Thank you so much for your response. Sandy doesn't have any excessive eating habits but drinks water like its going out of style. I am considering doing some research on her food. I am hesitant to put her on more medication since the phenobarbital didn't work.This happened to my choc spoo back in 2009. She was 8 when they started. Idiopathic seizures - (as in they had no clue why!) Our vet said that the phenobarbital was the first line of attack and when that stopped working, they'd put her on the potassium bromide also (or instead, I can't remember).
It worked for almost a year and then we added the bromide but she only lasted a few months after that.
Hopefully they can find out why yours is having the seizures.
Three is so young!!
Doing a quick search, there's a lot of new meds on the market at the moment.
I have no idea how well they work tho.
As a side note, the phenobarbital makes them feel hungry all the time.
I used to find Holly's head in my kids' cereal box if I left the cupboard open!
So I had to portion out her food and made sure my kids (who were young at the time) didn't walk around with food at her eye level.
Good luck and I really hopes something works for her.
Thank you for your response. Even the phenobarbital is pricey because we are seniors and live on Social Security only. I share your anxiety.Buck has been seizure free, since he was prescribed Keppra, the generic is called Levetiracetam, extended release. We took him to a neurologist after his third seizure. We opted not to get the scan, since the specialist thought it was likely idiopathic. His medicine is pricey, because it’s human grade. There have been some months when it’s been hard to source. I patted myself on the back for having pet insurance. His regular vet can manage his care and consult for free with the neurologist, regarding medication as necessary.
My husband and I were petrified during and after the three seizures he experienced. Hard to witness, and a danger to your poodle and to you. It took me months of him being on the medication, seizure free before we could relax.
Thank you. We are trying to figure out what our next step in her cure will be. She is having a seizure every 3 to 5 weeks even while on meds.Xhiker, I'm not sure if just a change of food will stop seizures. Maybe a change while on other anti-seizure meds?
I know for humans, it's important for seizures not to become frequent or the brain sees them as being normal and then it's hard to stop them with anything. Maybe your vet can recc either a different med or a specialist like Mfmst went to.
Good luck and I hope you find something that works!!
Xhiker, I don't remember anymore how often Holly had her seizures but if memory serves, once every 3-5 weeks sounds not too bad to me. Maybe your vet can adjust the levels of her meds?Thank you. We are trying to figure out what our next step in her cure will be. She is having a seizure every 3 to 5 weeks even while on meds.
Thank you so much. Oklahoma is a poor state and there just isn't much help available, especially for pets. We are going to try adjusting her meds if the vet will agree to it. In any case, I love her and will take care of her.Xhiker, I don't remember anymore how often Holly had her seizures but if memory serves, once every 3-5 weeks sounds not too bad to me. Maybe your vet can adjust the levels of her meds?
Also, have you looked into seeing if there are any orgs near you or on the internet that might be able to help you with costs?
I'm sure a lot of them are probably stretched at the moment but you never know.
I'd play the senior card too, you've earned it!!
Maybe someone on here might know of one.
You should ask your vet also (and get a number for a neurologist and ask them if they have any programs that might help seniors pay also).
The vet clinic I worked at many, many moons ago, used to have a fund for people who couldn't afford treatment, so it's worth a shot!
At worst, they'll just say no, but you never know!!
Thank you for loving her. It sucks so much that she has gotten sick. She's a lucky pup to have you in her corner.Thank you so much. Oklahoma is a poor state and there just isn't much help available, especially for pets. We are going to try adjusting her meds if the vet will agree to it. In any case, I love her and will take care of her.
Thank you. I will search.Thank you for loving her. It sucks so much that she has gotten sick. She's a lucky pup to have you in her corner.
Do look online at orgs that offer help tho. You might get lucky with a few searches and how wonderful would that be?!!
Worst outcome would be that you've wasted a few evenings of time looking..🤞