

One thing my huMom has noticed is I’m still very tired after a seizure. We used to think it was the medications that left me all “foggy” but it seems this is not the case. I’m just really worn out.

My wooftastic Vet says she is very pleased with my progress & 3 bum swings! so are we!  I’ll keep you updated as we paw forward ❤

CEO Olivia

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