Epilepsy and fits in dogs

When you pet has a seizure or convulses it can be very traumatic for both pet and their guardian. Here are some holistic tips on how to support your pet from a prevention point of view, but also preluding the onset of a fit/convulsion until veterinary help can be reached.

A seizure is linked to a malfunction in the brain that causes a temporary disturbance/ disfunction of normal brain activity. They can occur for many reasons and often the cause may remain unknown. For instance some can be due to a reduction in blood flow to the brain, poison/toxins in the body, low blood sugar, medication, infections to name but a few.

Holistic Tips to support your animal;

  1. Ensure that their intestinal system is in optimum shape for the correct absorption of nutrients from any supplements as well as ensuring the immune system is nutritionally supported.  Manna Feed is an excellent nutrional support for optimum digestive and immune support.
  2. A species appropriate diet will ensure your animal remains healthy and that the body is not overloaded with toxins from their diet.
  3. Omega 3 in things such as cold pressed  linseed oil and fish oils will nutrionally support brain function
  4. Offering essential oils to keep your animal calm is key.  Plant extracts such as german chamomile oil and herb, valerian, lavender augustfolia, hops, passionflower, vervain and tobacco absolute are  all excellent support.
  5. Ensure that magnesium and B6 rich plant extracts are offered to your animal. Plants such as marshmallow root powder, seaweed and spirulina as well as brewers yeast, all popular via self selection.
  6. Frankincense is often self selected by animals with any type of brain disorder. Frankincense contains sesquiterpenes and such oils have the ability to cross the blood/brain barrier. Sesquiterpenes stimulate the limbic system. Furthermore, Frankincense helps slow and control breathing thereby reducing stress already placed on the body.
  7. Lemon and orange essential oils may also help.  With any brain injury or disfunction, both sides of the brain find it difficult to communicate with each other. Lemon and orange stimulate different sides of the brain (lemon is left, orange right) and therefore may help.
  8. Other plant extracts including licorice root powder, peppermint, hawthorn powder, spirulina, barley grass, valerian, ylang ylang essential oils, st johns wort macerated oil.


Avoid offering the following essential oils and plant extracts if an animal has had a fit: eucalyptus, wormwood, fennel, rosemary, sage, thujua, black peppar, clove, cinnanmon and spike lavender.  If in doubt please consult your holistic animal practionner for advise and support.

These holistic tips of natural remedies to support your animal are not intended as a replacement for veterinary support and a vet should always be consulted.  Always consult your holistic animal health practionner for advice prior to the use of the plant extracts.

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