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 Post subject: Pomerain has had 3 seizures, need advise
PostPosted: Wed Oct 11, 2017 9:23 am 
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My 7 year old Pom has had 3 seizures over the past year and a half and don't know why. He wasn't on any new meds, no new food, no stress. Took him to the vet who gave me valium tablets in case he has another seizure. Now how can I get a valium in his mouth when he's having a seizure? Do they want me to give him one a day for the rest of his life. No indication from them at all as to how to use this med. Just says "give very 89 hours as needed."

He's not having seizures on a regular basis so how do I know when or if to give him his Valium?

Asked vet and no reasonable response. Just "as needed."

Is there a test for epilepsy in dogs? My vet is clueless.

Any assist appreciated.

Marie


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 Post subject: Re: Pomerain has had 3 seizures, need advise
PostPosted: Wed Oct 11, 2017 10:10 am 
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Is it possible to get a second opinion? Unfortunately there isn't a test for epilepsy. Basically they eliminate all other possibilities with blood work for toxins and some people get an MRI to rule out a brain tumor.
Your vet needs to sit down down and explain the dosing and if he/she won't or can't, if you can, find another vet.
In the meantime if he has another seizure you can give the Valium tablet after the seizure in some ice cream.

Lynne


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 Post subject: Re: Pomerain has had 3 seizures, need advise
PostPosted: Wed Oct 11, 2017 10:22 am 
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Hi Marie,

Well, I have to admit when I read your post my mouth dropped in disbelief. Are you able to find a different vet? I'm honestly appalled by their response. First, do NOT try to get pills in your dog when they're seizing, you'll end up losing at least one finger. Valium can sometimes stop a seizure but that's going to come from either a vets office administering an IV during the seizure or getting a suppository from a pharmacy so you can administer at home during the seizure. Giving tablets afterwards can help another seizure not to occur just won't help shorten or stop an existing one. Here's a link that might be helpful http://www.canine-epilepsy-guardian-angels.com/rectal_valium.htm

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