>Our 2-1/2 year old Yorkshire Terrier, Tarzan, began experiencing seizures in September. To date, he has had fie convulsive attacks, each lasting approximately 2 to 3 minutes. After each episode, Tarzan regains his sense of awareness and resumes normal
functioning. While the cause is still inconclusive, my husband and I are seeking holistic measures to curb our beloved Tarzan's epileptic bouts. Please, if you have any knowledge of prior experience of this type of problem, we would be truly grateful fo
r your invaluable feedback. Thanks. Jackie
There are many causes of seizures. I'll try to make it easy to follow:
1. Those caused by disease of the nervous system
2. Those caused by disease of any other organ, but which has an effect on
the nervous system.
No. 2 can be ruled out in most cases by *** and urine tests. These check
things as liver, kidney, red and white cell morphology. Toxins like lead can
be checked for as well.
If this is normal, then BY ELIMINATION a primary nervous system disorder
is assumed. A full neurological examination is carried out on all fitting
patients to see if there is a cause which can be localised(tumour,
infection, "stroke", etc). If no abnormality can be found then there are
1. Disease is present in a "silent" area of the brain
2. The animal is experiencing true epilepsy
So, epilepsy is a diagnosis of "rule out". Nobody is sure of the cause
but many consider it to be an imbalance between excitatory and inhibiting
chemicals in the brain.
There are many good, safe medications to control fits. I have no
experience of homoepathic remedies, so I'll leave that to someone with
Sarah Ladd BVSc