Hi I have 2 Labs my older black lab Eddie has suffered with Epilepsy since he was 18 months old. This has been controled with Phenobarb. Over the last 4 years he has had very few seizures, until a couple of weeks ago where he had his worse seizure. The following day he had a further 2 more, so of to the vets we went. They kepted him in for observation, where he went on to have several more seizures through the day.
He spent in total 3 days at the vets where he had in total 18 seizures. While at the vets he was put on a second lot of tablets called KBr Potassium Bromide. Last Sunday he came home very sedated from the drugs he had had over the last few days. From Monday to Thursday he started to pick up and we were starting to see the old Eddie back, until Thursday afternoon he rapidly took a turn and became very poorly, being sick, diarrhoea, very lethargic and not very responsive to his name. We contacted the vets who told me to keep a close eye on him and if he got worse to get him to the vets. Come the following morning Eddie was no better so of we went to the vets. He was very dehydrated with a very high temp. He was kepted in and put on a drip and had several blood test to make sure his blood levels were ok. These came back showing high levels of white blood cells, high levels in his liver and pancreas. He also had fluid around his liver.
They first thought he had an infection or a side effect to the KBr but that wouldn't normal show up till they had been on the medication for several months not with in the week.
He had yet another nights stay at the vets where he made no improvement.
So we were referred to a specialist. On taking him straight there he was examined where we were given the bad news they thought it was Pancreatitis, which has been caused from the KBr. We where told to be prepared for the worse, as its very rare that they recover from this and if he does he will suffer long term.
We had to leave Eddie for further blood tests, more scans and xrays. which showed up what the vet had thought wrong. There is alot of fluid around his liver and pancreas.
and a blockage. We have been told that the next 24/48hours will determine what the future holds for Eddie.
I feel that already Eddie has given up the fight to live, but i'm not prepared to give up on him yet.
Please is there anyone out there that has been through this with there loved dog who can reasure me all will be well.
I already have my other lab Bruno pinning for him and my children keep asking where he is and whats wrong with him.
Thank you for a very worred mum (Lisa)
Hi Lisa. I'm sorry you have to go through this. I could tell you everything will be ok, but life doesn't work like that. If your Eddie has given up, then there's not much you can do. Some dogs are fighters and some are not. My Boomer was a fighter, her daughter Stevie was not.
I know there are a lot of people here who have epileptic dogs and they'll help all they can. My first Lab was epileptic but that was over 30 years ago. Treatment has changed so much since then. I will tell you that she started having seizures at age 4. I took her to a neurologist and he put her on meds and she didn't have another seizure for 10 years. So there is always hope. Don't give up hope. Sometimes its all we have.
BTW, typing in all caps is considered shouting.
♣ Laura ♣
Lisa, I haven't been through what you are going through with Eddie but I am sending you good thoughts that he will recover.
My Gus also has seizures but they are well controlled by phenobard. He has bloods taken annually to check his liver and phenobard levels.
Won't someone please feed me!
Thinking positive thoughts for your boy here.
My second lab was diagnosed as epileptic at 11 months old. He was kept on low dose medication with minimal seizure activity until, we lost him at 16 months old.
Some dogs do well on the meds, my Owee did not, he became very withdrawn and more quiet then he already was, and it was a shame to see him that way, but without meds he was seizing up to 8 times a day.
As for pancreatitis, be sure that is being caused by the potassium bromide, and not the other way around. In my experience, the pancreatitis may have already been active and that triggered the new onset of seizures. My Rhys has had only one seizure, and that was when he was post op pancreas surgery from pancreatitis.
If you have the money and the heart, pancreatitis can be overcome. But it is a long follow up and a lot of vet visits, but my Rhys is now 5 years post op pancreatic tail removal and every three months we go for enzyme levels and close blood sugar monitoring.
Hi thank you for the support.
We do plan on fighting this. i have no plan on giving up on my boy yet, It wont matter what the cost is long term as long as Eddie lives a happy life.
I will keep you informed on how hes doing Thanks again it means alot to me
So sorry for you and your boy. Sending good thoughts your way. Keep loving him, that's the best you can do.
I didn't mean you had to go in and re-type everything.
How is Eddie today? Any change?
♣ Laura ♣
i know but i had nothing better to do and it only took a couple of minutes.
i have just spoken to the vet at the specialist where hes at. he said hes very sleepy and not really with it. still being very sick. But has shown a slight improvement from yesterday. hopefully the next couple of days will give us a better idea of the outcome.
i'm not giving up on him yet. And my other lab bruno is missing him so much.
thank you for asking i will keep everyone informed
many thanks lisa
Prayers for your baby's recovery. If they will let you see him in the hospital and can help give him the will to fight.
Pray to St. Francis - the keeper of the animals.