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    Default Bella Booked for L-2H Test

    You may remember a few months ago that Bella suddenly started suffering from epilepsy. She has been on meds since, but now we have new symptoms and on the advise of our vet, she has been booked for a test for a genetic condition only seen in Staffords and brought to my attention by Clea. Basically, the end result is described as Mad Cows Disease. We are hoping against the odds that the new symptoms she is displaying are something completely unrelated, but if the tests do prove that she is suffering from this hell disorder, I will only prolong the inevitable for as long as I can keep her comfortably sedated as when she takes her meds in high dosage, she looks like a beached whale she is so fat, but reduce the meds like we have currently done and her neurological function is quite obviously impared.

    I really can't imagine how I will cope if we lost yet another furkid this year. I miss Henry, Presley & Oopa so much, I just can't get my head around this possibility.

    My understanding is that the test results won't be available for a couple of weeks. Meanwhile, we will up her meds to zone her out a bit. Perhaps I should be taking some too. She is very special to OH & I, she is our bubba. But hey like everyone else on here, we must make the right decision for the pet, if and when the time comes.

    I am not trying to be dramatic, just venting and giving you the heads up for if it is what is suspected, I am going to need a few "rocks" around me. Thanks
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    I really hope the results will be good news!!!! When is she booked in?

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    Ohh heck Amanda I hope not, but "Rocks" will certainly not be in short supply.

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    Oh blardy hell, I hope it's not what you think it is. Will be thinking of you, vent away if you have to....we'll all be here for you.

    Big hugs to you and OH, and even bigger hugs for Bella. xxx

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    Quote Originally Posted by hippo View Post


    I really hope the results will be good news!!!! When is she booked in?
    The test is actually organised over the internet!! After speaking with our vet this afternoon, and on his advise I dug out the print offs they gave me back in Feb. The lab is Genetic Technologies a part of animal genetic & health network which I believe is worldwide. You order a kit on line (which I have now done), they post to you (say I receive mid next week) you then get back on line and pay for the test and they advise how to go about it from there. I suspect we will probably drive it into Richmond and from what I have read the results are pretty much instantanious as it is an elevated level of the L-2H in the urine, She has been off her meds completely since Tuesday, so I don't think I will put her back on them until the technician contacts me on Monday just in case they can effect the results of her test.

    We'll just have to watch her like a hawk as she is attacking our other dogs. She had a go at Leroy today while Leannek was visiting, didn't think much of it at the time, but later I realised it is the 4th attack (2 x Leroy & 1 x Charlie Brown, 1 x Diesel) in the last few days. She doesn't normally attack, normally she is all talk, in fact I have never seen her attack her pack and I mean pin to the ground by the neck. Which is why I spoke to the vet as I thought it may have been her adjusting to not being on the meds, and that's when he told me it sounded like this disease and to have her tested.
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    She has just turned 4 Clea. Siezures since Feb but twitching for as long as I can remember, couldn't put a time frame on that at all, but if I had to maybe 2 or 3 yrs.

    I had written it off back in Feb as her being too old but apparently it is less likely as they pass 12-24 mths but not out of the question.
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    That is frightening

    I wish you good luck with the test results and hope it is something cureable...
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    I can give no advice but I have everything crossed for you.

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    Oh Shar I am so very sorry to hear about Bella's suspected illness. We are all here for you mate....

    I dont doubt for a moment that whatever the test results you will do whats right for both Bella and the rest of the pack.

    I hope that things go well and it is something you can treat. If not then I am sure you will give her the quality of life she deserves until it is her time.

    Be easy on yourself Shar. Hugs to you and your pack :hugs:

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    Bella had a reasonable night. She is very fearful and "shakey". I will be pleased to get this test over with and work from there. It's difficult to watch her like this, she has always been such a wonderful happy girl, and now, well it's like she is alone in her shell with one eye always open to ensure she is safe. Bizzare as she shows the right signs of accepting she is a pack member, our leadership is not the issue, it's her total scaredy cat-ness.
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