AND DIETS THAT HAVE WORKED FOR EPILEPTIC DOGS
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
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.
and Food: 60 mg Phenobarbital twice a day and 2000 mg of Potassium Bromide
once a day. Nutro Lamb and Rice Lite.
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
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.
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)