Pedigree Dentastix and Doggy Epilepsy
Update from Hayley: Finn is 5 years without seizures after giving up Pedigree Dentastix!
August 7, 2013 by HMCWriter (RE-BLOG)
Around six months ago we ended up at the vet with our Finnish Lapphund, Fin. It was terrifying. My relaxed, easy going (sometimes a little slow in comparison to our intelligent Keeshond, Pudding) was all of a sudden whacking out.
He was barking at the fence, something either dogs rarely do, and then came the frothing. Fin was rubbing himself against the panels as if trying to get something off him and the foam from his mouth had me scared he’d tried to engulf a toad. I’d seen it before in my mother’s Bull Terrier, Milly, who thankfully survived (rest her soul now, our beautiful family dog). I got hubby and he freaked out so much so, that all of a sudden I became the brains of the business, and he the brawn. We lifted him and took him to the vet emergency clinic.
After an examination and blood test, Finny boy came back fine. Right as rain, in fact. Ants? A spider? The vet wasn’t so sure, but we could go home. So, we let it go.
Two months later, it happened again. This time, he barked and went off his head so ferociously I thought he’d devoured the next door neighbour’s cat. I raced around the side (the same safe haven he retreated to last time) and there he was having a seizure on the grass. My poor beautiful, gentle-natured doggy. I knew then, he had epilepsy … or at least was prone to some type of seizure.
As any mamma would do, I did some research. Doctor Google, I believe the professionals call it.
I know a bit about epilepsy, as friend of mine has it, however I knew nothing of doggy seizures. Firstly, Fin comes from a prized breeder with no genetic epilepsy in the family. The only thing I came up with was that maybe he was allergic to something.
Vets will swear black and blue that diet in dogs has nothing to do with epilepsy and they simply need to be medicated. Being the hippy I am, I called bullshit. Every disease is aggravated by certain foods … EVERY disease. Call me out in the comments if I’m wrong. So I wondered what might have triggered the seizures in Fin.
There was only ONE thing we’d done differently in the past six months with his diet and that was DENTASTIX.
I was feeding them one a day for their teeth.
I stopped feeding it to them that day and Fin hasn’t had a seizure since.
Maybe he will down the track, maybe he won’t. What I want to know is, what do people think? Has anyone had any experience with foods and seizures? Lastly, could it be caused by an allergen to a specific ingredient?
Thanks for the visit!
1/27/2021 01:45:51 am
My golden retriever had a gran mal seizure from Pedigree Dentastik. I thought my dog was going to die.
1/11/2022 11:07:03 pm
My golden retriever had several grand mal seizures for the first time yesterday after giving her this. How terrible
karen m rains
6/13/2022 08:33:32 pm
My sisters dog has seizures on occasion. I found this post becauI believe it is the Pedigree Dentasiks also. My mother dog sits and this is her treat. My sisters dog has seizures after visiting.
American Bulldog Owner
8/31/2022 01:47:48 am
I thought I was super paranoid or something because I have a beautiful fully healthy American Bulldog and someone gave me a bag of these. I gave him one and I don’t remember how long but was just looking at me and his eyes were telling me “I’m trying to bark” so I called his name a few times and he was stiff as a bored. Then fell exactly like a statue before he went into violent convictions and all I could do was kneel down and hold him and talk calm saying it’s ok buddy calm down calm down. Finally, he did and a few days later gave him another one close to bed time and he came whimpering in my face, like he needed to go potty then the exact same thing happened. I did the same response and he recovered but the pour guy had horrible trauma for days after and scared to even walk around. The second he came out of the seizure I put a glove on and walked those three dumpsters down. I didn’t know for certain and I’m far from a medical doc but no way ever again. Just to be safe
4/30/2021 05:35:13 am
My mixed breed Nysa had her first seizure start of last year, came out of nowhere and we hoped was a one off. Was 2 months later before had another and one thing stuck in my mind! The first we had bought a tin of chappie as had ran out of our usual dog food and 2nd time we had done same. I've since never bought chappie and she's never had another seizure until tonight. I bought her the green dentastix as noticed her teeth are getting a little tar build up. Half hour after having one she proceeded to have a seizure. I've been online and discovered it's mars pet are UK that produce both chappie and dentastix so I'm convinced there's a link. There must be an ingredient they use in both that effects my Nysa
1/26/2022 04:44:14 pm
We just started giving our dog 1 dentastix daily. A couple of days ago he started vomiting violently and having seizure like shaking all day and night. We wound up having to bring him to the emergency vet at midnight and stayed till 7 a.m. we would not leave his side. They did blood work, took x-rays... they couldn't find anything wrong with him. They gave him fluids and an anti-nausea medication and over the next couple of days he has started to recover. He is a very good dog and never eats garbage or anything weird off the ground and we are with him 24/7.
8/10/2022 10:56:48 pm
Sooo my Shiba inu has been having those and monthly seizures I took him off it because we ran out and for the last few months he hasn’t been having seizures. Well the other day as I was standing there to give him one I thought what if it’s the denstix? And I’m calculating everything and I seriously think it is. I’m throwing them away.
8/11/2022 06:52:38 am
My Australian cattle dog mix has been healthy as a horse his whole life. A friend recommended Dentastics cuz their dog's teeth were real clean from them. I started giving my dog one stick a day and shortly thereafter he was so sick I thought he was going to die. We had him to the emergency vets and slept on the floor all night next to him at the emergency vets office. He was drooling and shaking and falling over.
10/6/2022 11:14:35 am
My 14 month of Cockapoo started having seizures and I give him one a day!! Vet did blood work Monday afternoon but haven't heard back from it yet but this is very disturbing. I used to give him Greenies but tried the DentaStix about a month or so ago and he has two this month.
12/31/2022 05:33:44 pm
My Golden Retriever started having seizures 3mo after his first birthday. It was extremely random and caught us off guard. I took him to the vet right away to be sure it wasn’t an infection or something he ate. His labs were clean as a whistle. He had 2 that day. So 2 in March, 3 in April, 2 in May. All random and not provoked by anything we can see or had given to him. I had been keeping a diary which I shared with my vet, she would call every couple weeks to check on him (She’s the absolute BEST! Hands down the most caring vet I’ve ever seen) we discuss a good change from grain free to grain (one of my three is allergic to grain 😕) she listened to my concerns and my desire to try CBD cookies to see if that could control things before we talked about seizure meds. Well June rolled around and he started having cluster seizures. I called the vet and said I think it was time to start meds. This sweet pup’s quality of life was now threatened. We start Keppra 12hr release. This seemed to do the trick and we didn’t witness another seizure until October. We went to Hawaii for a working trip for 3 weeks. My SIL watched the pups, no incidents. We got home in October and did our restock of food and treats, one being Pedigree Dental sticks . A couple weeks go by and he had another seizure. Nothing was new except the dang Pedigree Dental sticks. It was one seizure. My husband left again and I wasn’t giving them the dental sticks because that’s my husband’s thing with them, they usually get a milk bone from me because the sticks are hard for me to break 😅. He gets back and he gives the rest of them to them and we were out and waiting for them to go on sale again. Flash forward to a few days ago Petsmart had them on sale so my hubs bought 3 boxes and was giving them routinely again. Well tonight out of nowhere he had 1 seizure this afternoon while home with my hubby. Poor pup had a rough one. Another after dinner 4hrs later, He fell asleep snuggled between us and had another one 4hrs later. So 3 seizures in a 10hr span. So I’m here doing my research because I have a gut feeling it’s those damn treats! Needless to say I am throwing them away and never going to purchase them again! Im praying we are settled for the night and the Vet can see him for a check up in the AM. This thread is the only proof I need to never buy this product again!
2/5/2023 06:22:25 am
Today my German Shepard had a seizure at age 4 yrs. of age. Never before has he had a seizure. I bought Dentastix and gave him one yesterday. This morning he began seizing at 7:30 am. At first I thought he was choking. Then, his jaw was locked shut, he was frothing, eyes rolling back, whole body spasms.. Unbelievable.. The ONLY dietary and/or environmental change in over a year was Dentastix.. NEVER again.
2/5/2023 12:18:02 pm
Please contact Pedigree!!!! I have threatened to sue them with a class action suit. They refuse to admit that something is dreadfully wrong with their product. I think that it is atrocious that this continues to happen and they take no responsibility.
2/6/2023 11:40:22 am
I contacted Mars via email. We're going to see the Vet tomorrow. As of now (and no Dentastix treats), he appears to be back on track... I will continue to monitor this blog to see how others are doing..
2/15/2023 10:45:39 am
Just to follow-up on my post on Feb 5th.. Sam, my German Shepard, has had no Dentistix since this event. He has had NO further seizures. I'm not a Vet, but that is enough for me..
2/7/2023 08:17:01 am
Vet recommend the dentastix for my dog's tarter.
3/15/2023 01:27:56 am
Our 6 yr old, 75lb Border Collie-Labrador mix,Luca, has had 4 terrifying seizures (in the last 2 yrs).
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