Post # 1
I posted a while ago http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/pet-epilepsy about pet epilepsy, and I just wanted to give you all an update!
We took him in last Saturday to a different vet. She drew blood and got him on some ear mite medicine. All the blood tests came back normal, apart from high phosphorus. He hadn’t had a seizure all week, so we thought maybe it was just due to the ear mites, so we were hopefully we had nipped this thing in the bud.
Our worst fears came true when on Thursday he had a seizure, and this time it was grand mal. If I hadn’t been holding him up he would have fallen over. The next morning at 4am, he had another one in his kennel. Long story short he pretty much seized all day, but we weren’t home to catch it. We got so scared, we were crying and just beside ourselves. At 6:30 last night he had the worst seizure I have seen in him. He laid on his side, unconcious, legs and face twitching. It passed after a minute, but we called the first vet who saw him (the one that said we should give him back to the breeder knowing he’d be more than likely put down or keep him and have to do it ourselves) and she made an emergency run in to the clinic.
She gave him phenobarbital, and he went to sleep. He woke up briefly to go bathroom and what not, but then just went back to his kennel. He woke up an hour ago, tail wagging, ready to play. I have been up with him for an hour now (5am on a Saturday–I must be nuts lol) and he is finally tired. It is great to see him back to his biting, chewing, barking bad self that he was before yesterday.
Thanks to everyone who gave advice on the forums. I’m hoping out St. Bernard will be happy and healthy being on medication now. The vet said she would guess a life expectancy of 1-2 years with him, but I hope she is wrong. If she isn’t, we’ll focus on giving him the best time of his life. This is my dream dog, and he means so much to me, even if I only get him for a little while 🙂
Post # 3
@megz06: Aww..he is ADORABLE!! I just wanna snuggle him.
I’m sorry you are going through this. HUGS to you and your lil baby. I’ll bet that with the right medicine you and your Cutie will have many years together! sending prayers and love back your way!! I’ve learned a few things lately from a wonderful vet bee, she said that all dogs are unique and may or may not do what’s expected of them. Your baby may very well take to this medicine and live a long happy life with you! keep your faith alive and think positive thoughts:) I’ll keep you both in mine.
Post # 4
Sorry you are going through this, but am glad he is feeling better on the meds. He is lucky to have you as an owner who is willing to work with his health issues. Not sure where you live, but have you considered going to see a veterinary neurologist? He is so young to be having seizures, they may be able to find out why (ie congenital malformation) and perhaps add additional therapies to help him.
Post # 5
@megz06: he is soooo cute!! i just want to squeeze him! i hope the vet is wrong too and he lives a long and healthy life. you guys are amazing pet parents and he’s so lucky to have you guys.
Post # 6
I’m sorry that you’re dealing with this. My parents have a dog that suffers from seizures, but she is also on medication. The vets also told her that she might only have another year or so to live, but it’s been 4 years and she’s still fine 🙂
That puppy looks like he was made for snuggles.
Post # 7
He’s so cute he could be a stuffed animal!
So glad you guys are working to find the best quality of life for him, I hope he has a good long life with his loving humans. And I’m so glad he has loving humans!
Post # 8
I have to admit.. I cried reading your updates! You got your adorable lil guy around the same time that I got my sweet girl gs/ mastiff mix. I can’t even imagin what you are going through but I am so glad that you didn’t just give him back only to be put down. I will keep you all in my prayers.
Post # 9
First of all, he is adorable! What a heartbreaking discovery..our fur babies are so defenseless it kills me to see anthing happen!
Now, I didn’t see the other updates just this and am kind of shocked that the vet only gave him 1-2 years just for epilepsy? Maybe I missed something else that they found with your pup but I have never heard a deadline and my sisters Yorkie is severely epileptic. It started when he was a puppy and he was prescribEd the same meds as your puppy..well long story short..he’s 8 years old now and it’s basically Nico’s world and we’e all just living in it!
My sister actually only by gave him the phenobarbital for about a year or just under but then took him off as she saw an improvement in the seizures and quite frankly the meds made him a zombie..
anyway I hope this gives you some hope, hun! Maybe he will just grow out of it! Just hold him when he seizes and think positively about his recovery!