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CECS

CECS

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Canine Epileptoid Cramping Syndrome (formerly known as Spikes disease) is a recently recognised canine health problem in Border terriers.

Many of the symptoms have been confused with Canine epilepsy. CECS is also being considered metabolic, neurological or muscular disorder. Symptoms vary and could include any or all of the symptoms. Your dog will be conscious throughout the episode.

  • Staggering
  • Dizziness Exaggerated stretching
  • Unusually slow posturing when walking
  • Trembling
  • Abdominal and lumbar muscle contractions
  • Falling over
  • Struggling to rise but unable to do so.
  • Loud intestine noises
  • Ailments a cramping dog can suffer from besides cramping like e.g. itchy feet, obsessive licking of the feet, chronic ear infection, anal gland problems, eczema, hotspots, bloody diarrhoea or ADH behaviour.
  • Border terriers can suffer from this condition at any time in their life.
  • This could be anything from one episode to several 

 

 

  • whether it’s genetically inherited, a brain disorder, intolerance to gluten or dietary related problems. It may be related to the lifestyle and environment issues we are experiencing like I have just mentioned. ‘Environment’
  • Research has shown there is no specific age when this illness can show itself.
  • Dogs can have one episode to several in their lifetime. Some dogs may have them on a weekly basis.
  • Owners have reported cramping, staggering, dizziness, disorientated, unable to stand up, exaggerated stretching, trembling and loud intestine noises.

In most cases we have established that certain triggers may cause the dog to suffer with more episodes than others. This could be diet (gluten free). Heat, cold, loud noises, while in a deep sleep, periods of illness, intolerance to beef, lamb, chicken, cereal, man-made soy or soya related products. Treats, rawhide and even pigs ears.

 

We are going to look at holistic approach for our dogs with CECS, but first I want to make everyone aware that the environment is changing dramatically each day and our dogs are finding it more difficult to cope with the changes.

  • The use of antibacterial products are changing the way bacteria and viruses work. So much so that the dogs immune system is being damaged without us knowing.
  • Car exhaust fumes. Smoke rises but exhaust fumes are drawn to the floor and disperse making it a dangerous place for a small dog to be.  
  • Lawn additives and weed control around the garden. The council are using strong weed killers on paths; they also use strong disinfectant around lamp posts, litter bins and poo bins. Your dog can often be attracted to these areas.

We all know that we cannot change or stop this from happening but we can compensate through their diet and making sure that our dog’s uptake of certain vitamins and minerals are maintained to help them absorb everyday toxins.

Vets have reported seeing more liver, pancreas and kidney problems as well as brain tumours and breathing problems.

 

So CECS (canine epileptoid cramping syndrome)

What we know already:

 

  • It mainly affects Border terriers but some other breeds are being affected.
  • The cause is still yet to be confirmed whether it’s genetically inherited, a brain disorder, intolerance to gluten or dietary related problems. It may be related to the lifestyle and environment our dogs are living in.
  • Research has shown there is no specific age when this illness can strike.
  • Dogs can have one episode to several in their lifetime. Some dogs may have them on a weekly basis.
  • Owners have reported cramping, staggering, dizziness, disorientated, unable to stand up, exaggerated stretching, trembling and loud intestine noises.
  • In most cases we have established that certain triggers may cause the dog to suffer with more episodes than others. This could be diet (gluten free). Heat, cold, loud noises, while in a deep sleep, periods of illness, intolerance to beef, lamb, chicken, cereal, man-made soy or soya related products. Treats, rawhide and even pigs ears.  

 

I’ve been conducting my own research for the past 6 years and I have found that each episode is unique and individual to that dog.

Because of this we have to treat each sufferer individually to establish a treatment to manage the condition. This may include a life style change along with diet.

 

People often ask why I am concentrating on diet and lifestyle change in regards to CECS rather than it being associated with neurological or if it’s genetically inherited.  Vets are concentrating on what, how and where the condition came from. This may take years of research and I feel we must act on what we know and treat the dogs for the symptoms they are suffering from.

 

Based on my experience while working with people who had brain injuries and illnesses, I have been able to do my own researching into CECS.

I have looked at all the symptoms and have found similar problems in patients that suffer from encephalitis. This is a condition that causes inflammation of the brain and it’s when the blood brain barrier fails to filter the toxins out of the blood and spinal fluid.  The cause of this could be  a virus, bacteria or a fungal infection. It can happen at any time and is usually the result of a immune system related illness, a liver, pancreas or a kidney disorder.

 

After 18 months of research I have been able to come up with a suitable supplement which can help relieve the symptoms of CECS and make sure your dog digestive system is extracting all the right vitamins and minerals from their diet.

 

I have found in most cases that dogs that have been on the supplement have fewer episodes and if they have had them they are less severe.

 

So what’s in the supplement?

 

It is blend made up from Cereal, chicory Inulin, a prebiotic, a live yeast probiotic, chickweed, milled linseed & dandelion root.

 

How does it work?

 

The live yeast helps lines the gut wall and acts as a barrier against harmful bacteria which can seep into the organs and blood supply. It works by helping to improve the uptake of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and enzymes which the body needs to function correctly.  The chickweed contains natural vital vitamins which your dog may miss out on due to a digestive problem. The milled linseed adds natural oil to your dog’s coat and skin so keeping it healthy and it also lubricates the stomach and the bowel. The dandelion root encourages your dog to eat where loss of appetite is present. It helps to settle an upset stomach, gas, muscle aches and skin conditions. It also increases the urine production so toxins are removed more regular than normal.

These products all complement each other and are vital for your dog’s health. They work together and as a result they restore and maintain the immune system. It also helps stabilise stomach acids and reduces the amount of bile which is being produced. This should reduce the gastric noises associated with CECS. The majority of toxins and bacteria will be filtered out by the digestive system putting less stress on the other organs. Other changes are

  • Your dog is less likely to suffer from stomach cramp
  • Less regurgitation of white or yellow bile
  • Your dog will be more comfortable after eating a meal
  • It will encourage your dog to eat because they won’t associate eating with a discomfort

 

Some interesting findings from the research have shown in non CECS sufferers that their skin and fur has become healthier, eyes are much brighter, gluten intolerance is controlled, firmer stools, less colitis bouts, increased immune system and the supplement can be taken alongside any prescribed medication. It has also reduced skin related allergies making them less severe and in some circumstances their allergies have gone completely.

You can view the findings of my research and more information on my website along with the supplement and how it could help CECS sufferers and non-sufferers.

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Unfortunately this condition has only recently been recognised by vets, breeders and BT associations. They are now working on separate projects and their research will try to trace what happened, when and if they can eradicate it by breeding. What we do know is that no-one will admit responsibility and more than likely they never will.

Hopefully one day are little brown friends will be able to relax and enjoy what ever they eat, take in the sun and the heat without fear of an episode.

 

For more Information please telephone 01709 700899 or 07780590676 or email handsandpaws@hotmail.com

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