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Old 12-23-2015, 08:51 AM
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He had his first seizure in 2013 - that was so strange the way he acted. He has not had one since that we know of, then about 4 months ago he had one while sound asleep on the couch. The paddling, peeing, drooling. Then it was about every 3 weeks, now it's 2 weeks and 3 days. So his first one was at 9 years old. No, I don't use a lot of cleaning stuff like on the floors or carpets. I don't spray much and if I do, I close off the room I sprayed. But still I seldom do that even. And this is why! We are taking him as soon as we can to the vet. I read that if they are no more than once a month that the vet doesn't like to put them on meds, but now they are twice a month. And I honestly don't know how much more I can take. He'll have a seizure before we get up in the morning and we don't know it until he comes in our room barking. Then we get up and find the evidence. That is really hard knowing he comes out of it and we're not there sitting with him. It's getting harder and harder to deal with. I just want to cry all the time because our home would not be the same without him. And I was counting on a few more years with him, but God may have a different plan. Your dogs seizures are not controlled? And it sounds like he is on a lot of medication. You must feel even worse than I do. I can't stand the thought of Jack's becoming cluster seizures - I sure hope that doesn't happen. Thank you so much for being my sounding board.
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Old 12-23-2015, 01:50 PM
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He had his first seizure in 2013 - that was so strange the way he acted. He has not had one since that we know of, then about 4 months ago he had one while sound asleep on the couch. The paddling, peeing, drooling. Then it was about every 3 weeks, now it's 2 weeks and 3 days. So his first one was at 9 years old. No, I don't use a lot of cleaning stuff like on the floors or carpets. I don't spray much and if I do, I close off the room I sprayed. But still I seldom do that even. And this is why! We are taking him as soon as we can to the vet. I read that if they are no more than once a month that the vet doesn't like to put them on meds, but now they are twice a month. And I honestly don't know how much more I can take. He'll have a seizure before we get up in the morning and we don't know it until he comes in our room barking. Then we get up and find the evidence. That is really hard knowing he comes out of it and we're not there sitting with him. It's getting harder and harder to deal with. I just want to cry all the time because our home would not be the same without him. And I was counting on a few more years with him, but God may have a different plan. Your dogs seizures are not controlled? And it sounds like he is on a lot of medication. You must feel even worse than I do. I can't stand the thought of Jack's becoming cluster seizures - I sure hope that doesn't happen. Thank you so much for being my sounding board.
It can be hard, but for me I focus on how many good days he has and that he doesn't know what's going on and the seizures aren't painful to him. Shiloh also has back issues (IVDD in lower back and Wobblers in neck) so sometimes it can be challenging. I have taken Shiloh to three different vets (one holistic) and none of them have been able to help get control of the seizures so for me, this is our normal. I do have two friends who have dogs and they have been managed really well on Phenobarbital, so there are success stories. All dogs are different and respond differently so try not to get discouraged. There's a variety of websites/Facebook groups for people with epileptic dogs so that can provide extra support as well. I'm on the Canine Epilepsy Network forum. The sites a little messed up right now, if you post something and hit submit you'll get an error, but it really does post it. It's a small group, but everyone is really supportive. There's also a closed group I'm on that has some really knowledgeable people on FB https://www.facebook.com/groups/Dogswithepilepsy1/

The seizures don't have to define your dog, they can have many more years that are happy. How is his post ictal behavior (the behavior after the seizure?) Shiloh typically will go for 3-4 days with constant pacing, nose in my face, whining etc. and have recently found that giving him a little Melatonin after the seizure and before bed has really helped. If it's an issue for you you might speak with the vet and see if that's something they would recommend. I've heard different opinions on giving to a dog with seizures or autoimmune issues but Shiloh hasn't had any issues and my vet said it was OK for him to have in the dosage I was using. Lavender oil can help with calming issues as well. Always good to check with vet first though.

One thing I have on the chair and couch are waterproof pads. Also have a waterproof mattress pad on the bed for when he has a seizure on the furniture. They've really come in handy.

Yeah, I wish I knew God's plan. I lost my labradoodle last year to Leukemia, she had just turned 8 and thought I'd have many more years. It has really taught me to be grateful for today and the blessings it brings.

Hang in there. Prayers are with you.
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Ugh I have been on that Facebook group, just for a few days. It was so heartbreaking I couldn't stand it, always crying over what I was reading. I have done so much research that my head spins, so when I saw your post, I thought, here is someone that is actually dealing with it. I guess trying to focus on the good days is something I need to try. I'm always on edge waiting for the next one, so my nerves are shot. Thank you again for answering my questions. I am so ready to get him to the vet and hear what they think we should do. We've had many dogs (we have 5 now) and this is the first time we've had to deal with seizures. I will keep you updated. Still can't figure out how to PM you though!
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Ugh I have been on that Facebook group, just for a few days. It was so heartbreaking I couldn't stand it, always crying over what I was reading. I have done so much research that my head spins, so when I saw your post, I thought, here is someone that is actually dealing with it. I guess trying to focus on the good days is something I need to try. I'm always on edge waiting for the next one, so my nerves are shot. Thank you again for answering my questions. I am so ready to get him to the vet and hear what they think we should do. We've had many dogs (we have 5 now) and this is the first time we've had to deal with seizures. I will keep you updated. Still can't figure out how to PM you though!
Yeah, I'm at home today and using IE and don't see the pull down menu like I do when I was using Chrome. I did see where you messaged me but it doesn't show up under Private Message. It's weird. I did send you a message.

It takes a while before that constant on edge feeling isn't so intense. I still find myself listening and going a bit on alert so I don't know if it ever goes away, but it isn't like it was in the beginning.

When is his appointment? I don't want to discourage you in anyway, but please be prepared to NOT get an answer for the seizures. That was one of the hard things for me was walking out of vets offices and there was no explanation for what was caused them. I'm bad about thinking of what the outcome will be before going in and it usually doesn't turn out the way I was thinking and it's hard for me to not get an answer. I have learned to accept that for whatever reason, Shiloh's brain just misfires. H
as helped my sanity.


I hope you're able to have a wonderfully quiet, joyful Christmas.
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Okay, I'll try to be prepared for no answers! Wrote down the dates today, with the length and the time of day. He sure doesn't act like he has a tumor, he's totally normal and sweet and loving. I'm having to convince my husband to go ahead and take him in, so hopefully it'll be Monday or Tuesday. Thank you SO much for listening to my fears. He is like the best dog in the world, and when I'm upset at work or around family I get blank stares. I really appreciate you responding and calming my nerves! So how is your dog now? He's been going thru this a long time? I'd like to send you my email address - I'll try to PM you and see if you can get it on Chrome.
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