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Potatoes and Seizures

Posted: Wed Apr 25, 2001 5:21 pm
by Nancy Bartol
Has there been any research looking into a relationship between potatoes and seizures?
Have any owners noticed a relationship?

Any suggestions on how to conduct a mini-study for a breed where some owners report a relationship?

Posted: Thu Apr 26, 2001 8:10 am
by Liz Hansen
Hi Nancy,
I haven't heard of any studies, but Dr Patterson or O'Brien can better answer that.

On the epi chat lists I'm on, I do know there are several dogs who are on diets that include potato and/or sweet potato, and the owners feel the dog does BETTER eating potatoes than whatever they previously were eating. Like most everything else, this probably has a lot of individual variation.

Posted: Mon Apr 30, 2001 12:10 pm
by Ned Patterson DVM

I don't know of any research into potatoes and seizures, and I can't think of any likely physiological mechanism unless the cause of seizures was low blood sugar.

To be a valid study one would need a contolled, doubled blinded study in which 50% of the dogs were getting some form of potatoes and 50% were getting a placebo.

Posted: Sun May 13, 2001 10:11 am
by Nancy Bartol
Thanks for comments. The one other association I've found about potatoes and seizures came from my sister, who worked with the Ketogenic Diet - she relays that potatoes are excluded from the diet due to too many carbs for ketosis.

Well, just in case --- my guys don't get MacDonald's french fries any more!


Re: Potatoes and Seizures

Posted: Thu May 13, 2010 4:34 pm
by Parkersheart
I know that this is an old post. But, I'd like to contribute. During the 7 month period that Parker was seizure free, I feed him sweet potatoes everyday for his treats. I always had the canned in with the syrup, I always drained the syprup out. I also, had fresh baked ones. I did this because I wanted him to have treats and since I didn't give him bones because I wasn't sure if it hurt him I gave the sweet potates. I feed him Rachel Raes dogfood during this time as well.