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this is my first post here, we have a tan chi called Crixus (spartacus blood and sand series) , he is 2 years and nearly 5 months old but we have been given some bad news last week it seems he has been diagnosed with neurological epilepsy. The vet wants to put him on some meds not sure what type yet but its a very small dosage around 1/2 a tablet a day.

and it got me thinking.... could it be his diet?

His main food is bakers complete little bites for little mouths, and other meats not raw tho cooked like abit of chicken breast here and there no bones.

Do you think the problem could be the bakers food? with all the preservatives and colours etc etc?

could we ween him off the bakers on to the raw food diet while being on these meds?

Ideally I would just like to change his diet and not have to give him the meds

any help would be great
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Hi, welcome to CP - Crixus is a cutie!
I couldnt say whether his condition is down to his diet or not, but i must say his diet isnt the best... Bakers is one of the worst dog foods out there, i know the first ingredient is cereal (dogs dont need any form of cereal) and the second is meat deriatives (deriatives being the operative word!!). Also, when your giving him chicken, cooking the meat gets rid of most of the nutrients in it.
If it was me, i would certainly try and change his diet! There are much better foods out there! If you wanted to try Raw, thats great! Theres lots of posts in the Raw Food section, and lots of helpful people to answer your questions about it.
Personally, i tried my Chi Honey on raw - she didnt like a lot of things and i was getting worried about her not eating enough. I found a solution we are both happy with - freeze dried raw (K9 Natural) which is all the raw meat she needs, plus bone and organs, garlic and oils etc. She also gets a raw meal at night of the things she does like - a chicken wing, raw meaty bone or some mince.
Its really great you want to do the right thing by your beautiful Chi, and i believe good nutrition is key xx
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I don't think there is a link between poor diet and epilepsy.
Bakers is a very low quality food though, cereal based and it has 13 artificial additives (colourings/flavourings/preservatives.) Changing his diet will certainly make him healthier, and prevent him from getting any other illnesses that are associated with poor nutrition.
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Hi,

this is my first post here, we have a tan chi called Crixus (spartacus blood and sand series) , he is 2 years and nearly 5 months old but we have been given some bad news last week it seems he has been diagnosed with neurological epilepsy. The vet wants to put him on some meds not sure what type yet but its a very small dosage around 1/2 a tablet a day.

and it got me thinking.... could it be his diet?

His main food is bakers complete little bites for little mouths, and other meats not raw tho cooked like abit of chicken breast here and there no bones.

Do you think the problem could be the bakers food? with all the preservatives and colours etc etc?

could we ween him off the bakers on to the raw food diet while being on these meds?

Ideally I would just like to change his diet and not have to give him the meds

any help would be great
Our Maggie has seizures,and has for years.She takes half a pill of phenabarbitol twice a day.and has to take valium only when it looks like shes having trouble coming out of it.I personally don't think it has anything to do with food,but thats just my opinion.She lives a normal everyday life other than this and sugar problems.Shes 9 years old.
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My little Emmie has 'focal seizures' (sees things that aren't there) and she has always received good food. Fromm, Stella and Chewies, NOW, all 5 star foods. Good to get her on some good food, but may not 'cure the problem'. What are her symptoms, if I may ask?
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As far as Maggies seizures : her eyes will get big, she will start doing something with her mouth, slobber will be thick and white coming from her mouth. Her arm always twist up around to the side of her head. Her body will be flipping up and down and twisting at the same time.its very scarey and heart breaking to watch.
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Thanks for all the replies yeah we have just had the blood work come back which was all clear the meds he is on called Epiphen which will last him 10 days then he has to go back to the vet for a check up.

Yeah I know what you mean with Bakers food now its full of crude ash and as many fillers as they could jam in there

If he is on meds would it effect him to much to change his diet to the raw one? as I want to get him off that crap asap! I think I will need someone to hold my hand through the diet change

Im not too sure on the symptoms my other half has recorded him him having one which was quite a bad one ill setup a link or embeded it in the post when I get hold of the video.
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While a raw diet won't cure epilepsy, it will certainly improve his overall well-being. Raw diet is what nature intended for dogs, and Prey Model just mimmicks what a wild carnivore would eat. I would be more than happy to send you a little 2 page "cheat sheet" I'd written for helping out raw newbies if you would like me to email it to you. Actually, I'm going to see if I can just convert it to a readable file to post it on here.
Welcome to the forum and I wish you and Crixus the best!
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