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Melissa and Raven
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Post by Melissa and Raven » Mon Mar 10, 2008 8:18 pm

Boy oh boy, 44 posts...I can't possibly read them all right now, or over the next couple of days. I just wanted to toss another question out there for you to ponder, does your dog (s) food have wheat in it? The bran muffin would have...seizures could be an allergic reaction to wheat. Food allergies are developed over pro-longed exposure to the same ingredients over and over again, it happens slowly, but can cause all sorts of changes in the body, skin irritation, rash, ear infections, stomach upset and even seizures. Perhaps switching them to a grain free food...or switching even if perhaps you don't think that is what it could be...just to see.

Just a thought...I'll try to catch up on all these posts over the next week or so....if you've already thought of that, ignore my post. You're in good hands here.

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Post by MTM » Tue Mar 11, 2008 12:27 pm

Yes- a lot of posts in this thread- I tend to talk a lot ;) Murfy and Toby both eat IVET. They have been on it for two years now. The mixed berry bran muffin was definitely an anomaly in his diet. I don't know that he has ever had bran or berries. Whether or not it is related to the seizures I do not know but we will not be having any mixed berry bran muffins in the house. This is the link to the dog food we use:

I talked to the vet today. Toby is at 26.1 with his phenobarb. The neuro is very happy with the number and said there is plenty of "wiggle" room. I asked about the extra dose of pheno again and the vet said he just didn't think it would do anything as it would not "flood" his system with a higher level- basically, it might not prevent anything. By the end of the conversation he did say sometimes half the battle is getting the owners comfortable so if it made me feel better to have the option of an extra half of a pill, he was fine with it. It does make me feel better- so I think overall the conversation went well :) . Now we are still waiting on the results of the water test... Hope everyone is doing well!
Murfy -forever free but forever missed <3
Toby -74 lbs, 8.5 yrs old, black lab mix
258 mg Phb, .9 mg Thyrosyn and 300 mg Zonisamide BID. Also 575 mg NaBr daily.

Melissa and Raven
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Post by Melissa and Raven » Wed Mar 12, 2008 9:57 am

I don't see anything alarming in that food. Although...I've never heard of it until now.
For your reference ... ngredients
http://www.canine-epilepsy-guardian-ang ... dients.htm

However, I'm a firm believer that you can't put a band-aid solution on a problem if you keep applying the problem. Who knows...there may be something their that they are allergic too? Have you tried an alternative food?
It's a harmless, but very possible solution. Worked for my girl, she was on Hills Z/D for allergies. I believe the seizures were caused from the chemically man-made ingredients especially the ethoxyquin...she's been on all natural food since August (mostly home made) AGAINST my vets wishes...and no seizures...
Hey, come to think of it...she just passed the 6th month mark...I should make a quick note on the Success board!
I'll keep checking in on as yours is interesting and saddens me. I wish you all the luck and keep us up to date on what you and your vet find out.
I'll be thinking of you.

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