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by Jen_Gill
Wed May 25, 2016 11:26 am
Forum: Success Stories
Topic: Thank you!
Replies: 10
Views: 3216

Re: Thank you!

Likewise. Every day is something to appreciate. We are almost at 3 weeks now so I'm optimistic that this will eb and flow. We just had his bloodwork done and interestingly enough his bromide levels haven't budged even with a relatively immense decrease in the amount we have been giving him. Goes to ...
by Jen_Gill
Wed May 25, 2016 11:19 am
Forum: Treatment & Maintenance Issues for Epileptic Dogs
Topic: Managing clusters at home
Replies: 13
Views: 4956

Re: Managing clusters at home

I'll start off by welcoming you to the forum and handing out a HUGE kudos for taking on an epi-pup! The people here are fantastic and we've all been where you are. I promise you it DOES get easier but it takes time. It has taken us a year and a half to learn to manage our Rocco and we are still adju...
by Jen_Gill
Mon May 09, 2016 12:58 pm
Forum: Success Stories
Topic: Thank you!
Replies: 10
Views: 3216

Re: Thank you!

Its great that you are having some success with managing Eley. I'm so happy to hear that. Colleen, I'm sorry to hear that Shiloh is still struggling with walking. I'm sure hes grateful that he has a mom who continues to do so much for her. Here's hoping for another 55 days. Rocco has had a bit of a ...
by Jen_Gill
Tue May 03, 2016 3:20 pm
Forum: Success Stories
Topic: Thank you!
Replies: 10
Views: 3216

Re: Thank you!

This forum is great for support. I hope this lady was able to identify a rescue. We had a similar issue on another forum except the owner was looking more towards euthanization. People were quick to jump in and provide information for rescues that would most likely take the dog. This disease is diff...
by Jen_Gill
Tue May 03, 2016 3:16 pm
Forum: Success Stories
Topic: 6 years later
Replies: 6
Views: 3239

Re: 6 years later

This is so encouraging to hear. Our Rocco continues to have seizures every 2-5 weeks but hasn't clustered in 6 months. We are now starting to figure out some of his triggers but are once again starting to enjoy the small things again. It is uplifting to think that this could be us in a couple of yea...
by Jen_Gill
Tue May 03, 2016 3:13 pm
Forum: Treatment & Maintenance Issues for Epileptic Dogs
Topic: Keppra for clusters?
Replies: 4
Views: 3139

Re: Keppra for clusters?

We do the same thing after Rocco seizes. He gets a double dose of Keppra, phenobarbital and clorazepate. We have also noticed that the clorazepate makes him a bit hyper, not to mention stumbly. We have compared it to having an energetic drunk in the house lol. We were told that was one of the things...
by Jen_Gill
Mon Mar 14, 2016 12:22 pm
Forum: Treatment & Maintenance Issues for Epileptic Dogs
Topic: Breakthrough Seizures
Replies: 14
Views: 9906

Re: Breakthrough Seizures

Hi Anna Potassium Bromide was the med we have had the most success with. Its a bit tricky to find the right dose though as it takes 4 months to reach therapeutic levels and loading it is pretty hard to watch. We recently had to lower his bromide dose and it was making him much too lathargic. Keppra ...
by Jen_Gill
Mon Mar 14, 2016 12:13 pm
Forum: New to Canine Epilepsy
Topic: Pregnancy
Replies: 7
Views: 2142

Re: Pregnancy

My goodness that is a a difficult situation. We had to neuter our boy and he did cluster after surgery, however both our vet and our specialist re-iterated that we made the right choice to do so as it was better for his health long term and better to do young. Most cluster can be broken with valium....
by Jen_Gill
Mon Mar 14, 2016 12:06 pm
Forum: New to Canine Epilepsy
Topic: Utterly devastated
Replies: 6
Views: 1895

Re: Utterly devastated

So very sorry to hear this. Take peace in knowing you did all that you could and more. Not everyone would have. They truly are part of the family and our hearts are with you.
Lots of luv!
Jennifer, Rocco and Jaxson.
by Jen_Gill
Wed Feb 24, 2016 12:27 pm
Forum: Success Stories
Topic: Pb Levels and Blood work
Replies: 7
Views: 2501

Re: Pb Levels and Blood work

I loved reading this post. Such an inspiration and gives hope that the "new normal" will eventually become part of our daily lives. Thanks for posting this Lynne!

Diana, how is Eley doing?
by Jen_Gill
Wed Feb 10, 2016 3:45 pm
Forum: Treatment & Maintenance Issues for Epileptic Dogs
Topic: Blood Test?
Replies: 3
Views: 1564

Re: Blood Test?

I think the most important thing is to find a vet that you feel comfortable and confident with. I think loading may differ with different dogs and severity. Bromide loading is not fun too watch and we only loaded our pup for 5 days before going to a steady dose. I know our specialist won't load brom...
by Jen_Gill
Wed Feb 10, 2016 3:29 pm
Forum: Treatment & Maintenance Issues for Epileptic Dogs
Topic: Med reduction
Replies: 8
Views: 2674

Re: Med reduction

My goodness he is handsome! Looks pretty comfy. Yes posting a picture does seem to be a bit tricky. How do you go about doing that?
by Jen_Gill
Fri Feb 05, 2016 2:38 pm
Forum: Treatment & Maintenance Issues for Epileptic Dogs
Topic: Med reduction
Replies: 8
Views: 2674

Re: Med reduction

Hi Colleen I'm more inclined to think it was the reduction in Bromide than the Keppra. I feel as though it would have happened faster with the Keppra. No Goodrx cards here in Canada. I checked. Our other dog is insured. I sure wish our family would have insured Rocco as a pup too but can't change th...
by Jen_Gill
Fri Feb 05, 2016 10:02 am
Forum: Treatment & Maintenance Issues for Epileptic Dogs
Topic: Med reduction
Replies: 8
Views: 2674

Re: Med reduction

Well our streak has ended. It has been 1 week since we reduced his meds and he had his first seizure in 12 weeks last night around 1pm. He was sleeping with my brother who said it was small and he slept through most of it. We gave him rectal diazepam and decided to not administer the clorazepate as ...
by Jen_Gill
Thu Feb 04, 2016 4:11 pm
Forum: Treatment & Maintenance Issues for Epileptic Dogs
Topic: Med reduction
Replies: 8
Views: 2674

Re: Med reduction

Hi Colleen His levels came back at around 26.5. Therapeutic range is between 12 and 34 I believe. He was still clustering when his levels were at 17.5 so they want to try him out around 20 as right now we need to improve his quality of life and mobility. They originally reduced him from 4ml a day to...