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by Chris
Wed Jun 01, 2011 6:06 am
Forum: New to Canine Epilepsy
Topic: Drastic change in pattern
Replies: 24
Views: 9217

Re: Drastic change in pattern

Our experience was to use liquid valium administered rectally ASAP. We would administer it again if needed. This was with the blessing of our neurologist. We adminstered oral valium as soon as Trinity could swallow. The intent was for the liquid valium to break/prevent a cluster (she almost always c...
by Chris
Mon Feb 07, 2011 2:16 pm
Forum: New to Canine Epilepsy
Topic: What to do with your epileptic pup when you travel?
Replies: 3
Views: 2073

Re: What to do with your epileptic pup when you travel?

Our leisure traveling came to an abrupt halt when Trinity started seizuring. We simply thought it too much to ask of anyone else to be as regulated and meticulous as we were with her care. Things were further complicated by the fact that any change in routine made her anxious. On occasion if we were...
by Chris
Fri Feb 04, 2011 7:08 am
Forum: New to Canine Epilepsy
Topic: When do YOU go to the emergency room? - Group Discussion
Replies: 20
Views: 9802

Re: When do YOU go to the emergency room? - Group Discussion

I think what MK's Mom said is what we all fear (or for me, feared)....waiting too long. As Trinity's epilepsy progressed, we became better at managing it and at recognizing the small signs that more often than not, signaled more seizures were coming. And also as time went on, her seizures were almos...
by Chris
Tue Jan 18, 2011 12:26 pm
Forum: New to Canine Epilepsy
Topic: New and worried :o(
Replies: 9
Views: 3473

Re: New and worried :o(

You've been given good advice thus far! Educate yourself. But be sure to take a break from the internet as well. Sometimes it can just get to be too much. Put together a seizure kit of items that you may need to have readily handy to clean up or keep your dog safe. Keep a journal of seizures. Note a...
by Chris
Thu Jan 13, 2011 7:07 am
Forum: New to Canine Epilepsy
Topic: Seizure or too much PB?
Replies: 5
Views: 2761

Re: Seizure or too much PB?

As you've already been advised, be sure to mention this to the vet. Over time, we became very adept at recognizing signs of small seizure activity. Most often the vet assured us that what we were seeing was, in fact, abnormal brain activity and that the meds were preventing this activity from becomi...
by Chris
Mon Nov 29, 2010 10:53 am
Forum: New to Canine Epilepsy
Topic: New Member - Spike - 3 1/2 yr Olde English Bulldogge
Replies: 50
Views: 14535

Re: New Member - Spike - 3 1/2 yr Olde English Bulldogge

Scott, continued good wishes!
Helena, sorry for your loss.

We all understand. Even though it's been 8 months since we lost Trinity, reading through posts like these still brings a tear.
by Chris
Fri Nov 12, 2010 7:09 am
Forum: New to Canine Epilepsy
Topic: New Member - Spike - 3 1/2 yr Olde English Bulldogge
Replies: 50
Views: 14535

Re: New Member - Spike - 3 1/2 yr Olde English Bulldogge

I hope Spike had a peaceful night. Those of us who post here understand the fear and anxiety.

We also had an MRI and spinal tap done. It ruled out that there was no underlying cause and simply left us with the diagnosis of idiopathic epilepsy.
by Chris
Thu Oct 21, 2010 9:46 am
Forum: Treatment & Maintenance Issues for Epileptic Dogs
Topic: Fingers Crossed
Replies: 12
Views: 3676

Re: Fingers Crossed

What are sweet gumballs?
by Chris
Thu Oct 21, 2010 5:52 am
Forum: Treatment & Maintenance Issues for Epileptic Dogs
Topic: Frequent Groggy cough & very weak limbs
Replies: 13
Views: 6183

Re: Frequent Groggy cough & very weak limbs

Does anyone else find the advice to keep the dog immobile for 60 days to be suspicious? Trinity had some rough times with hind leg weakness everytime her medication was increased. Yes, it was very painful to see her that way and I always thought it would be forever. But it never was, she always got ...
by Chris
Wed Sep 29, 2010 12:19 pm
Forum: Success Stories
Topic: GOOD NEWS ON CHARLIE!!!
Replies: 14
Views: 4744

Re: GOOD NEWS ON CHARLIE!!!

Our experience with medication was very much as Brian described theirs to be. Over time, Trinity acclimated to her medications. No, she never was exactly the same. She played, enjoyed walks and enjoyed our company but with a bit less stamina and vigor. When she first started meds or whenever she inc...
by Chris
Tue Sep 28, 2010 9:26 am
Forum: Success Stories
Topic: GOOD NEWS ON CHARLIE!!!
Replies: 14
Views: 4744

Re: GOOD NEWS ON CHARLIE!!!

I know all of our stories and experiences are anecdotal and that no 2 dogs are alike, but please know that we understand your feelings. For what it's worth, Trinity's first year of seizures were extremely difficult to control. Our neurologist was quite liberal with using medication at doses higher t...
by Chris
Mon Sep 27, 2010 11:49 am
Forum: Success Stories
Topic: GOOD NEWS ON CHARLIE!!!
Replies: 14
Views: 4744

Re: GOOD NEWS ON CHARLIE!!!

Yay!!! Great news!!!
by Chris
Thu Sep 23, 2010 5:51 am
Forum: New to Canine Epilepsy
Topic: Seizures and Heart Disease (new to forum)
Replies: 11
Views: 12445

Re: Seizures and Heart Disease (new to forum)

I am sorry I cannot offer any insight regarding your questions of heart disease/medication. I can, however, share our experience about walking. We made absolutely sure that we continued walking every day. Our Trinity definitely had hind leg weakness from her medications. We felt that it was very imp...
by Chris
Tue Sep 21, 2010 6:05 am
Forum: New to Canine Epilepsy
Topic: focal seizures
Replies: 4
Views: 1843

Re: focal seizures

Trinity had focals that would come before grand mals and some that would come after. Our neuro also told us that if not for her routine meds, they would all likely be grand mals. Trinity usual had head "tics" and sometimes lip twitching. Once we fully realized what her patterns were, we used rectal ...