I had a recommendation the other week to speak to some owners of a young dog with epilepsy. We had a very long phone call as they were understandably concerned for their puppy. We decided that, while massage possibly won’t cure the seizures, helping to relax their dog through a regular massage routine might well assist with the severity or frequency. Additionally, after the dog has had a seizure its muscles will feel like they have run a marathon so teaching the owners how to perform a routine afterwards would also prove beneficial.
They travelled over 2 hours to come to me and stayed for even longer. At the end they went away well equipped with relaxation routines, cool-down routines, workbooks, references and all sorts. They even performed their routines on Sam & Sarah so they could get to see how different dogs feel (their dog being a very lean young dog which we could not describe ours as any more).
Of course, that all got me into research mode so I have written a short article about some of my findings. The evaluations were quite interesting with one article explaining how continuing to exercise could help with epilepsy rather than simply doing nothing.
The article can be found here