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post #1 of 54 (permalink) Old 08-31-2007, 08:32 AM Thread Starter
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Epilepsy...

so my neighbor is thinking of adopting a havanese with Epilepsy. He takes medicine 2x per day; costs roughly $20 per month. Anyone with experience know what she needs to know? Thanks. he's coming tonight to visit so I'm hoping to visit too! :O)

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Epilepsy is completely managable. The hardest part of it is making sure you are home every 12 hours to give the medications. He will either be on phenobarbital (a pill) or pottassiam bromide ( a liquid). Every year or every 6 months (depending on age and how he is tollerating the medication) he will need to have a complete blood panel run to check liver and kidney function. (mainly liver) then they will also have his phenobarbital or potassiam bromide therapy levels checked. This will check to make sure the level of medications in his system are in the theraputic range, to much can cause problems and to little he might start seizing again. But other than that I have known many dogs to live to old ages with the disease. In fact my best friends St. Bernard has it and he is doing really well. I hope she does not let the disease make up her choice. A good vet will help her through it and answer any questions!!
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I have a dog with epilepsy. He is a border collie/collie mix. He takes 2 medications twice a day. My dog was bad off cause he would have cluster seizures (one right after the other) and would be unable to come out of them. I took many trips to the vet and emergency clinic. I told the people at the emergency clinic that I need a frequent visitors card where I got every tenth visit free. His seizures are better controlled right now than they ever have been.

As long as the medication is controlling the seizures fine I see no problem with adopting the dog. For me it would also depend on the severity of the seizures. It would be easier with a small dog I would think. Imagine trying to drag an 80 lb seizuring dog down or up stairs, outside, and then into the van. I think many people would not have put up with it.

There are definite side effects to the medicine though. My dog is very over weight. It makes them put on weight, retain water and want to eat all the time. Mine tries to get into anything or anywhere that has food. He is also gorked up most of the time. At this point he does a lot of sleeping. We are adjusting one of his medications back for these reasons. Luckily the medicines are not expensive.

But all that being said, he is one of the sweetest dogs ever. Everyone loves him. It's a labor of love but I love him and will continue to do what I can for him until someday I have to make decisions regarding quality of life.
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This must be the handsome 2 year old dog I saw on Petfinder the other day. If I lived closer, I would be looking into him! Growing up, we had a cocker spaniel with Epilepsy and a cat with Epilepsy. The cocker was not on meds and only had seizures every so often. The cat had some major seizures and was on medication.

If it can be controlled by the medication, I would definately adopt him! That is me. It can be scary to see them have a seizure, and they do lose control of all of their functions when it happens and will need a bath.


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Great! Let us know how the visit goes If the epilepsy is being successfully managed and the family hits it off with the dog, then I think its great they have found each other! Awesome!

Tell her to do a little research on Magnesium and Epilepsy, Magnesium deficiencies have been linked to epilepsy in humans and dogs. I was just reading a book last night that mentioned it and I did a quick google and confirmed. I haven't read deeply into the topic, but its worth taking a look into and asking her vet about.

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Yes it's Otis....

here's his info. She's so excited.
http://search.petfinder.com/petnote/...?petid=9118803

here's a pic...isn't he cute? And great name..


Their whole family has been on a search for a 'Winston dog' since they met Winston. They just adore him [who wouldn't right? ]. I had been sending her info on havanese here and there and she was tempted by a couple [my breeder even has a few puppies]....then out of the blue my contact from HRI emailed me asking if I was still looking....she was fostering an adorable dog named Otis....she sent me pics....I sent my neighbor pics....and he's coming to visit tonight!! Hoping I can meet my contact finally too!! Cause you never know when MHS will strike....LOL. I told my neighbor I'd probably pop over!

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He's precious! I bet he'll be movin' in next door to ya ;-)

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He is soooo cute & sweet Trish. I hope is able to find a forever home. I am so glad to hear someone will take care of him. Keep us updated please!!

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When Karen first posted that he might be the one on petfinder, I checked it out. He is adorable!! I hope all fall in LOVE!! then Winston will have a HAV playmate!

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I'm sure Winston will have a friend...

soon. They are really ready for a pup. The mom has allergies so she's so excited.

They live across the street.

I've told her about this board... so if you're reading....

Hi Beth!

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