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Hi! I'm picking up the Promalol and Arthro-IonX today for my kitty, Forrest, to help with his joints. He's overweight (19 pounds now) and he was 21 pounds. He's plateaued at 19 pounds. My vet said he has some muscle atrophy in his hind legs, and I can see that weakness when he jumps up on anything. So I'm hoping joint relief will help with weight loss. His other issue is the seizures that started about a year ago (he's 12 in June). It appears to be idiopathic epilepsy, and he's on phenobarbitol transdermal 15MG twice a day. He hasn't had a seizure in 6 months, and my vet is saying we should wean him down if we reach a year without seizures due to his liver having to process it. Both possibilities scare me. His last seizure was very bad. The lady who answered the phone this morning said I could ask you for alternatives to phenobarb. She said to tell you about his diet. I push the good stuff, but my kits like Fancy Feast canned. Forrest is open to the Stella & Chewy's raw food mixed with water and to Blue Buffalo cans, and eats both daily. They also eat Blue Buffalo Wilderness dry food. Forrest also gets Bio-Algae mixed in baby food 3 to 6 times a day (for joints), but I'm not seeing the results with that that I';D hoped for. I offer free-range raw turkey to everyone and just keep pushing the good stuff. I think I'm winning! I'm relentless and patiently offer raw and quality canned food (NOT Fancy Feast) over dry food. The good news is Forrest isn't really free-fed because he's not wild about the BB Wilderness dry. It's hard to diet one out of 5 cats. The other 4 are very active. Forrest is the oldest. Do you have any advice please for ways I can help him? He's a very happy cat, and I';D like to enhance his quality of life in any way I can. Drugs, obesity and the resulting inactivity just don't seem right. Thank you very much!

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March 3, 2014 at 12:14 PM



Dear Marie,

Sometimes the liver can contribute to the seizure incidence. I would try Derma-IonX to help the liver in case this is part of the problem.

To rule out nutritional influences, I would feed a grain free diet preferably not containing chicken or lamb. The turkey is good because it is cooling according to Chinese food therapy. Cooked fish would also be good. Beef is neutral so it is OK, too, in case you would like to rotate foods. I would also include the following supplements: Omega 3,6,9 and probiotics. Wheat grass could be grown to satisfy the grazing desire.

I would also have a stool sample checked to rule out parasites. It would be helpful to have a veterinary chiropractor check the spine to make sure there isn't too much pressure on any nerves. Acupuncture can be used to even out the energy flow in the body. I hope decreasing the phenobarbital will go smoothly. Getting the dose down will lessen the impact on the liver.

Best regards,

Dr. Char

Dr. Char Wilson, DVM Health Coach answered
March 4, 2014 at 10:26 AM
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