A 6 year old Coonhound mix with Protein-Losing Enteropathy and Idiopathic Epilepsy.
Benny was adopted into his permanent home at 12 weeks old in January 2012. He is a laid-back dog until he sees a deer or rabbit, and then he’s off to chase them! He’s a sweet boy, and is very active in K9 nosework. His diet has consisted of Natural Balance and switched to Royal Canin Lowfat Gastrointestinal formula when he began showing low protein levels in 2015. He began having seizures and was then moved to a home-cooked diet and then to The Honest Kitchen dehydrated food.
Benny tore his ACL in 2014 and during his pre-surgery screening in December 2014, it was discovered that his protein levels were low. Subsequent testing continued to show this and the levels continued to drop. He continually acted hungry, drank an excessive amount of water and urinated frequently. You could hear fluid in his abdomen and he also began having seizures during this time. He was referred to Dr. Pera at Hope Advanced Veterinary Center in Rockville, MD. In May 2017, he was diagnosed with Protein-Losing Enteropathy and Idiopathic Epilepsy.
At this time, Benny was eating The Honest Kitchen Zeal or Love and was on the following supplements: Zonsamide 100mg (3 caps every 12 hours = 300mg/day), Keppra ER 500mg (2 tabs every 12 hours = 2000mg/day), Chinese herbs (Wu PI Yin Plus and Bu Xue Xi Feng), CannaPet CBD oil (2 drops every 12 hours), and Vit B 12 sub Q (once/month). He was having seizures about every 40-50 days and they would cluster (typically, 3 in 24 hours). Tracy, Benny’s owner, uses ocular compression and blows in his nose to help during seizures.
Benny’s owner, Tracy, began working with Dr. Pema at Holistic Veterinary Healing in Germantown, MD, and they contacted Answers Pet Food in June 2017. Benny immediately began a transition to a raw milk fast. At the time, he weighed 58 lbs and struggled with being too thin due his medications. It was planned that he would transition onto his new diet and off of his medications slowly over the course of 6-8 weeks to prevent triggering a seizure, which can occur in severe cases of detox.
08/01/17 – Benny finished his transition to an all-liquid diet of Answers Fermented Raw Goats Milk, Raw Milk Cow Kefir, and Fermented Fish Stock.
08/12/17 – Benny had a single seizure. It had been 72 days since his last seizure (as opposed to the typical 40-50 days) and he pulled out of it in less than a minute. He was to begin his transition off of Keppra at this time, but he did not have either of his doses this day. Benny was left on his normal doses of Keppra and Zonsamide for a three more weeks before beginning to wean him off.
9/19/17 – Zonsamide dosing was reduced, Keppra remained at full dosing 2x/day. Benny’s owner Tracy states “All in all, he is doing well. Still has energy, especially tonight he was running around crazy with one of my dogs chasing each other.”
10/8/17 – Benny had a single seizure. At this time, Zonsamide has been eliminated and Keppra reduced to one capsule in am, two capsules in pm (total reduction in Keppra dosing 25%).
10/18/17 – Benny had a single seizure lasting 90 seconds; Keppra dosing daily 1 capsule in am, 2 in pm. Tracy states “I am pleased at the reduction in seizures including the length and no clusters!”
11/7/17 – Benny had a single seizure lasting only a short time; he had reduced anxiety post-seizure; still dosing Keppra daily 1 capsule in am, 2 in pm.
11/26/17 – Benny had an exam and labwork with Dr. Pema. He has gained 10 lbs and is it a good weight, he has no fluid in his abdomen, and his protein levels are just below normal, the best they’ve been in three years.
At this time, Benny continues on his current milk fast diet, working to eliminate all medications and control his seizures, and making that last jump into normal protein levels.
12/11/17 – Benny had a single seizure in what has become his new normal (single episode, short duration, fairly quick recovery). He did eat something unknown outside while it was dark.
1/6/18 – Benny had a single seizure; and again, got into something (possibly deer poop) outside. He has gained another 6 lbs so calories were reduced to get him back to appropriate weight.
2/13/18 – Benny’s Keppra was reduced to one in am, one in pm.
3/8/18 Update from Benny’s owner, Tracy: His new diet does not affect his physical activity and he still loves his belly rubs. He loves the cheese cubes and I use them for his K9 nosework training classes. My instructor stated the use of the goat milk cheese cubes has really motivated him to search more quickly and accurately as we search for odor. I’m so happy to see he is getting healthier.