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Posted: Wed Feb 27, 2008 8:38 am
by janmalone
Hi Everyone, I have just registered and am looking for any advice anyone can give me, Jinks my Border Collie started fitting at 18mths he is now just over 3yrs, he is progressively getting worse and currently fits 9 time in a 24hr period every 6-7 weeks, it was suggested to me from CESG that he could be sensitive to Valium and I should avoid it, when I asked my vet she seemed unconcerned, has anyone had issues with Valium/Dazipan and knows of any other home emergency drug that can be used. Our vets seems very closed to any suggestions we make ie trying alternative drugs such as Vivatonin or trying supplements that have Zinc Magnesium and Vit b in. Has any one any suggestions I would love to be able to control the cluster but seem to get nowhere. I am considering changing Vets but again how do you know they will be any better as our current vets assured us they had good experience in handling epi dogs but they seem to go by the book and don't think out of the box to help tailor to individual dogs needs.

Posted: Wed Feb 27, 2008 9:12 am
by adajadesmom
Hi Jinks, (that sounds funny)
Chlorazapate is one that can be used in place of valium. I haven't tried it yet, but a member suggested it as her dog wasn't responding well to the valium.
Have you tried potassium bromide along with the PB? If your vet has good experience, they would know about this combination.

Posted: Wed Feb 27, 2008 9:39 am
by MK's mom
HI Jinks,

My boy responds better to the clorazapate. If you vet isn't open to suggestions, you need to find another one!

There has been more than one Border Collie on this board with seizures. I don't know if you give flea or heartworm medication in the UK, but the herding breeds are sensitive to them.


Posted: Wed Feb 27, 2008 2:13 pm
by skrpio
Get a new vet. Talk to other vets and see if you feel that they know what they are talking about. So many do not know and just bluff it.
What sort of treatments are you using for the fleas? Do not use anything with a PLUS in it as herding dogs are sensitive to this type of stuff.
9 fits in 24 hrs is excessive and I would be concerned that he might go into status. Has your vet given you anything to control these ? There are other drugs you can use.
If your current vet is not giving you ideas on controling clusters you definately need to change ASAP.
Check epi-guardian angels for the icepack treatment as this may help with the clusters.

Posted: Fri Feb 29, 2008 1:14 am
by claires friend
I think I would change vets too. Valium makes Morgan very pacey. We try not to use it unless absolutely necessary. When we use it , is the only time she has a post-seizure stage.