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by Tami Nantz | 3 months, 3 weeks ago
Piper squirrel watching in Denton, TX
Piper is our 12-year-old German Shorthaired Pointer (GSP), and this is article is based on a journal I have been keeping related to her seizure history. We got her as a puppy in 2009 and she was high energy, “Lassie” smart, well-mannered, and an extremely sweet dog. GSP’s require tons of exercise and so we not only take her to daycare 5 days a week, we go on hikes, walks, and to the dog park. She requires exercise 6 days a week even at the age of 12!
In 2014, Piper experienced her first seizure while on the hiking trails and ended up having 2 more during 2014. Our everyday vet prescribed a seizure medication for the short term since they had happened a few weeks apart. Lucky for us this worked, and Piper was seizure-free until May 2017 which occurred while she was sleeping. Fortunately, she didn’t have any more seizures in 2017. To recap from 2014 to 2017 she had 4 seizures, and all were very short and though scary to witness, she was fine.
In 2018, her seizures started to become much more frequent. She went through a period of having one or two seizures per month. We decided to take her off all the flea medicines that she had been taking as I had conducted some research to find that topical flea meds can lead to seizures especially the combo flea and heartworm med. In addition to this, we contacted a holistic vet, Dr. Anna Wolf of Pet Synergy in Washington whom we had used for our dogs in the past. She analyzed her blood work and conducted an allergy test and then came up with a fully holistic “get well plan”.
The get-well plan included: Cannabidiol (CBD) oil twice per day, Neuroplex, coconut oil, and apple cider vinegar. We also detoxed her using Zeolite. All of this helped decrease the seizure frequency. Not only that, we used all-natural flea and tick shampoo which you can buy here to keep your dog bathed in toxin-free shampoos. We went down from 1 or 2 seizures per month to 4 months without a seizure. We were thrilled!
Fast forward to January 6, 2019. Piper was sleeping and had a severe “cluster” seizure. A cluster seizure is when there’s a series of seizures happening one on top of the other. This type of seizure is hard on the dog to recover as it elevates their body temperature.
Since we had never witnessed a cluster seizure, we consulted a local vet who offers Chinese acupuncture which I had read can help dogs with seizures. We got great guidance from Dr. Hartai from Spot on Wellness in Dallas who did a refreshed full analysis of Piper’s blood work and added goji berries and Chinese herb Yang Yin Xi Feng to her diet. We also continued to use Dr. Anna in Washington as well since we had such a long relationship with her caring for our schipperke who lived to be 20 years old and was diagnosed with kidney failure. Her get well plan pro-longed our schipp's life by several years so we were confident she could help Piper.
In 2020, there were two times that she had seizures, and both times we forgot to give her the CBD oil before bedtime. Not 100% sure if this triggered her episodes; but we now make sure we don’t forget to give her the dose. Typically, the episodes happen while she’s asleep.
We discontinued the acupuncture in 2020 as we found they really weren't helping. How did we determine this? Well the day after one of her acupuncture treatments in 2020, she had a seizure. In 2020, Piper had a total of 5 seizures.
In January 2021 Piper had her first seizure in 4 months. Her holistic routine now is 3 doses (1/3 of a dropper) of PetReleaf 1700 at breakfast, dinner, and bedtime. She also still takes the Chinese herb Yang Yin Xi Feng, her Neuroplex 2x a day; and at bedtime, she takes Azmira Relax and Calm.
Hopefully, this article helps others whose dogs are having seizures. We are praying that we will be able to keep the frequency down to a minimum with this holistic plan. Yes, it’s a lot of work, but we love Piper so much we will do anything to give her the best quality of life.
If your pup has seizures, like Piper, I highly recommend consulting a Holistic vet for the right prescription for your dog.
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