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Open for discussion: Dec 6

Posted by laurie on December 6, 2012

14 Responses to “Open for discussion: Dec 6”

  1. Moxy has been diagnosed with epilepsy. She should be fine but is being put on a drug to reduce the frequency and severity of the seizures. The vet is going to put her on Potassium Bromide pending some blood tests. Has anyone else had experience with this?

    I got a picture of Moxy as a puppy on last year, she turned 3 in October. https://thedailydigital.wordpress.com/2011/09/30/moxy/

    • harperlea said

      So sorry to hear Moxy has epilepsy! I don’t have any experience with potassium bromide, but one of my friend’s Aussie has seizures and is on the PB. It’s been a year or so, and it seems they have to adjust the dosage.. It really helped Hoover (the Aussie) stop siezing, but it did/does mess with his energy level.
      I love that guest DD picture! Moxy is precious!

    • harperlea said

      Postscript: the picture of the two of you for your avatar is really sweet also

    • Susan in DE said

      Poor Moxy, hope she adjusts to the meds quickly! And poor you, it’s always stressful for us pet owners as well because we stress over the whole thing and trying to make it right.

    • ChristyACB said

      OMG! That picture of Moxy made my squeak. Literally, squeak. My co-workers are now looking for a mouse. LOL.

      So sorry about the epilepsy. They just had a good article on it in Pet Tails/Tales, which is the free newspaper on pets here. Lots of success with those drugs and some eastern meds too.

    • Luana, Cody, and Henry said

      My first beagle, Bogie, had fits of epilepsy. Mostly he would just sit staring and then would have problems walking for a while. The episodes didn’t come very often, and the vet prescribed phenobarbital at first. After a while I read about how this drug could affect the liver, so Bogie was then switched over to potassium bromide, which seemed to work for him.

  2. Carol Denz said

    Hi,
    I have a pug (honorary beagle at the Kramer Beaglefests) that has epilepsy and also had a stroke a year ago. He is only 6yrs old. The neurologists that we consulted with do not recommend potassium bromide. The neurologist that treated for his stroke and seizure disorder put Zeke on phenobarbitol for a year during which he did not have any siezures. Phenobarbitol can have serious side effects if used long term, so at the recommendation of his current board certified neurologist, we are now switching him to Keppra (Levetiracetam). Keppra is a relatively new drug with no known serious side effects. It will not affect the liver as phenobarbitol can. I am already seeing a major difference in Zeke. He is much more active and playful and so far has not had any seizures. Keppra was initially being used in combination with Phenobarbitol in dogs but is now being used as a stand alone drug due to its’ lack of side effects. Have you consulted with a veterinary neuologist?

  3. Moxy looks to be such a sweetie ! I am sending hugs, good thoughts and prayers to her and to you.

  4. Amy~Cobalt & Onyx's Mom said

    Love the picture of Moxy! Sending lots of prayers and good thoughts to you.

  5. Sue ~ Barney , Jodi, & Huggy Bear's Mom said

    Sorry, no words of wisdom here, only comfort. It is so sad when our babies aren’t well. Barney has had a few seizures, but not enough to be medicated. Our poor babies…and like Susan says, poor us.

  6. barb & chuck said

    Our beagle, Kayla, started having seizures about a year after we adopted her. When the seizures started coming everyother week, our vet put her on potassium bromide. She has done wonderful on it! She gets it in her food every morning. Big, fat capsule, covered in peanut butter! We just make sure she doesn’t leave it in the bowl. We were told there may be side effects, but we havn’t seen any. The only thing is it takes a couple of months to reach the proper level. But she hasn’t had one seizur7101 blueberry road Hammonton nj 08037 e since she has been on it! And it’s $26.00 for three months supply at Wedgwood pharmacy, mail order!

  7. Carol, Eddy's mom said

    I don’t have experience with the potassium bromide. But I have had two beagles, Hubble and Jelly, that had seizures. Hubble’s were so sporadic that she was never medicated. Jelly took phenobarbital. Both girls lived to be fifteen, and they were happy and healthy.

    Moxy is adorable, keeping you both in our prayers.

  8. Thanks for all your input. Hopefully the potassium bromide works. She didn’t seem to hate it the first dose. I will keep you all posted.

  9. Karen S. said

    I think epilepsy is rather common in beagles. I’m sure Moxy can be helped by medication. My nephew has epilepsy (had it since he was 3) and it’s completely controlled by medication.

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