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I've read through many of the posts on this forum tonight and here I though I was mostly alone with our dog Benny and his epilepsy.

Benny is a little over 5 years old and started having seizures just a little over a year ago.

Out of the blue, he had 9 in one day and we rushed him to the animal hospital. They put him on pheno and then the next day we took him to our vet. They put him on a small dosage of pheno and to make a long story short, he finally ended up on a dosage of 100mg (2 tablets 2x a day) and 1 pill of Pb.

I've charted them since they've started on a calendar in the kitchen and typically he has them about every 25-30 days. When he has them, they are typically around 2AM - 5AM and about 45 mins later, he'll have another one (usually the worse of the two) and then he's fine for another 25-30 days.

This has been going on for about a year, he did have a 40 day period when he didn't have any and we prayed that maybe he was done with them.

This weekend he had one right before his noon Pb pill, which was odd and then a second one about 2.5 hours later - again, odd for him. I thought, well, I can at least sleep better now knowing it will be another 25-28 days. I was wrong, he had one this morning right before his pheno pills and then another one tonight before his evening dose of pheno pills.

I'm going to take him to the vet in the morning for blood work. I'm thinking they might have to up his dosages.

My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you who have dogs that go through this.. it's horrible. Even after many, many seizures, I still can't sleep most nights and my wife usually finds me on the couch within ear distance of where Benny sleeps. My daughters refuse to be home alone with him and we pretty revolve our family around Benny for the most part.

I'm hoping he has a peaceful night, although seizures are horrible anytime, they are worse when he has them before morning.

Here is a picture of Benny... we have 3 other dogs and have never gone through this before. God bless..

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I hope and pray that you and your beautiful, sweet boy Benny will soon find relief.

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Just to welcome you on the forum and send some good vibes for sweet Benny. I am glad you found us, unfortunately there are many on this forum who would be able to share their experience. Hugs to Benny.

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Benny is a handsome boy!! I wish you luck in your battle with seizures. I know it can be challenging to get them under control.
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We had a Sheltie with seizures. They are horrible to watch knowing there is nothing you can do to help.

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What a wonderful boy!!! I can understand you. Just be strong and never leave him. Your presence and positive thinking can help a lot. Those are the things that happens... It's life, but stay strong because he badly needs you.

God bless all of you and specially this wonderful creature Benny!!!

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Awh Benny is gorgeous!!
Seizures effect the whole family so please do take care of yourselves. It can be beyond overwhelming. I wish you all the very best with Benny and hope that you find the right dose and meds for your wonderful boy asap!

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Glad you've found this forum, but sorry you need to be here. There is a wealth of information and experience here - not to mention all the care and support.

I hope you are able to get Benny's meds and doses sorted soon and then perhaps an easier family life for you all.

As Doug says, it effects you all so take care of yourself too - as well as your gorgeous beastie! He is SO handsome!

Wishing you seizure free days,
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Ugh! I hate unpredictable!!! My old girl had fun. I am so sorry you are going through this. I'm so glad you are going to get Benny's bloodwork done. There's a canine epilepsy website that has a TON of great information. The actual web address name escapes me- I think the word "angel" is in it???

Your Benny is one handsome fella'! Good luck at the vets'!


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Welcome to the forum! I'm so sorry though to hear that your Benny is having seizures. They're horrible, my Huck started having them early January and it really does suck.

Your boy is BEAUTIFUL though, such sweet eyes! I'll be praying for you guys, I hope he has many seizure-free days ahead of him.
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