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  1. #11
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    May 2009


    So, it wasn't epilepsy that killed him but a totally unrelated condition? How do you know the gold beads really did anything?

    I didn;t mean that Monte was too old to try something new, but moreso that he is still healthy and happy and is almost 9 and all he has been treated with is western meds.
    A pessimist sees the glass as half empty;
    An optimist sees the glass as half full;
    A realist just finishes the damn thing and refills it.

  2. #12

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    Hey there,
    Well I suppose ultimately it wasn't the epilepsy that actually killed him but you never really know whether it or the meds didn't have something to do with it.
    As for being sure the gold beads and their effect,there was never any question as to the difference they made. I don't really think you are ever going to believe me but that's your choice. I posted this information for anyone that was seeking another way to help their epileptic friend.
    I know I did a lot of searching throughout angus' life for any ideas or success that others had.
    Enjoy the time you have together,thinking of you.

  3. #13


    my lab was 9 months old when she had her first seizure. She had one evry so often ( obviosly i wasnt with her 24 hrs a dday so prob missed a few) for about 2 yrs before the vets where wanting to medicate her for it.
    She ended up on meds both phenamav and something else for the rest of her life. they where gradually increased over time as her levels would drop and seizures would increase.
    The meds are very expensive, in the end we where paying over $60 pw in meds just for the epilepsy.
    they also have side effects with long term use........
    bess ended up being prone to pancriatitis, and would get it at least once a month, needing fluids pain meds and antibiotics. She lost her sight. Developed diabetes and liver faliure...... she lived till she was 7 yrs old..........I do not regret treating her for the epilepsy, but it did change her and it did reduce her life span. But I know people who have pts rather than treating because of the cost and effects.

  4. #14

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    It's very hard, I feel your pain.
    All we have to remember is that we loved them and we did our best for them.

  5. #15
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    May 2009


    Monte is relatively unscathed to date. Yes, he suffers from some side effects and I am sure he would be a different dog if he wasn't on meds. Still, he's a happy go lucky little Pug who lives life to the full.

    Just at this little face despite the fact he has been on 120mg of Pb and 200mg of Kbr daily for a touch over 7 years now. The pic was taken a few weeks back.
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    A pessimist sees the glass as half empty;
    An optimist sees the glass as half full;
    A realist just finishes the damn thing and refills it.

  6. #16


    Thank you for sharing your stories. My boy's story has also grown, after being relatively stable for two months he started having strange behavioural changes (being incredibly sleepy one day and almost demented another night), and a few more fits (once every two weeks) Obviously concerned I called my regular vet who suggested a specialist.

    He has now on 150mg twice daily of phenomarv and 3 tablets of potassium bromide once daily. The vet warned me of the gastric dangers which he now could be exposed to due to the PB so he is now on a low fat diet! (He's not happy about it!)

    Thankfully the specialist does not believe he has a brain lesion or tumour (which was our initial worry) and believes his behavioural changes are just due to his epilepsy not being fully managed by the drugs and are abnormal electrical brain activity rather then a growth affecting him cognitively(his number of seizures has reduced significantly since starting Phenomarv, about 6 in the past four months). It's going to be a hard wait for the next two months for the PB to become effective however after hearing your stories and speaking to a specialist I feel much more comfortable about living with an epileptic dog.

    The big red dog is an absolute angel to his little friend and still has not shown an aggression to him when fitting or behaving in an unusual manner.

    The Specialist also gave me some Diazepam tablets, in case of an emergency situation when I can't calm him down. The vet suggested I give him one if I believe he is in danger of hurting himself or the other dog. So far I have not needed to administer them.

    I'm sorry to those who have lost their pets, I know this is something I have had a few tears over before speaking to the specialist.

    Anne I can imagine it would be quite stressful for you to see Monte fitting for that kind of time frame, my boy fits for around 1 minute however will be showing post-ictal behaviour for up to two hours after which was hard enough to experience initially! I'm so glad to hear that he is still with you!

    My family and I are fairly pragmatic about his illness, we want him to have a happy and safe life, when this is not the case then we will do what we see as the right thing. We were offered the option of an MRI however I just don't see what this would achieve beyond stressing my dog for a potentially poitnless excercise.

    Have any of you gotten to the point of having a MRI?

    Well I've written a bit of an essay! At the moment by boy has been on the potassium bromide for 5 days, and phenomarv for 4 months, we are still early in his journey but I thank you all for your support!

    I will keep you updated.

  7. #17

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    I'm glad we may have helped you a little. I know when angus was first diagnosed I hit the computer for any suggestions I could find. You will soon become in tune with your dog to the point you will be aware of a fit coming even before your dog is! I tried to figure out what the triggers were,not always accurately though. Angus was a staffy cross and could be very scary and powerful during fits. He even put his head through our bedroom wall!
    I am happy to give you my email address if you ever need any support or have any questions. I believe we managed angus pretty well over 8 years of epilepsy.
    We also have another dog and she sometimes would get quite upset when angus was fitting and would growl at him afterwards,I think she was fearful that she was going to get hurt as she is a mini fox terrier and only small.
    She loved him though.
    Good luck to you all.
    Xx Jane

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