Natural Support for Pets with Epilepsy
Updated: Apr 1
As part of my Continual Professional Development, I'm doing a wonderful course with the Healing Animals Organisation. The course requirements include assignments that can be on common ailments or illnesses found in small animals, so I'd like to share an extract from my assignment on "Epilepsy" showing some natural ways to support your pet that I came across during my research. I hope it helps!
"Elizabeth Whiter advocates giving energy healing to compliment the veterinary care but not during a seizure. She recommends a home-cooked diet of natural foods, and the following treat recipes available in her book co-authored by Dr Rohini Sathish “You Can Heal Your Pet”: K9/Feline fishcakes, hard-boiled egg and Eggshell K9/Feline treats, K9/Feline Nature’s Own Hotpot and Linseed K9/Feline biscuits. Letting a cat play with a little cotton bag filled with dried valerian root might also help.
Animal Wellness Magazine talks about how acupressure can help seizure-prone dogs and how this restores the natural balance of Liver chi and calms the nervous system.
Dogs Naturally Magazine talk of a study done in 2007 with Belladonna 200C where researchers saw considerable reduction in seizures. At first, 3 to 4 drops were given at 15 minute intervals, which was then reduced to four times daily once the frequency of seizures reduced. They also talk of giving Cocculus 6C in the same study to dogs who had seizures as well as head shaking syndrome. The results were seizures being reduced to only 2 or 3 during the first two weeks of the study, with further reduction to only occasional seizures in the next two weeks. They didn’t mention dosage here though.
Also listed by Dogs Naturally Magazine as natural remedies for seizures were Aconite (for seizures that have fear just at the onset), Bufo (for night time and sleep seizures), Cicuta Virosa (for seizures where the head is thrown back to face the tail), Hyoscyamus (for seizures with excessive face movements), Kali Brom (for seizures where there is marked excitement beforehand) and Silica (for seizures that are vaccine related). But they do advise discussing them with a homeopathic Vet BEFORE trying to give them to the dog). Very important is that homeopathic treatment doesn’t contribute to toxin build-up like many conventional treatments do.
Purely Pets also recommends a homemade diet seeing that poor nutrition is a leading cause of many diseases. They also point out that low quality food has toxins and allergens that can lead to all sorts of problems. A good diet can also make stabilise glucose levels as we saw under Causes that this is a problem. They also suggest eliminating toxins from your home and make sure your pet is in a well-ventilated area when you’re cleaning your home. As vitamins and minerals are required to boost your pet’s immune system, they have also suggested a few supplements, however this can probably be achieved through a really good homemade diet. Although, one supplement caught my eye as it’s claimed to have eliminated seizures in some animals and drastically cut them down in other animals. This is EpiPlus and it contains high dosages of B complex vitamins and herbs, which open the blood vessels, helping the body’s natural cleansing process. Another product they list is Calm & Relax, which has been good for cluster seizures and apparently an alternative to rectal Valium. If you have a forewarning of a seizure coming, they advise giving some honey as it’s claimed to lessen the severity of the seizure.
The mobile phone App called SpOil Your Pet advises caution using essential oils while a pet is having a seizure but suggests the following for dogs and cats who have seizures:
“Combine 2 drops each of Frankincense and Helichrysum and 2 drops of any combination of the following essential oils: Grounding Blend, Roman Chamomile, Calming Blend, Joyful Blend, or Lavender twice daily.
Diffuse Frankincense, Lavender, or Calming Blend for at least 20-30 minutes 2-3 times daily.
Feed a high quality diet and supplement with Omega-3 and probiotics.”"
I'd like to add that the essential oils mentioned in the app called SpOil Your Pet should ONLY be pure therapeutic grade essential oils and it's intended for use with doTERRA essential oils due to their strict testing process. Please be aware that many essential oil companies claim to be 100% pure and natural, but are not high enough quality to be used as the app intends. An example is a lavender bottle I bought from a very well known health store that is organic, 100% pure etc etc but went off in a matter of months. I still have 90% of the bottle left! Get in touch if you'd like to know more about doTERRA or you'd like to order the oils as I can get them for you (as well as informal training if you buy a kit) rather than you going through the website - firstname.lastname@example.org
Book: “You Can Heal Your Pet” by Elizabeth Whiter and Dr Rohini Sathish
Animal Wellness Magazine - Acupressure For Seizure-Prone Dogs
Dogs Naturally Magazine - 8 Natural Remedies For Your Dog’s Seizure
Purely Pets - Seizures - Naturally Treating Canine and Feline Epilepsy and Seizure Disorders
Purely Pets – Epi Plus Supplement
Mobile phone App called SpOil Your Pet – by Mia K. Frezzo, DVM and Jan C. Jeremias, MSc.
Note: the contents of this article are merely opinions and meant to be educational but are not intended to diagnose, cure or replace veterinary care. Where there is a medical concern, please seek veterinary attention!