Epitaur 500 is a nutritional supplement designed to boost the levels of specific nutrients which can sometimes be deficient in animals. Epitaur contains specific amino acids and vitamins which are known to be important in the correct functioning of the brain and it is thought that appropriate supplementation can be of benefit. The rate of Epitaur is one to four capusles daily, depending on the size of the animal and the severity of any recent seizure activity. Epitaur capusles can be given directly by mouth, or added to food.
Nutritional supplementation is important for animals with epilepsy and EPITAUR 500 is specifically formulated to contain potent ingredients.
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Below are some recent questions we've received regarding Vetri-Science Epitaur Capsules, including answers from our team.
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Epitaur for dog on epiphen
27th Mar 2016
VioVet Customer Since: February 2016
From: Norfolk, United Kingdom
My collie is on 45mg epiphen twice a day. Would you recommend giving Epitaur as well or would they conflict. I do give her milk thistle and scull cap and valerian. She is very manic.
It should be perfectly safe to give Epitaur along with the other things you are using. It is a safe supplement and might be able to provide some extra benefit.
29th Aug 2015
My dog is on keppra,epiphen,libromide and taurine but still has seizures every 3 weeks or so. Would Epitaur be any help to him as his ataxia is poor due to the huge amount of medication he is on .
Epitaur does seem to help some dogs, but it varies and is not as predictable as the other, prescription meds. It would be safe to try it, but your dog does sound to be severely affected and so I would not be hugely confident it will help. No harm in trying though.
Cluster Fits Epitaur Capsules
2nd Oct 2014
Our border collie Cracie a blue merle has had cluster fits since the minute she had her first yearly booster. She has had her medication increased three months ago as she would have at least a cluster of 10 one day per week. The veterinary practice increased Epiphen by two 30 mg tablets per day. She is now on 56 tablets per week and seizures has reduced and over six weeks since her last fit only a couple and less severe. The medication is made up of four 60mg Epiphen (Phenobarbital) and four 250mg Keppra (Levetiracetam) daily. She is nearly three years old and 25 kilos due to tablets. She has less than the recommended intake of food (Burns Lamb and Rice biscuits) to combat weight gain due to tablets. She has plenty of exercise as she plays on the beach most days and has plenty of street walking. How many Epitaur Capsules would you suggest knowing Cracies weight and amount of medication.
I would suggest 3 capsules per day for her, though you could give 4 if fits are still a problem. It would certainly be sensible to do periodic blood tests to monitor the levels of phenobarbitone and to check for liver damage. (The phenobarbitone will cause trouble to some dogs at the dose you are giving). If you have not tried this already, it would be worth talking to your vet about potassium bromide therapy and other treatments which could be added to what you do and perhaps reduce the dose of Epiphen.
Epitaur for dogs
1st Jul 2014
My dog is nearly 5 years old and started with epilepsy last November. It seems to be genetic and he has gone from monthly to fortnightly seizures. I switched him to raw food with some success as the seizures are a lot less violent and after effects are much better too. I supplemented him with salmon oil, probiotic, brewers yeast and magnesium with the odd egg for zinc. I am on the verge of medicating him due to the fortnightly seizures but have now cut out the magnesium and brewers yeast and added epitaur to his diet. Also eliminated all household cleaners which are not plant based. He is now 3.5 weeks fit free, early days but something may be working. Control is the key for me. It is really difficult to get good dietary advice from a professional. Should I be giving him anything else in addition to this, not for his epilepsy but for his nutrition?
Good luck with what you are doing, hopefully it is helping. Home-made raw diets are prone to be lacking in trace vitamins and minerals. This may or may not become a problem, depending on the range of foods you give. If your dog is fed whole carcasses of rabbits etc then it is less likely to be a problem because eating the offal can provide what is needed. This is not normally the case, so a multivitamin and mineral supplement should be offered instead, such as SF-50. If you offer vegetables then a good mix of these can be included, but they are better cooked or your dog will get little from them.
Suitability for idiopathic epilepsy
22nd Apr 2014
My cat started fitting at 9 months old, the fits are months apart so vet has put the anti epileptic drugs on hold for now, she is on a RC vet dry food diet, these foods are already supplemented and wondered if the Epitaur supplement would be suitable, are there any problems with over supplementing cats with any of the Ingredients in the Epitaur? and Would an Animal with Idiopathic Epilepsy benefit from this supplement? Thanks Very Much
Epitaur should be safe for your cat and it would not be at all likely to cause any trouble with over-supplementation etc as long as you follow the normal dose. However it is unclear how effective it will be. Epitaur has not been licensed and so there is no proof of how, when, or in what circumstances, it may work. Personally if your cat is on a good diet already, I am not sure it will achieve anything. Some people certainly do regard it as effective for their dogs, so perhaps it might work. It can be difficult to assess when fits are infrequent anyway.
Giving Epitaur to a diabetic cat
5th Apr 2014
My cat is a well-managed diabetic, and is currently taking a very lose dose of phenobarbitol (daily) for a bout of FOPS. Would it be okay to give him Epitaur as a supplement?
None of the ingredients would be expected to cause trouble for your cat with its other medication. It is uncertain how much benefit will come from giving the Epitaur, but it should be safe to try it out.