Purina® Pro Plan® Veterinary Diets NeuroCare is the first and only diet to nutritionally manage dogs with epilepsy as an adjunct to veterinary therapy. NeuroCare is formulated with medium chain triglyceride oil, which has been shown to help reduce seizures in epileptic dogs who are on medication. It is also enhanced with a unique blend of nutrients and medium chain triglyceride oil to help nutritionally manage dogs with Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome.
Q: Today we are talking about Purina® Pro Plan® Veterinary Diets NeuroCare with Dr. Jason Gagne, a board certified nutritionist from Nestle Purina. Dr. Gagne, can you explain why this new diet is considered a groundbreaking innovation?
A: NeuroCare will be the first and only diet on the market to nutritionally manage dogs with epilepsy as an adjunct to veterinary therapy
Q: Dr. Gagne, you’ve said that Purina® Pro Plan® Veterinary Diets is indicated for idiopathic epilepsy as an adjunct to veterinary therapy. Are there any other neurological conditions for which this diet may be indicated?
A: NeuroCare is also indicated for Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome, or CDS
Q: Can you talk a bit about epilepsy and epileptic seizures?
A: Epilepsy is the most common chronic neurological disease, and is clinically manifested as seizures. Epileptic seizures are caused by abnormal electrical activity of the brain. They can come from an isolated area of the brain, or affect multiple areas. Seizures can be caused by many reasons.
Q: How is idiopathic epilepsy most commonly treated?
A: Anti-epileptic drugs, or (AEDs) are currently considered the gold standard of treatment for dogs with epilepsy
Q: This diet is designed to be used as an adjunct to veterinary therapy, can you explain more?
A: This diet should only be used as an adjunct to veterinary therapy. We do not have studies that support feeding this diet without the appropriate AED therapy.
Q: How does one determine successful treatment of canine epilepsy?
A: Successful treatment is defined as a reduction of seizures by 50% or greater
Q: How common is epilepsy?
A: An estimated 1 in 111 dogs are affected by epilepsy
Q: Can you talk a little bit about the study conducted in collaboration with Dr. Holger Volk at the Royal Veterinary College
A: In a 6 month, randomized, placebo controlled study of dogs with idiopathic epilepsy; dogs fed a test diet with MCT oil for 3 months and a control diet for 3 months saw the following results: i. 71% showed a reduction in seizure frequency ii. 48% showed a reduction in seizure frequency of at least 50% iii. 14% of dogs achieved complete seizure freedom
Q: How does the MCT oil in the diet help nutritionally manage dogs with idiopathic epilepsy?
A: Experts believe MCTs (C10:0 – decanoic acid) may have direct an2-seizure effects via Page 2 of 2 blockage of AMPA receptors inhibiting excitatory neurotransmission; enhancing typical anti-epileptic therapy
Q: Let’s shift gears and talk a like bit about Cognitive Dysfunction syndrome, what is it and what is the prevalence?
A: CDS is an age-related neurogenative disorder characterized by gradual and progressive decline in cognitive function
Q: Are there resources available to help veterinarians assess mental acuity in dogs, and to potentially diagnose CDS?
A: The DISHAA survey is a tool that can help veterinarians and owners asses mental acuity in dogs
Q: If the audience takes away one thing from today’s session, what would you want that to be?
A: Purina® Pro Plan® veterinary Diets is the first and only diet to nutritionally manage dogs with idiopathic epilepsy. This is truly groundbreaking, and we could not be more proud to offer this product to the veterinary community.