3rd September 2012, 02:33 PM
6 Month Old Cavalier with Seizures
Hi Everyone -
I'm new to this board as I now have a 6 month old Cav, her name is Reese and she is a part of our family. We got her from a reputable show dog breeder, have all her parents paperwork and testing results and feel we did everything we could for a healthy puppy. At 5 months old, she had 3 seizures in a 12 hour period completely out of the blue. We were at the ER twice, and had some blood work done but opted out of the dozen other tests they were recommending at the time to get more information. Since then, she's been on phenobarbital (now 16mg) and has had about a seizure a week. We sent her back down to our breeder two weeks ago and she had acid bile test done and further blood work, everything looks normal. We picked her back up yesterday and she hasn't had a seizure in 8 days now.
Our breeder gave us a full refund and we debated the MRI but at this point are unsure as it's quite expensive. Though she hasn't had a seizure in 8 days, she has very regular head wobbling that lasts a few seconds and then goes away. The vet thinks it's part of the what they are calling epilepsy but I'm not sure if that's it or the meds or something else.
We are playing the waiting game a little to see if she reacts to the meds, a week ago they took blood work to see that the phenobarbital wasn't enough in her blood stream so they up'd the dose to where she is now at 16mg.
Does anyone have any experience with this? She's not showing any other signs of SM or other disease.
I'm also thinking about a home made diet but I've done some reading and bought a book at it seems so complicated with the vitamins and nutrients. I have the time, just not sure I have the patience to weed through the complexities. Anyone make a homemade diet and have any recommendations for me on where to start.
I'm in the hunt for a new vet in the area as I'm not too fond of mine, for now her vet is down by her breeder (1hr 30min away) and that vet doesn't really recommend anything for diet.