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My husky Xander
Posted: Fri May 15, 2015 8:31 pm
I just joined this network yesterday and I'm already revealed at so many of the stories I've read. I am revealed to know that I am not the only one. My puppy Xander had his first seizure when he was 15 months. The first scared me but was very brief grand Mal about 15 seconds long. I took him the vet the very next day, the vet said not to worry. It could happen once and never happen again or it could happen again three weeks later. Well he did end up having another seizure two weeks later. The vet put him on phenobarbital and it worked wonderful for two months. Then I started noticing a change in his behavior, he was sad and his nose was extremely dry. I took him to the vet again they told me the phenobarbital was killing his white blood cells And told me discontinue ASAP! I did and we were seizure free for 3 weeks. Then he started having cluster seizures and the seizures started lasting longer. I ended up taking him to an internal specialist vet. She did blood work and found nothing and she diagnosed him with epilepsy and prescribed him on Keppra 750mg. He has been on the medicine 3 weeks now and had another seizure last night. I really need to know is it going to get better and am I taking the right steps? does Keppra really work or are there better alternatives?
Re: My husky Xander
Posted: Wed May 20, 2015 8:47 am
Welcome to the boards. Although it's always hard to welcome new members because of the situation we're all in.
I really wish I could say that Keppra would work for you. One thing I have learned is that it's true that each dog is different and will respond differently. I have a friend who has a dog that does wonderfully on PB. Shiloh is one of those dogs that may do well for a month, but then gets bad again. He's had seizures for almost 5 years and we're still struggling to find the right combo of meds to help with the clusters. I can not find any type of trigger for his seizures (food, weather, lights, etc) At one point the vet thought we might get him down to 1-2 seizures a month. Ummm, yeah, that's not worked out so well.
My advice (and the hardest to follow) is to step back, breathe and take one day at a time being thankful for the good days. That will help you get through the hard times and until you're able to find the right balance of meds. Take comfort in knowing that you're doing everything possible. It could be a lot of adjustments or it could be that the Keppra will work wonders. Shiloh certainly has more good days than bad and I've come to treasure each one. Do you have a neurologist in your area? Are you keeping a seizure journal?
Re: My husky Xander
Posted: Thu May 21, 2015 8:43 am
so sorry to have to welcome you to the boards like this...Apollo was diagnosed with epilepsy around the same age as your Xander.
We have now been into this for 3 years (Apollo will be 5 in July) and I wouldnt change a thing that we have done. You can see the list of medications that Apollo is on under my signature for the boards. When we started this journey he was first put on Pheno -- he was fine on that up until this time last summer when he started the clusters -- since then it has been a rollercoaster with him but I will never give up! therefore we add and change things whenever needed.
Besides the bad days when he has an episode he is wonderful -- I have 2 small children who Apollo is great with -- he is my sunshine and everything my husband and I have done to help Apollo out, we wouldnt change it. He means so much to us.
In saying that, you are taking the right steps -- Keppra was added to our daily grind in Dec- a week before Christmas - since that has been added Apollo has been doing somewhat better, so thankful for that.
I agree, a seizure log is a must -- track it all so you can see if there is a pattern and itll be easier to remember things when you talk to the vets.
There is alot of great advice on these boards -- ask away -- !!!
Re: My husky Xander
Posted: Fri Jun 05, 2015 5:24 pm
I do keep track on my calendar when he has a seizure and how long they last. I have been so fortunate that he has not had a cluster in two months. He did have one tonight that lasted 20 seconds. This was his first one he has had in three weeks. He used to urinate on himself while having one but the past few have only been foaming of the mouth and excessive drooling afterwards. We do have an internal medicine doctor that specializes in seizures. Anytime he has one I track it but also contact her so she can put it in his chart. She upped him to 750mg of the Keppra and after tonight she said to put him on 1000mg. I just think his body needs time to get use to the dosage. I am thankful that he does have better days then bad ones. Because at one point I was so emotionally upset I didn't know what to do. I appreciate having this networking and knowing I'm not the only one who goes through this.