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by jenxhart
Mon Apr 24, 2017 8:56 pm
Forum: Diet & Metabolism
Topic: New study from Purina and dogs with epilepsy
Replies: 7
Views: 3622

Re: New study from Purina and dogs with epilepsy

Just to follow up with those who might be interested in the results of using Purina Neurocare. Baxter started the food just over a month ago. It doesn't seem to be helping. Baxter's had a single seizure and a cluster since starting the food. Also, it appears that he doesn't like it at all. Maybe not...
by jenxhart
Tue Mar 21, 2017 8:26 pm
Forum: New to Canine Epilepsy
Topic: Here We Go Again!
Replies: 4
Views: 1750

Re: Here We Go Again!

I'm with you. This is my first dog as an adult and I don't think I could go through this again. The emotional toll, the time, the energy, the fear, the constant wondering when the next one will happen. And there's the financial toll. I don't think I could afford to go through this a second time.
by jenxhart
Wed Mar 15, 2017 7:59 am
Forum: Treatment & Maintenance Issues for Epileptic Dogs
Topic: Add Zonisamide or increase Keppra dose?
Replies: 22
Views: 8941

Re: Add Zonisamide or increase Keppra dose?

Do you have a Costco in your city? That's where I get most of Baxter's drugs. Only the Potassium Bromide needs to go to a compounding pharmacy.
by jenxhart
Fri Mar 10, 2017 9:42 am
Forum: Treatment & Maintenance Issues for Epileptic Dogs
Topic: Triggers
Replies: 5
Views: 2258

Re: Triggers

Thanks for this! Just started to introduce the food today, which we'll do over the next two weeks.
by jenxhart
Fri Mar 10, 2017 9:40 am
Forum: Diet & Metabolism
Topic: New study from Purina and dogs with epilepsy
Replies: 7
Views: 3622

Re: New study from Purina and dogs with epilepsy

It's Purina Proplan Neurocare. The hope is that the ingredients in this formula helps support brain health in dogs with epilepsy and cognitive disfunction. The formula has medium-chain triglycerides which, through a 6 month double-blind study, found that it decreased the number of seizures in dogs w...
by jenxhart
Wed Mar 08, 2017 7:32 am
Forum: New to Canine Epilepsy
Topic: Here We Go Again!
Replies: 4
Views: 1750

Re: Here We Go Again!

I consider a cluster any seizure activity that happens within just a brief time period. Sometimes Baxter will come out of a seizure and stand up and stumble around the room for a few minutes then fall over and have another, and possibly another. If he seizes, seems to go into a post-ictal phase and ...
by jenxhart
Tue Mar 07, 2017 3:44 pm
Forum: Diet & Metabolism
Topic: New study from Purina and dogs with epilepsy
Replies: 7
Views: 3622

New study from Purina and dogs with epilepsy

I just got a call from my vet who read about a study of dogs with epilepsy and diet, sponsored by Purina. Purina will be making a food that will be available in March, I think, that may prove helpful to idiopathic epilepsy. A diet rich in medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) can help control seizures, t...
by jenxhart
Tue Mar 07, 2017 3:38 pm
Forum: Treatment & Maintenance Issues for Epileptic Dogs
Topic: Triggers
Replies: 5
Views: 2258

Re: Triggers

I'll admit it has driven me a bit crazy. My main concern is that I am not doing anything to harm my little guy. He's the sunshine that (literally!) gets me up in the morning. Just got a bit of good news from my vet! A study on diet for dogs with epilepsy! Fingers crossed. Here's the article. I'm goi...
by jenxhart
Sun Mar 05, 2017 10:31 pm
Forum: Treatment & Maintenance Issues for Epileptic Dogs
Topic: Triggers
Replies: 5
Views: 2258

Triggers

Baxter is my 3 year old Pembroke who had his first seizure April 17, 2015, almost 2 years ago. We still don't have them under control and he will most often cluster when he does have them. We've gone as few as 5 days between to almost 11 weeks (that was heaven!). But, he is now having them fairly re...
by jenxhart
Sun Mar 05, 2017 9:35 pm
Forum: Success Stories
Topic: Four weeks seizure free!
Replies: 2
Views: 1827

Re: Four weeks seizure free!

Unfortunately, he had a cluster at 5 1/2 weeks. 5 in a row. Amazingly, he recovers fairly quickly. He seems to "wake up" when we get in the car to drive him to the emergency room. This time we got all the way there and decided to turn around and go home, and save the $200-300. I then took him to his...
by jenxhart
Sun Feb 19, 2017 6:34 pm
Forum: Success Stories
Topic: Four weeks seizure free!
Replies: 2
Views: 1827

Four weeks seizure free!

It's the small hurdles that make us happy now. Baxter had his first seizure April 17, 2015. It's been a rollercoaster; at one point we thought we had lost him. He had a multiple seizures that lasted over an hour. He spent the next week not able to lift his head. I cried for days. But, he recovered! ...
by jenxhart
Wed Feb 01, 2017 1:51 pm
Forum: Welcome to CEN
Topic: How does your dog react when taking Keppra medication
Replies: 6
Views: 5292

Re: How does your dog react when taking Keppra medication

My little guy, Baxter, is now on Keppra again after being off it for several months. He was on four medications (keppra, zonisamide, phenobarb, and potassium bromide). He was doing so well for a couple of months that we took him off Keppra. I wasn't sure if it was adding anything because he didn't s...
by jenxhart
Tue Nov 03, 2015 1:34 pm
Forum: Treatment & Maintenance Issues for Epileptic Dogs
Topic: Missed dose
Replies: 2
Views: 1802

Re: Missed dose

Oh my, that's an intense schedule for you and Apollo! That's one lucky dog. Given that he has lots of requirements and the 1/2 hour doesn't throw him off, I feel a bit easier. Baxter seemed to make it fine through the day with no problems so either I didn't forget his medication the night before or ...
by jenxhart
Mon Nov 02, 2015 10:22 am
Forum: Treatment & Maintenance Issues for Epileptic Dogs
Topic: Missed dose
Replies: 2
Views: 1802

Missed dose

Has anyone experienced missing a dose and any effects from that? I can't be sure I gave my little guy all his meds last night and I'm concerned that missing any doses will screw him up. Also, how religious are you about the every 12 hour prescription? Sometimes I think were off by 1/2 hour, and with...
by jenxhart
Mon Nov 02, 2015 10:18 am
Forum: Treatment & Maintenance Issues for Epileptic Dogs
Topic: Getting past an extended SE episode-Have you?
Replies: 3
Views: 2069

Re: Getting past an extended SE episode-Have you?

It's not unusual for dogs to be on a cocktail of several drugs. Right now my pup is on PB, Zonisamide, AND Keppra. We also did not want to spend money on MRIs and spinal taps, but going to a neurologist can give you a treatment plan that can work well for your dog. That's what we're trying now becau...