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Black Lab seizures

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by , Posted to on 11/27/2007 12:46 PM | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/27/2007
Location: ND
My Black Lab had a seizure earlier this spring. Now throughout the course of the year the seizures have gotten more frequent and more of them in a day. Spoke to Vet and vet recommended holding off as long as possible as the medication is very hard on a dogs liver and internal organs and will cut his life short. Just wondering if anyone out there has experienced this with their own dogs and if they have had any luck with seizure meds?
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by on 11/27/2007 1:00 PM | Reply #1 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 02/12/2007
Location: ND
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by on 11/27/2007 1:04 PM | Reply #2 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Location: MN
If the seizures are as frequent as you claim I would consider the med's. I cant imagine medicine being any harder on the dog than seizures. My dog has them on occasion and there hard on me to watch let alone the animal. Do you feed your dog any human foods? be careful of chocolate as it will give them seizures every time. Anyone know of any other foods that may cause seizures?
 
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by on 11/27/2007 1:43 PM | Reply #3 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Location: ND
I have a black lab the suffers from occasional seizures as well. I don't know what causes them because she doesn't eat anything but healthy dog food. Scared the heck out of my the first one she had and we put her on meds from the vet. The meds made her drink a lot of water and have accidents in the house at night and during the day when we were at work, so we took her off those quickly. On average, she probably has a seizure every couple months so it doesn't sound as frequent as your dog. Doesn't seem like there's any pattern to it, either. Doesn't only happen during a certain time of year or after exercise or anything like that.
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by on 11/27/2007 2:01 PM | Reply #4 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/27/2007
Location: ND
My lab only eats dog food and maybe the occasion meat scrap when we are processing beef, pork or venison. As far as patterns, have been able to detect. He could go three days without a seizure and then have 4 in one day. They only last about 30 to 40 seconds and when he comes through he has a dazed look and doesn't recognize anyone. A fellow co-worker who used to raise labs recommended adding a 1/4 cup of sugar to a gallon of water. Have tried this and has seemed to cut down on the frequency of the seizures. Thanks for all the comments and links. Appreciate it greatly!
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by on 11/27/2007 2:02 PM | Reply #5 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 08/17/2006
Location: ND
An extremely difficult situation: I would recommend a change in dog food. My daughter had a dog that was prone to seizures and she tried a number of different foods finding that certain foods led to more seizure activity. Science Diet was the food she settled on and the seizures virtually stopped. I do not recommend SD for female dogs that would have litters or are lactating. We had difficulty in our kennel with SD as far as our breeding females having skinny pups and not lactating well. Also another allergen that can effect dogs would be plastics. I would get rid of any plastic food or water bowls and if the dog uses a portakennel I would change to a wooden or wire enclosure. Good luck with your dog. Sad to say the least. Be sure to let the breeder know so that the mating is hopefully not repeated. Good Luck:

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by on 11/27/2007 2:14 PM | Reply #6 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Location: ND
My Golden had his first seizure when he was 2 years old. I know the feeling, it scared the crap outta me. He didn't have another for about 2 weeks and after that we took him to the vet. He is now on a very small dose of Phenobarbitol. The only side effects are a few extra pounds he's put on. The pheno makes him eat and drink more than usual. Otherwise he isn't sluggish or act any different. The vet told me at this small of a dose, his organs will not be affected at all. Hope you find something that works out.
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by on 11/27/2007 3:43 PM | Reply #7 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/13/2006
Location: SD
You should put him on the Med's. We had my dog on the meds for about 5 years before he finally went into a comma. He will have a lot more seizures if you don't put him on the meds. Those seizures are really hard on the dog so you will want to try to control them as soon as possible. I am no doctor but I did have dog with this condition for many years. They are a sad thing to have to watch and control.
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by on 11/28/2007 11:06 AM | Reply #8 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 03/23/2007
Location: ND
sadly the seizures in my lab were so bad the medication didnt even help. eventually the vet said we needed to put him down. just enjoy the time you have left with the dog.
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