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Below are the 4 most recent journal entries recorded in Canine Epilepsy & Seizure Disorders' LiveJournal:

Friday, October 12th, 2007
3:16 pm
My dog, who has epilepsy, turned 14 this past Monday. I did some calculations and realized that just from her 8th b-day to her 14th, she has had a total of  4,382 doses of seizure meds (every 12 hours.)

No wonder we think the pill splitter is getting dull!
Wednesday, June 28th, 2006
6:34 pm
Intro post

Wow, a community exists for this!!!!

We have a 12 year old cocker spaniel who has had epilepsy since she was 7. She is currectly snoring a few feet away from me. It's rare for them to develop it later in life (after a few years of age), and it is possible that hers resulted from the level of anesthesia used to put her under for a dental cleaning--they had difficulty bringing her out of it. They gave her a battery of tests to rule out cancer and liver problems when she first developed it. She has the type of epilepsy that causes cluster seizures, which means the first triggers followers, and before we added potassium bromide (found to be helpful for dogs that cluster) she had a day where she had 16 grand mals in 24 hours and barely survived it. I hope none of you ever see that! She takes phenobaritol and potassium promide every twelve hours.  When she does have a seizure, our vet has directed us to give her valium to arrest the seizure activity and prevent clustering.  It works and makes her sleep it off.
Overall, it has caused a few behavioral changes but nothing which has a major impact on her quality of life.
Nice to meet you!

Wednesday, December 7th, 2005
8:58 pm
Artie, my chocolate lab, has not had another seizure since the one he had approximatly 3 weeks ago. Following the seizure, about 2 days later, we found a large lump on the side of his face and took him the same day to the vet. It was a very large abcess, which the vet stabbed and drained, gave him one pain shot and an antibiotic shot. They also gave us a couple of lactated ringers in case he had another seizure, as well as $90 worth of antibiotics and $20 worth of pain meds. About a week into the meds, the abcess had completly disappeared. Even though he had no fever at the time we took him into the vet for the abcess, it's possible that he spiked a really high fever from the formation of the abcess (before we could tell what was going on and he had a feverile seizure and not a seizure associated with epilepsy. Only time will tell, but he's looking healthy as of now. I filed my two claims with the insurance, we'll see how long it takes for a check to return!
Monday, November 21st, 2005
7:01 pm
Hello, I'm the moderator for this group and am going to post so that everyone can see what it's about. Everyone is open to join!

Artie is in the picture for this journal. He recently had his first seizure, on Saturday, November 19th 2005. He is only 1.5 years old and was rescued from the local pound at 10 weeks of age.

Info about his seizure: We didn't witness the seizure, but believe it happened shortly after kenneling him at 6:15p. We returned at 8p and found him very distant. He was sticking his head inside his water bowl and just staring, he was doing the same thing around the house, wandering around and staring. We took his temp and it was at 105.5 degrees. After calling the emergency vet, she instructed us to administer 400cc fluids and give him 40 mg of Prednisone, 750mg Amoxicillin. At that point, we weren't sure that he had a seizure. It took almost 4 hours for his seizure to get under 104.5 degrees. We even put him in a cold bath and poured the water over him for half an hour. After ice packs, and cold rags, finally I think the Prednisone kicked in and his temp went down to around 102 degrees. When we woke up with him the next morning, he acted as though nothing has happened. He was perfectly fine.

Afterwards: We took him to the vet today to have a CBC, Blood Chem Profile, and Urinalysis performed. All came back well within the normal range. We are going to have a thyroid profile ran just to rule out problems there. The vet suspects that he has epilepsy and these seizures will continue. At what rate, no one can tell. Hopefully, they won't happen very often, or they're incorrect about him having epilepsy. He has no other known health problems and has only been to the vet for routine work before this. I will update on the results of the thyroid panel later this week.

Total bill so far: $200, but I still have to add to that the cost of a few lactated ringers I would like to buy for the house in case this happens again, as well as some spare Prednisone pills.

Here are some Artie pictures:

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