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Sudden status epilepticus and not responding well

Posted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 2:34 pm
by AJarrell
Ok, so, my 6.5 year old 11lb min pin/chi mix, who has been healthy completely all her life, went into status epilepticus night-before-last.
She was asleep on the sofa on a blanket just like she always is with us in the evenings, and suddenly went into violent seizures. She didn't come out of it in about 5 minutes, so we threw on clothes and rushed her to the local overnight emergency vet. She seized the entire time there very violently. This went on for probably 20 minutes until they got her loaded full of valium at the vet. She remained there overnight to be treated and observed, and had two more overnight. We transferred her to her regular vet the next morning (yesterday) where the continued to treat her with the Keppra we were given, and some valium. She seized several times there as well.
They were much shorter and less violent but still happening. We brought her home when they closed at 7 last night. She did ok for a few hours but when she went to sleep, she began having seizures in her sleep. Probably every 15-20 mins while asleep. She continued to occasionally seize all night as my husband slept on the sofa with her.
She's now partially blind, so she can no longer sleep in the bed under the covers with us, due to the risk of falling out onto the floor.
They ran bloodwork and liver/kidney enzymes on her, and everything came back normal. Even her body temperature was normal despite the very long violent seizure the first night. She has no history of health problems of any kind in her 6.5 years. We have seen no signs whatsoever, no new behaviors, odd body posturing, nothing.
She hasn't eaten anything unusual, and we've changed nothing around the house. Our 3 year old 6lb chi is perfectly fine.
She continues to seize all day today. I'm at work and my husband is home with her today.
We have ordered liquid compounded phenobarbital, but it won't arrive until tomorrow. She's currently on Xanax, Keppra, and Valium but still seizing all day. This all came completely out of the blue. I've had dogs all my life, including an epileptic cocker spaniel years ago (very well controlled on Primidone, died of old age at 15). I've never seen or heard of such as this. I'm destroyed. We don't have children, we have our little dogs. She's my sweet angel dog and I can't believe this is happening to her.
I haven't changed her food, or done anything different. We are so heartbroken. Has anyone ever seen something like this before? I'm so worried these constant seizures are going to give her irreversible brain damage or something. We are trying to ride out the night again until her pheno shows up tomorrow in the mail.
It's like my worst fear is coming true.