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Epilepsy in dogs- advice needed

Horsegirl09
June 18th, 2012, 11:01 AM
Hi Everyone!

I'm new to this forum but i am in need of some advice.

I have a year and half old husky cross shepherd his name is Dozer. Amazing dog i could not ask for anything better for my husband and I's first dog. What i need advice for how to cope with a dog with epilepsy.
when dozer was only 7 months old he began to have seizures, some were mild and some were hard core. the last hard core episodes happen in September of 2011 and that's when i went to another vet since i felt my current vet was not doing enough to help him and they started him on the phenalbarb (sorry for the misspelling on that) and i was told he has epilepsy. I was told Dozer will more then likely be on this medication for the rest of his life which i am ready to except.

what i need though is advice on how to cope when he has seizures. i have seen countless of them since we have had him, even one on the way to the vets and honestly i thought i could stay strong and get used to him having them but for some reason i cant. I don't want to give up on my baby boy but this is starting to have an effect on my mental and emotional and physical health. my husband and i have considered giving him up but i constantly think would if someone takes him but dose not care for him right? and who would want a dog with a disorder like Dozers?
im just looking for some people who have delt with this kinda thing and how the result turned out.

Thanks so much!
Concerned pet owner

MaxaLisa
June 20th, 2012, 01:00 AM
I have never dealt with seizures and I hope that someone that has will be able to answer....

My checklist though for seizures:

run a full, complete thyroid panel if it wasn't done, also the meds can cause low thyroid to some degree I think?

check for tick diseases, and I would run a course of doxycycline if no other cause was found....

lots of examples of diet and meds directly impacting siezures, so I would look into altering those, and, if you can swing it, do a homecooked diet to see if that reduces or eliminates the seizures.

sugarcatmom
June 20th, 2012, 07:35 AM
Some good info on canine epilepsy: http://www.canine-epilepsy.com/overview.html