MEDICATIONS AND DIETS THAT HAVE WORKED FOR EPILEPTIC DOGS

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Karen and Rocky:  Rocky is a Newfoundland mix who will be four years old in June 2000.  He began having seizures in September of 1998.  We rescued Rocky from a farm where he was one of many litters of puppies born to the same mother and just left to fend for themselves.

We saved Rocky shortly after we lost my father to cancer and I had just also lost my best friend.  Rocky helped me so much.  My son Joey also calls him his best friend.

Medication and Food: 60 mg Phenobarbital twice a day and 2000 mg of Potassium Bromide once a day.  Nutro Lamb and Rice Lite.

 

Kathy and Bandit:  Bandit turned 13 years old on March 4, 2001.  He is a Malamute/Wolf mix.  He first started having seizures around August/September of this past year...the "focal" or partial kind, but his vet attributed it to "Old Dog Syndrome", so not much was done for a while till they started getting worse and I demanded something be done.

He still have mini seizures almost daily, sometimes several times a day.

Food and Medications:  64.8 mg of Phenobarbital twice a day.  I feed him IAMS Senior (now called Active Maturity) along with home cooking-veggies, protein and a little fruit.

 

 

Kelly and Bailey:  Bailey is a tri-colored beagle with brown ticking on his legs and tummy.  He was born on November 30, 1999, and had his first seizure in January of 2001, at the age of 14 months.  He then started having seizures every 1 to 4 weeks, so we started him on Phenobarbital.  In the spring of 2001, he began to have cluster seizures and had to be hospitalized several times.  At that point, we added potassium bromide to the mix.  Dr. Dodds then diagnosed Bailey as having auto-immune thyroiditus, and he was started on Soloxine as well.  After adjusting and re-adjusting his medications and diet over the course of 2 years, we are finally getting a little bit better control, as he is currently 2 months seizure free.  We also began using the valium protocol after every seizure in the spring of 2002, and, with one exception, we have been able to keep him to single seizures only.

Bailey is a spirited (translation: strong-willed), VERY independent (translation: unbelievably stubborn) beagle with a great sense of humor, wonderful “people skills," and an underlying sweetness that is simply irresistible.  The challenges he has brought to the table have been far overshadowed by the joy he has injected into my life and into the lives of just about everyone that comes in contact with him.

Current medications and diet: Home cooking with Missing Link, 650 mg KBr BID, .5 mg Soloxine BID, valium protocol for cluster seizures.  At one point, Bailey was also on 2 grains of Pb BID.  Because of elevated Alk Phos levels, we are weaning him off of Pb, and he is now down to ½ grain BID—yea!

Kristin and Tenbrooks: Tenbrooks was born November 27th, 2000 and is a happy, rowdy and mischievous boy, despite having epilepsy. He had his first seizure (focal) at 10 months old, and they quickly progressed into lengthy and severe grand mal seizures. We tried KBr first, but didn’t have much luck. His seizures increased in duration (longest lasting 8 minutes) and frequency, so we started PhB in February of 2003. Also, Soloxine was added in April of 2003 when we discovered Tenbrooks was hypothyroid. The PhB and Soloxine have worked wonders and we are so thankful to God not to have seen evidence of a seizure since February 26th, 2003. Unfortunately, in December of 2003, we have found signs of mild liver dysfunction and are currently working on the perfect balance of food, medicine, and supplements to control his seizures while allowing his liver to function normally. Tenbrooks is an invaluable and precious part of our lives, along with our other beagle Molly. We can’t imagine life without them and we’re going to do everything we can to enrich their lives as much as they have enriched ours.

Beagle - 3 years old

PhB 30 mg BID, Soloxine .3 mg BID, Milk Thistle 140 mg/day, Wellness Sweet Potato and White Fish (canned and dry)

 

 

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