Hi I'm brand new to the forum and was wondering whether anyone could help me with my dog Hope. He is a ten year old Maltese X Lhasa - Apso and has been having seizures which result in his back legs being paralysed and they usually last between 30 and 45 mins. They started two years ago and occured on average every 5 months and my vet advised me to monitor them. Recently Hope had 3 seizures in the space of two weeks and my vet prescribed Phenomav 30g (Phenobarbitone) quater of a tablet twoce daily. Hope became very drowsey and unable to jump of the bed or go down stairs, which he easily do before.
My vet then reduced the dosage of the meds to a quater of a tab once daily. Hope now is less drowsey and can jump normally and has not had another seizure, however he licks his lips incessantly for periods of 30mins at a time. He also now shivers for about 30mins and jerks his head suddenly towards the cieling as if something is there, but there is not. In between siezures he is still as lively and playfull as ever.
My vet has said that there is something wrong with Hope's brain it is obtunded and his best guestimate is that Hope has GME (I have been advised that GME is usually diagnosed after other conditions i.e Addisons disease has been ruled out.)
Can anyone please help with any ideas of what this could be? Does anoyone know of any specialists in the Perth area that could help us? Any help is really appriciated as i'm very worried because I won't be able to help him until i know exactly what to do. Happy for any suggestions because he means the world to me.