Originally Posted by jaragr
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.