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    Epilepsy Research with Medium Chain Trigylcerides

    Study gives ‘new hope’ to epilepsy dogs. This may be treatment with things such as coconut oil?

    https://www.vettimes.co.uk/news/stud...ogs-says-prof/

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    Re: Epilepsy Research with Medium Chain Trigylcerides

    No mention of sample size, method, what deviation between the control and variable group, what was the minimum length of seizure history in these dogs, were these dogs also medicated, etc...

    I wouldn't get my hopes up until they link the actual study.

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    Re: Epilepsy Research with Medium Chain Trigylcerides

    This is a follow up on a 2015 study. If you are a Vet, you might contact Veterinary Times or Prof. Holger Volk for a pre-print of both studies.

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    Re: Epilepsy Research with Medium Chain Trigylcerides

    applaud all efforts for veterinarian medicine to take more consideration into nutrition. always beyond words how deadly the VM approaches have gotten with drugs, and it's ok if it damages another vital organ we have a drug for that and another for the vital organ that drug damages... ??????

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    Re: Epilepsy Research with Medium Chain Trigylcerides

    Max had a few minor seizures. I found studies showing some lines of some breeds didn't metabolize taurine properly and supplemented. Wonder if that has been studied further?

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    Re: Epilepsy Research with Medium Chain Trigylcerides

    Quote Originally Posted by Kathyy View Post
    Max had a few minor seizures. I found studies showing some lines of some breeds didn't metabolize taurine properly and supplemented. Wonder if that has been studied further?
    I Googled "taurine and epilepsy in dogs" w/o quotes and found lots of hits, but didn't have the patience to look for research after 1999.


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    applaud all efforts for veterinarian medicine to take more consideration into nutrition. always beyond words how deadly the VM approaches have gotten with drugs, and it's ok if it damages another vital organ we have a drug for that and another for the vital organ that drug damages... ??????
    So you're suggesting that that Vet medicine is following the lead of human medicine .... with Pharmaceutical profit leading the way ;-)

    Shep was on Metacam, which really did provide significant relief for his arthritis, but it started doing a number on his liver. My young Vet was concerned about his rapidly increasing liver numbers, but the older owner of the practice was less concerned about the liver numbers in an elderly dog. I chose to stop, and use other drugs, giving him 3 more years.

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    I don't know if Pharmaceutical profit is the reasoning at the vet level... I do know that a majority of vet practices are more and more owned by investors and the vets only work there and must abide by the decisions of the investors and meet the profit margins of the investors Our bodies are organic do feel all illness is related to nutrition/environment that fuels it or deprives it, of proper function at the very basic levels that a vet should have the understanding. Body can break, but it can also heal it's self. with the right support.. Am just baffled there isn't more of a working balance between one symptom unreasonable side effect meds and supporting the body to restore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatriciafromCO View Post
    applaud all efforts for veterinarian medicine to take more consideration into nutrition. always beyond words how deadly the VM approaches have gotten with drugs, and it's ok if it damages another vital organ we have a drug for that and another for the vital organ that drug damages... ??????

    Vets are not nutritionists; they are there to treat illnesses, just like doctors can make suggestions about our diet in relation to certain health issues, but it's the nutritionist whose job it is to help us make better eating choices. Because drugs have side effects is not a valid reason to throw the entire pharmaceutical industry over, even though I think there is a tendency to over-prescribe. I'm takign prescription drugs at the moment to help with an irregular heartbeat that landed me in the hospital last week. These are life-saving drugs, and no amount of "holistic" witch doctor treatments could have helped in my situation, even though I DO actually treat my underlying condition (hypothyroidism) with homeopathic meds.

    Aside from that, I'm grateful to the OP for posting this. I have an 11yo dog who started having seizures on a raw diet. Blood test revealed his liver enzymes were high, everything else was perfect, and no signs of cancer or Cushing's Disease. Poor fellow has some brain damage after so many seizures, so I was looking into Pro Plan Bright Minds that use medium chain triglycerides for mental alertness/canine senility. Interestingly enough, medium chain triglycerides are NOT a pharmaceutical drug. It's basically a type of fatty acid (plant based, if I'm not mistaken).

    I was wondering if it might work for his mental symptoms, but definitely want to give it a try now that I know it may have an effect on seizures. Thanks for that article

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    Re: Epilepsy Research with Medium Chain Trigylcerides

    so your upset at my post for applauding the efforts mentioned by the OP... that could be the bases of helping your dog OK....

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