Mite Infestation Cures Epilepsy

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Mite Infestation Cures Epilepsy

Post by Read G. Burga » Sun, 08 Jun 1997 04:00:00

If this subject line doesn't attract attention, I don't know what will!

SUMMARY STATEMENT:  When our seven year old dog became infested with mites
last January, his epileptic seizures that he had suffered every two months
since the age of one stopped.  Now that his mite infestation is under
control, the epileptic seizures are returning.

DETAILS FOR THOSE INTERSTED:  Our Lhasa Apso mix dog began having epileptic
seizures shortly after he was one year old.  They occurred approximately
once every two months, lasting for about fif*** minutes and ending with
him throwing up whatever was on his stomach.  Because the seizures were
infrequent, our vet recommended taking no action except watching him.

This January, our dog began chewing and scratching himself furiously.  We
took him to our vet three times and nothing he tried seemed to help:  1.
Cortisone injection; 2. Amoxcillan; 3. Clavamox and 4. Hydoxyzine.  His fur
was coming off in fairly large chunks and becoming dry and forming tangled,
matted chunks that we would have to cut off.  We began giving him a fatty
acid supplement supplied by the vet and that at least alleviated the
dryness of the hair.

All of this continued until one week ago (five months) and not once during
that period did our dog have an epileptic fit.  The vet says this is a
coincidence and absolutely not related to the itching problem.

Last week we brought our dog to another vet and he gave him an injection of
Ivermetin to see if it was a mite infestation that was causing the problem.
 In the week that has passed since the injection, the itching and chewing
and hair loss has been greatly reduced.  My guess is that a second
injection and time will bring the entire episode to an end.

But . . . .  This week our dog had an epileptic fit for the first time
since January.  Not a full strength fit, but about half of what he used to
have.  At the same time, the itching and scratching is about half what it
used to be.  My conclusion is that as the mite infestation is brought under
control, the epileptic seizures are returning.

If this is true (And I'm sure I'll get a lot of neigh sayers on this!), and
if someone could figure out how the mite infestation caused changes in the
dog's system that suppressed the epileptic fits AND if one could devise a
means to artificially replecate this result through a drug or other means,
one could control the epilepsy.  Anyone have any thoughts on this?

Please e-mail any comments you post on this subject directly to me, as I
don't always have time to check each and every posting in this news forum.
Thanks for any help or comments you can provide.

Read Burgan