From Bosun we learned a system of fit management.
From Lucy we learned of herbal alternatives to the drugs
From Maddie we learned the importance of diet and the beneficial uses of a herbal tea.
Cassie taught us that the same herbal tea could be used in place of rectal diazepam to save lives.
Rosie taught us the importance of the correct pack order.
Jet taught us that just small changes can bring huge improvements.
Fletcher taught us that the diet is for life, even if the fitting stops.
Nelson, though not epileptic, taught us the huge importance of identifying and eliminating food sensitivities at the correct speed for each dog, and of the value of rotation diets.
Skipper, also not epileptic, but with appalling liver malformation, taught us to understand the stresses and necessity of coping with regular medication, and a great deal to do with coping with liver problems and bladder stones.
There have been so many dogs over the years, each making a contribution to our pool of knowledge and understanding of epilepsy and its related problems.
With our sympathetic approach we try to help owners find additional ways of lessening these bouts of excess electrical activity, apart from the usual drugs, thereby improving the quality of life for both dog and owner families.
Owners can be devastated by epilepsy in their treasured pets, where the diagnosis could, and still can be, that euthanasia is the only answer. However, we set out to offer help and alternative optionswith the knowledge we have accrued, in addition to prescribed medication.
We even managed to get colourants removed from veterinary phenobarbitone.
We have found that identifying food problems and altering the diet, specifically to suit each individual dog, can reduce the frequency and severity of the
seizures/fits in nearly all cases, thereby improving the quality of life for the dog and owner.
We have learnt a way of managing the actual fit which reduces the length and severity of the fit and gives the owner confidence that they can do something to help their dog. Their confidence then transmits to the dog and the seizure lessens. The dog may appear unconscious but, as with humans, touch and hearing are the last senses to go, so just the way the owner handles the dog during a fit can really make a difference while keeping both dog and owner safe.