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Well, I think it's safe to say that we can officially diagnose my beagle as having canine epilepsy. She just had the third seizure that I know about and she lost conciousness during this one. But it lasted maybe a whole 60 seconds, as opposed to the first two that were both pushing about 3 minutes. Sigh. We are going to have to make some major changes, I guess. I don't think she can have wheat uch any more. And no more gnawsomes, which she is fond of. I'll have to find better treats for her now...treats without preservatives.


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Sep. 13th, 2006 06:16 pm (UTC)
Poor Candi! Is she going to have to be on diazepam, or does the vet think she'll be okay with just diet changes and stuff? Maybe it was the stress of moving that brought on the seizures?
Sep. 13th, 2006 09:46 pm (UTC)
We are probably going to have to change her diet some. My mother thinks we need to switch her to a wheat-free diet. Probably to an all meat diet of some sort (California Natural or Innova are all meat brands of dog food, if I can find them). The vet gave us a vitamin to give her too.

I don't think the move brought on the seizures. Her first seizure was over a year ago. Beagles as a breed seem to be suceptible to seizures. But she tends to try and walk around as the seizure starts and winds up hurting herself. :(
Sep. 13th, 2006 10:54 pm (UTC)
My Mother's dog had epilepsy. He survived for 13 years after the siezures started with very few seizures after the vet prescribed the pills. I think it was diazepam. I suggest this if the change in diet doesn't work.

Poor dog. They seem to be all out of it for at least a day and sometimes several after the seizure. Make sure you watch for the signs of lethargy after you leave her at home. She may be having seizures out of your presence.

Sep. 13th, 2006 10:59 pm (UTC)
Re: Pills
Candi is usually only out of sorts for a couple of hours. But yeah, we are watching her pretty closely right now.

I'm going to take her down to the homeopathic vet in Champaign/Urbana, I think. My mother thinks acupuncture might also help. And it wouldn't hurt Linus, who is developing arthritis in his elbow.
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