Use of a Ketogenic Diet in the Successful Management of a Dog With Refractory Epilepsy

David Brewer, DVM


Issue: Volume 71 Summer 2023

Online Publication Date: 14 June 2023


Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological conditions seen in dogs. Idiopathic or primary epilepsy is diagnosed whenever an alternate structural, inflammatory, or metabolic cause cannot be confirmed. About 30% of dogs with idiopathic epilepsy will become refractory to standard treatments and still sustain a considerable incidence of seizures. Dietary changes have been investigated as aids in the treatment of seizures; however, using a ketogenic diet as a means of metabolic therapy has been minimally investigated in dogs. This report describes the successful use of a ketogenic diet in the management of epilepsy in a dog.