We have a 3.5 yr old lab who has been having siezures since the begining of the year. They are partial seizures, where he is awake, never loses control of bladder or any other funtion, and once the seizure is over he is back to his usual self running, playing, barking. I am afraid we will have to put him on medication since his last episode was only 7 weeks ago. I am looking for some insight from other owners.
*Have you had to put your dog on medication for seizures? *Did it help control the seizures? *How has your dog reacted to the medication? *Do you know of any other site where I can find out more about seizures in labs?
Hi, I am a breeder of Labrador Retrievers for many many years. Here's some information, factual.
1. Epilepsy is NOT common nor does it run in the breed however this should be discussed with your vet and should not be ruled out as it can definitely happen.
2. Food. Numerous years ago a client of mine contacted me becuase their Golden Retriever was also having seizures. She was too young to have epilepsy and it also is not prevalent in that breed. I went to food. It turned out the family was feeding EVERYTHING they ate to the dog. I suggested to immediately stop feeding human food to the dog and wouldn't you know it, to this day the dog has never had another seizure.
3. Other issues: There are certainly other issues that could lend a hand in why your dog is going through this. Medical reasons not having to do with Epilepsy.
I am going to assume your vet is aware of these siezures though you did not give information on any testing or discussions you have had with your vet. It's imperative you have this diagnosed properly. TP has very experienced breeders, rescue people, all of whom will offer great advice and suggestions but it's the vet that you will need to work with. Please leave more information for me and I will be happy to follow up. Or, PM me and we can take it there.
Thanks for your input savannah. Yes, we have taken our dog to the vet after every episode. He has gone thru a full blood work up and was kept overnight the first time he had a seizure - which was def. his worst one.
The last time he had a seizure was around Memorial Day. The vet said if he had another one within 3 months he would recommend putting him on medication-Phenobarbital. From what I have read, this medication can be damaging to the kidneys/liver, so I would rather try alternative approaches before going this route.
Our dog does receive talbe food complements of our 20 month old son. We'll be more diligent about this going forward.
specifically, did the test results show anything, has there been an "official" diagnosis? Or, did the vet give you a hint of what he/she was thinking? Pheno is a harsh drug though necessary IF it's actually needed. I would try and get a diagnosis before anything. You may want to consult with a specialist.
My 5 year old toy poodle has been having seizures for the last two years. He usually wakes up around 2-4:00 in the morning having them. It is very frightening. We tried him on potassium bromide first which worked for about 7 months and then the vet told us due to the frequency of his seizures he would have to go on Phenobarbitol. Gibs has been on pheno now for about 1 1/2 years and is doing so much better. We are down to about 1 seizure a month (which is so much better than the 5 or so we used to have) and he's doing well on the pheno. He goes in every few months to have his bloodwork checked and to see that his liver is functioning properly. My vet says that they have very good results with the pheno and as long as you have the bloodwork done you can keep track of his liver. I have kept a seizure diary and take it with me to every appointment and that way we can see his progress. I wish you luck, seizures a no fun!
We have a terrier/shepherd mix with epilepsy. She only had seizures once every 3 months, but they were grand mal; we took her to the vet each time for some doses of valium I was reluctant to put her on pheno because I had read that it would make the dog lethargic and completely change her personality. After the 4th incident we decided to do it. Now, after a year and a half, there have been no seizures and she is just as active as she ever was. The only thing we noticed was that for the first few weeks after starting pheno she would drink a ton of water and urinate more frequently. Other than that there are no side effects. She's taken to the vet every six months for bloodwork to make sure her liver is not impacted.
Growing up my parents dog had seizures (he was a golden) and was put on phenobarbetol(sp) to help control them. About a year to year and a half after he was put on that medication he had side effects from it, he was put on another medication to help control the side effects and about a year later died of cancer and liver failure.
Good luck with your dog, and hope you can find something to help control the seizures.
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Hi There. I too have a 3 yr old black lab who has been experiencing the same exact thing. Please look up on the internet the following website. I think you will find it very helpful. I have had some success in just altering my dogs diet. He is eating Innova (EVO) and this for some reason has lessened his episodes. You need to not over exert them especially in heavy heat.....monitor play time for only about 10 minutes max. I won't put my dog on any chemicals for fear of causing additional problems. He has been doing well and has had a few episodes this year but nothing like before. It is awful to see this happen but I don't know that there is an actual cure and I didn't want my dog takin phenylbarbitol.....he has a lvoely personality and that tends to alter it. http://www.justlabradors.com/articles/lab_health_and_nutrition.html