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Posted: Wed Nov 14, 2007 1:46 pm
by KeelysMom
Hello, I'm so glad to have found this forum, though not glad that I needed to. I have 2 Golden Retrievers, Murphy, who is 3 (and healthy so far) and Keely, who is 2, and has had 3 seizuires in the last week. The bloodwork came back normal, so the vet is pretty sure that it's epilepsy.

After the 3rd one last night, our vet suggested that we try starting her on KBr so that is what we are going to do, when we get it in a couple of days. I've also got some liquid valium to use if the seizures would last longer than 2 minutes, etc.

This is one of the scariest things I've ever experienced and I love my babies so very much it's awful to see them out of it. I'm doing what I always try to do when faced with a problem and that is learn all that I can about it.....this seems like a good place to start.

I'm going to go over and post a picture or two on the picture site now.....

Posted: Wed Nov 14, 2007 2:13 pm
by MK's mom
Welcome!!! As always, we're sorry to meet you under the circumstances, but you came to the right place! We're wonderful here, if I do say so myself!! :)

When did your Golden start to seize? You said he's had 3 seizures, were they all in a 24 hour period or spaced out over time?


Posted: Wed Nov 14, 2007 2:21 pm
by KeelysMom
She had two on Thursday night (about 3 hours apart) and then one last night (Tuesday). We were hoping it was just a one or two time thing, but sadly I guess that's not to be. But at least there are treatments available and good people around to talk to :-).


Posted: Wed Nov 14, 2007 2:28 pm
by MK's mom
Has the vet cleared him of any toxin or environmental reason for the seizures? My boy had an MRI done, which I wouldn't recommend unless you think there's been a trauma to his head or a tumor, and a spinal tap which will rule out anything airborn or tickborne. Keeley is at the right age for dogs with idiopathic epilepsy to start seizing. :(


Posted: Wed Nov 14, 2007 2:29 pm
by MK's mom
OOOOPS! Keeley is a girl and I've referred to her as a him. Sorry!!

Posted: Wed Nov 14, 2007 2:41 pm
by KeelysMom
No problem :-). Well, she's done blood work, and I have to take a urine sample in tomorrow. My husband has been home with the dogs lately, so they haven't had a chance to get into anything unusual. We don't use pesticides or anything like that....and her lyme test came back negative.

I kind of had a hunch what it was after the initial shock of the first seizure when I got online and started looking for info. Based on her age, and the breed, etc....seems pretty likely.

What's interesting is that she and Murphy are half-brother and sister (same Mom, diff Dad) so I'm hoping that if it's hereditary, she got it from her Dad's side and Murphy won't have it. Bad enough he's got skin problems which flare up whenever he (or we) are stressed, and having Keely seizing is causing him major stress, poor boy. He's got 3 hot spots working right now. But, we've fixed them before and will do it again I'm sure.

Posted: Wed Nov 14, 2007 3:53 pm
by skrpio
Being Keely is a girl, I would get a thyroid test done, as this seems to affect girls more.
Go to Epi-Guardian angels for a test sheet by Dr Jean Dodds.

Note... your vet will tell you this is not necessary because low thyroid does not cause seizures. In some cases it does. Dr Dodds tests are more accurate than any of the others.

Posted: Thu Nov 15, 2007 4:33 am
by Dylans Dad
hello, and sorry you had to join us.
as was said before this is a great site, i have learned alot and have gotten support from the wonderfull people here

Posted: Tue Dec 11, 2007 11:35 am
by KeelysMom
Thanks for the input everyone. Keely continued to have seizures, including 4 in one day on the day before Thanksgiving when my vet was closed of course. So we took her to the animal ER and they kept her overnight and started her on phenobarbitol. They were able to stop the seizures, and sent her home the next day with more pheno to take orally. She's been fine since, well no seizures anyway. She is of course groggy and sort of out of it, but is seeming to adjust to the meds as time goes on. So, she's taking both KBr and PB for now and will have blood work done on the 28th to check her levels, etc.