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Old 12-02-2013, 08:13 PM
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Dogs being diagnosed with epilepsy.

Just recently, our youngest dog Minnie has been diagnosed with epilepsy. She isn't quite a year yet and has been having seizures since October (rarely at first and then progressing and worsening). After doing blood and urine analysis to rule out toxins, etc and with consultation with a neurologist (thankfully we took detailed notes on her seizures, taking videos, photos, etc) she is now on phenobarbital.

Since she has only been on the phenobarbital since Wednesday evening the levels may not have balanced out yet and she had the worst seizure yet last evening. This morning, I called our vet's and the vet has recommended keeping Valium on hand at home and giving it to her to bring her out of the seizure faster. I'm learning how to give her the Valium rectally tomorrow morning.

I guess I would like to hear from other people who have had/has dogs who are diagnosed with epilepsy. How your dog does on the medication? Anything to watch out for? Do you treat your dog differently?
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Old 12-02-2013, 08:19 PM
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My dog was just diagnosed with epilepsy last Friday. We're monitoring his seizures for the month and depending on how they go we'll then put him on medication. I don't treat him much differently (and haven't since he first started having seizures) besides monitoring him on walks. He gets seizures most often after running around or exercising (probably over heating) so after a little running around on trails, I put him on a leash until he cools down. That actually is great for loose leash walking practice!
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We do the same. We monitor and write things down in a logbook for future reference or in case our vet asks us a specific question. We also have a spreadsheet to document the dates, locations, etc.

Is your dog having full fledged grand mal seizures? It was recommended by our vet that because she was having a seizures that lasted awhile and having one every 1.5 weeks (roughly) to do the medication right away.
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In the summertime, he has that last around 2-3 minutes.
As the weather has become cooler for us, he's stopped having them as much. The Vet thinks the seizures occur because of his traumatic birth and wanted a log, similar to what you are doing, to see if anything else could be triggering it.
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Was your dog loaded on the pheno or just started on a standard dose?
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We had been giving her the pheno since Wednesday evening - twice per day, 12 hours apart. On Sunday, when she had the seizure, she was given the medication at 6:30am and the seizure began at approximately 1pm.

I believe it's just a standard dose. 22.5mg twice per day - she's approximately 24lbs.
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My daughter has a bulldog that has seizures. He's been to Boston for brain scans and every other test imaginable. Because they can't find exactly what causes the seizures they say epilipsy. They started him on pheno, still had seizures, added bromide, still had seizures, added zonasmide to the mix and he hasn't had a seizure in a year. She does have valium if needed but hasn't had to use it. It was also recommended that if his face starts twitching before it becomes a full blown seizure to put an ice pack in the middle of his back, a lot of times this will help to redirect the brain and bring him out of it.

But he is doing very well on all three meds and been seizure free for almost a year
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I've owned two dogs with idiopathic epilepsy. One had frequent grand mal seizures. He was put on pheno but the dose had to be increased to the point that his quality of life was very poor. This was over 30 years ago and our options were few as far as specialists. We chose to euthanize him after about a year of dosing adjustments.

The second dog had very mild seizures and she was started on phenobarb and our vet adjusted the dosage periodically (based on blood levels and seizure activity) for the minimum dose that controlled her seizure activity. After about a year we transitioned her to potassium bromide and that controlled her seizures well. She was originally diagnosed at two years of age and she lived to age 11.

Not to second guess anyone's vet's diagnosis but Exercise Induced Collapse can look like a seizure. Before it was commonly diagnosed, a friend's Lab was thought to have epilepsy. It was later diagnosed as EIC. Again, I'm not trying to imply that anyone has received an incorrect diagnosis of epilepsy for their dog.
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My husky started having seizures at the age of 5 with no known cause. They usually occurred at night or if he had been outside and came in to the house and fell asleep. We surmised that is was also body heat related. Strangely, he very rarely ever had them during the warmer months! Because he never had more than 2 per month, our vet team decided to keep him unmedicated but we did have a dose of rectal valium on hand if a seizure lasted longer than 2 minutes or if he had back to back seizures. We were to administer the valium and then get him to the vet ASAP for further intervention.
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Starting in 2011, Remmy had a seizure, then did not have another for six weeks. When they tested his liver, there was a problem so he was put on antibiotics and another liquid for a month. He was fine for almost a year, then he had a couple more. His liver was tested and everything was normal.

This year he had one in January and another in Sept. Usually he just stiffens up and falls over, no thrashing around like the Greyhound we had with epilepsy. A few minutes later, he gets up and just acts normal.

That was until last Saturday. I was driving along and he had a seizure and when I pulled over, he started to come out of it, then had another. I turned around and drove up to the Vet and he had another one as I pulled into the Parking Lot.

The Vet who has always treated him is not working there now so I had a new Vet. He was given the rectal Atavan and came out of the seizure. He does not want to put him on the Pheno at this time because of having the liver problem so sent me home with some Atavan. There does not seem to be any trigger to his seizures, he had his first one at an Agility trial, the next one in bed at night and the others during the day. I have continued doing Agility with him and he has never had any at the trials since the very first one.
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