Need Epilepsy success stories...feeling hopeless
My 2 year old female GSD Lyric just had her second seizure this morning. She had her first one about 2 1/2 weeks ago. I was waiting for a second one to occur before taking her to the vet.
I'm devastated by this because about 16 or 17 years ago I had an Alaskan Malamute that began having seizures at a year old. We immediately took him to the vet and once he had a second seizure the vet prescribed phenobarbital. The medication would seem to help him for a few weeks, then he'd get worse. We would change his dosage, and again he'd get better - then worse. This cycle went on and on for a year, until he began having cluster seizures and they became unmanageable. My dad made the difficult decision to put him down after one long night of seizure after seizure after seizure. The next morning the poor thing couldn't even stand up. It was one of the worst things I've had to go through. My dad even cried like a baby.
Since then I've had quite a few dogs, but fortunately no seizures until now. Lyric is BY FAR one of the sweetest, most loving dogs I have ever owned. She has captured my heart like few others have. I can handle a seizure here and there but the thought of her going through what my malamute went through just devastates me.
I'm 5 months pregnant so my emotions are all over the place. That also means that money is tight so I can't afford a whole bunch of tests. I was just going to have them run one panel and just try the phenobarbital again...unless anyone has any other suggestions?
I'm also looking for anyone who has stories of epileptic dogs leading fairly normal, happy lives? I'd love to hear them as the only story I have to compare this too was tragic, and it doesn't leave me feeling very optimistic for my Lyric.
"To err is human, to forgive, canine."
Shelby - GSD 6 yrs (2/1/05)
Rocky - GSD 2 YEAR! (10/30/08)
Lyric - GSD 16 weeks (4/12/11)
Rico - GSD 2/20/00 - 11/21/08 We'll always love you "Mr. Poo"