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Focal epilepsy

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by M&G, Jan 10, 2019.


  1. M&G

    M&G PetForums Newbie

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    Hello all,

    My 12 year old Staffy, has just been “diagnosed” with focal epilepsy.

    Has anyone had any experience with this she is getting progressively worse. The vet has started her on human epilepsy medication on Wednesday.

    She tends to jump up while spinning and I believe the term is fly biting and gets very disorientated. I honestly feel the vet is not sure and is suggesting a MRI £2,000...

    She is worth it as she is part of the family I am not confident the vet can diagnose such a symptom in half an hour. We looking at seeking a second opinion but I just wanted to see if anyone has had the same problem.

    Any responses would be greatly appreciated.
     
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    M&G PetForums Newbie

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    Cutie
     

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    DaisyBluebell Earth, the insane asylum of the Universe

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    Oh she sure is a Cutie from her pictures.
    One of my Cavi's was epileptic but not Focal epileptic he had full blown seizures. The vet put him on meds but they made him so dozzy it was no life for him. We had the MRI scan done & sadly be had a brain tumour & we lost him at 3 years old.
    I'm no vet but I did, ook into epilepsy at the time. Your little beauty if it is just Focal epilepsy has I believe a couple of different types & she may be aware of what's happening & it only affecting certain parts of her body or a type that is like a Petit Mal whereby she is not aware of what's happening & it takes a couple of hours to be 100% back to normal after having had an episode. Personally I would ask the vet if he could refer you to a consultant specialising in epilepsy asap before you do anything. You really need a proper diagnosis in order to treat her. Then try the meds to start with (& it will take a while to find the best dose to control the symptoms) & if the episodes do get worse or my frequent then have the MRI scan to see if there is something going on that can be sorted.
    I hope you get an answer soon & that it help her. Let us know how you both get on please.
     
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    12 is a bit old to be diagnosed with epilepsy, that's my first thought anyway. Usually it shows up between 1 and 6 years of age, and in an older dog seizures tend to be something else. My 13 year old dog had 2 very bad seizures in October with no previous history. Epilepsy was mentioned but tbh I wasn't thinking along those lines, my trail of thought was brain tumour. She hasnt had anything since so i'm thinking now, because she has kidney disease and hypothyroidism, it was probably metabolic.

    Anyway, I do in fact own another dog who is diagnosed with epilepsy, he's had it for 9 years now and has only ever had focal seizures. His symptoms present as ataxia mainly but he can also have head tremors, slight limb tremors and go quite vacant looking. Have you been referred to a specilaist neurologist? At the very least full blood work should be done and a neurological exam. FWIW, i've never had an MRI on either of my dogs who have had seizures.
     
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    We have not been referred yet, she is on tablets at the moment and the vet wants to see what will happen after 3 weeks.

    It’s very strange, she has had fits all her life sporadicly but this focal epilepsy is a weird diagnose as it appears when she lefts her head up she can actually see something then starts growling and jumping and trying to get it. If her head is level she is fine and if you stroke and give her attention she will stop. I almost think perhaps she may have an issue with her eyes as she will still do it in complete darkness!? The Vet did say while having the epilepsy fit she may see things and even hallucinate. I don’t think a MRI will resolve this but we are stuck as to what should do?
     

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  6. This is a long shot perhaps, but my cat recently developed chronic diarrhoea, and the only thing I have narrowed it down to so far is rosemary extract in her food. Whilst doing a ton of reading on rosemary extract in pet food, time and again it kept coming up with the link between rosemary extract and seizures in dogs. I wouldn't give any animal foods with this ingredient now, to be on the safe side. And I would certainly eliminate it from a pet's diet if it was having any kind of seizures. Just a thought...
     
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    I do not feed my epileptic dog anything with rosemary in, or treat him with anything that contains tea tree either. There are certain things to be avoided with a history of seizures. Antihistamines are another.
     
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