||Terri, Mike and Barney (aka "Beags"):
Barney is an eight year old Beagle. While registered with the AKC, Beags most certainly
does not meet their standard... he's 17 inches and 42 pounds. He is very muscular and not
at all fat.
like to say my husband has had Beags longer than he's had me. Mike, my husband, brought
Beags home in the fall of 1993. I met Mike in the fall of 1995 and we married in the
spring of 1998. Mike had told me of Barney's seizures and had discussed them with our vet
numerous times. Our vet described them as idiopathic and said when Mike noticed them on a
recurring basis, we should seek treatment.
He was put on 1 gram
of pheno per day (two pills daily...each was 1/2 a gram). Within three weeks his seizures
stopped completely. He lost none of his personality (which I had heard might happen) and
was our wonderful boy without the seizures... we'd hit the jackpot! In fact, even the
potty training was a breeze... one accident! Whatta pro, my Beags! That's how it's been
for two years. No seizures (except the one time I forgot to get his Pheno... he had one
seizure because we missed two doses... that has NEVER happened again).
He still does not
have seizures, but we now have new problems. All of them have started within the last two
months. Beags has lost muscle use in his face (his jowls droop and his upper lips hang
into his mouth), he drools so much more than ever before... almost like he isn't
swallowing, when he drinks-the water runs out the side of his mouth instead of being
swallowed (but no change in the way he eats... it's still fine), he has occasionally
stumbled when walking (especially when going UP stairs), his left eye occasionally wanders
and does not go back into place as quickly when he blinks, and in the last week he has
changed the way he walks-he's not limping, but that's what it looks like. His head dips
unusually low and it looks like he's limping, but he's putting weight on all paws and
nothing hurts him, he's just using an odd walk. We did see our vet two weeks ago in
response to this and he responded by cutting the Pheno dose in half... Beags now gets 1/2
a gram a day.
Beags eats Canidae
Platinum and gets Ivergard Heartworm Preventative monthly. Our vet tests Barney's liver
functions annually, but I've learned from your web site that is not often enough. So, that
is the first change we'll be making.
Terry and Devon
(Devon Ru Moberg): My epi-boy, Devon. He is the from my 4th litter in 20
years and the only epi out of 32 puppies. He was puppy #4 in the chute and
his mom had a hard time delivering him. I had to help. After he was
delivered, he didn't breathe for a minute or two, despite mom's
ministrations. Finally, she picked him up and dropped him and that got him
started. He was 16 ounces when born and now weights 93 pounds. He has only
had 4 seizures, beginning in December 2001. His last seizure was January
2003 so he has a good record going.