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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.