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Melanie    Posted 05-24-2004 at 13:21:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
... to you fine folks that were asking about my Sadie this weekend... I don't generally use the 'Net on the weekend, what with classes and playing catch-up on my life and all.
Sadie was fine for three days... I had just started to breathe easier... then last night I was there to witness her next seizure. She made a sound I will hear in my dreams for the rest of my life, went down, and her back legs were spasming for a good fifteen, twenty seconds. When the first half of the thing was over, she lay there with her back arched, head back, paddling her front paws as if to get purchase on something. I sat down there on the floor with her and stroked her head, and as I pet her she let me push her nose down. I was wondering if it was a spasm in the muscles of her back, but she wasn't really taut, I think she was just really scared and lying there to get her bearings. For about fifteen minutes her hind legs were real soupy, sort of rubbery and all, but then she was fine the rest of the night (yep, sat up with her again). Today she's groggy and tired, lethargic, and I'm at a loss. I have some calls in with friends at the Humane Society to find out all I can about epilepsy and whatnot... with such a long span between the seizures and the nature of what I saw, I can make a good guess it was nothing she ate. We been watching her like a hawk, and she wasn't able to run off and get into anything. So now it's just hurry up and wait... I can't afford anti-seizure meds, if they exist, so it looks like I have to let my baby go into the hands of loving strangers. My heart is real sore right now, so just bear with me if I'm a bit melodramatic. Again, thanks for all your concern, folks.

Paula    Posted 05-24-2004 at 13:31:12       [Reply]  [Send Email]
The typical antiseizure medicine is phenobarbital. It's
not expensive if I recall, so don't get ahead of yourself.
Talk to your vet, log her seizures and see what your
options are.


Melanie    Posted 05-24-2004 at 13:36:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
This is true, I shouldn't freak, it just rattled my cage a bit. I'm still in "wait and see" mode. It just seems too cruel to let her keep on going like this if I can't afford to get her good care. Better to let her go to a good home where they can take her to the vet if she sneezes than to stay with me who may or may not be able to afford the monthly cost of antispasmodic meds.

ret    Posted 05-24-2004 at 14:14:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
am I right in thinking you have not had a vet see her? We used to call seizures fits. The best dog I ever had got one and I rushed her to the vet. He said it was natures way of a dog breaking a high fever. In my case, she had a terrible infection in her head. Guess what I am saying, there can be multiple causes for a fit. type in "dogs diseases" in your search engine you fill find a lot of info I am sure. Good Luck

Melanie    Posted 05-24-2004 at 14:41:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yep, I haven't taken her to a vet... one of the many things weighing on my conscience.... when I got Sadie, we were both working and bringing in some money. Then my husband lost his job, and it put us on a real tight spot. I just don't have the funds for it, so I'm taking that to mean I've run up against one of my basic philosophies on pets: if you can't afford to treat them like the friends and family members they are, let them go to somebody who can. Sad, but there it is.

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