About a month ago I shared with everyone the struggle that we’ve been going through dealing with the seizures my little dog Kirby was experiencing. Over the past month we’ve had ups and downs, but I believe we are now in a really good place. A Kirby update.
You can read the initial story of Kirby’s seizures by clicking here. Long story short, my little buddy Kirby (all 7 pounds of him) began suffering from seizures that escalated into a massive seizure one Saturday night heading us to a veterinarian emergency clinic. I didn’t follow the traditional veterinarian’s advice (controlling the seizures with drugs), I sought help from holistic veterinarians and other REALLY smart people that I know and trust.
I think it is important to note that when one is trying an alternative treatment (not mainstream medicine), often patience is required. Each step I’ve tried through the last several months has been a full fledged effort – meaning I kept with the treatment attempt even if it didn’t appear to be helping him at first.
My first effort was to detox my little guy’s liver. We began using Dr. Jean Dodds liver detox diet and began giving Kirby a Chinese herb called Di Tan Tang. We remained on this diet for several weeks (he still takes the supplement today) and was showing great progress. And then we slipped back into having more frequent seizures – though the severity of them were significantly lessened.
Next we went to a raw (goat) milk diet – for 30 days. Again, he improved almost immediately with the diet change. But throughout the first 3 weeks of the milk diet, he would again do well for several days, then slide back for several days into more frequent seizures. But – there was significant improvement in the severity and the recovery for each seizure. When we hit week four – he only had one seizure the entire week – and it was very, very mild. And during week four I took him for a short walk around the neighborhood for the first time in months (exciting activity seemed to trigger the seizures) – he had no seizure before, during or after the walk!
After the 30 days on the raw milk diet, Kirby is now eating a ketogenic diet (about a week as of this post). 60% fat from MCT oil (sourced from coconut oil – MCT stands for medium chain triglycerides), ground grass fed beef (cooked), and broccoli (cooked). And again with this non-traditional treatment I see significant improvement. With this diet Kirby is much more his old self – very active, including increased frequency of his…humping the cat. As of today (1/8/17), over the past 2 weeks we have had only one very mild seizure (when the doorbell rang).
We took a chance and chose no drugs that could damage his liver, we chose food and supplements to try to control the seizures. We’ve gone from a massive seizure that took hours to recover from, to 5 seizures in a day leaving him very lethargic, to milder and less frequent seizures, to today – one seizure in 2 weeks that was VERY mild. I’m happy. He’s happy. The cat…is happy unless Kirby gets ‘too’ happy.
I thank everyone for your concern. A special thanks to those that have helped me along the way: Dr. Cathy Alinovi, Roxanne Stone, Rodney Habib and Dr. Karen Becker. We couldn’t have gotten this far without all of your help!
A message from Kirby (sound on, Kirby is talking to you)…
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
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