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19 Feb 2004

Hi there

I wonder if you could possibly assist me. I have a very small dog, I think she is a cross between a border collie and a spaniel. She is about 5-6 years old and she suffers from seizures.

I took her to the vet, which cost me a whole packet, and they gave her meds and it helped. But the meds ended and things went fine, she didn't get them that often. But I moved out the house about 5 months ago, my parents take care of the dogs. My concern is, she had a seizure last night, and it broke my heart. I am always scared she will fall into the swimming pool.

My question. As I don't stay at home anymore it is really hard to monitore how many she gets. My parents work both during the day so I don't know if she is suffering or not.

I know in the past she only used to get them when she got excited. Am I torturing my dog or letting her suffer. Is there nothing affordable that I can give her to help her. She is a bit of a fat little dog, but she only eats vets food, supper woof, which is great for the other dog.

What should I do?
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01 Jan 0001

The medication to control epilepsy in dogs (phenobarbitone) is really inexpensive, and must be used permanently, twice a day. Since your dog was diagnosed with epilepsy before, the vet will be able to supply you with the correct medication, and it is very important that the medication be used indefinitely. Epilepsy is not curable, and must therefore be controlled with medication. They can usually liver completely normal life with medication, and epilepsy in most dogs can be controlled almost completely. Giving one or two tablets in the morning and night is really not too much to ask of anyone. If your parents are feeding her twice a day, then it's a simple matter of adding a few tablets to the food twice a day.

Dr Malan van Zyl
Veterinary Specialist Physician
Cape Town
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