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by Ned Patterson DVM
Mon Jun 12, 2006 12:12 pm
Forum: Treatment & Maintenance Issues for Epileptic Dogs
Topic: Eficay of KBR adminsitered BID vs Qd?
Replies: 2
Views: 2217

Bromide dosing

Since bromide has a very long half life (ie lasts a very long time in the body) it does not make any difference on blood levels if the same dose is given once daily or split up into two doses (the same total dose per day). Some dogs can have minor vomiting due to the direct salt effects on the stoma...
by Ned Patterson DVM
Fri Jun 09, 2006 12:28 pm
Forum: New to Canine Epilepsy
Topic: seizures and heartworm preventative
Replies: 16
Views: 14657

The amount of garlic is 0.5% of the dogs weight in dry matter so it would depend on the concentration of pure garlic in a liquid.
by Ned Patterson DVM
Thu Jun 08, 2006 11:23 am
Forum: New to Canine Epilepsy
Topic: seizures and heartworm preventative
Replies: 16
Views: 14657

temerature and heartworm

These temperature apply to the mosquitos and the outside. A dog out for only 15 minutes can still be bitten then, and mosquitos can be inside also.
by Ned Patterson DVM
Thu Jun 08, 2006 11:07 am
Forum: New to Canine Epilepsy
Topic: seizures and heartworm preventative
Replies: 16
Views: 14657

Heartworm information

Here is some Heartworm information based on the American Heartworm Society Recommendations : A climate that provides adequate temperature and humidity to support a viable mosquito population, and also sustain sufficient heat to allow growth of ingested heartworm microfilariae to infective, third-sta...
by Ned Patterson DVM
Thu Jun 08, 2006 8:54 am
Forum: New to Canine Epilepsy
Topic: seizures and heartworm preventative
Replies: 16
Views: 14657

Serious Caution about Garlic in dogs

Garlic can be toxic to dogs. At a dose of about 0.5% of body weight it causes damage to red blood cells resulting in anemia which can be life threatening. This would be as little as a few cloves of garlic for a 60 pound dog. See the following abstract of a published paper with the conclusion that ga...
by Ned Patterson DVM
Fri Apr 21, 2006 2:40 pm
Forum: Diagnosis & Testing
Topic: Bile Acid Stimulation Test
Replies: 5
Views: 11830

Bile acids are used for seizure patients primary in two situations - when seizures are first encountered to check and see if the seizures might be caused by liver failure. Secondly for dogs on phenobarbital to be sure it is not causing liver dysfunction (liver issues occur in up to 10-20% of dogs on...
by Ned Patterson DVM
Thu Apr 20, 2006 7:59 am
Forum: Diagnosis & Testing
Topic: Bile Acid Stimulation Test
Replies: 5
Views: 11830

Pre-and post prandial bile acids (before and after eating appropriate food) are one of the most sensitive tests for liver function. They are certainly used to see if dogs on phenobarbital are having any serious liver effects. They are also used as a test in a variety of other circumstances where the...
by Ned Patterson DVM
Fri Mar 11, 2005 1:35 pm
Forum: Treatment & Maintenance Issues for Epileptic Dogs
Topic: Seizure Again
Replies: 1
Views: 2429

You might see if your vet can give you a supply of valium to try a few times at home to see if it can prevent needing hospitalization.
by Ned Patterson DVM
Mon Feb 28, 2005 1:09 pm
Forum: Diagnosis & Testing
Topic: accidents with head injuries resulting in epilepsy
Replies: 1
Views: 3137

There is no definative test to determine if a previous head trauma caused seizures later. The treatment is essentially the same as for inherited (idiopathic) epilepsy.

I hope this helps.
by Ned Patterson DVM
Thu Dec 09, 2004 9:23 am
Forum: New to Canine Epilepsy
Topic: New to Canine Epilepsy
Replies: 4
Views: 3037

Food/Meds

There are a lot of claims about food and epilepsy in dogs, but I am not aware of any documented studies showing any relationship between seizures and food in dogs, except that dietrary levels of salt can affect bromide levels of dogs on sodium or potassium bromide as antiepileptic drugs. Phenobarbit...
by Ned Patterson DVM
Mon Aug 23, 2004 10:12 am
Forum: Canine Epilepsy Genetics
Topic: Studies in Labrador Retrievers?
Replies: 1
Views: 4150

There is one scientific study "Jaggy A, Faissler D, Gaillard C (1999). Genetic aspects of idiopathic epilepsy in Labrador retrievers. Journal of Small Animal Practice 40(4):192" that suggests that idiopathic epilepsy in Labrador retrievers is a caused by a number of genes. As to treatment we cannot ...
by Ned Patterson DVM
Tue Jul 13, 2004 9:07 am
Forum: Canine Epilepsy Genetics
Topic: Golden retriever genetics with epilepsy?
Replies: 1
Views: 4950

GOlden Retriever Inheritance

There is on study on this indicating that Idiopathic Epilepsy in Golden Retrievers may be inherited in a polygenic (a number of genes) recessive manner. Srenk P, Jaggy A, Gaillard C, Busato A, Horin P. (1996). Genetic basis of idiopathic epilepsy in the golden retriever. Tierarztl Prax. 1994 Dec;22(...
by Ned Patterson DVM
Fri Jun 11, 2004 9:53 am
Forum: Diet & Metabolism
Topic: chloride and KBR
Replies: 1
Views: 2936

WIth a change in dietary salt or a change in bromide dose it can take 2-3 months for the full effect of the change, though in terms of weakness (ataxia) it can make a detectable change as early as about a week.
by Ned Patterson DVM
Mon Dec 15, 2003 8:44 am
Forum: Treatment & Maintenance Issues for Epileptic Dogs
Topic: Kbr side effects?
Replies: 1
Views: 2602

Both bromide and pheonbarbitol can cause weakness in the rear legs (ataxia). Since you added bromide second and appear to have kept the phenobarbital the same it5 may be the main influence. I recommend you have the bromide levels checked at your vet and then change the dose in consultation with them...
by Ned Patterson DVM
Fri Oct 17, 2003 10:27 am
Forum: Diagnosis & Testing
Topic: Seizures caused by stress?
Replies: 2
Views: 3526

Seizure trigger

For most dogs with epilepsy there does not appear to be specific triggers. I do see some dogs in which there appears to be a consistent trigger. However, the trigger usually occurs minutes to hours before the seizure, but not days before the seizure. Head tremors can be a form of epilepsy in which t...