Posted : 8/13/2011 11:15:38 AM
Not saying that alternative medicine might not help but just so you're aware that medications can save a seizure dog's life.
Jackie is absolutely correct and I'm really glad she qualified and clarified that.
I'm not saying to go against your vet's advice, simply that often the combination of herbs and acupuncture can help either reduce the drugs or avoid them (sometimes for a long time) -- or it may just give more choice. The U of FL vet school teaches acupuncture and herbology and at this point the school protocol is simply to try the herbs as a first line of defense to be supplemented by the meds if necessary. In recent years, acpuncture is used a lot in horses and this is a particularly strong equine area and the use of acupuncture has come strongly from that area. I just wanted to clarify that this isn't just seen as some uncommon "weird" holistic thing.
The most dangerous thing with seizures is not having them diagnosed or treated at all or having the human being afraid to deal with them. They ARE scarey as heck and just learning how to cope with a seizure is a huge learning curve for most of us. The reason I always post about the herbs & acupuncture is simply because it's so human to just plain want to tell a vet to **make it STOP** because it's tough to deal with (and frustrating and heartbreaking).
slr2meg (Pirate's Mom on here) -- she deals with Pirate's seizures with a combination of meds and herbs and she's a really good go-to source for information.