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Alice - late onset epilepsy

Had a really positive meeting with the vet yesterday. We now have Keppra, to be used as a pulse therapy to break the clusters (hopefully), and rectal diazepam. I feel loads better, now I know the vet feels confident it's idiopathic epilepsy and not something more sinister. Ally is very much more herself now and starting to join May on the walks.
After a chat with Anne Morley of the Canine Support Group, I've decided to change Ally's diet. Seems worth a try. Friend has just recommended antler pieces for chewing. Does anyone know if they're okay for epi dogs?
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antlers are fine .... my cuinn has had epilepsy since age 1 he is now 11.... and he loves his antlers... unfortunately late onset epilepsy usually has an underlying medical reason for onset. You don't say how old your dog is other than it is late. Many epi dogs do well on a well put together raw diet....

most idiopathic epilepsy occurs between ages 2-4 with some starting younger... like my cuinn...

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good to hear you feel more settled now
I too have spoken to Ann and even joined up, thats why Tom's diet has changed so drastically.
Hope Ally is ok now
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So glad to hear that Alice feels better!

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good to hear you feel more settled now
I too have spoken to Ann and even joined up, thats why Tom's diet has changed so drastically.
Hope Ally is ok now
I joined up too, but I'm a little sceptical about some stuff. Have you found her diet has helped your boy? Do hope he's doing ok.

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I'm not sure, but have put him on tinned winalot with the terrier mixer and a non green veg, he's loving the white cabbage, I've changed his bowls to stainless steel, and he only wears his black collar now.
I'm still doing lots of things we shouldn't as regards treats and fish though.
It's difficult to say what is doing the trick as we have made so many changes with his meds and his food all at the same time, but as I've said before on here he is NOT getting any chemical worming tablets ever again and will be now looking at alternatives


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Dave - what do you mean when you say that Tom only wears his black collar now??
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Not quite sure Tina, but Ann from the epilepsy society advised to avoid all blue and green, which means food, blankets, collars, anything in them colours, sounds very bizarre but I'm giving it a go anyway.
I can only guess it has something to do with the dyes used ??? and like you cant give certain coloured sweets to some children.
Tom has 2 green collars and a black one, so before the chances would be he had a green one on all the time.
Also to avoid plastic and ceramic bowls, which Tom had ceramic, and now stainless steel


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True - it does sound really peculiar - but then again, nothing about this condition is straightforward!
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Not quite sure Tina, but Ann from the epilepsy society advised to avoid all blue and green, which means food, blankets, collars, anything in them colours, sounds very bizarre but I'm giving it a go anyway.
I can only guess it has something to do with the dyes used ??? and like you cant give certain coloured sweets to some children.
Tom has 2 green collars and a black one, so before the chances would be he had a green one on all the time.
Also to avoid plastic and ceramic bowls, which Tom had ceramic, and now stainless steel
Plastic contains chemicals that leach into food and water, and I suspect the same is true for ceramics. People with food sensitivities are often advised to avoid these, especially plastic, so I suppose it makes sense to protect sensitive furry systems from them, too. And don't forget about plastic toys!

Wishing you a happy, seizure-free day!
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