Owners of epileptic dogs are often advised to feed a ketogenic diet and to avoid rosemary. Akela is suitable for this as it is high in meat content and low in sugar/starch. Rosemary is found in our Original kibble recipe (albeit a trace amount). We would suggest trying our other flavours if you have any concerns.
“Rosemary, in most forms (dried, fresh whole plant, tincture or tea) can be used very safely in dogs, and in fact is Generally Regarded As Safe (GRAS) by FDA for use in both humans and animals,”
says herbalist Gregory L. Tilford, co-author with Mary L. Wulff of Herbs for Pets.
“However, the essential oil, which is often used in very small amounts as a natural food preservative is very strong and concentrated. In small amounts it will lend a calming, relaxing effect, but if fed in too much abundance it can produce the opposite – a nervous system stimulant effect that may exacerbate nervous system disorders, like epilepsy. All said, as long as the oil is not used in concentrations greater than 1 percent of the entire composition of a food or supplement product, it can be used quite safely.”