|Barked: Thu Nov 5, '09 11:59am PST |
|Long story short, Angel and Rocket got fleas. I put Advantix on them (prescribed from my vet.) About 12 hours afterwards Rocket had a seizure.
Naturally, it was a panicky day full of lots of crying and worrying. But, as of now, he is perfectly fine and back to normal. I washed the crap off both him and Angel. Angel didn't seem to have any sort of side effects, but I didn't want to chance it.
We took Rocket to the vet and the vet said he highly highly doubts it was the Advantix, though he did admit that it seems to be the only explanation other than epilepsy. We did a blood test and everything came back good. He told us to give him advantix again next month and see if he has another seizure (LIKE...NO). So we went home with a diagnosis of "probably epilepsy."
He's two...healthy as a horse, never had any problems after we got his tapeworms and lyme disease cleared up. The unanimous consensus of all my friends and family is that it was probably the advantix, including my father who has worked in the health system as an Paramedic. (No, he isn't a doctor or vet, but he knows a thing or two about what makes living organisms tick and has three dogs himself.) I checked with my apartment company and they called the people that do the landscaping and confirmed there were no pesticides put on the grounds. My roommates obsessively checked the house to see if he COULD get into anything and we didn't find anything that would be harmful within his reach, and there was nothing.
My family called their vets for second opinions (three different ones, I was suprised how supportive my family was of Rocket,) and all the other vets said the same thing...they never heard of a dog having a seizure on prescribed medication and it was odd. I wanted to take him in for a second opinion (and I still might,) but I'm starting to think the vet is just going to tell me the same thing.
So now I'm really worried...I don't know whats safe to give my pups. Naturally I would turn to my vet, since they are supposed to work with this stuff...but they are telling me to give it to him again...I'm not comfortable with that. This is a freakin nightmare.
So, now that they have fleas...any advice what I could give them that would be safe? Obviously I've been obsessively vacuuming my house twice a day, but other than that, I don't know. Flea collars? I've heard they were bad...but how much worse can it be than getting a seizure?
Edited by author Thu Nov 5, '09 12:00pm PST
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