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I'm new to this, so sorry if there is a thread like this already!
I have two Staffies, one English and the other American.
In April my English boy (4 and 9 month year old pure bred) started having Grand Mal seizures, the longest lasting around 1 minute, this happened 4 times over two weeks. The Vet prescribed Phenobarb (started off at 50mg twice daily) he did not have a seizure after this, however a week later she increased the dosage to 100mg twice daily as his blood levels were below where they should be.
He was seizure free for two months, however had one 2 days ago during the night (very small, around 20 seconds) and has started chasing his tail obsessively yet with not much conviction (never catches it)! (something he has not done since he was a baby!) The vet has now increased his dosage to 150mg twice daily (his blood work came back as being in the right zone but the lower end of the spectrum) and said the tail chasing is probably related to little zone outs.
I was just wondering if anyone else has a dog with epilepsy and how they found the medication; did the dog fit occasionally, stop fitting or continue needing dosage increases?
My boy has been fully tested for toxins, blood sugar and the Staffy inherited condition, all came back OK. I know the breeder and about 4 siblings and 1 half sibling, none of which have developed epilepsy yet.
Also, the other Boy (Huge red American staffy) barks before the English has his seizures and is the most attentive buddy for him! (Sits back and watches while he is seizuring then keeps his distance) I worry about him psychologically as the English is quite demented post seizure and doesn't seem to know the American (no aggression between them though). I wanted to know if anyone else has similar experiences and has tips about giving the non epileptic dog plenty of TLC without making too much of a big deal!
This is so long! I've written an essay!