Posts Tagged ‘epilepsy’

Blogathon 2010 – Izzie Rat

Sunday, November 14th, 2010

My Smallest Epileptic Patient Ever…Also One of The Very Cutest…

OK, she doesn’t look like my smallest epileptic patient ever in this picture.  I didn’t want you to miss her cuteness in a Very Small Picture.  This is Izzie Rat.  She belonged to Leda Frost and Jeremy Coffey.  She was my rat-in-law, thrice removed, and one of my favorite rats ever.

She developed a seizure disorder after a course of antibiotics that I prescribed.  She most likely did not have true idiopathic epilepsy, as I strongly suspect it was secondary to the medication.  She did very well for several months on very (very) small doses of anti-seizure medication.

Thank you for letting me share her with everyone Leda and Jeremy.  And thank you for trusting me with your wonderful little rats.  I love them all very much.

Clicking here will bring you to the webpage with information about Bradyn and an opportunity to donate towards the training of his service dog from 4 Paws for Ability. ♥

Blogathon 2010 – Seizures in Pets

Saturday, November 13th, 2010

Seizures are scary, no matter how many times you have seen them, or if you know your friend is going to be ok, or even if you have the medical knowledge to understand exactly what is going on and that it will end.

When Ernie Dog (Mom and Dad’s tiny Poodle) was one year old, he had a general seizure secondary to carbon monoxide poisoning.  (SO scary – Mom was there too, and they are both fine nine years later!)

All Four Pounds of Ernie Dog!

Some dogs will develop a seizure disorder secondary to liver disease or a brain tumor or something equally ominous.

Usually the pets I have treated for seizures have a disease called Idiopathic Epilepsy.  This is a disease of exclusion – if we can rule out the scary stuff with examination (a general physical exam and a neurological exam, where the veterinarian focuses in on the nervous system) and testing (blood tests, sometimes imaging, even including CAT scans or MRI’s at speciality hospitals), we diagnose Idiopathic Epilepsy.  Remember what idiopathic means?  ha!  No, though it has the same base as idiot!  It means unknown cause!  And once we get to that diagnosis, seizures are much less scary and can be handled with medication, regular check-ups and bloodwork.

Our first dog, Benji, had idiopathic epilepsy.  He was well-managed on oral phenobarbital twice a day.  He had a few “breakthrough” seizures (seizures that occur even when epilepsy is well-controlled).  And like I said, seizures are scary no matter how used to them you are.  I always hated seeing Benji seize, but it did not phase him a bit.  Pets vary quite a bit in their pre-ictal (before the seizure) signs and post-ictal (after the seizure) signs.  Benji’s pre-ictal and post-ictal phases (that I saw) were always pretty subtle.  Some dogs will become agitated before seizures and very sleepy afterwards.

Have you dealt with seizures in your own pets?  Or patients, veterinary types?  Next up…the smallest epileptic patient I have ever had!  WAY smaller than Ernie Dog himself!

Clicking here will bring you to the webpage with information about Bradyn and an opportunity to donate towards the training of his service dog from 4 Paws for Ability. ♥

Blogathon 2010

Monday, October 18th, 2010

As you know, this is how I often process things… :|

Sometimes I even forget to tell Russ what I am mulling over.  So he was not hearing me in context, but neither was he surprised, when yesterday, after Pastor Scott’s sermon on giving, I turned to him and said, “Pastor Scott is right.  I should blog with Dr. V in November, shouldn’t I?”  It only took him three or four eye blinks to realize that several weeks’ worth of prelude to that conversation had all been in my head, before he said, “Yes, of course you should!”

On the way home from church he said, “Now what were you saying?  And what did I miss?”  So I backed up and started over, this time outloud…

Last year, before I had even heard of Dr. V, she was busy spending an entire day blogging hourly to raise money for her local SPCA.

In the time since, I have enjoyed hearing bits and pieces of that crazy blog-an-hour day.  “Woo!”  I thought, “I remember when I was in junior high and could stay up all night!  No way I could do it now.”

Then I read that she was going to do it again!  “How fun!  I will read her daytime posts and the rest of them when it is all said and done,” I thought.  Of course, a small squish of my brain was hoping it could talk me into doing the Blogathon too.  Dr. V did say she would like some company…When I got home yesterday, I hurried to the computer to tell Dr. V I would blog with her, before I could remind myself what a crazy idea it is and how great I don’t do with sleep deprivation.  Now that I am committed, I am so excited and I cannot wait!

Even better, it is for a GREAT cause.  All of the money raised will go towards training a service dog for Bradyn, a four-year-old with epilepsy.

Feel free to donate before November 13, and be sure to check in with Dr. V and BZTAT (and their partnering Paint-a-thon) on November 13.  You could even blog with us! Or, if you are sane, you could say…”Woo!  I remember when I was in junior high and could stay up all night!  No way I could do it now.  I will read their daytime posts and the rest of them when it is all said and done.”  Careful, though.  I have been talking with Pastor Scott and a small squish of your brain about Blogathon 2011.