- 3 years ago
- Wedding: July 2012
This update is at the request of a very sweet Bee, who messaged me to ask how our puppy was doing. In case you don’t know Napoleon’s story, you can read it here http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/pet-epilepsy-update#axzz2fMfTB7xr
To sum it up: We bought a St. Bernard in June, and he started seizuring. Not willing to give him back to the breeder in exchange for our money (for fear he would be destroyed), we’ve been working with his condition, getting second and even third opinions. All his blood work has checked out, and the next step would be a costly MRI (and we’d have to travel to MN) to confirm what we already know–that Napoleon has epilepsy.
On to the update: Napoleon is almost 5 months old, and doing WONDERFUL. Since my last update, it didn’t take long before he seizured pretty bad and ended up with a 3 day vet stay because he couldn’t stop seizuring. It was a crazy time for us because not only was it the morning of my BFF’s wedding, but it was also the morning I got my BFP, so we had a wide array of emotions going on.
We only have one vet clinic in town with two vets on staff, so this time we went with the 2nd vet (as opposed to the one we originally had that was a little too morbid for our taste), and she did a great job. She took such great crae of him, let us see him any time, and worked hard on getting him well.
Napoleon’s levels were too low, so they upped his phenobarbital to one pill twice daily. He is not quite to the point where they would need different meds or to mix anything in his food. He recovered very well and has NOT seizured since July 30 *does happy dance* He will get his blood checked again in November and every three months following for the rest of his life, but it is worth it to us to keep our baby alive.
Thank you to MrsPanda99 for her concern about Napoleon and to the Hive for all their support. And just because I think I have the cutest dog in the world, here is some updated photos for your viewing pleasure:
We have been working on getting him out of the kennel during the day and just sleeping in the laundry room, but as you can see, he lost that privilege very fast when he decided to destroy the room, lol. He does come out at night and sleeps right next to mom’s side of the bed (he cannot be on the bed).
Even at 60-ish pounds, he still sleeps on his back feet up in the air. We no longer take flash photos for fear of triggering his seizures. Whether it really does or not, we don’t want to take the chance. We did one time and he seizured a half an hour later.
Look at that face!!!!!
Scoffing at the fact he may have to share his birthday with a new baby brother or sister this April, lol.
Thanks for reading, Bees!