Thorough bred tricoloured Beagle, neutered
Born 15/06/2010 - had him from 8 weeks
Very ill as a puppy with upset stomach (giardia and compylabactor) and personally believe he was over medicated in his first 2 years.
Seizures starting around 2.5 years old. 2-3 months apart sometimes 1 month, not consistent, but never closer than 1 month apart a couple times. When the seizures last 3-4min, we use 10mg Diazepam rectal tubes. Seizures were mix of 1min - 4min. Seizures always used to be between 3am and 5am in the morning whilst sleeping.
There used to be routine / warning signs where he would wake up, run to the balcony, throw up and then have a glazed / glassy look in his eyes before falling over and going stiff and paddling, losing control of bowels, foaming at the mouth etc.
But lately he just fits straight from sleeping so no warning signs for the last 6 months of seizures. Heâ€™s never fitted whilst awake.
Had MRI and spinal fluid tests - nothing to report. All blood work, urine samples and thyroid have been fine.
At 2 moved to raw diet but changed back to James Wellbeloved dry food at roughly 4 years old in case that was the issue with seizures but made no difference.
Also started giving him natural supplements from Purely Pets
EpiPlus - 2 tablets daily,
Digest Zymez - 1 tablet daily
Giardia & Parasitic d'tox - 15 drops twice a day for a week every month.
At one point I even tried giving him taurine tablets.
He definitely has reactions to medicines. Within 5 days of rabies vaccines or annual boosters he will have a seizure as well as after spot on treatment which we have now stopped and he has a flea collar instead.
Once at the vet whilst in Greece he had to be put under to have blade of grass removed from his ear and as soon as he got injected he had a seizure. Even after a deworming tablet in Dec he vomitted and show all the signs that he was going to have a seizure but fortunately didnâ€™t.
In October 2016, he started on Orijen dry food.
Stopped the natural supplements end of December after his seizure mid December at 8pm (whilst sleeping) which was definitely more intense and had a longer recovery after the Diazepam. Supplements were stopped knowing he was going to be â€˜properlyâ€™ medicated after his future appointment with RVC.
3 January had a seizure at 2pm (whilst sleeping). And on Tuesday 17 Dec started on Pexion 400mg tablets (300mg dosage twice a day) and on Friday 20th had a seizure at 7am and then another at 6pm which has never happened before. Have now stopped Pexion.
He is fed and watered from two stainless steel bowls and water is from the built in filtered fridge water.
He goes to the parlour / groomer every two weeks as he is quite a bad shedder yet has a great healthy coat.
He is a scavenger and quite often will eat faeces and anything else that he can find and he does pull on the lead due to his food obsession. There is definitely an increase in his desire to eat faeces the day of/after a seizure.
Not sure if relevant but when sleeping he does twitch quite a bit and kick his legs as well as lots of eyelid twitching.
Before we start him on another medicine (as Iâ€™m concerned any other anti-convulsant medicine might trigger a seizure itself) I would like to try CBD (cannabis) oil and the natural supplements as well as make changes to his food and environment as much as possible (as well as anything else that you feel could make a difference).
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