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by OrngTby
Tue Oct 18, 2011 9:18 pm
Forum: New to Canine Epilepsy
Topic: Severe Ataxia and Weakness
Replies: 10
Views: 8361

Re: Severe Ataxia and Weakness

I really wanted to thank everyone for thier heartfelt condolences after loosing Gauge. That first week was probably the roughest, and while I still miss him, I am remembering him as he was and cherishing those memories. He will always be my very special boy. He gave me several gifts in life. The fir...
by OrngTby
Tue Sep 20, 2011 7:32 pm
Forum: New to Canine Epilepsy
Topic: Severe Ataxia and Weakness
Replies: 10
Views: 8361

Re: Severe Ataxia and Weakness

It breaks my heart to write this response so know that the tears are going as I type. I took him to the vet at about 1pm after he had no improvement. He could not get up on his own, was laying on his side, was not responsive to voice and - when he managed to walk, it was stumbling straight into any ...
by OrngTby
Tue Sep 20, 2011 5:55 am
Forum: New to Canine Epilepsy
Topic: Severe Ataxia and Weakness
Replies: 10
Views: 8361

Severe Ataxia and Weakness

This post may be premature (I can only hope it is) but I honestly do not know what is going on with Gauge. Gauge has had cluster seizures while in my care since April and we have been slowly getting them under control. He is currently on 150 mg Zonisamide twice a day and 375 mg Keppra four times a d...
by OrngTby
Mon Aug 29, 2011 9:53 pm
Forum: New to Canine Epilepsy
Topic: Help - Dogue De Bordeaux with seizures
Replies: 8
Views: 16106

Re: Help - Dogue De Bordeaux with seizures

Finally have power back! Hurricaines can be so much fun. Keppra levels should first be checked with a peak and trough 2 weeks after being consistantly on the medications. After that, normal levels are fine to do with changes in dose. My neurologist has me use Keppra every 6 hours rather than 8 becau...
by OrngTby
Fri Aug 26, 2011 9:18 pm
Forum: New to Canine Epilepsy
Topic: Help - Dogue De Bordeaux with seizures
Replies: 8
Views: 16106

Re: Help - Dogue De Bordeaux with seizures

Sorry you had to join us! Barb asked some great questions and I was hoping you would answer them prior to my response but I wanted to encourage you to respond. It would be a great help for all of us to know your dog's name and age, clarify what drugs your dog is on, what testing has been done on you...
by OrngTby
Mon Aug 15, 2011 5:21 pm
Forum: Treatment & Maintenance Issues for Epileptic Dogs
Topic: Increasing medication
Replies: 12
Views: 5077

Re: Increasing medication

Orli: Sorry to hear you are having a rough time with Pereg. I just have a few suggestions for you. If I understand this right, you/your vet can not run phenobarbital levels? If your vet does not have a send out lab - I am in the US so I do not fully understand everything about where you live - you d...
by OrngTby
Thu Aug 04, 2011 7:18 pm
Forum: Treatment & Maintenance Issues for Epileptic Dogs
Topic: Need some help
Replies: 10
Views: 22230

Re: Need some help

Hey Rich, I have quite a lot of information for you here, but if you don't mind me asking - why are you using milk thistle for Casey? Depending on your reason for using it, I may have an answer for you, but for now here is the information I promised. First let me start with the basics - much of it I...
by OrngTby
Tue Aug 02, 2011 8:02 am
Forum: New to Canine Epilepsy
Topic: Lost my BC to Seizures last week, I still want to learn more
Replies: 23
Views: 6659

Re: Lost my BC to Seizures last week, I still want to learn

I'm going to add my 2 cents here, but don't be suprised if you don't find it to be worth that much. Let me start by asking if we can stop generalizing about vets. There are the good, the bad, and the ugly out there and unfortunately we mostly talk about the bad and the ugly the most. They are human,...
by OrngTby
Tue Aug 02, 2011 7:26 am
Forum: Treatment & Maintenance Issues for Epileptic Dogs
Topic: Head twitching
Replies: 3
Views: 5862

Re: Head twitching

Seizure patterns change. I adopted my dog knowing he was possibly epileptic (he was found by some people by the interstate and they took him to a ER vet because he had two seizures while with them, he had none while at the ER or shelter) and he did not have any seizures for three months after I adop...
by OrngTby
Tue Aug 02, 2011 7:03 am
Forum: Treatment & Maintenance Issues for Epileptic Dogs
Topic: Rectal Valium
Replies: 3
Views: 7208

Re: Rectal Valium

I personally chose to get compounded rectal valium suppositories. It cost me about $38 USD for a dozen (37 mg each - my dog is about 19 kg). They are shaped like a bullet that you pop out of the mould and insert into the dog's rectum - it takes effect relatively quickly. They have to be kept in the ...
by OrngTby
Tue Jul 26, 2011 9:07 pm
Forum: Treatment & Maintenance Issues for Epileptic Dogs
Topic: Keppra or Levetiracetam
Replies: 20
Views: 64387

Re: Keppra or Levetiracetam

Exactly - patience. I know how it is. Gauge is my only dog and the first one I am attempting to train for competition level anything. I am lucky enough to have some very experienced and excellent friends that are more than happy to help me along the way. So when I see that mistep during a jump or a ...
by OrngTby
Tue Jul 26, 2011 12:00 pm
Forum: Treatment & Maintenance Issues for Epileptic Dogs
Topic: Keppra or Levetiracetam
Replies: 20
Views: 64387

Re: Keppra or Levetiracetam

Bonny: Sorry you had to join us, but I will tell you this is great place for information as well as comparing your pet's progress to others and exchanging new ideas. My dog, Gauge, was placed on Zonisamide as his first line of defense and we added in Keppra almost two months ago. What you are seeing...
by OrngTby
Sat Jul 23, 2011 10:58 pm
Forum: Treatment & Maintenance Issues for Epileptic Dogs
Topic: Long term pain management
Replies: 2
Views: 227345

Re: Long term pain management

Alright - another very long post for me to write! While I am fortunate enough to have a young dog who is not showing any signs of joint problems, I have plenty of information for you. There are a lot of options out there before you are faced with needing to use NSAIDs (non steroidal anti inflammator...
by OrngTby
Wed Jul 20, 2011 10:09 pm
Forum: Diet & Metabolism
Topic: Supplements for our epi pups
Replies: 13
Views: 7171

Re: Supplements for our epi pups

The majority of veterinarians (and breeders that use it on thier dogs) give the full dose of SAMe once a day. Since it should be given on an empty stomach, most clients will give the pill when they wake up and then wait at least 1 hour (2 hours if you can) before feeding thier dog breakfast. That wa...
by OrngTby
Wed Jul 20, 2011 6:09 am
Forum: Diet & Metabolism
Topic: Supplements for our epi pups
Replies: 13
Views: 7171

Re: Supplements for our epi pups

In no way can you compare a human dose to a dog dose. As we constantly tell clients, cats are not super small dogs and dogs are not little humans. Let me give you an example. In hypothyroidism, you use a very simular - if not the same - drug. In humans however, the dose is a tiny tiny amount. In dog...