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    Canine Epilepsy: An Owner’s Guide to Living With and Without Seizures

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By Caroline D. Levin RN

ISBN 0-9672253-3-7, Lantern Publications, 2002
Paperback, 8.5″x11″, 194pp., illustrated, bibliography
$35.90 (including shipping)


Out of Print

This book is a must-have resource if your dog suffers seizures!

— Steve Dale, Animal Planet Radio

DESCRIPTION:

Canine Epilepsy takes a close look at the most common neurological disorder diagnosed in dogs. It provides owners with detailed discussions of nervous system function and why seizures occur. It covers related healthcare issues, such as thyroid, bladder, and liver disease. The book discusses traditional medical treatments, as well as various alternative therapies.

Canine Epilepsy teaches owners methods to help their dogs before, during, and after seizures. They can learn to identify and minimize seizure activity. Perhaps most importantly, Canine Epilepsy examines seizure triggers, such as diet, vaccines, and chemicals, and the very clear links to metabolism and brain activity.

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CONTENTS:

Chapter 1
DEALING WITH LOSS

Chapter 2
THE DOCTOR CLIENT RELATIONSHIP

Chapter 3
NORMAL CANINE STRUCTURE

Chapter 4
EPILEPSY: DEFINITIONS & DIAGNOSIS

  • Defining Epilepsy
  • Generalized Seizures
  • Partial Seizures or Focal Seizures
  • Cluster Seizures
  • Status Epilepticus
  • Diagnosing Epilepsy

Chapter 5
SEIZURE-PROVOKING FACTORS

  • Part I: Diet
  • Part II: Immune & Endocrine Function
  • A Review of the Immune System
  • Cortisol – The Stress Hormone
  • Part III: Genetics
  • Cortisol and Autoimmune Diseases

Chapter 6
OVERVIEW OF TREATMENTS

Chapter 7
ANITEPILEPTIC DRUGS

  • Phenobarbital (Pb)
  • Potassium Bromide (KBr)
  • Diazepam (or Valium)
  • Felbamate (or Felbatol)
  • Clonazepam (or Klonopin, Rivotril)
  • Primidone (or Mysoline)

Chapter 8
DIETARY THERAPY

  • Preparing a Home-cooked Diet
  • Dogs With Kidney Disease or Pancreatitis
  • Drawbacks & Benefits of Home-cooking
  • Preparing a Raw Food Diet
  • Drawbacks & Benefits of Raw Food Diets
  • Switching Diets
  • Vitamins, Minerals, and Antioxidants
  • Trace minerals
  • Amino Acids
  • Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs)
  • S-adenosylmethionine (SAMe)
  • Milk Thistle (Silymarin)
  • Glandular Extracts
  • Melatonin
  • Phosphatidyl Serine

Chapter 9
ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES

  • Acupuncture
  • Massage
  • Tellington-Touch
  • Herbs
  • Flower Essence Therapy
  • Physical Exercise
  • Chiropractic Treatment

Chapter 10
SEIZURES: BEFORE, DURING, AFTER

  • The Seizure Kit
  • The Phases of a Seizure
  • Seizure Alert Dogs
  • Arresting Behaviors
  • What To Do During a Seizure
  • Pack Members’ Behaviors
  • What To Do After a Seizure
  • Your Seizure Journal
  • Bring Your Dog to the Clinic When

Chapter 11
ADDITIONAL HEALTH CONCERNS

  • Preventive Health Measures
  • Infections
  • Renal (Kidney) Problems
  • Incontinence
  • Hepatic (Liver) Disease
  • Hypothyroidism: Diagnoses & Treatment
  • AEDs, Cortisol, and Thyroid Tests
  • Ophthalmic Issues
  • Psychological Stress
  • Other Factors That Contribute to Disease
  • Heartworm Prevention
  • Flea Control
  • New Vaccine Protocols
  • Epilepsy and Breeding Practices
  • Comfort Measures

Chapter 12
CLOSING THOUGHTS

  • Suppliers and Resources

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AUTHOR’S COMMENTS:

It came as some surprise when I received a reader’s letter complimenting my previous work and asking me to write about canine epilepsy. I hadn’t planned to do any further writing for a while but the reader, Sandra Dobbs, made a strong case for such a book. She explained that many veterinarians notice links between thyroid disease, diet, and seizures. She continued with a wink, “So you’ve already started the research.” I agreed.

It wasn’t long before I realized a vast and intricate connection between diet, endocrine function, and brain activity. These concepts are gaining serious attention in the field of human healthcare. Dog owners are realizing these relationships as well.Canine7Epilepsy360x286-150x150

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EXCERPT:

From Chapter 10 – Seizures: Before, During, and After

Long before medications became available to control epilepsy, ancient people practiced other methods of naturally halting or minimizing seizure activity. These methods are still recommended today. You may hear them described as methods of “naturally arresting” seizures or methods of “sensory arrest.”

Sensory arrest involves stimulating the area of the brain that is threatened with electrical discharge. This can be accomplished with a strong sound, physical touch, or taste. It is suspected that by giving these neurons a strong stimulus, the random discharge of seizure activity can be overridden. When the patient’s attention shifts from the inward focus to an outward focus (the new stimulus) it seems to help enforce the inhibitory response of the surrounding neurons.

Sensory arrest is most successful when patients have a highly identifiable aura. In reviewing your journal notes you may be able to identify behaviors that indicate your dog’s aura or preictal phase. When an owner recognizes the onset of this aura, stimulus can be applied in an attempt to thwart the impending seizure.

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REVIEWS:

In Canine Epilepsy author Caroline Levin has given information on all the questions an owner would want to know … and some that the owner has not yet thought of. She has done a huge amount of research on the topic — that is obvious from the knowledge and historical information that she uses to back-up her recommendations and all the resulting information is passed on to readers.

Traditional epilepsy treatments are discussed, as well as alternative ones such as using dietary supplements, acupuncture or the Tellington TTouch system. Thyroid, liver (elevated enzyme count) or bladder problems sometimes manifest and these are discussed k9in a very helpful way. But by far the most significant of all the information is the influence that diet and the way food is metabolised has a huge influence on the number and severity of seizures. Vaccines can also have a clear link to the disturbed brain patterns.

And neither has the author forgotten to be compassionate. In fact her opening chapter deals with the owner’s feelings of hostility, denial and disappointment, sadness and the desire to do the best for the loved family member.

This is a book to keep close to you if you have an afflicted dog. A book to read whenever you have a few minutes spare. Read and learn.

– Elizabeth Peters, editor
K9 Perspectives Magazine

I just wanted you to know how much your book, “Canine Epilepsy” has helped me! It is a constant reference. With Tyler’s first two seizures, our vet gave us Phenobarbital pills and a syringe of valium. I cannot tell you how frightened I was that I would be unable to administer the valium in an emergency. Your book’s detailed instructions greatly relieved my anxiety. We have used the “Startle and Shake” arresting method 4 times successfully in the past three months! What an exhilarating feeling it is, to save Tyler from having a seizure instead of feeling so totally powerless!

– Carol Taylor and “Tyler” in Arizona

After reading “Canine Epilepsy: An Owner’s Guide to Living With and Without Seizures” there isn’t a dog owner alive who wouldn’t feel comforted, and cheered, by the wisdom imparted to them within the pages of this book.

– Lynn Thomas
American Pet Journal Radio

Canine Epilepsy offers readers a detailed yet accessible introduction to the complex interrelations among the neurological, endocrine, and immune systems. Levin presents a compelling picture of how improper diet and stress contribute to system imbalances, and shows her readers simple ways in which they can make a tremendous difference for their animals. As a veterinarian, it’s wonderful to be able to refer clients to a book written especially for them.

– Lauren K. Chattigré – DVM

I am VERY impressed with Canine Epilepsy. It really includes some in depth research and is the most comprehensive book I have read on the topic. It includes all the information needed for an owner to confidently care for a pet with epilepsy.

– Joanne Carson Ph.D.
Founder of the Epi Guardian Angels Internet list

Canine Epilepsy is fabulous! Thank you so much for writing it! This book was so desperately needed and I am thrilled to endorse it!!”

– Dianne Sever
Co-Founder jstsayno2vacc Internet list

I would like to congratulate you on the excellent quality, depth, and well-researched nature of this book. Canine Epilepsy has become an important and integral part of my library.

– Ian Billinghurst, BV.Sc.(Hons.),
author of Give Your Dog a Bone

I just wanted to let you know how FANTASTIC I think this book is. It is beyond doubt the best book I have read about epilepsy. It is written in a very easy to understand way and I am gaining enormous amounts of information from it. I only wish that you had published it four years ago, when I was so desperate and depressed. Thanks again for this wonderful book.

– Annette Miller & “Tot”, Ontario, Canada

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