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Great news for our Aussie Shepherd !

Posted: Thu Aug 30, 2018 11:53 am
by Scrannel
We've had Buddy for about four years and about a year and a half ago he began having seizures. He went on phenobarbital but he was still having a couple of bouts (sometimes more) a week. Also, he would wander around the house as if constantly agitated. Now, before his seizures he was a gung-ho Aussie (a trait he never lost even with seizures). Anyway... long story... I asked my wife if Buddy had any seizures before we took him off beef ribs. Something I used to give him a couple times a week until my wife felt I was going to make him fat. So, that day I put him back on beef ribs and the transformation was nothing short of staggering. It is, really, impossible to describe. Fur glossy and soft; eyes more clear; sleeping through the night and... no more seizures.

So... I went on line and saw that the ketogenic diet (which I had suggested to my wife) was now, indeed, being used for dogs. But as geology major (with emphasis in vertebrate paleontology), I was stunned to read that the "dog community" had ad-hoc reclassified the dog as an omnivore. The dog is a carnivore. It needs animal fat and animal meat. Beef probably is best. Now, even my wife believes me. And, Buddy is the happiest dog on earth!

BTW, this is how the ketogenic diet works: ... 141700.htm

Re: Great news for our Aussie Shepherd !

Posted: Fri Sep 07, 2018 8:29 am
by Scrannel
BTW, of course we are working with our Vet and have kept him on his meds. We may, with supervision, decrease the meds in abut 6 months if he remains seizure free.

Re: Great news for our Aussie Shepherd !

Posted: Fri Sep 07, 2018 8:39 am
by ShilohsMom
That's amazing that you've found something that works!!!! So happy for you.

Re: Great news for our Aussie Shepherd !

Posted: Sun May 16, 2021 7:40 am
by Scrannel
So, it's now 2021 and wanted to follow up with an update on our Aussie, Buddy. Within the past year he started having seizures again, basically about once or twice a week, sometimes more. My wife said when he tried to sleep he would be gasping for air. Anyway, long story shirt, we had the groomer give him a "butch" cut. Totally different dog. Sleeps like a log and no seizures for over a month. Where we live is not that warm, but apparently he was too warm anyway. FWIW.

Re: Great news for our Aussie Shepherd !

Posted: Wed May 26, 2021 6:14 am
by SpencerBhumi
Hi Scrannel.
That is encouraging news that your dog went so long without seizures. I imagine you were bitterly disappointed and concerned when they returned last year.
Again, encouraging that their frequency has diminished after the hair cut - and hopefully the seizures are gone for a good length of time now.
My grief with this disease is that we never had an answer - a cause, a trigger, a cure. We just chased it the best we could.
I am pleased that you are having a reprieve and pray that this good run will continue.

In memory of Spencer
7-12-2005 - 22-8-2017