|10-11-2013 10:54 PM|
I believe that is the drug developed by Boehringer Ingelheim, correct? If so, it is still in clinical trials here in the States and is not broadly available. So, it will be hard for folks to share experiences with that medication.
Did the vet give a shot of valium after the cluster? Or, provide you with valium suppositories to break a cluster on your own?
It is really important to limit the length and frequency of seizures. If it takes some time for the medication to reach therapeutic levels in the dog's system (and I don't know if that is the case with your medication), you should have other options on hand until those levels are achieved.
With that said, it should be possible to get control of the seizures with medication if this is epilepsy. My dog suffered from clusters and has been under good control now for awhile.
Your dog is on the older side (he's 7 years old, right?) of when seizures related to idiopathic epilepsy tend to typically present. I noticed that you said that an MRI was done, how about fasting blood sugar levels?
Wishing you all the best and please do keep us posted on how everything is going
|10-11-2013 06:07 PM|
The tablets are PEXION 400 mg. "Imepitoin" is their other name. They are relatively new and were developed in Europe; recommended because they do not have side effects as far as is known. the usual drug causes liver damage these do not. The vet rang tonight to tell me us to up the dose to two tablets daily AND to give her another immediately after the fit. She is getting worn out by the attacks and I cannot leave the dogs in the same room. Patrick our vet has E-mailed the neurologist at the referral centre to ask his advice.
This is currently where we are and very worried and upset. Our dogs just like all of yours are like children to us.
We appreciate the help people are offering. Please continue as we are passing everything by the vet as we hear it.
|10-11-2013 11:49 AM|
What meds is she on? There are a lot if newer meds that have great success? Maybe you need to try something different.
I know there has been correlation between some flea meds and seizures. Also vaccines.
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|10-11-2013 11:24 AM|
Sorry to hear about Max. Did they check her thyroid? I would think if the MRI didn't show a tumor you would be left with environmental or some other under lying issue, tick borne illness or reaction to vaccines flea treatments the list is endless. Idiopathic Epilepsy usually starts early. Kiya was 18 months old when she was diagnosed with idiopathic epilepsy she will be 10 in May on meds since she started having seizures. I once thought stress was her trigger till she proved me wrong.
Canine Epilepsy Resources this is a great support group also on FB
|10-11-2013 10:26 AM|
|gsdemack||What about an EEG?|
|10-11-2013 09:57 AM|
Hoping I might be able to get some advice on our 7 year old female German Shephard Max.
In August of this year in the space of two weeks the following changes happened in our household. We brought a new German Shephard puppy into our family (Sam) and then unfortunately two weeks later our oldest boy Kai had to be put to sleep (aged 12) as his back legs were gone.
About 3 weeks after all these occurances our other German Shephard Max had a cluster of seizures ( 4 in a 24 hour period) they were really bad. We took her to the hospital and they ran all the tests had an MRI and through elimination we were left with Epilepsy.
We started her on medication and was told that she would still probably fit about once a month but with the medication they would not be that servere and to leave her when she fitted.
We thought it might have been triggered by the old dog being put down and the puppy coming on the scene all at once.
Yesterday she fitted again. She dropped and had a massive seizure early evening and then another one a couple of hours later and then and even larger one during the night. These are the worst seen and thought the dog was going to die. The last one lasted a really long time and she was foaming at the mouth. She is now on the highest dose of her medication but now my mother is worried and thinks we might have to have the dog put to sleep.
As many of you probably know Epilepsy can not be diagnosed they simply eliminate everything else and this is what you are left with.
We are wondering if anyone else out there has had a similar experience with their dog and might know of anything else we can try. Or the slim possibility that it is not Epilepsy and there is something else we have not considered.
Ruled out:- Cancer/tumor/toxin's/thyroid/one other.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.