Names of dogs: Arreau's Rock with You (Lucybug), Khaleesi (Afghan Hound)
Poodle Type: Lucy is a Red Standard (8-31-09)
Location: Bismarck, ND
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I have a friend in the Afghan Hound world who has a dog who has seizures. I had told her that our Chalumeau had very occasional seizures and my daughter (Meau's technical owner) doesn't want to put her on phenobarbital for seizures that happen 3 or 4 times a year - if that... My friend talked with her vet about substituting potassium bromide and here is a portion of the email she sent to me regarding that...
"I forgot to mention that Joseph’s blood work came back just fine and the levels of phenol in his blood is very minute. I had extensive discussions with two vets now and both feel that this is a much better path for Joseph than the other Potassium Bromide as that has many more consequences and takes other vitals off course.
So, since his liver and other organs are fine and doing well and he is OK on a very tiny dose of Pheno I will leave him where he is for now. The vets suggested to try to remove him slowly from the drug in about a year and see how he does. I’m all for that."
I don't know that there's a GOOD alternative - you have to try to find the lesser of all evils and then just stay on top of regular blood work to make sure organs aren't being damaged...
There is no rule requiring that you attend every argument to which you're invited...
Last edited by plumcrazy; 02-09-2012 at 10:52 AM.
Reason: correct the name of the drug. Duh!
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Yes, while I was still in high school we had an epileptic sheltie. She was put on Potassium Bromide (KBr) for several years until it no longer controlled her seizures. She did very well on it while it worked, not much about her changed, behavior-wise.
Then we had to start adding phenobarbitol and everything started to go downhill. Eventually the dose was so high she became a zombie, slept all the time, was always hungry, still the seizures were barely controlled. She never did have any liver issues. Eventually, it was a series of seizures that killed her.
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Potassium Bromide is safer for the liver and is what is used for dogs with impaired livers and seizures. You can go the more homeopathic route with Taurine. Eve had seizures for a bit but I think it was more related to her prior liver impairment and toxins in her body. I havent seen any seizures for more than a year, but she also no longer has liver impairment.
I am of the same feelings as your vet. I would go with the phenobarb. It works really well. There is an adjustment period where dogs can be either hyper or sluggish getting used to the drug. After that they should be back to normal. Yes, you must do bloodwork for liver values and check the phenobarb level in the blood every 6 months minumum for lifelong maintence. If my dog had seizures, I would use phenobarb. I have personally worked with tons of dogs who never had an issue with the phenobarb for Years!
Luke and Draco
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