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Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by skv, Aug 13, 2009.


  1. skv

    skv PetForums Newbie

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    High everyone, I am a new user and wondering if anyone can give advise on epilepsy. Unfortunately I find most Vets have a habit of wanting to try this try that and thanks for all the money. Following a fit my vet suggested an MRI Scan yet all the relevant information that I can find suggests this is something that would be done if other things fail. One of the vets in the same practise actually stated that the treatment would probably be the same anyway.
    More importantly we have been prescribed Epithen 60mg tabs to be taken @ 6 per day totalling 360mg yet everything I can find on the drug suggests starting at 200mg and only increasing in units of 20%. An overdose can be fatal. I would appreciate any advise
     
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    gesic PetForums VIP

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    These are concerns i would def advise discussing with ur vet.
    Agree 6 x 60 mg is a very hi dose but what breed r we talking?
    Has ur dog just had a few siezures recently?
     
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    Have you rung your vet and voiced your concern?

    How many fits has your dog had altogether?
     
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    skv PetForums Newbie

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    His breed is a Saint Bernard and he had a short seizure on the26/7/09, one again on 9/08/09 again on 13/08/09. All have been short seizures
     
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    Vet is currently out of hours but supposed to start meds tonight
     
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    U can still ring and get him to return ur call, that is free. Better safe.
    St bernard 60kg+ probs the reason for higher start dose.
    U will have to get the blood tested periodically to test the theraputic levals.
    the dosage is 2-5mg/kg per day so if ur bernard is around 70kg then it is still within the safe margin.
    also the dose must be divided so its really 180mg every 12 hours, sounds a little better!
    Big dogs do take more tablets.
     
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    Hi,

    I have had two dogs with epilepsy, both were insured and so the vet didn't hesitate but send one off to hospital for an mri scan and blood tests. It was all very distressing, the mri confirmed there was no brain tumour and a diagnosis of heriditary epilepsy was given, that was about all yet the bill was astronomical and although the insurance paid out I was left wishing I hadn't put my dog through it all.

    The fits got closer together and worsened even on the meds, and they were so expensive, but again the insurance paid.

    Good luck but use your own instincts as well as the vets advice, you know your dog best :)
     
  8. skv

    skv PetForums Newbie

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    Thanks for the advise. Rang them earlier and they confirmed dosage. Other web sites seem to give the impression that it is still a little high although seems to quote a maximum of 8mg per 1lb which would be way way higher than current dosage. Just to advise "Buster" is 80 kilo. All the web advise on MRI seems to suggest this would not be done at an early stage and if a tumor was to be at fault the prognosis is not that good.
     
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    Hi, We also have a epileptic st bernard aged 3 and a half. Chester takes 7 x 60mg epiphen twice a day, 3 x 1000mg epilease capsules once daily and 3 x 300mg Gabapentin capsules three times a day. His weight is 107 kilos. Chester has had the MRI scan done at Newmarket but it didn't show a cause for the epilepsy. Fingers crossed 9 months fit free, best yet.
     
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