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Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets NC NeuroCare
Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets NC NeuroCare is formulated with medium chain triglyceride (MCT) oil to help nutritionally manage dogs with epilepsy that are also being administered anti-epilepsy drugs. The goal of the diet is to add ketones as an energy source for the brain, an approach used extensively in children with epilepsy. Dogs readily metabolize MCTs to produce ketones, scientists say, and researchers also believe MCTs may have direct anti-seizure effects by blocking certain receptors in the brain. Purina partnered with the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) in London on a six-month randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blinded crossover study in dogs with idiopathic epilepsy to examine the effects of a diet with MCT oil on seizure frequency when fed as an adjunct to veterinary therapy. Here are some of the results:
> 71% of dogs showed a reduction in seizure frequency. > 48% of dogs showed a 50% or greater reduction in seizure frequency. > 14% of dogs achieved complete freedom from seizures.
Purina developed its NeuroCare diet based on this information. The diet also features eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), antioxidants and B vitamins, which research has shown can help dogs with cognitive dysfunction syndrome (CDS).