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protect the liver, including milk thistle and choline.


Alternatively, natural therapies don’t usually lead to side effects or require the same intense regimen of regular evaluation. Patients have ex- perienced good results with phospha- tidylcholine, which works to stabilize brain cell membranes, and so reduce and prevent seizures, while also pro- viding detoxification support for the liver. Phosphatidylcholine supplements are also used to prevent and treat another common neurological problem in pets—cognitive disorder (akin to Alzheimer’s in humans).


Dimethylglycine supplementa- tion aids in treating seizures, as well. It both supports the nervous system and provides energy to the body’s cells. Herbs, including valerian, pas-


sionflower, kava, gastrodia (tian ma), uncaria (gou teng), ostrea concha (mu li) and buthus martensi (quan xie), can also be helpful. Because they can be powerful natural medicines that could interact with each other and with prescription medicines, use them only under veterinary supervision. Homeopathic remedies are also widely incorporated into natural treat- ments of seizures such as tinctures of stramonium and belladonna. A twice- daily homeopathic detoxification treat- ment for pets experiencing seizures from any cause, using berberis, nux vomica and lymphomyosot, is recom- mended, as well.


Due to the overwhelming suc- cess of using natural therapies for pets with epilepsy at our Paws & Claws Animal Hospital, most do not need to rely on medications for the problem. Those pets that arrive on a regimen of strong anticonvulsant drugs are slowly weaned off of them, resulting in im- proved health, lower vet bills and better control of recovery. Most never have another seizure, as long as they stay on the natural therapy protocol prescribed.


Shawn Messonnier, a doctor of veteri- nary medicine practicing in Plano, TX, is the award-winning author of The Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats and Unexpected Miracles: Hope and Holistic Healing for Pets. Visit PetCareNaturally.com.


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