Spaniel with Epilepsy.

by Rebecca
(Australia.)

Hello All,

My 18mth old Springer, Ruby, possibly has Epilepsy. I was wondering if any other Springer owners have had any experiences with this?

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Nov 18, 2009
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by: Rebecca

Thank you all for your comments. Ruby is under the care of a wonderful vet and we are monitoring at this stage to determine whether the situation is severe enough to warrant medication. She can go a day or two with no seizures and then have 3 or more in a day.
It definitely does seem to be harder for me watching the seizures rather than Ruby experiencing them. And I hope it stays that way, or better. Though she can be a bit bewildered for a time afterwards.
I have noticed a dramatic shift in her behaviour, she has gone from hyper central to very laid back and mellow, almost overnight. I think I'd like the hyper back if it meant the seizures were gone.
Thank you.

Nov 18, 2009
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by: Anonymous

I am sorry to hear about your girl Ruby. I had a cocker mix, Henri, who develped idiopathic epilepsy (just meaning, they had no idea what caused it, even after a cat scan) when he was just over 2 years. Henri lived to be 15, with a good and full life. He was on daily meds, and his epilepsy was never completely managed. When he only had one seizure every month, we thought we were doing good. Something called sodium bromide is what finally worked the best for him. I became closer to Henri's nuerologist than my own doctors.
I think Henri's epilepsy was as bad as it could be and still have a good life. His seizures were worse watching than for him - they didn't seem to bother him once they were over. He had a great amount of energy for about 20 minutes after them, then slept for 2 or 3 hours. The inconvenience for us was that they usually occured in the middle of the night.
But the epilepsy isn't what we remember about Henri. He flew with us to Boston 7 times - we visited family in Sept - Oct when flights were cheap, and would never dream of not bringing him. We found a house to rent in Hull for very cheap, on the beach. Henri loved the beach! Henri was born the same week as my only nephew, whom we watched when he was little. They develped an incredible bond. He was number one in Henri's life. We don't have too many pictures of Henri without Grant.
I hope your Ruby has a good life too. But it is not a small diagnosis, and so difficult. Every case is different. I always worried about whether I was choosing the right path for him.
There are medicines that the vet wanted to give Henri that I knew would shorten his life. Should I go with the med that was bad for his kidneys, or the one that was bad for the liver? Some meds I quit because they made him a zombie. In the end I was lucky because there was one that "only" irritated his stomach. As if a spaniel needs another reason to eat!
I hope this doesn't sound scary, although it can be. I just wanted to say that my spaniel had a great life, despite his epilepsy, and it didn't impact the family's that much. We'll all say a prayer that it goes well for you and Ruby.

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by: June

I am so sorry to hear about your pup. My ESS does not have any health issues, but I have read of such problems. What are the symptoms? Seizures? I imagine it is quite scary. What about medication? I certainly hope everything turns out OK.

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by: Michele

I haven't had any experience with my dogs having epilepsy, but I used to be a vet tech and have seen several dogs that had it. Epilepsy in dogs, as in people, can be controlled with medication. It's possible you may never see your dog have another seizure or that he could have one and you may not even recognize it as such. Any seizure that lasts longer that 5-10 minutes or 3 or more seizures per day should be immediately reported to your vet. Epilepsy is a serious disease, but your dog should certainly have lots of good days. The key to understanding how to care for your puppy is to understand the disease and your vet is probably your best source of information.


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