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Grand Mal – 5/16/14

I am over these seizures. I swear to God.

Topaz had another Grand Mal seizure on 5/16/14 around 4:30 pm.

We were able to get a script for Valium from the vet, but we’re still waiting on the Rescue Remedy and need to find the ice cream.

I wasn’t home for this seizure but the husband said it was typical.

The vet upped his Phenobarbital from 1 ¾ pills to 2 pills twice a day. We’ll see how that goes.

He’s a little shaky still. I almost want to call it twitchy.

I don’t want to see him suffering and am afraid that we need to start thinking about his quality of life.

I did promise my husband and myself that we will try everything and anything we can afford financially and emotionally to keep the seizures at bay.

But eventually, I know that we may need to make a difficult decision.

I hope that is later than sooner, but he’s almost 9 yrs old and has been having seizures for 8 of them.

Hopefully this medication dose will help him.

Multiple Grand Mal Seizures

Last night was a rough one.

It started with the grand mal seizure that Topaz had around 11 am yesterday.

Then he had another one at 11:15 or so at night.

And then he had a cluster seizure of 2 around 1:50 am this morning.

And then finally he had another seizure around 5 am.

Every single time he peed himself. Every single time he was on my bed. And ever single time I had to change my sheets.

I don’t have enough fitted sheets to change them 4 times in a night.

We also don’t have the ingredients for the cocktail we give him after his seizures.

I wish I knew what the trigger was last night and if there was anything I could have done to stop all those seizures from happening to him!!

Everything about them were pretty typical…

Well, except the cluster one. He was whining afterwards. He’s only done that once before. I was wondering if he was blind afterwards. He seemed a little out of it and really confused.

Like always, I hope this was just a fluke and not our new normal with this stupid epilepsy. But who knows.

I hope it’s the end for a while.

Food For Thought – Triggers

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We have found through trial and error really that Topaz has at least two seizure triggers – rosemary and fish. Cedar my also be a trigger for him as well, but I haven’t wanted to test that theory out…and since spring is just around the corner, I doubt we will check that theory this season. (we have a cedar chest that we keep blankets in)

Another thing I should mention is that Topaz is a feces eater. I guess the technical term is Coprophagia. I won’t go into all of the nasty details, but he’s been doing this for a very long time. I don’t believe that he eats his own, but he does eat our other dog’s feces, the cats’ if he gets to the litterboxes – which is rare these days, and we don’t take him out walking very often or to any dog parks so he doesn’t have access to other dogs’ feces.

Off topic a little, and what I found to be interesting, is that other people owned by epileptic dogs have said their epi dog also eats feces. I don’t know if it is one of the medications that makes him starving enough to eat the feces or what is going on, but since it’s a common thing, there may be something to it.

Ok back to my question. If we feed out non-epi food that have fish or rosemary in them and Topaz eats her feces after that food has been digested and eliminated – gross, I know….sorry! – will that trigger a seizure for him?

I didn’t really think about it until after Onyx, our non-epi, ate her food this morning…which was a can of food that had fish in it. Normally, this isn’t an issue because we feed them the same food, but we only had enough for Topaz so I fed Onyx the canned food we had.

I guess we’ll have to keep an eye on things for a couple days until the food makes its way out – again, gross.

Has anyone else had this issue? Post in comments if you have.

Supplements and Taurine

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Over the past six or so months we’ve noticed that Topaz has lost some weight. To me, he is too skinny…and he’s ALWAYS searching for food. Like even worse than normal.

So, when he was in for his last blood draw (which his labs were good, btw), we asked the vet. She said to ask the owner of the Pet Beastro, which is where we get our raw dog food, taurine for Topaz, dried trachea for both dogs, and some supplements for Onyx.

We started Topaz back on the taurine a month or so ago. When we asked about the powdered bovine colostrum and it was recommended that we start taurine again instead. So, since he’s had a number of seizures recently…we decided to give it a try.

But back to the supplements. The owner of The Pet Beastro suggested that we give him the Food Booster shown in the photo above, and also gave us 2 samples of the Sojos and gotten the goat’s milk in a goodie bag we got at a Pet Beastro event recently. She suggested we try all of these additions to his food (which we’ve upped by 3 oz 2x a day) and also suggested we add liver as well.

My goal is for him to not act so starving all the time and to put some weight on. I don’t know if it’s the meds he’s on that make it like he’s starving or what is going on but it’s been bad lately and now the weight loss? Something isn’t right…although his labs have all come back normal.

I wanted to document the changes – just in case, you know.

Does your epileptic pup act like they are starving in between meals?