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Anyone Help With Dog Epilepsy

Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by Yourgifts Ourgifts, Aug 22, 2013.


  1. Yourgifts Ourgifts

    Yourgifts Ourgifts PetForums VIP

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    Hi..just wondered if someone could point me in the right direction for advice on epilesy..My friend and neighbours sheltie Shelly (shes the one on the mug and rock below) started taking fits about a month ago and has one about every 3-4 days..vet put her on 1.5 tablets of pexion per day and is still getting bloods and other tests done..My friend breaks her heart everytime shelly has one as theres nothing she can do but comfort her when she comes out of it and she also hates to leave her alone . Shelly is 10 years old with no other health complaints..So if anyone has advice or somewere to find out more i would be very grateful...Thanks
     
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    kodakkuki PetForums VIP

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    i don't really have any advise, but what i do have is a 12yr old corgiX who has had epilepsy suscessfully controlled by meds for about 8 years...

    there are plenty of people here with epeleptic dogs, and i'm sure any questions you have someone will have an answer- or if you or your friend just want someone to talk or rant to... we're here!


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    There is lots of help an information on the canine epilspsy guardian angels website it covers everything to understanding and causes of seizures and lots of practical help and information too with things you can do post, during and to aid recovery.

    Canine epilepsy and diseases that cause seizures in dogs

    Although pexion is a new drug and seems to be the one that vets are putting them on now, we have had quite a few threads lately where dogs haven't been responding that well to it at all. There is more about other medication on the link.

    The incidence of epilepsy being the primary cause later in life reduces too according to the website. So it is important that she does get all the tests done to check out for various other medical causes that can cause seizures.

    The tests are listed below. There is also another link to a canine epilepsy website, but as far as help and support for owners goes the canine epilepsy guardian angels is the best Ive found.

    Minimum Diagnostic Assessments for an Epileptic
    History Your description of the character and timing of the episodes, relation to exercise, feeding, etc.Helps your veterinarian determine if this is indeed a seizure and what type. May provide clues to the cause.
    Physical Examination Evaluation of the heart, lungs, abdomen, gum colour, etc.Provide clues to diseases which could cause seizures or complicate treatment.
    Neurologic Examination Evaluation of behaviour, co-ordination, reflexes and nerve functions.Provide clues to disease of the nervous system which may be causing the seizures.
    Complete Blood Count
    (CBC), routine serum
    chemistry profile, and
    urine analysis (UA) Blood and urine samples are taken and analysed.Rules out metabolic causes of seizures and provides baseline data to monitor effects of medication.
    Bile Acids Assay or
    Ammonia Tolerance
    Test Usually, the pet is fasted and two blood samples are taken.Rules out liver problems and provides baseline data to monitor effects of medication.
    Thyroid Function Test Blood samples analysed for T4 and TSH levels.Optional, but would rule out thyroid disease as a cause.
    Range of tests and examinations for diagnosis of epilepsy in the dog
    Source: Canine Epilepsy Network


    Above is minimum diagnostics for a seizuring dog, there is also more specialist diagnostics that are listed below.

    Specialist Tests for the Diagnosis of Seizures
    Source: Canine Epilepsy Network
    MRI or CT brain scan Evaluate the structure of the brain; requires anaesthesiaRules out diseases such as brain tumours which would need to be treated directly
    Spinal tap Spinal fluid is collected and analysed; requires anaesthesiaLooks for infectious diseases and provides clues to other brain diseases
    Antibody titers Blood and/or spinal fluid is analysed for antibodiesIdentifies specific cause of an infection
    Toxin tests Blood or other sample is tested for the presence of a toxin.Tells if a specific toxin is present, but usually need a clue to what toxin to look for from the history or other test
    Other laboratory tests Advanced tests on blood, urine, or spinal fluid.Follows clues suggested by routine tests
    Electroencephalogram
    (EEG) Recording of brain wave to look for the electrical storm.Allows definitive diagnosis, but can be non-diagnostic
     
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    Yourgifts Ourgifts PetForums VIP

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    Thank you so much for taking the time and effort to reply..will pass this on and just had a quick look at the canine epilepsy guardian angels and does look very helpful..Once again thanks for replying..
     
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    Thanks for the support..much appreciated ...see your in Antrim not to far away as we are in Coleraine...
     
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    awesome; i do love coleraine- beautiful drive to get there!
     
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