Herbs for Dogs
Can Herbs for Dogs, Natural Remedies and Dog Massage Help Dog Seizures?
I would like to share how my research into Herbs For Dogs helped me, when I was faced with a frightening experience with my beloved Australian Cattle Dog - Nugget (pictured below) - DOG SEIZURES.
"The Herb Rosemary and It's Affects on Nugget"
A Warning For All Dog Owners
Interested In Using Natural Dog Remedies.
Nugget came to live us when he was six years old and it was a complete shock to find out that he suffered from Epilepsy. After my first visit to the vet, I came away with a prescription for Phenobarbitone and although I wanted to explore more about natural dog remedies I felt, at this time, the slowness caused by the drug was more preferable than the dog seizures, that he was experiencing. I, also, couldn't bear the thought of him hurting himself, as he could do during a seizure, when I wasn't home.
'Dog Massage' was another therapy that I was looking into. Friends had told me about very positive results from using dog massage in cases of anxiety, caused from pain throughout the body, so it was definitely something that I decided to pursue as well!
The herb Rosemary, is one of the best “pick-me-ups”, because of its stimulating and invigorating properties.
After discovering this, I frequently soaked in a warm Rosemary bath after a hard day at work. Interestingly, Nugget immediately was drawn to my smell after bathing, he would sit next to me and bury his nose on my arm or leg, inhaling the scent of the herb and it appeared to have a positive and reviving effect on him.
Because of the problems with the dog seizures, I did some research into Rosemary, because, it is considered to be an excellent stimulant, especially with regard to the heart, nervous system and brain. By the very fact that; Rosemary is capable of increasing the flow of blood to the head.
I was not specifically researching Herbs For Dogs or Dog Remedies at the time, I just felt that; if they could make a difference with me, surely my boy could benefit also.
After reading how Rosemary could increase the blood flow to the head, I felt that; it was something I could add to my kit of natural Dog Remedies for his Epilepsy, so, I let him sniff all he wanted. In addition, I made up his own spray bottle of the Rosemary oil diluted in water. I would spray him and also used it to give him a nice Dog Massage. God Bless him, he was always, so appreciative!
Over the next couple of weeks the Dog Seizures increased in intensity and regularity, until it was almost every second day. I felt that the Herbs For Dogs (one of my newly discovered Dog Remedies) that I had so eagerly adopted, was failing Nugget.
Also, the drug medication we had for him didn’t seem to be having the same affect on him anymore either. The Vet's only suggestion was to increase the dosage of the drug. I was getting more perplexed and couldn’t understand why things had changed so quickly: What had happened??
I then read a book called “The Ancient and Healing art of Aromatherapy” by Claire Hill, specifically “Do not use Rosemary during pregnancy, or if you have high Blood Pressure or Epilepsy.
As I read this warning, my heart sank, "Oh My Goodness, Was I overdosing my poor boy with my Rosemary Dog Remedies".
I immediately stopped using the Rosemary on, both, myself and Nugget, but the dog seizures continued. I was beside myself, I couldn't understand why he was still suffering.
Then, one day I came home from work to find Nugget coming out of a seizure and when I bent down to put my arms around him, to give him his comforting dog massage, I could smell the scent of Rosemary. I had not used the herb in weeks; It was then, that I realised to my horror; Nugget had taken to lying in the middle of the Rosemary bush in our garden.
The vet couldn’t confirm that the Rosemary had an adverse effect on him, in conjunction with the Phenobarbitone, but, after I removed the Rosemary bush from the garden Nugget's seizures dramatically reduced.
I have since researched and found that; it is suggested that Rosemary can be used in the case of Epileptics (in humans). So, I now strongly advise people to do their own research, prior to using any natural remedies or any herbs for dogs, and, if you are unsure about anything, you should seek the help of a professional.
There are a lot of wonderful Natural Therapists out there and, increasingly, a growing number of Veterinarians, who are highly trained in the use of natural dog remedies, including the use of Herbs For Dogs. Each dog is an individual, just as we humans are.
The experience of dog seizures is very distressing...I wanted to share my story because; I started on my natural dog remedies mission, with all the best intentions, thinking that any herbs for dogs would be a good and healthy option to take, but I now, know that; I was wrong, only because I didn't do my research thoroughly enough first. I hope by sharing Nugget's and my story, we have been able to help you and your best mate.
In Loving Memory...
Nugget loved his dog massage, as much as he loved Rosemary but, because the herb was so detrimental to his health, I had to remove it from his surroundings.
When he died in 2005, we planted a Rosemary bush next to his grave and, hopefully, he is now finding eternal comfort from his favorite herb!
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