Cathy and Zak (Lhasa Apso):
My little Lhasa Apso Zak has just gone 19 months between seizures due to the
fact that I added KBr to the Pb he was taking. Here is Zak's history of
The first drug that Zak was put on, when he started having seizures, was Pb. He
never really had any kind of seizure control on the Pb alone. Zak continued to
have bad GM seizures and eventually clusters that were coming closer and closer
together happening every 10 days to 3 weeks. My vet would increase the Pb dose
after each seizure but still the seizures were violent and still happened every
10 days to 3 weeks. When it became obvious that Zak wasn't going to get good
seizure control with the Pb alone we added the KBr.
My vet didn't do a loading dose with the KBr, instead we started out with a very
low dose and gradually increased it. We would increase his dose, wait a few
weeks have his KBr levels checked and increase a bit more and so on and so on
until he got to a good therapeutic level. (I might add here that I have found
that Zak's Kbr level needs to be on the high side of the therapeutic range for
him to have good seizure control.)
I noticed within a few weeks after starting the KBr, even before he got into
therapeutic range, that Zak's seizures changed. Zak's seizures went from very,
very violent GM seizures to very mild ones with the addition of KBr. We had
learned to use the valium protocol and were able to stop the clusters. Then Zak
started going months and months between seizures and I knew for sure the KBr was
working for him. Then Zak was diagnosed with liver disease from the Pb and had
to have a 75% reduction of the Pb. Zak's seizures were still months and months
apart even after reducing the Pb so severely.
The only problem Zak has ever had while on the KBr is that every once in a while
he will get a bit ataxic. My vet had me skip a dose or two of the KBr and that
corrected the ataxia and got Zak back up on his feet.
Zak continues to take a combination of a small amount of Pb and theraputic
levels of KBr. I my vet and I feel that the KBr is what has spread the seizures
so far apart. After once getting to a good therapeutic level with the KBr, Zak
had a 19 month seizure-free streak!!
Cathy and Zak