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Old 12-25-2013, 07:03 PM   #1
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Default Rosemary Extract not healthy?

I read a dog food review that said rosemary extract can be a problem for dogs that suffer from epilepsy. Has anyone heard of this? I see it's a minor ingredient in some dog foods. My dog had seizures at one time, but I weened him off the medicine a month ago and so far all is well. Anyone?

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Old 12-26-2013, 05:41 AM   #2
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I've never heard that, I'll have a search about it though. Glad Jake is doing alright without the medication.

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Old 12-26-2013, 06:00 AM   #3
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There are many items on this subject

This one says it's a myth from misinformation
Rosemary in dog food nutritional myths| GREATDANELADY.COM

This one warns it could cause seizures
Is there Rosemary in your dog food? - ALL4K9

You would have to find the original research articles and be able to understand the context of the information. I have to admit research articles (on another subject I do read a lot about) often go way beyond my capability of comprehension and leave me bewildered. Maybe that's what's happened in this case.

I would however be more than prepared to change to a different food to see if it could possibly help if my dog was still susceptible to seizures.

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Very interesting. Had never heard about this.

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I haven't heard of this either.
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Robin, where did you get this information? Can you provide a link to it? As far as I know, there is no veterinary literature to support that conclusion.
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I never heard of this either....

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"Rosemary is frequently used in dog food as a natural anti-oxidant and preservative.1 It’s also considered an anti-cancer agent.2
However, we’ve never been able to find any scientific studies linking rosemary extract with seizures in dogs. We’ve only found mention of its potential relationship in humans. And then, only rarely in subjects prone to epileptic seizures in the first place."


Dog Food Ingredients | Frequently Asked Questions

"Does your new “natural” cat or dog food contain herbs such as rosemaryROSEMARY HERB, PET FOOD NEUROTOXINextract, a neurotoxin that can cause neurological problems, seizures and anemia?

When Veterinarians reported that Premium Edge caused neurological problems in cats, testing found that one batch lacked Vitamin B1 (thiamine) but the real culprit in cat and dog foods may be rosemary extract, a natural neurotoxin. Adverse reactions, including seizures, can show up soon after ingestion but symptoms may also be delayed which complicates accurate diagnosis."

PET FOOD NEUTROTOXIN – ROSEMARY EXTRACT & SEIZURES, by Nel Liquorman, TheDogPress Health Editor
Rosemary | University of Maryland Medical Center

"Rosemary is sometimes used in dog foods in its whole form which has a number of uses in herbal medicine, but more often its oil is used as a natural preservative. Rosemary oil (or as it is also known, rosemary extract) is a powerful antioxidant which is able to slow down the oxidisation process that turns fats rancid. As an antioxidant, rosemary oil may also help to reduce the risk of cancer.
Rosemary is widely regarded by herbalists as a natural stimulant. Although this is fine for most dogs, it is often suggested that it should not be given to epileptic dogs as it may increase the incidence or severity of seizures. Some nutritionists have also proposed that, because rosemary can effect uterine function and menstrual flow, it may be dangerous during pregnancy. Although there is some anecdotal evidence to support these claims, there haven't yet been any scientific studies on either issue in dogs so I'm afraid the jury remains out for now. In the meantime, I generally recommend avoiding rosemary if your dog is pregnant or prone to seizures, just to be extra safe, although it must be said that I haven't personally encountered any dogs that have definitely reacted badly to the herb."
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PET FOOD NEUTROTOXIN – ROSEMARY EXTRACT & SEIZURES, by Nel Liquorman, TheDogPress Health Editor

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As I will need dog food in a few days, I've decided to stay with Natural Balance LID until I do more research. He and I like the food but it keeps going up in price and my income doesn't. (near $45 - $50 for a 28lb bag here in Tucson) He will need food this week and I'm have a tough time making an informed decision. I've thought about switching to Trader Joe's although I didn't check the price (rosemary extract) and Kirkland (rosemary extract as well). The Natural Balance has the 'large breed big bites' which I like. I can hear him crunching and not inhaling. What does everyone else use that won't break the bank? Are there 'big bites' in other dog food brands? Thanks again everyone.
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