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2/2/2010 6:06:27 PM
Posts: 253
Hi all,

I'm looking for more information and possibly an online support/advise forum for people living with a dog who seizures.

My mom has a five year old female Irish Setter. Two years ago (Lucy was about 3 1/2) my mom brought Lucy to the vet for an (unrelated) lameness issue. The vets put her under anesthesia for x-rays and as she was coming out of the anesthesia Lucy had her first seizure. To date, this first seizure has been the worst.. it lasted for several minutes.

Since that first one, Lucy has had infrequent seizures: very short in duration, lasting less than a minute, with only few more minutes of recovery time. Initially she would have about one a month, maybe a bit longer. Recently the seizures have become more frequent... she's had a seizure every 10-14 days.

She has been on phenylbarbitol for about a year and a half. The dosages have been flucuating all over the place. Currently she's on one gram of phenylbarbitol with the vet (today) increasing the dose to 1 1/2 grams. We have been to three vets over the course of the past two years and I feel we have found a pretty decent one.

All I'm trying to figure out is possible treatments to discuss with our vet, possible causes, etc. Diet? Medications? I don't know. I know that seizures a generally considered a medical mystery of sorts, but I feel I would be remiss in my duty not to know as much as I possibly can. It is suspicious that her first seizure occurred coming out of anesthesia. The vet feels that it triggered a predisposition on Lucy's part.

For more information, Lucy is from an incredibly reputable and established breeder (Lucy herself is a champion) who has had only one instance of an epileptic dog in their breeding lines and that was 10+ years ago and the dogs line ended with him. They have taken great interest in Lucy's condition but do no t have much firsthand knowledge of how to deal with it.

2/5/2010 2:50:16 PM
Posts: 137

Here is one of the better central resources on Epi in dogs.. Hope this helps!!

Muddyfeet aussies
2/5/2010 3:00:03 PM
Posts: 137
Another website to look over