Friday, August 24, 2012

Veterinary Highlights: Arresting Canine Epileptic Seizures

This is a great tip that I discovered on Dog Dish Diet Facebook page. It's not really new but if you haven't heard of it yet, and have a dog with seizures, it might come in handy.

The original article, A Simple, Effective Technique for Arresting Canine Epileptic Seizures, was published in the Journal of American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association in 2004.

So is it simple? It couldn't get any simpler.

It involves placing an ice pack on your dog's back. That's it!

How effective could it be?
Fifty-one epileptic canine patients were successfully treated during an epileptic seizure with a technique involving the application of ice on the back (T10 to L4). This technique was found to be effective in aborting or shortening the duration of the seizure.
Source: Journal of American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association January 2004;22(4):19-20
The Dog Dish Diet Facebook page also includes a testimonial from one of their blog readers.

They applied this technique to their epileptic dog at the onset of signs of an impending seizure. The seizure never happened.
For epileptic canines experiencing a seizure event, the technique described herein proved effective in terminating or abbreviating the epileptic seizure.
Source: Journal of American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association January 2004;22(4):19-20
If I had a dog suffering from seizures, I'd try it.

Have you ever try this? Did it work for you?


  1. Yes, this most definitely has worked VERY well with my 2 chihuahuas who have longstanding epilepsy/seizure disorders. If I get an ice/cold pack on the dog quickly, the seizure stops almost immediately, and without the usual post seizure confusion and other lasting symptoms.

    1. Thank you for sharing your experience, Lorrie, great to hear!

  2. I have been using this technique with my Epileptic dog for about a year and a half. It works every time. From what I have heard is that this technique either works great or it doesn't work at all. Thankfully, for our dog it works great. If you have a large dog or one with a thick coat, it helps to make a large ice pack that drapes across the back. I made 2 very large seal a meal bags with water and rubbing alcohol. It stays super cold but doesn't freeze all the way. This makes it easier to form over the back of a large dog.

    1. So great to hear it's been working for you!