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Coconut Oil/MCT Dosage for Dogs with Epilepsy

Updated: May 21

Epilepsy in dogs can be a challenging condition to manage, but with the right approach, you can help improve your furry friend's quality of life. One emerging option that has gained attention is the use of MCT oil as a supplementary treatment. MCT, or medium-chain triglycerides, is known for its potential benefits in managing seizures and supporting overall brain health in dogs with epilepsy.

MCT Oil Dosage Dogs with Epilepsy

Understanding Canine Epilepsy

Before delving into MCT oil dosage, it's crucial to grasp the basics of epilepsy in dogs. Canine epilepsy is a neurological disorder characterised by recurrent seizures. Please read our post on diagnosing epilepsy to see if your dog meets the criteria here. These seizures can vary in severity, frequency, and duration, making it essential for pet owners to work closely with their veterinarian to develop a comprehensive treatment plan.

The Role of MCT Oil for Dogs with Epilepsy

MCT oil is derived from medium-chain triglycerides, which are fats found in coconut oil and palm kernel oil. Unlike long-chain triglycerides, MCTs are quickly absorbed by the body and converted into ketones, which serve as a readily available source of energy for the brain.

 

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Determining the Right Dosage


When incorporating MCT oil into your dog's epilepsy management plan, determining the appropriate dosage is key. Dosage requirements can vary based on factors such as your dog's weight, the severity of their epilepsy, and any other medications they may be taking.

As a general guideline, it's advisable to start with a low dosage and gradually increase it while monitoring your dog's response. A typical starting dosage is around 0.5 millilitres per 5kg of body weight per day, divided into two servings. That means 0.25 millilitres per 5kg of body weight 2x a day, once in the morning and once in the evening.


If your dog seems healthy without any stomach upset, then you can then increase the dose according to the table below.

Monitoring Your Dog's Response

Once you've established a dosage regimen, it's essential to closely monitor your dog's response to MCT oil. Keep track of any changes in seizure frequency, duration, or intensity, as well as any potential side effects such as gastrointestinal upset.


Make sure to monitor your dog's digestive system to look out for any signs of stomach upset such as loose stools or vomiting; as this is the most apparent sign of the MCT oil dosage being too high or not agreeing with your dog's body.



 

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Conclusion: Coconut Oil Dosage for Dogs with Epilepsy

In conclusion, while MCT oil shows promise as a supplementary treatment for canine epilepsy, it's crucial to approach its use with caution and under the guidance of a veterinarian. By understanding the role of MCT oil, determining the right dosage, and closely monitoring your dog's response, you can help support their overall health and well-being.


Remember, every dog is unique, and what works for one may not work for another. Always prioritise your dog's safety and well-being, and consult with your veterinarian before making any changes to their treatment plan.

References:

  • Berk, Benjamin A., et al. "A multicenter randomized controlled trial of medium‐chain triglyceride dietary supplementation on epilepsy in dogs." Journal of veterinary internal medicine 34.3 (2020): 1248-1259.

  • Law, Tsz Hong, et al. "A randomised trial of a medium-chain TAG diet as treatment for dogs with idiopathic epilepsy." British Journal of Nutrition 114.9 (2015): 1438-1447.

  • Patterson, Edward E. "Canine epilepsy: an underutilized model." ILAR journal 55.1 (2014): 182-186.

  • Potschka, Heidrun, et al. "International veterinary epilepsy task force consensus proposal: outcome of therapeutic interventions in canine and feline epilepsy." BMC Veterinary Research 11 (2015): 1-13.

  • Löscher, Wolfgang. "Dogs as a natural animal model of epilepsy." Frontiers in veterinary science 9 (2022): 928009.

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