My dog just had her first seizure

Discussion in 'Health & Nutritional Care' started by zbarry, Nov 20, 2013.

  1. musicdeb

    musicdeb New Member

    Awesome news!
  2. thelady_v2010

    thelady_v2010 New Member

    So glad no seizures this morning, I have my fingers crossed~
  3. zbarry

    zbarry New Member

    So another good night no seizure! Yay!!![​IMG][​IMG]
  4. angelbears

    angelbears Active Member

    Way to go! Sweet pictures.
  5. musicdeb

    musicdeb New Member

    Awesome awesome news! She's a beauty as well as the little girl! Great pics!
  6. zbarry

    zbarry New Member

    Thank you!
  7. NYDDB

    NYDDB Well-Known Member

    Must be such a relief- good news!
  8. zbarry

    zbarry New Member

    Update. My baby has been on anti seizure meds for a month with no seizure. Went in for blood work Friday to make sure the levels are ok. Dr said I could give her normal dose in the morning and half a pill at night, have done that for two nights. I was so excited because I thought I would be getting my beast back to normal. She sleeps and eats a lot on the meds and pees while sleeping or standing. Also really wobbly back legs. So she had a seizure at midnight. So I guess we will go back to old doses....
  9. musicdeb

    musicdeb New Member

    Sounds like she's doing better except for a seizure at midnight.

    Poor girl...

    Keep us posted
  10. NeSaxena

    NeSaxena New Member

    Poor baby... We're here for you!

    Let's hope going back to old doses does the trick! Lotsa love, Boone sends kisses xxxx
  11. zbarry

    zbarry New Member

    She's been good for sure which made me think she didn't need meds. Hope you all have a merry Christmas!
  12. musicdeb

    musicdeb New Member

    Keep us posted on her progress. Happy Holidays to you and your family!
  13. Milton Meathead

    Milton Meathead New Member

    Glad to hear she is doing much better. Which medication is she taking? I am very familiar with ax medications . I work in neurology and we get kids all the time with epilepsy. With our kids.... They must be seizure free for at least 2 years before we consider taking them off medication. I would think it wouldn't be much different with dogs. After all... A seizure is a seizure in both human and animals

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  14. Milton Meathead

    Milton Meathead New Member

    I also just wanted to add that if your dog's seizure looked like that in the video then that would be a generalized seizure which involves both sides of the brain and is usually not associated with tumors or lesions or any type of brain malformation. Like I said... 2 years being seizure free and hopefully she will outgrow then. Your typical vet is not a neurologist and can't know everything there is to know about seizures. I work with one of the best child neurologists in Ontario Canada and we deal with seizures all the time. All the best to you and your pup

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  15. zbarry

    zbarry New Member

    She is on phenobarbital. I hope she grows out if them. Can they grow out of them?
  16. Milton Meathead

    Milton Meathead New Member

    Phenobarbital is an older anti seizure medication and has a lot of side effects. We don't use that medication anymore on any of our patients however a lot of times when kids have seizures and go to the emergency at the hospital.... Most Doctors there like to start them on this medication. It's like a first line of defence in the old school books and then when we see the patients afterwards we usually take them off this because of the side effects. There are so many medications out there for different seizure types and phenobarbital covers both types

    They can most certainly grow out of epilepsy. The main thing is to get their seizures under control and to stay under control for at least 2 years! With people we do an EEG to see any seizure activity as this is the only test that CAN see seizure activity but with a dog I would think you probably can't do this unless you have been trained to read dog brain waves lol. Anyway it's all trial and error with mess and seizures but please don't get discouraged because if she stays seizure free for 2 years and your doctor decides to try to taper her medications (never stop cold turkey and I can't stress this enough ) then you can try to taper her mess and if she goes on to have another seizure she will need to be restarted again.

    Another thing about this type of medication is that it can take 7 to 10 days to build up in her system and 36 hours to come out so if you miss doses.... It's going to take a few days to build up again so you run the risk of breakthrough seizures in the meantime so try your best not to miss any doses. Good luck

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  17. Milton Meathead

    Milton Meathead New Member

    Oh and there are a few spell check errors. It says don't miss any mess when I meant meds !

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  18. zbarry

    zbarry New Member

    Very awesome info! Thank you so much! They asked to put her on the bromide. But right now I will stick to this one, maybe change her later when her body gets used to it.
  19. Milton Meathead

    Milton Meathead New Member

    Don't change her! Especially if her seizures are under control. If it's working then don't change a thing because then you run the risk of having another medication that may not control her seizure. The only reason you would need to change her is if she is just having to many side effects and not getting used to the medication. If she is still showing side effects from the meds after being on it for more than 2 weeks and the side effects are affecting her functioning then you may need to consider adding another medication.... Building up her dose of the new medication....... Make sure she is stable with no seizures for at least 2 weeks and then your vet may want to consider tapering away the first medication. Never never take one medication away and introduce a new medication. You must do one thing at a time with this sort of thing. Very important otherwise if you take one med away and add another and you start seeing new stuff happening then you won't know why? Best to do one thing at a time always when it comes to seizure medication. And I have never heard of that other med you mention. Must be really old. For generalized seizure there is valproate acid otherwise know as Epival or Depakene (name brands) and these are most used or there is keppra or clobazam, Frisium, lamictal or lamotragine. There are others too and they all have their side effects as with any med.

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  20. zbarry

    zbarry New Member

    Ok thank you so much for this information I appreciate it!

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