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Tuesday 27th of June 2017



Epilepsy - dog health experiences


Epilepsy dog experience
Dog Owner:
philip
Location: south wales

I have just looked at a write up of a person in america that had a dog that suffered with epileptic fits, i have just experience it first had with my black Labrador (Guinness)IT WAS THE MOST SHOCKING THING I HAVE SEEN IN MY LIVE,Guinness is a much loved dog by not only my two daughters but all that now him,lucky my girls did not see him having his fit,i,am writing this now as to how to cope with this condition that he has and how will my girls cope with this,
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Epilepsy dog experience
Dog Owner:
Amanda
Location: Missoula/Montana/USA

I'm writing this response for those people who are concerned about their animals that potentially have epilepsy. When I was in second grade, my parents gave my sister and I a golden retriever puppy for Christmas. We named him Buddy. When Buddy was two, he was diagnosed with epilepsy. Included below is my advice and information about my experience with epilepsy: To diagnose Buddy, he simply had blood drawn. They took blood and did some tests. There was no scary procedure or anything. He was prescribed phenobarbitol, which was a pill given to him with his meals. Even if your dog is on medication, seizures can still happen. If you find a good medication level, they will be few and far between. Medications levels are usually by trial and error. If a dog has a seizure, you should call your vet and talk to them. they usually told us to come in, and they would do another blood test to see if the med level was too low. Also, seizures are scary. The first time the members of my family saw Buddy seize, we all cried. But you do get used to it, and you start to simply react when you notice that a seizure is about to occur. With Buddy, he was usually completely unaware of his surroundings for about 2-5 minutes after he had a seizure. He didn't recognize people, he would inspect everything, and sudden movements startled him. He would growl, but he was never aggressive towards us. Then he would simply snap out of it, and run over wagging his tail and kissing us. For about a day after a seizure, he wouldn't remember basic rules/commands or his name. It always came back, but it took a while. Also, as he got older, the seizures got worse and we had to increase his medication level. Overall, Buddy lived with epilepsy for about 6 years, and he had a very good life. Living with a dog with epilepsy takes some adjusting, but the dog should be able to live a fairly normal and happy life.
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Epilepsy dog experience
Dog Owner:
Nicole
Location: Sherman Oaks, CA

Last night my 4 yr old cocker spaniel (name is Lacey) started acting really weird. I was sleeping when I was awoken by her sniffing and pacing the edge of the bed. I thought maybe she had smelled something but when she continued I turned on the light. It was then I realized something was wrong. She was completely disoriented, didn't respond to her name, didn't even respond to the calling of "wanta go outside". She continued to pace and sniff for about 20 minutes. During this time I believe she lost her vision. I immediately took her in to the 24hr emergency vet, but when she got there she went back to normal. Today I brought her back in to the vet. He said she may have had a seizure which could be from epilepsy.
Does anyone know what kind of tests they will run to find out if this is what she has for sure? If anyone has any advice please reply, I'm so worried. Thanks!
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Epilepsy dog experience
Dog Owner:
Debbie
Location: Winston-Salem/NC/USA

Our 4 yr. old white boxer just started collapsing Nov. 2006. She just had another episode in April 07 & just last friday. I am worried sick. Not sure of what it is. Neither is the vet. after $4,000. They have checked the heart & etc., but still no concrete diagnosis. I have cried myself to sleep many nights. Afraid to leave her alone. She comes to work w/me. I don't know what to do. I feel for anyone who has to go thru this. I'm not sure if she's having seizures or if something is wrong w/her heart. Any suggestions would be helpful. She acts so scared. The last collapse was after a bowel movement. Had a piece of grass stuck in anus & freaked out. Fell over in floor w/eys open, after me coaxing her w/the word treat & daddy's coming home, she got up, but acted real confused for awhile. Still real jumpy. Was told by vet spec. that she had immune mediated disease. Thank you & hope you all get help. I know what you're going thru.
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Epilepsy dog experience
Dog Owner:
ChocLab
Location: Concord, NH

Our chocolate lab developed seizures at 1 year, 3 mos. After documenting all episodes, foods, etc. we changed his food to a hypoallergenic (potato and duck) diet, got him on phenobarb and then added potassium bromide. He continued to have seizures progressively closer together. After continuing documentation for several months, I determined that 50% of the time he had a seizure within 24-36 hours of taking HeartGard, his heartworm medication. We stopped administering HeartGard last August and he hasn't had a single seizure since!

Switch to Interceptor or another form of heartworm preventive if your dog is having seizures and taking Heartgard.
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Epilepsy dog experience
Dog Owner:
Holly
Location: Kitty Hawk, NC, USA

Like Winston we too have a dog that has seizures that are in custers. They started a two years old and having been almost daily for a year and a half. He too is on Phen (97 mg twice a day)and potassium bromide 2.5mg once a day. We can not seem to break the cycle. We have turned to Dr. Goldstien a well know homopathic Vet in CT who is working with our Vet to try to improve our dogs health along with helping with the seizures. Dr. Goldstein starts with a NBT blood test to see were the nutrional needs are in the dog, then with that information they mix a power form of vitamin and herb supplement that you mix in their food. I will say that with in sveral weeks we did see a mark differents in te health of our dog. He coat,energy level and strenth improve. His blood work (NBT) was much better too. But seizures have not improved. Dr. Goldstein also has him on several formula that I give him twice a day for his liver and seizures, hoping to get him off traditional medicines. Time will tell. I know they do brain mapping on people an have surgeries that can remove the bad part of the brain that causes seizures...I would love to find a Vet hospitial that offers that. If anyone know of one please let me know. We are afraid the in the near future we will have to put him down do to his quailty of life. hwest412@embargmail.com
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Epilepsy dog experience
Dog Owner:
WINSTON
Location: Baltimore/Maryland/USA

Our English Bulldog, Winston, experienced his first seizure 6 months ago in January 2006. Tonight he had six (grand- mal) wihtin an hour. We rushed him to to the pet er and they admitted him. While he has had clusters in the past they have been never like this. We were concerned that his core temp was getting to high. When they admitted him his temp was almost 103 degrees. Today is his birthday, what a way to spend a birthday. Currently he is on 97 mmg of phenobarbitol (2x a day) which will most certainly have to be increased. He has had his blood levels checked twice indicating that his levels were on the low side and each time we increased his meds. We have been told by numerous vets that the only way to control his seizures is through finding an appropiate level of phenobarb and maintaining that level. I guess the rough part is finding that "magic level". In the meantime Winston is resting (sedated) under the watchful eye of the per er vets while myself and his mom anxiously wait til tomorrow when we can bring him home and celebrate his birthday. If anybody out there has had similar experiences and could share any thoughts or ideas I would love to hear about them. He's our special boy!!!!!
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Epilepsy dog experience
Dog Owner:
Lynda
Location: Wasilla, Alaska

My little yorkie suddenly started sniffing the area, running back and forth, and was not responding to our calling to her. When she started drooling and her tongue hung out of her mouth I took her to the vet immediately.

I was told my 9-mth old puppy was having seizures and she was admitted right away. She stayed at the vet hospital for a day and a half and she is now in my care. I'm very worried that she seems so disoriented and skittish.

My vet tells me that with time she will not have to take such strong medication and should return to her normal, happy,loving self.
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