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Old 12-30-2010, 02:45 PM
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Thank you for prayers and support

Thanks for the continued prayers, everyone. We need them.

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Hi, I am brand new on this forum and saw your messages. My 13 year old golden retriever started having seizures on December 6th. We took her to the emergency clinic and they found a mass in her abdomen/spleen. They kept her overnight and we brought her home the next morning not knowing if she would have another seizure or not. She also had started having trouble with her back legs about a year ago. I thought it was arthritis but now I'm thinking it was brain related. I stayed with her for 2 days and then the 3rd night, I held her steady until 1am while she tried to do circles in the house. Her back legs kept giving out on her but she was always a determined girl. She did end up having a bad seizure at 1am and collapsed. We took her again the clinic and decided to send her to heaven. At 13, we couldn't operate and we suspected cancer/brain tumor. This was the hardest thing I ever went through. I started to read through this forum and have found it comforting somehow. I know I am not alone and please know you are not alone.
I'm so sorry you had to go through this. Charlie's spleen was removed about 5 years ago with a benign mass on it, weeks after I lost my Sabrina to kidney disease and cancer, and I feared that Monday's ultrasound would show that he had developed new tumors. I was prepared to let him go if that had been the case.

It is possible that he has brain tumors, but we don't see evidence of that. My best guess now is that the very low thyroxine level is causing his seizures. If so, we will get that under control soon. And then we'll see.

My big sweetheart continues to tell me that he enjoys life, which is the reason I am willing to keep fighting for him. He eats with enthusiasm (as he always has) and loves watching wildlife from the back deck. He tries to play with our young pup and he is still interested in tennis balls, though we just roll them for him. And he is insatiable when it comes to cuddles.

So we take things one day at a time and I try to manage my emotions around Charlie, releasing them through writing here.

Many thanks for all the words of support. It makes a huge difference.
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I will keep Charlie and you in my prayers. My heart goes out to you in everything you are going thru, I know the pain.

Caseypooh my heart goes out to you for your pain. It is always hard losing them especially suddenly like that.
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Better today

Today was much better than yesterday for Charlie. He is moving a little better and certainly wants his chow! I guess a day that starts with a pre-dawn seizure just doesn't go so well. Or maybe this is just another part of the rollercoaster ride that several of us are on right now.

Next week I'm going to have a heart-to-heart with our vet about finding another med for my boy. Some of the kind GRF members who have posted here have suggested other meds and we just need to try some of the others. Maybe one of them will help to control the seizures and not cause ataxia, or at least not to the same degree.

We went out for a while this afternoon and Charlie was waiting for us with tail wagging. His sweet face and those beautiful trusting eyes tell me he still loves this life, and that he deserves to be in full control of his body.

Thanks again for all the prayers and words of support.

Happy New Year!
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I am so glad that Charlie had a good day and that he is smiling and wagging his tail.

He obviously loves his life.... that is coz you are in it.

Sending all good things for you and Charlie.

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I am so happy to hear about Charlie!!! Everything is happy when they wag their tails.

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year, especially Charlie.
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Charlie has had a better day today, demanding more than his usual due of door service and cuddles. His energy has been better, which makes me think he is feeling the increase in his thyroxine. And he wants to be with me, dogging my footsteps and asking for non-stop attention. He's such a sweetie.

The more I learn about seizures and the meds to treat them, the crazier this gets. Today I learned that Pheno can aggravate hypothyroidism, which in turn can cause seizures, causing us to increase the Pheno. That might explain why Charlie's thyroid test results plummeted over the months when we were increasing the Pheno. Sometimes I think we are taking two steps forward and one step backward.

My boy has a new symptom that worries me. He pauses and blinks rapidly, with a funny expression on his face and an odd jaw movement, sometimes just falling backwards into a sit. This can happen several times in an hour. I'm not sure if it's just tremors from age, or another kind of seizure. It sure looks a lot like videos I have seen of dogs having a focal seizure. If so, where does that take us? I'm afraid to think about that.

I am determined to get a change in his meds, perhaps adding gabapentin since it seems to work for both pain and seizures. Maybe he will have less trouble with ataxia.

Thank you again for all suggestions and prayers.
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My Beau had the focal seizures too. He would do the gazing off into space sometimes and just not being able to hear anything being said to him. His face would twitch. It would last a couple of minutes. And he would be normal after that, as normal as a seizure dog could be.
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Seizure on stairs

Last night Charlie was heading upstairs to go to our bedroom and had made it up several steps when he had what I think is a focal seizure, causing him to fall backwards. Luckily my BF was behind him and able to catch Charlie, who soon recovered and made it upstairs. But now I'm really worried about my boy having seizures on stairs, realizing the serious injury that could so easily result. We have to devise a plan to keep him safe! Alas, this house is almost impossible for a dog who can't handle at least a few stairs, since there is no way for him to get outside that doesn't involve at least 4-6 steps, if not more.

I spoke with our vet this morning and he is going to chat with the neurologist about a change in Charlie's meds. I am pushing hard for that.
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Those are focal seizures, Morgan needed KBr to control hers. My understanding is that Pheno will eat up Soloxine (or whatever Thyroid med you are using) and so you need to use more. I have never heard that Pheno causes Hypothyroidism. Be very careful that you checK Charlie's kidney values before you start Gabapentin, it is what caused Morgan's kidney failure and ultimate death.
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I hope you are able to sort out the best meds to help your dear pup. It is such a balancing act trying to get the best benefit of a med without the inevitable side effects becoming a factor.
Wishing you the best.
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