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by Crazy Dog Lady
Tue Dec 02, 2014 3:14 pm
Forum: Treatment & Maintenance Issues for Epileptic Dogs
Topic: We lost the fight
Replies: 11
Views: 4537

Re: We lost the fight

Last night was the first time in at least a year that I fell asleep without assistance (Ambien or Benadryl) and slept through the night. Perhaps I am finally finding peace. I just want all of you who are still fighting this battle to know that I feel your pain, and I know how lonely it is. I have co...
by Crazy Dog Lady
Thu Oct 16, 2014 3:14 pm
Forum: Treatment & Maintenance Issues for Epileptic Dogs
Topic: We lost the fight
Replies: 11
Views: 4537

We lost the fight

On September 10, we lost all hope of keeping our beautiful Lola healthy and relatively seizure-free. Potassium bromide was her fourth and final chance (she also took pheno, Zonisamide and levetiracetum ER every day), and it did a good job of controlling seizures. Unfortunately, it also damaged her s...
by Crazy Dog Lady
Fri May 30, 2014 1:17 pm
Forum: Welcome to CEN
Topic: When is a homeopathic treatment more desirable to traditiona
Replies: 5
Views: 2727

Re: When is a homeopathic treatment more desirable to tradit

Just as an FYI....three to four minutes for a grand mal seizure is not a brief seizure. That's pretty serious. Given the age of your dog at the first seizure, I would not guess idiopathic epilepsy. There is something else going on.
by Crazy Dog Lady
Thu Apr 24, 2014 2:00 pm
Forum: New to Canine Epilepsy
Topic: How Has an Epi Dog Changed Your Life
Replies: 35
Views: 9075

Re: How Has an Epi Dog Changed Your Life

By the way, MK's Mom, the fact that you have a second dog with epilepsy is gut-wrenching to me. It is my worst fear. Give me any other canine malady, but don't give me this again. I suppose it has something to do with my girl being refractory. I doubt anyone whose dog only seizes three times a year ...
by Crazy Dog Lady
Thu Apr 24, 2014 1:57 pm
Forum: New to Canine Epilepsy
Topic: How Has an Epi Dog Changed Your Life
Replies: 35
Views: 9075

Re: How Has an Epi Dog Changed Your Life

I have a ten year old dog and an 8-1/2 year old dog (all large breeds). Both have enjoyed good health their entire lives. I now know how lucky I am for that, and I am grateful. I love my aging dogs deeply and will mourn them when they are gone, but it won't be anything like this. I will mourn withou...
by Crazy Dog Lady
Thu Apr 24, 2014 1:47 pm
Forum: New to Canine Epilepsy
Topic: How Has an Epi Dog Changed Your Life
Replies: 35
Views: 9075

Re: How Has an Epi Dog Changed Your Life

How has it changed our life? In ways more profound than anyone without an epileptic dog can imagine. She had her first seizure at 13 months. She is now 3-1/2 years old. The number of seizures she's had is in triple digits. We've spent more than $10,000 on vet visits and medication. If she never had ...
by Crazy Dog Lady
Wed Apr 23, 2014 4:56 am
Forum: New to Canine Epilepsy
Topic: Zonisamide
Replies: 29
Views: 10875

Re: Zonisamide

If someone offered me ten million dollars cash OR a 100% cure for epilepsy (human and canine), I would take the cure and not think twice about it. That's how difficult this disorder is.
by Crazy Dog Lady
Tue Apr 22, 2014 6:57 pm
Forum: New to Canine Epilepsy
Topic: Zonisamide
Replies: 29
Views: 10875

Re: Zonisamide

If she has only been on Zonisamide since Friday night, it hasn't had time to become effective yet (at controlling seizures). My dog did not have any of the side effects you describe. I wonder if some of what you're seeing is an extended post-ictal period?
by Crazy Dog Lady
Mon Apr 21, 2014 6:22 pm
Forum: Welcome to CEN
Topic: New to this ...... looking for support
Replies: 15
Views: 6350

Re: New to this ...... looking for support

First of all I want you to know how sorry I am that you've had to join this group. Epilepsy is a devastating illness that cannot be understood by an anyone who hasn't lived it. I am told by friends who used to own Swissies that epilepsy is very common in the breed in my country (United States). I do...
by Crazy Dog Lady
Mon Apr 21, 2014 6:16 pm
Forum: Welcome to CEN
Topic: Rough night with Eley
Replies: 25
Views: 7809

Re: Rough night with Eley

In addition to rectal Valium, we have clorazepate to battle cluster episodes. Also, the neurologist has told us we can give an additional full dose of her meds to bust a cluster. In other words, instead of being dosed twice a day with her medicine, she will get three full doses in a day if she has m...
by Crazy Dog Lady
Mon Apr 21, 2014 1:07 pm
Forum: New to Canine Epilepsy
Topic: Dozer-English Bulldog with epilepsy
Replies: 4
Views: 4373

Re: Dozer-English Bulldog with epilepsy

A phenobarbital level of 23 is at the low end of the therapeutic range, especially if it's the only drug your dog is taking. My dog's neurologist says the ideal range is between 20 and 35. My girl's last check was a pheno level of 24, but she is on three other meds as well. She is taking the same am...
by Crazy Dog Lady
Mon Apr 21, 2014 5:47 am
Forum: Welcome to CEN
Topic: Rough night with Eley
Replies: 25
Views: 7809

Re: Rough night with Eley

When you say "1.5 pills per day," I assume you mean split into two doses? Phenobarbital must be dosed every 12 hours to keep blood levels at a steady state. Regarding your vet's comment about one seizure every three months, that would be glorious and I do hope that happens for you, but an epileptic ...
by Crazy Dog Lady
Sun Apr 20, 2014 4:52 am
Forum: Welcome to CEN
Topic: Rough night with Eley
Replies: 25
Views: 7809

Re: Rough night with Eley

I'm so sorry to hear about your rough night. I think everyone who posts here has been exactly where you are. Let us know how your pup is today. It sounds to me like a dosage increase or an add-on med will be necessary.
by Crazy Dog Lady
Sat Apr 19, 2014 3:58 pm
Forum: New to Canine Epilepsy
Topic: Dozer-English Bulldog with epilepsy
Replies: 4
Views: 4373

Re: Dozer-English Bulldog with epilepsy

Potassium bromide takes a few months to reach a steady state in the blood, so it will not be effective for seizure control immediately (even with a loading dose). How much phenobarbital is your dog taking? My dog is 112 pounds and takes Zonisamide, pheno, generic Keppra (extended release) and potass...
by Crazy Dog Lady
Sat Apr 19, 2014 5:41 am
Forum: New to Canine Epilepsy
Topic: Zonisamide
Replies: 29
Views: 10875

Re: Zonisamide

The only side effect from Zonisamide that we've noticed is very sulfurous gas. I guess that's better than sedation, but it's a little embarrassing when friends are over. We give 500 mg of Zonisamide twice a day, and the price has gone up some (I think it's $81 a month at Costco now). The most expens...