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Old 12-30-2008, 05:55 PM
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harv vomited with some of his seizures. he had weird brain-tumor-related seizures that weren't typical, though. after "regular" grand mal seizures he'd be blind for awhile and out of it for a good half an hour, then very tired. seizing is exhausting to the body.

harv took phenobarb and then we added potassium bromide when the phenobarb wasn't doing it anymore. like i said, his wasn't straight up epilepsy so it progressed pretty quickly, as opposed to a dog with primary epilepsy. if i had a dog who was having occasional, single seizures (not clusters) i'd probably seriously talk to the vet about potassium bromide instead of phenobarb. it takes a longer time to be effective, but it's safer.

websites/forums that i visited and found helpful to me when i had harv:

http://www.canine-epilepsy.net/index.html (recommended by the neuro vet)
http://www.canine-epilepsy-guardian-...m/site_map.htm
http://www.canine-epilepsy.com/ (has a really fantastic email discussion list)
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Old 12-30-2008, 08:28 PM
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After having a long talk with JR tonight about Brawt we have decided that Phenobarbital isn't an option for us. I simply can't put him on a medicine that has so many side effects.

However, I'm going to take him to a new vet (holistic) and see what she recommends. There are a few people on the Dachshund site I visit that have been successful with acupuncture. I will talk with the vet about this and see what she recommends. I'm sure she will probably want to try some natural stuff (herbs, etc) first and go from there.

If you just keep my little man in your thoughts and send good vibes that we find something to that works I would appreciate it.

I'll be sure to keep everyone updated.
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Old 12-30-2008, 08:31 PM
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harv vomited with some of his seizures. he had weird brain-tumor-related seizures that weren't typical, though. after "regular" grand mal seizures he'd be blind for awhile and out of it for a good half an hour, then very tired. seizing is exhausting to the body.

harv took phenobarb and then we added potassium bromide when the phenobarb wasn't doing it anymore. like i said, his wasn't straight up epilepsy so it progressed pretty quickly, as opposed to a dog with primary epilepsy. if i had a dog who was having occasional, single seizures (not clusters) i'd probably seriously talk to the vet about potassium bromide instead of phenobarb. it takes a longer time to be effective, but it's safer.

websites/forums that i visited and found helpful to me when i had harv:

http://www.canine-epilepsy.net/index.html (recommended by the neuro vet)
http://www.canine-epilepsy-guardian-...m/site_map.htm
http://www.canine-epilepsy.com/ (has a really fantastic email discussion list)
Thanks for the links. I've been doing some research and some of the stuff I've found just makes me cry. I've been a mess all day.
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Old 12-30-2008, 08:50 PM
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It's so hard to go though !! We never went on Pheno unless there were cluster seizures . Amy's Golden and her now Lab has had them has one very randomly . Keep track of them and how long they last . They are so scary !
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YOur little man is in my thoughts and prayers.
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After having a long talk with JR tonight about Brawt we have decided that Phenobarbital isn't an option for us. I simply can't put him on a medicine that has so many side effects.
phenobarb gets a bad rap but it is an extremely effective drug for a lot of dogs and saves lives. so don't rule it out entirely.

i'm not saying go out and demand to start it immediately, mind you. just don't cross it off period the end.
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I am so sorry to hear about his seizures! The only thing close to that I have experienced is when Reese ate a moldy pecan (We had a tree in our old backyard) and got tremors.

I think I have definitely gotten lucky with my dachshunds. No back issues, and no Epilepsy (Which Cartman's mother had both, Poor girl).
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Brawt has an appointment tomorrow at 3:30 with the new vet (holistic). I'll update once we get back.
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(((((((((((((((((((((((((((HUGS))))))))))))))))))) )))))))))))

Poor Brawt. I'm sending good vibes!
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I hope you find help for your dog I couldn't imagine going through that..

One of our old dogs had siezures and they were just off the wall scary..

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