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Old 07-10-2004, 06:12 AM
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I have mentioned this before in a previous thread, and I just don’t know what to do anymore. Last night Buddy (Codi’s brother) had yet another epileptic fit, we thought it had something to do with the de-worming but they haven’t been de-wormed again since the last attack. He has now had an attack last night, at about 10ish, and again this morning at about just after 10 and again one just before 1pm. He has a small attack about 20 mins after that. The very has said to us that he will outgrow it, but it is still hard to see the pup suffering. Please, anyone who can suggest something, I would really appreciate it!this before,
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Old 07-10-2004, 06:32 AM
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Wow..that's awful! If the vet feels he will out grow it...why does he think he is having them? Is that something unusual..or do alot of puppies have seizures? Just so curious. Poor Buddy!!! Does he seem less sad these days?
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Old 07-10-2004, 07:54 AM
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Have your vet refer you to a specialist. If your vet won't do that, start looking for one yourself, or if you're lucky enought to live near a university with a veterinary school, try that.

Also, for your own peace of mind, get your vet (if you haven't already) to tell you exactly the name of the condition, writing it down for you if necessary, so you can do some research on your own on the internet.

And don't laugh, but this might very well be something that accupuncture would help immensely. It's certainly worth a try and can't hurt.
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Old 07-10-2004, 08:04 AM
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He is a little bit more happier, but with these fits he has become all sad again. The vet said that many puppies suffer from it when they are little and some dogs only get it when they older, but its very comman in dog. I didnt know that. He said its just epilepticy, and that its something you have to live with?
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Old 07-10-2004, 08:08 AM
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Okay, that gives us something to work with. I can't do it this week, as I've got a big research project on top of my other work, but afterwards I'll do some ferreting. It wouldn't hurt if anyone else who wanted to help did their own net researching, as we'll probably all turn up some different results.

Really, though, do consider finding an animal accupuncturist if there is one close to you. Accupuncture does some unbelievable things with epileptic seizures.
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Old 07-10-2004, 08:18 AM
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Thank you so much Renee! I will have alook out if i can find a specilaist...I'll ask my doctor, he knows a lot about accupuncture, and who would be able to help me!
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Old 07-10-2004, 08:34 AM
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I found this and thought I would share it...

Are Siberian Huskies genetically predisposed to suffer from epilepsy?

No. However, epilepsy does occur in the breed. The seizures are not life threatening, generally speaking, but if your dog does have a seizure you should have him or her checked by a veterinarian to rule out the many other possible causes. If, in the end, epilepsy is the diagnosis, seizures are usually controllable with medication (Dilantin or Phenobarbital are typically prescribed for this).

So it can be treated...
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Old 07-10-2004, 10:13 AM
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Dilantin and phenobarbital are extremely heavy-duty drugs. I can't remember all the side effects (another thing to look up - what did we ever do without the internet!), but I'm impressed that your vet is willing to avoid drugs if possible. I hope he's able to help you out with the accupuncture. Many times there are excellent alternative treatments to using drugs, and if there's a chance Buddy will grow out of these seizures, it's always best to avoid as much chemical interference as possible.
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Old 07-10-2004, 02:59 PM
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Just thought I'd let you know that if alternative medicine doesn't work, when I had a 15 year old beauty with a geratric neurological problem, the vet put her on a mild dose of phenobarbitol. It helped a great deal and gave us another year with her. I read a lot about it and talked to several dog owners locally who had pets with epilipsy who were on it as well. I am all for using as little as possible, but a small dose gave her another year with us without any seizures. If you do start on it, I would suggest talking with your vet and going with as small a dose as possible. Shiva had no side effects from it at all.
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Old 07-10-2004, 06:47 PM
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Hey, Ajax

Pharmaceuticals can do some wonderful things in the right circumstances. I'm glad to hear of your success.

I don't worry too much about long term side effects when dealing with an elderly dog and short term quality of life is the best outcome, but with a young dog, and especially a puppy it can be a huge consideration. You have to make decisions for the future as well as seeking immediate relief. What a huge responsibility, huh?

I've gotta ask, what kind of dog was your Shiva? I think I remember you mentioning it before, maybe in your introduction, but my brain is fried lately with too much work. I'd love to see a photo of her.
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