Friday, July 8, 2016

Veterinary Highlights: Grant to Study the Role of Lactobacilli in the Development of Epilepsy in Dogs

Epilepsy in dogs is still poorly understood. What causes it? There is a hereditary component but most dogs suffer with what is termed  idiopathic epilepsy, meaning nobody has a clue what's behind it.

Just because nobody knows the cause, it doesn't mean there isn't one, does it?

If you don't know what a cause of a problem is, you can only manage it you cannot really treat it. Knowing and understanding a cause opens the door to better treatment, maybe even a cure.

The North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine received a grant to try and figure out what the cause might be.

What I find particularly intriguing is that they will be studying the role of intestinal bacteria, Lactobacilli.

Intestinal bacteria has been getting a lot of attention. We are learning how important their role might be and how much impact their function or dysfunction might have on overall health. Could it affect the brain? My dog nutrition course says it can.

I am really curious to see what the research shows.

Source article:
NC Researchers Earn Grant to Study Canine Epilepsy


  1. Ditto! Our first Boston Terrier was diagnosed with idiopathic epilepsy at age 4. She ended up living until nearly 15, on a daily dose of phenobarbital until the day she died. Seizures did finally result in us having to put her down, as they became the "cluster" variety late in life. So scary. I hope you'll report back on the results of this study. Thank you!

    1. Yes, treating by working with gut flora is much safer than drugs. AND good for everything else in the body too.

      I know a number of people who also had good results controlling epilepsy with TCVM. If this treatment turns out effective, it will be an awesome tool.