Hey all, it's been one ROUGH week. Exactly a week ago tonite, Lil Ricky had a grand mal seizure. I don't think I've ever been that scared in my life....I thought he was going to die right there in my arms. The full seizure lasted about 90 seconds, and it took another 30 minutes or so for him to really come back to this world. I called my girlfriend (the reason I have chinese cresteds) in an absolute panic. She calmed me down and told me to give him some Nutrical and Gatorade if I had it...which I did and I did. Within an hour after the seizure, he was running around like nothing happened.
I called my vet first thing Sat. a.m. and he advised that there was really nothing he could do at that point and that I should start watching him closely, journaling any additional seizures, and go from there. I immediately started doing research and joined a couple of K9 epliepsy groups to help educate me. I have to say, I was absolutely astonished at how many secondary epilepsy symptoms he has been having since the day I brought him home, some on a daily basis, and I had no idea. I feel like such an awful mommy for not knowing. We just chalked everything up to his little quirks & issues from being a puppymill dog.
Ricky then he had another GM seizure on Tuesday nite. I took him to the vet on Wednesday along with a list of the symptoms he's been exhibiting for the last 6 months. We did a full blood panel work up on him and, thankfully, everything was absolutely normal there so no additional liver function tests were needed. Doc believed that since he's been exhibiting so many symptoms for so long that we should just go ahead and start him on Phenobarbitol. So, he's now been on the PB for two days and we're working on adjusting the dosage for him. I'm also in the process of changing his food as many epi dogs seem to have problems with grains, dairy & soy in their diets. I have all my kids on Wellness Simple Solutions (venison/rice), plus I add in steamed ride, yogurt & supplements (Missing Link). So, Ricky is now being weaned onto Natural Balande fish/sweet potato and I've had to go back to the DogBloom 250 supplement for him (ML has grains).
My vet also advocated feeding raw...could have knocked me over with a feather as not many vets recommend it (my old vet practically called me an idiot for even reading about it....one reason why she's my ex-vet). He said that while he does not feed raw, he has had & heard of too many dogs & cats with problems ranging from allergies, to IBS, to seizures that have had 100% turnarounds on raw diets, so he cannot ignore the evidence staring him in the face. So, I'm off on another research project. I'm actually leaning more towards the prepared freeze dried such as Oma's Pride. I like Oma's Pride because they have a wide variety of novel proteins (I have one that can have no chicken, and Ricky cannot have lamb), and I've found a rep here locally that is willing to give me trial size.
so sorry about ricky, bless his little heart. I hope it all gets better for him and you. i know what it is like to be a scared mommy, lol been there too many times now. Prayers and good wishes are sent your way from all of us here. Clara and the banchie bunch
crestiemom, i have cresteds too, is your hairless or pp, they are so rare i do not hear form many who have them, just wondering, at the vet clinic i work at i know i lady you had a hairless that had a bad seizure one time but luckily has never had another, hopefully your baby's seizure was just a freak occurance
I work in a condo complex at their front desk, and, of course, I know all the dogs who live there very well.
One of them was a rescue dog, Charlene, who had a real problem with strange people and all dogs. She was agressive, had to be on a muzzle to be walked, and her owner was getting very weary of dealing with all of Charlene's problems. It had been five years since she rescued this dog and she could see no real improvement.
Charlene was put on this fish/potato diet you were writing about because she had chronic ear infections. The change in her behavior is phenomenal! She is friendly, responsive and much less dog agressive.
I thought that the fish/potato diet was some sort of scam by the vet, but I am now totally convinced that it is appropriate in certain cases.
Also, just for fun, you should read AMAZING GRACE, the story of the anorexic Great Dane who inspired her owners to start the Three Dog Bakery.
Hi Labs&Cresteds...it's great to see another Crestie owner on here. I actually have all three, 2 puffs, 1 hairy HL and my foster boy a true HL. I'm a rep for Crest-Care.
My HHL is the little guy with epilepsy. Unfortunately, most likely he'll have to be on meds for the remainder of his life. I am seeing some improvement in his focal seizures from being on the phenobarbital, but like said we've only just begun so who knows what the future has in store. Regardless, I'll spend my last dime doing all I can for him.