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My Hawk has epilepsy. He had his first on at 18 months, he is now 2 1/2. His seizures are not close together so he is not on any medication. If your dog only has one seizure a month meds are not recommended. Hawk has never had cluster seizures. I keep a record of all his seizures, with the time, how long they last and what he was doing before and after. I also call my vet to have them listed on his record. Hawk paces after a GM usually for about an hour, his PM have all been when he is asleep. When your dog has a GM, you want to make sure he is in an area that he will not hurt himself and keep all other dogs away, as some dogs will attach a dog that is having a seizure. I am so lucky as Tiz is very gentle with Hawk and she takes herself away from him until his seizure is over. You want to keep your dog, if possible in a cool, quite, dark area after. Hawk wants to be with you after a GM, but he can not sit still and will keep going in and out of the house unless I confine him to a room with me. Hawk's blood work was sent to Dr. Jean Dodds. His blood work came back normal, one of the few times I really wished for abnormal. Dr. Dodds is a wonderful kind person and I respect her so much. She is my hero.
Just want to say thank you for all your comments and replies. Ari had three seizures in a months time. I handled it much better with the knowledge I got from all you people. The fits last about a minute and then he is very distracted and aggitated after that. If he has another fit, I will take him back to the vet for thyroid tests. ......but, with Ari and Rhett's friendship: it is going very well!
Thank you all,
Phil, Ari and Rhett
Phil so sorry to hear about your boy Ari. I too have suffered with my last dog Dublin and this dreaded condition. That link above is a great website that provided me with more help than our neurologist did. Mine had cluster seizures. The first line treatment of Pheno wasn't controlling his and we added the next treatment to it which is Kbr or potassium bromide. A formulary pharmacy makes it up for you in liquid form. Please watch your dog for stomach problems should that drug be added to your treatment plan. It put holes in Dubs stomach and he also developed pancreatitis from it. He had only been on it 2 weeks. I belong to several groups for canine epi and other dogs have deveoped the same problems. Irish kids have sensitive stomachs and I just want you to be watchful should that drug, which is helpful for many dogs, be added.
really interested in the fact that the dog seems starving when recovered and the vision is impaired. The individuality comes from the fact that different parts of the brain are affected in each persom/dog which is why its so difficult to work with them. Awful thing to say but often its better if the dog does fit regularly as you and the dog get much much better at signs and symptoms and how to cope!
For a while years ago I had an epileptic dog and an epileptic husband and there were times when you heard a crash and werent sure who you were going to find!