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Hi all... I really hope someone will be able to help me!

I have two golden retrievers - an 18 month old bitch and a 4 year old dog. The 4 year old is a typical retriever- gentle, placid, loves attention and a great family dog. The bitch is a completely different story- constantly hyper, jumpy, territorial... you name it. Earlier this week she had 4 seizuers over night and we brouht her to the vet. He diagnosed epilepsy and gave her epiphen 60 mg - one tablet to be taken twice daily (she is 30kg).

The vet told us that the unbelieveable level of hyper-activity he witnessed during her over night stay was a direct result of the epilepsy and that the medication would really help.

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she is worse than ever!! Can't stay still for 10 seconds and is on a constant adrenalin high. Its unbearable!! My wife is 6 months pregnant and she has hurt her by jumping on her bump a number of times already. She is a lovely dog and we don't want to loose her but she would be a real risk to both mother and baby if this continues. :(

She gets long walks and plenty of exercise but it makes absolutely no difference.

Can anyone suggest anything we can do to help?? Finger crossed it will all work out! :crossfing
 

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I put my first Golden on phenobarb when he was 7 and he lived to 13 and never had problems. Sounds like she needs a different medication and a lot of excersize!
 

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I put my first Golden on phenobarb when he was 7 and he lived to 13 and never had problems. Sounds like she needs a different medication and a lot of excersize!
My Golden was on p/b at 3 and until the day she died. It solved her seizures and lived a normal life. I would ask about trying that.
 

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I would ask the vet to change the meds to something else. Personally I have only heard of phenobarbital or potassium brohmide used for seizures. There is a great site that I used alot when one of my goldens had seizures. It was a godsend and had alot of great information about seizures and meds to use.
http://www.canine-epilepsy-guardian-angels.com/CanineEpil.htm

Good luck.
 

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18 months is very young, too. I would contact the breeder. This is most likely gentic and in that case the parents should not be bred again.

It's odd to me that a seizure med would cause hyper-activity. I take a number of them (for anxiety, not epilepsy) and they make me calm and chill. I guess she needs doggie Benzos! lol
 

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Potassium Bromide. No doubt about it. We had Katie on it for 6 years with no problems.
 
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