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11/1/2008 11:26:11 AM
Posts: 253
Hi guys,
I have a very general idea of what is going on and what needs to happen, but maybe someone can direct my thoughts a bit for when I go to the vet.

My mom has a four year old Irish Setter.

It started with a general lameness issue and pain with getting up and down from a laying position. The vets knocked her out to tak x-rays (another story in of itself, let's just say i was annoyed at our vet). We she was coming out of the anesthesia (sp?) she seizured pretty badly. Obviously we were still at the vets so the situation was handled well.

Last night Lucy had a seizure again. Pretty short, 2 minutes maybe.

So: my question here is, given the fact that the first seizure (known) was induced more or less by the anesthesia, do you think this 'triggered' a propensity for more seizures? DO you think they are related at all?
If epilepsy is the culprit, does anyone have a recommendation for preferred medications/treatments?
Are there any specific questions/concerns I should address while I'm at the vet?
Have you thought of something that hasn't even occurred to me?

11/2/2008 5:57:59 AM
Posts: 1904
I would track the seizures for a period of time.

There are environmental factors that can cause them.

For instance, my adult male Chinese Crested, will have a seizure if he comes in contact with a rug that is wet from being recently steam cleaned. Something in the cleaning fluid causes this.

When i steam clean my rugs, i carry him, over the rug, to go in and out and not until it is dry can he come out into the living room.

This causal factor was proven when we were at a dog show, and the rug in our room had recently been cleaned, in fact it was still damp, and within 10 min he had a seizure. We had to get a room change because i could not spend the weekend in that room with him.

Changed room....problem went away.

I know of several other individuals who have similar problems, with household cleaners, air fresheners, etc, and i can see how having a dog put under could indeed cause problems. While i have no first hand knowledge it is something i would definitely explore further.

Also dietary changes, such as food additives in a food can also cause these problems. In rescue we usually get about 3 dogs a year locally that supposedly have seizures. First thing we do is look at the food the eat, the environment they came out of, and try to change those things. 99% of the time the seizures go away.

Serena Galloway
IGCA rescue Colorado

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11/5/2008 11:07:10 AM
Posts: 2
I have a little experience with Epilepsy. I have a male that fell over one day with a seizure. We weren't sure what the cause was. We took him in for blood work etc. and everything came back ok. Aprox 3 months later he had another. He continued to have one every few months, and then would begin to have clusters. 2 within a few min of each other every few months. They then became more frequent. No medication was needed with him having one every few months, but when he decided to go from one or two ever 3 months to out of the blue having 8 within a 24 hr period he was put on medication. We did try Taurine for a while before getting him on seizure medication. If you do a search on the internet for taurine in epileptic dogs it should give you some additional information. I do know that this works in some dogs. It's worth a try especially if you are not having issues that often. Our boy was put on an very low dose of phenobarbital. It's been 4 months with no new episodes. We just recently took him in for blood work and his medication was decreased bc he was doing so well. I should also mention that during the last few months before being put on the med. he had lost weight, with no known cause, and suffered some other minor health issues (an ear infection and a hotspot) We had blood work done at those times to try and determine what the cause might be as well as a urinalysis. Nothing unusual showed up. After being on the meds, his health has improved 100% and he has gained his weight back and looks great! Epilepsy from my limited understanding is a diagnosis of exemptions. If nothing can be found to cause the episodes, they classify it as epilepsy. The only other thing offered to us was an MRI. As this wouldn't really give us any other outcome than trying the medication we decided against it. I hope that helps!
11/5/2008 11:08:06 AM
Posts: 2
I also forgot to mention...Epilepsy typically shows up between the age of 2-5, and is more common in males than females.