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Vet Talks: How to Help Your Dog Naturally with Neurological Disorders

Posted 2020-11-12

Neurological disorders are not unique to humans. Dogs and other animals can also have these disorders.

The causes for a neurological disease in dogs are remarkably diverse. Some of canine neurological disorders can be associated with genetic factors, parasites, toxic agents, tumors etc. However, even with the evolution of animal medicine, some of the causes of neurological disorders are unknown.

Common Canine Neurological Diseases

Some of the most common neurological diseases in dogs are:

  • Epilepsy that is marked by seizures. Canine epilepsy can be hereditary or acquired.
  • Degenerative disc disease, which is a problem that affects the intervertebral disc.
  • Spondylosis which is characterized by the formation of osteophytes (bony spurs) that can bridge one vertebra to another. It is
  • commonly thought of as arthritis of the spine. However unlike arthritis this is a noninflammatory condition.
  • Cerebrovascular Accident, popularly called a stroke.
  • Canine distemper a viral disease that affects dogs, regardless of race or age.
  • Congenital anomalies such as hydrocephalus which is a disease where the dog has an excessive accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid affecting only one or both sides of the brain.

There are many other diseases that can affect the neurological system in dogs, such as infections, inflammatory, and autoimmune diseases which can trigger neurological signals.

Some breeds of dogs are more prone to have neurological disorders such as Pugs, Yorkshirse, Maltese, and Pinschers. They all have in common a small characteristic size, and are categorized as Toy dogs.

yorkie

Seizures, walking in circles, head tilting and behavior changes such as aggressiveness, depression, or apathy are some of the symptoms that indicate neurological problems.

There are many diagnostic tests that can identify if the pet has a neurological disease. For example, computed tomography, MRI, x-rays etc. However, only a veterinarian, generally a neurologist, can give an accurate diagnosis of the pathology (disease) that is affecting a pet’s brain or nerves. For this reason, as soon as you observe any unusual behavior in your pet or signs that his/her health is not very well, it is essential to seek the help of a veterinarian.
NHV supplements that may be helpful to support a dog suffering for neurological diseases are:

Turmeric. Turmeric, also known as Curcumin, has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and lipophilic properties that may improve the cognitive functions in patients with neurological disease. It also has been used in various types of treatments for dementia and traumatic brain injury.

PetOmega 3 – Studies have shown that Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (omega-3 PUFAs) are assumed to have a beneficial effect on the function of the brain.

Multi Essentials – A plant – based multivitamin herbal extract that can nourish the body while strengthening the nervous system. It also helps fill nutritional voids, aids digestion, and enhances nutrient absorption. Multi Essentials also helps stimulate the metabolism, reduces fatigue energy and promotes healthy skin and coat.

Natures Immuno – The medicinal mushroom in this blend have been widely researched for their extensive health benefits including being used as a treatment of dementia, Alzheimer’s, and other neurodegenerative diseases. Studies have shown that these mushroom  may be valuable for protection against brain damage because of their antioxidant and have anti-inflammatory effects which can help prevent neuronal cell death.

Old Timer – An herbal formulation with anti-inflammatory and restorative actions. It has properties that can help with nervous system disorders.

If you have any questions about your pet’s neurological health, please do contact our Pet Experts, who are always here to help you.

Dr. Amanda Nascimento, DVM, MVSc., PhD completed her undergraduate degree in veterinary medicine in 2010 and graduate studies in veterinary pathology (MVSc. 2012 and PhD 2016) at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of São Paulo. She completed her post-doctoral training at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine – University of Saskatchewan in 2018. Dr. Nascimento will be hosting her own blog series and sharing her knowledge with our extended NHV family.

You can consult Dr. Amanda here or get a customized diet plan for your pet made from her.

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