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Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by lotlot, Jan 12, 2012.


  1. lotlot

    lotlot PetForums VIP

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    As some of you may be aware, Finlay had an appointment in Newmarket for an MRI and a number of various other tests. My regular vet suspected he had syringomyelia which, thank god, has been ruled out :)

    However, he did have a number of patches showing cell changes within his brain. The vet is now carrying out more tests to rule out a metabolic disorder and if this is ruled out, then he will conclude that it's a form of primary epilepsy. He is also having blood tests to see how his liver is functioning, so if that is all ok he will start on medication tomorrow.

    Finlay has been left at the vets overnight and I cried like mad having to leave him there :( He has really been put through the mill today and I really wanted to bring him home :( He has had various blood tests, a lumbar puncture and liver ultrasound. He looked so sad when I went to say goodbye, he was still so groggy :( It broke my heart leaving my boy there :(

    I'm so relieved it isn't syringomyelia, but still so worried about a potential metabolic disorder or epilepsy.

    He would have to start on a large dose of anti-epileptics due to the number of potential seizures he is having. Does anyone on here have an epileptic dog? If so, what meds are they on? What are your experiences? Can epilepsy cause behavioural changes such as anxiety? I'm so worried, but I don't want to research anything atm and just scare myself as I did before!!
     
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    Glad it wasn't SM, but I can't imagine how hard it must have been to leave him there. Hope it turns out to be nothing serious
     
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    Very pleased that you can rule out SM; but do hope that you get some definitive answers soon. At least when you do know what is wrong, you can begin to sort out treatment. xx.
     
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    Glad there has been some (potential?) good news.
     
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    I'm glad SM has been ruled out, I know epilepsy runs through some beagle lines and I know of one that is being controlled nicely on medication.

    It must be terribly hard being seperated from your boy right now, but know you are doing it ensure he has the very best future possible.. (((hugs)))
     
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    I'm really sorry that you are both going through this terrible trauma but just wanted to say that Finlay really couldn't be in a better place. Everything I've been told about Newmarket has always been positive. They really are the experts.
     
  7. lotlot

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    They have been absolutely brilliant and such a lovely bunch of people. He had three specialist neurology vets taking charge of his tests and they were all so lovely. I am certainly relieved to know that he is being well cared for now. They have even given me their email addresses and contact numbers so I can ask questions whenever I feel the need! Hopefully by the end of next week I'll know everything for certain. I am concerned about the medication they give for epilepsy, but I'll cross that bridge if it comes to that.

    xx
     
  8. Beau-a-saurus

    Beau-a-saurus PetForums Senior

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    Well at least that is one 'nasty' ruled out and well done Finlay, it sounds like he is being a brave boy. It also sounds like he is in safe hands and when they determine what is causing his issues there should be a way forward!

    I am still keeping everything crossed and also hope you get to bring him home tomorrow- More hugs from us and a small, hopeful yay

    Take care and look forward to more news soon x
     
  9. Dally Banjo

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    Sorry you had to leave Finlay tonight :( but Im sure he will be well looked after & just be sleeping everything off :) I know nothing about epilepsy in dogs :eek: I do know alot of Dallys have it & do very well on medication one of the drugs Banjo is on is for human epilepsy amongst other things & all I know is it is doing a great job for his aches & pains & he should be weaned off it if we stop useing it, but I dont know if it is used for dog epilepsy so no use to you what so ever :rolleyes: ;) glad its not SB though :) x
     
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