Teddy is a beautiful male pekingese. He is 7 years old born on November 10th 1999.
When Teddy was born he was perfect as can be. When he turned 4 years old we started having problems. I noticed Teddy would get real quiet and hide under our bed. Everything seemed normal with him but he would just hide.
After hiding for about 15 minutes he’d come out and be fine….never thought there was any reason for concern. Then a few months passed and he started to stiffen up and fall down….he would snort, his eyes would look strange but it was more like he had a Charley Horse.Â After a few minutes that would be the end of it.
Teddy likes to stretch out alot as most dogs do. I thought at first he just cramped up a muscle in his back. The way he was cramped up was sort of like a cat stretching up.
Please if your dog is acting strange like a charley horse or cramped up real stiff have him/her checked out. This isn’t normal. I went for months thinking he stretched a bit too much and got a charley horse I never ever thought he was having a seizure.
I contacted the vet and told them about this and they said to keep an eye on him. If anything happened again to call them. Well a few weeks later it did happen again for a few minutes and I called and was told to keep watching him.
About 6 months passed with nothing going on with Teddy and I thought all was well and that it was just a muscle cramp or Charley Horse. Until he once again, looked like he cramped up but this time fell to the ground was breathing heavily and his eyes (not rolled to the back of his head) but the whites in his eyes were more viewable than his eyeballs. Real stiff and laying on the floor with his one leg up in the air like he cannot put it back down unless it is forced.
This lasted about 5 minutes. I called the vet and they said he probably had a seizure. I was shocked. No health problems what so ever until now.
This happened again and without basically the vet being able to see it (they were so fast) he couldn’t get diagnosed properly. Plus with seizures so fast (minutes) there is really nothing that could be done.
Well, things got worse. He started having them every month almost to the day. Finally he had a MAJOR seizure. I called the vet and they told me to get him right in. This time Teddy wouldn’t stop seizing. They called this cluster seizures. Every 15 minutes he was having a seizure. I rushed him to the vet, and he had one there. He was put on Phenobarbitol which seemed to help him. However, with him being on this med he was acting drunk, clumsy, and just plain out of it. I felt horrible for him.
The next day he acted fine like nothing ever happened. A few weeks later he had another round of cluster seizures and 1:00 in the morning. We had to drive 30 miles out to the Emergency Vet and he stayed over night there. They gave him more Phenobarbitol Intraveneously and he seemed almost high when I left him.
I picked him up the next morning and called his regular vet. I kept giving him the Phenobarbitol as directed that day and I didn’t like how he was acting what so ever! He would fall down, slam into the walls, just like a drunk. He was spaced out, and just acted so strange.
I went into the Vet and had a talk with her about my options. She gave me 2 Vials of Valium to be administered via his butt (if the seizures didn’t subside with the Phenobarbitol). A month later he had another round of Cluster seizures. I popped a Pheno into him when it started and that helped ….he held off for about 15 minutes until his next round. I gave him another pill and that helped…20 min later another seizure etc., until an hour later they were under control.
I called the Vet again and said that the Phenobarbitol helps a little but the clusters will not stop and I NEED HELP. She asked how I felt about homeopathic etc., I said I am totally open to it.Â
They ordered him a bottle of Bromide and I was told he would need blood tests to check his levels every 3 months. And the vet told me to administer the Valium anally as soon as his seizures STARTED this time. She said forget the Phenobarbitol and get that Valium into him.
A month later he seized again and I got that Valium into him. About 2 minutes later he was calm and DID NOT SEIZE after that shot. That was it no cluster seizures nothing. He was a little out of it from the shot for a few hours but he STOPPED seizing right after he got that valium shot. I was so happy for him.
We continued with is Bromide prescription and the seizures kept coming but after he got that Valium shot he was fine each and every single time. Thank god for Valium for this dog. However, I was paying $85 for a bottle of Bromide for each refill and Teddy was still having seizures monthly.
I called the vet and said I don’t get this. He’s been on this Bromide for 3 months and he still is having seizures like clockwork monthly. He got a blood test and it showed his levels were LOW that he didn’t have enough in his system so they upped the dosage. 3 months continuously he kept having seizures.Â I was getting aggravated and almost gave up on this stuff.
I figured that I could be hurting him by giving him Bromide and it wasn’t working. I didn’t care how much it cost. I just wanted it to work. If I’m going to keep administering Bromide into my dog daily it better damn well work. I don’t need to mess up his kidneys or liver for NOTHING.
About a month later he had a seizure. Then a week later another one a few days after that another one. I was like we are going backwards here. He has NEVER seized so much in his entire life. It was HORRIBLE. I went through 5 valium shots in less than a month. We are now going on month 6 of the Bromide….and all of a sudden as I was to give up Bromide HE STOPPED seizing.
Teddy has not seized since October 2007. It has been almost 3 months!
I’ll keep you posted as we go. I am so happy I didn’t give up. The vet said it takes time and patience and it is basically an experiment to get the right dosage into him. He is due for another blood test next month. I am so happy this is working for him so far!
If your dog has seizures I highly recommend using Valium distributed into his/her butt (super easy to do) and to try the Postassium Bromide. DON’T GIVE UP on the Bromide. I almost DID and now he has been seizure free for 3 months. Valium shots cost me $6 a shot that’s it.
Wish us luck!
Jan 12, 2008 | 6 | Seizures, Teddy