Friday, January 25, 2019

Diagnosis.



              Mitzie has been experiencing seizures for a few months now.
The first started back in October and while we took her to the Emergency Hospital
nothing was resolved that night. We waited to see if she just had a one time bout.
The seizure monster returned again! Then again. a few weeks ago.
Last week we visited our regular vet where Astro and Cinnamon have gone.
After watching a short video I had made during her last  seizure, and an exam
 the doctor determined. She has epilepsy. We have her on 2 doses of phenobarbital
a day. We go back in 2 weeks for a full blood work up.

      I hate giving her medicine it makes her a zombie. If you knew her you would
call her wild as she never sits still. We tribute it to her being part Border Collie mix.
 If I go from room to room in the house she goes or follows Jeff everywhere.
She loves to go for a ride in the truck and barks at everyone.
she is very active chasing Astro around the year and house.
 But when we go to bed she goes too and stays in bed all night.

With the meds  now she sleeps all day and only gets excited when Jeff comes home.
or if she hears car keys, door bell, or wants outside.

We are going to do everything to make her life comfortable.
Our dr said this is something we can control.

         


 

17 comments:

  1. Hang in there. It takes a while for the system to adjust to the pheno. When we had Ciara on it, I cried because it was not my Ciara there with me. But it does get better. We hope the drug helps Mitzie a lot. It didn't work for Ciara, but nothing else did either. All the best to Mitzie and hugs to you.

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  2. Hari OM
    Oh darling Mitzie; sending you heaps of POTP so that you can adjust to this diagnosis and whatever is needed to keep it controlled. Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

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  3. We are sending you lots and lots of AireZen, Mitzie♥

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  4. I am so sorry to hear this, and pray that the meds will adjust as she goes along with them and she will return to her active self. I fully understood your description, because that is what our Jake was like and now we have Big who is like what you describe as a change. hugs to all of you

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  5. We're sorry to hear Mitzie isn't doing well and have our paws crossed for her.

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  6. It will get better. I was devastated when Shyla started phenobarb because she was a zombie and uncoordinated. She seemed not to have any fun. After about 6-8 wks, she gradually returned almost to normal. Now, a few years later, she's still on phenobarb, and she is about 98% normal in terms of energy and fun. She has 1-2 seizures per year. Our vet does have us supplement with Keppra to make the phenobarb dose a little lower. If you want to talk about it, I'm at kynabear5 at gmail. It is very hard at the beginning but it almost always improves. Sending you love and hugs.

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  7. It's a very scary situation. A number of years ago we also had an Epi pup. April did very well once she was on medication and only very rarely did she have a seizure. After a number of years on phenobarbital it did do some damage to her liver. We watched it very closely with regular blood tests but it hit her suddenly and her liver failed. I think they have much better medication now to treat it though. Mitzie..sending you lots of hugs and POTP.

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  8. Oh Mitzie..darling sending purrs and hugs to you and your peeps
    Cecilia

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  9. Hi sweet furiends, are you familiar with the Tails Around the Ranch blog? (https://tailsaroundtheranch.blog/) I am asking because one of her poodles has seizures quite often (I think she may have epilepsy too), and Monika (the person that writes the blog), is skilled with dealing with them. You may want to reach out to her (((hugs))))

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  10. Oh Mitz---so sorry you have these crazy seizures. No fun no fun at all.
    Hopefully once you get used to your meds the zonked out feeling will taper off.
    MB

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  11. Oh by the way----we no longer have Tito as a new pup. I still cry
    MB

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  12. Mitzie, I thinks the drowsiness gets better, butts it'll be hard til then. I knows there are lots of treatments and studies being done for doggies with epilepsy. Also, you can look at the FiveSibes bloggie, they have lots of info on doggie epilepsy: https://fivesibes.blogspot.com/. You can email them to gets even more great info. Sendin' lots of POTP and healin' vibes and margaritas! oh waits...strike that last one, that's just for MOI...☺
    Kisses,
    Ruby ♥

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  13. We are sorry to hear this. There are some great blogville friends that can give you information and support. We will keep our paws crossed that Mitzi will adjust to the phenobarbital
    lots of hugs
    Hazel & Mabel

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  14. Well, it sounds like (in the comments) that there is hope that she will come around. Keeping my fingers crossed that it works and that her system gets used to the meds. I'm glad she found a good home with you.

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  15. Poor Mitzie! We hope you can find the right combination of meds to control her seizures and not knock her out. We are sending lots of hugs and POTP.

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  16. 💔 May you find meds that work and let her still be her.

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  17. Oh Mitzie ☹️ that is scary news. We hope the medicine works and that you will adjust to it and get back to your normal active lifestyle. Maybe if things go well, you can just take 1/2 a pill, so you wouldn't be so sleepy? Paws crossed for no more seizures. Xoxo Wyatt and Tegan

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