How to Treat Old Dogs That Have Seizures
Treating Old Dogs That Have Seizures
As a dog gets older they start to have health issues. One issue that arises with age is seizures. Old dog seizures are scary because, as an owner, you feel helpless and you really want to do something to help your best friend. Seizures are common in dogs, so there is no reason to automatically think the worst of the situation.
My Dog has Seizures Should I Put Him Down?
Just because a dog starts to have seizures does not mean that it is time for him to say goodbye. Of course, differing factors come into play for this question. The first is the severity of the seizures, are they so violent that you fear for your dog's life everytime they have one. The first seizure is different because it is the first time that you experience that unique situation, but how are subsequent seizures? The second factor is the timing of multiple seizures, how often are they occurring? Are they still able to live a fulfilling life?
These are questions that you should be asking their vet. My dog has seizures should I put him down? is a question that should be discussed with the doggy's vet. If the conclusion is that the seizures are something that the dog can reasonably live with, then there are options for treating the little guy.
It is important to take note of the time and duration of old dog seizures. This is important data that the vet needs to know in order to make a proper diagnosis. Once the vet makes a diagnosis and determines the kind of seizures the dog is likely having, they can prescribe medication to help the next time it happens.
The conventional medication that vets prescribe is tranquilizers. Tranquilizers help to calm the dog down after a seizure and allow them to gently acclimate to normalcy. The body undergoes a rigorous exercise when it undergoes a seizure, and it is a shock to the body. The best thing to do after a seizure is to make the pup's environment as calm and soothing as possible. That includes turning off all noises, dimming the lights or closing the shades, and possibly treating with a tranquilizer.
Studies have shown that Cannabidiol (CBD) helps humans that are prone to seizures including those diagnosed with epilepsy. Official studies done on dogs have not been published, but preliminary studies show benefits of using CBD for pets to treat dogs with seizures.
CBD helps by calming the dog having seizure down and allowing them to relax. It helps older dogs that are prone to seizures but also helps with other ailments that plague older dogs. CBD helps to relieve chronic muscle and joint pains. Whether the pains are just from old age or arthritics, CBD soothes the muscles and joints to help them feel more relaxed.
CBD is a derivative of the hemp plant in the cannabis family of plants. Hemp has a significant amount of CBD. Do not confuse the CBD that is in hemp with the THC that is in marijuana. Marijuana is in the same family as hemp and they have similar cannabinoids in them but at different levels. Hemp has an insignificant amount of THC, .3% to 1.5% compared to marijuana's 5% plus.
Natural treatments for a dog having seizure include acupuncture, diet change and natural supplements. Some natural supplements include aconite, belladonna, bufo, cicuta virosa, cocculus, hyoscyamus, kali brom or silica; all of which help calm the pup down after a seizure and can help prevent seizures. It is important to speak with a vet when giving your dog any supplement. If you want to go the natural remedy route, it might be best to find a homeopathic vet that can walk you through the pros and cons of each supplement.