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December 04, 2016
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When food is the best medicine

He had two more seizures overnight and we got him to the vet, without sleeping ourselves, early in the morning. They gave him a dose of Valium and kept him for the day under constant supervision. I was already suspicious of the food and asked about a possible correlation. No, I was told, there was no correlation between the seizures and nutrition. We were offered a referral to a neurologist and a prescription for an anti-seizure medication that would a) change his personality, b) require every eight hour dosing for the rest of his life and c)cost $130 month. Afraid, we filled the prescription and took him home. The vet gave us an emergency dose of Valium and instructed us to use it if he seized again.

Then we decided to try our nutrition theory, knowing we risked neurological damage if he had another seizure. The brain can lock in a pattern of seizures, we were told. That night at home, Aengus started seizing again. I gave him the Valium, although I could have used some myself by this time. The seizure abated quickly. The next day we fed him his regular diet. He has not had a seizure since.

I am convinced now that these seizures were a reaction to the prescribed diet and a severe nutritional deficiency brought on by the pancreatitis. We have never given him the anti-seizure medication and he is still the same ornery dog of love he always has been.