|Barked: Sun Jan 11, '09 1:41pm PST |
I'm Snickers & I started having seizures last June. They kept track & I had more in July (clusters) so at the end of July I started on the Phenobarbital. Tests were done to rule out liver tumors, etc. that can cause seizures. My seizures could be tied to the fact that I am Hypothyroid & take daily hormones. Anyone else Hypothyroid?? If you have never had your thyroid checked, might be a good idea to have the Full Thyroid Panel done. My brudder Butchy is also Hypothyroid, but so far has never had any seizures.
So anyway, I went from end of July until mid-Nov. with no seizures then they hit again. Then again on the 29th of Nov., then had 4 clusters on New Year's Eve. Back to the vet I went. They did some liver tests, everything is still ok from taking the drug. They decided to up my dose of Pheno since I was on the lower side of the dosage for my weight. Now it's wait & see again for 6 months. If I get more, then they do another blood test to check the Pheno levels in my blood. If the level is right, then I might need to add the 2nd drug someone was talking about. Some dogs need 2 drugs to prevent the seizures. The vet did say that as we age, we probably need to increase our doses since our bodies do get used to the drugs. And of course we will still always have some seizures but at least the drugs keep them milder. The fewer & milder the seizures, the better. We don't want to get brain damage.
Mama sure hates seeing me get the seizures, but she has been around family hoomans that have them & knew all about them before I got mine. So she was not so scared.
Hope everyone stays seizure free this month!!!