MRI tomorrow 4/9/18

General questions about tests and procedures for diagnosing canine epilepsy. Please note that we cannot make a diagnosis or interpret specific test results via this forum - please consult your veterinarian for specific advice for your individual pet.

Moderator: Box40Rin

Post Reply
Alliezig
Posts: 28
Joined: Tue Jan 02, 2018 1:35 pm

MRI tomorrow 4/9/18

Post by Alliezig » Sun Apr 08, 2018 7:25 pm

Hi -
I have scheduled an MRI for Ziggy tomorrow. On 4/7/18, he had three seizures; meds were increased to 1000 Keppra 3x day and Phenobarbital 1.5 grams 2 x a day. Fortunately Ziggy's insurance has agree to pay 80 percent of the MRI so I felt I should go ahead with it as I really need to know what is going on - I realize the test may show nothing but even so than I can go from there. When he is not having seizures, Ziggy is still relatively happy and it is hard to listen to those who say it is time to let him go - will let you know the results.

Thanks again for all of the support.
Mary Lou and Ziggy
1000 mg Keppra 3 x day; 1.5 grams Phenobarbital 2 x day

jaragr
Posts: 58
Joined: Wed Dec 23, 2015 2:34 pm

Re: MRI tomorrow 4/9/18

Post by jaragr » Wed Apr 11, 2018 11:15 am

Nobody can tell me when it's time to let go. My dog will let me know, and I'm not giving him up until then. Then you see the after effects of a grand mal seizure and just want to hold on tight.

Alliezig
Posts: 28
Joined: Tue Jan 02, 2018 1:35 pm

Re: MRI tomorrow 4/9/18

Post by Alliezig » Wed Apr 11, 2018 7:33 pm

The MRI and the spinal tap were negative so the diagnosis is late onset idiopathic epilepsy. The neurologist is really kind and understanding. In two weeks Ziggy goes back for a Phenobarbital and Keppra blood level - one blood draw when he is due for his meds and the other blood draw two hours after he takes his meds. The doctor said that some dogs metabolize Keppra very rapidly and he may need another medicine.
The MRI was hard on Ziggy - he was under general anesthesia for a long time and it took a long time for him to recover - actually he is still sluggish. However, I feel so much better knowing what I am dealing with and working with a doctor who is encouraging. Ziggy is now on 1000 mg Keppra 3 x day and 1.5 grams of Phenobarbital 2 x a day.

I just could not give up on Ziggy.

The information one this forum is helping so much.

Mary Lou
Mary Lou and Ziggy
1000 mg Keppra 3 x day; 1.5 grams Phenobarbital 2 x day

Post Reply