I have a dog with a unique condition called canine epileptoid cramping syndrome (CECS). The “events” look some what like a seizure, but they aren’t. The dog cramps up and they are aware of what is happening. They recommend a hypoallergenic dog food and owners have found success in putting their dog on a grain free or limited ingredient/hypoallergenic dog food. The other thing that is interesting is that the research shows using low protein may be better than a higher protein. The research is all pretty new so I’m sure they don’t know for sure.
Currently, my boy is eating Wellness Core original. He was a year between episodes and then recently had one ten days after the previous. He has a annual exam next week and I think we will be discussing treatment moving ahead, but like I said there’s no little known about this disease. I think as a first step, I would like to go with a hypoallergenic dog food.
It sure is more expensive…I’m considering Wellness simple turkey or holistic select turkey and lentil and acana lamb and apple singles. Wondering if one might be better than the other. The holistic select is a little more cheaper, but not much. Wondering if others can share their feedback on these foods.
I like Wysong or Nutrisca (fish) for my allergy girl, both of these brands have limited ingredients options. She also likes the Wellness whitefish & sweet potato, canned.
I have heard good things about Fromm, too.
Check at Chewy .com
Or, consider homemade or a combination, see some of my other posts for a link to a natural homemade diet.
I should also add that as far as I know, Billy does not have any allergies. He has had full anal glands before and he seems to have done better with the grain free food.
I am a nurse (RN) and I am not familiar with the condition you describe. It does sound like TLE (temporal lobe epilepsy) the animal or human spaces out for a few seconds/minutes. It can be mild to severe. Go into remission and then suddenly reappear.
It would be best to consult a specialist/neurologist imo. Especially if the episodes are happening more than once a month.
There could be a low cost medication that could keep this animal stable. Best of luck.
Billy is being treated by our veterinarian. He has had 4 episodes…3 of them a year apart and the last one ten days after the third one. We work closely with our vet. Our approach has been to observe. Now that he has had one ten days after the last, we have an appointment to discuss what we want to do next. CECS is not epilepsy. Just google CECS and perhaps take a look at this article:
There isn’t much that works to treat this disease/disorder. One thing that has worked for some is a hypoallergenic diet. And to be honest, depending on what our vet says, that’s the route I would want to go to next. Medications don’t usually work with this disorder and before going that route, I would rather try a hypoallergenic diet. Believe me though, we have always had a close, trusting relationship with our vet. I just want to come with options on hypoallergenic food choices when we see her next week. I hope that helps…thanks!
Thanks for the links, ask your vet if a homemade diet would help http://www.homeovet.net/dynamic/php/downloads/dog-c8470f2c75dbe4b683205c3919ee2310/dog_diet_complete.pdf
thanks…i’m looking for hypoallergenic dog foods for now. Not ruling out homecooking in the future, but for now hypoallergenic dog foods. Thanks again!SusanParticipant
Hi Sarah. Have You looked at California Natural Hypoallergenic limited ingredient kibbles, here’s their link just scroll down for the grain free, Pork & Sweet Potatoes their Kangaroo & Lentils etc also the Lamb & Rice has just 4 ingredients… http://www.californianaturalpet.com/products
Hi Susan, No their name hasn’t come up on any lists that I looked at. I’ll take a peek though! Thanks for the suggestion! Billy has done pretty well with grain free turkey so I’m sort of leaning that way because of his anal gland issues, but he hasn’t tried lamb or pork before. It may be worth exploring. Thanks again!
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