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    Hello all,

    I have an Australian kelpie - Rusty - who is turning 7yo this year. About 2 and a half years ago, he had his first seizure. He was put on medication against epilepsy as the vets ruled out all other reasons. Unfortunately, the pills were having horrible side effects (gained a lot of weight, was depressed and anxious constantly, refused to move, - was practically a completely different dog). The vet decided it would be best to ween him off the pills, so we did. Now for the last year, Rusty has been getting one seizure every month on the same day (usually 1st or 2nd day of the month), but on all other days, he is his happy, energetic self. However, he was due for a seizure a few days ago, but he had 2 instead of 1.

    I am really worried about him and am scared that they will get worse. I am not sure what I can do to help... He was abused by his previous owner (about 4 years ago), so maybe that plays a role in this?

    If You have any suggestions, please let me know. Thank You for Your time.

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    Welcome Nel6

    sorry about your kelpie.

    I have a friend who has a kelpie cross who also has seizures.

    In humans I know they can be triggered by stress. So I don't know if there is something you do different or your neighbours do around the beginning of the month that sets your dog off.

    Maybe there is another medication or a different dose or a dose combined with a different diet that could help?

    And I've heard of one footballer whose became epileptic after head injuries he got on the football field. So it maybe that the previous owner caused the problem. Sigh.

    There might be a vet who specialises in epileptic dogs... I would try asking your nearest vet school (university) if they know of anyone who has specialised in this.

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    Do you give him any medication at that time or in the week prior? I know it seems obvious.

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    Hello Hyacinth, thank you for your reply. Yes, I think the seizures may be from stress and anxiety. There doesn't seem to be anything different at the beginning of the month, so we're all very confused about why his seizures are so exact. He is already on a very healthy diet and I am afraid that changing it would trigger even greater stress. Its also possible that he may have some sort of brain injury from the past... but i am not sure. Do you think we should have a scan done to check? but even then, there isn't much that could be done.

    I may look into a specialist vet and see if they may have some sort of insight.

    Thanks again.

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    Hi 'nel6' - I would be getting a second opinion for Rusty- specifically from a specialist in this particular medical area. There are many different types of drugs available for epilepsy and it does take a bit of trial and error to get it right.

    Late onset is a worry and also having two siezures. What sort of blood tests have been done ? I would get a full panel done again - and add in thyroid.

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    Do you think we should have a scan done to check?
    I don't know. You'd probably have to put him under general anaesthetic to find out and there might be some other tests they could do first.

    Find a specialist... hopefully they can answer your questions - because I know I can't.

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