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Quinn had his third seizure last week so tomorrow I am picking up potassium bromide. It's been tough to wrap my head around the idea of starting him on meds and even tougher to decide which one, but after reading and researching until my head was spinning, and also likely making my vet a little crazy, I have settled on the bromide. I am nervous about all of this but I'm nervous about the seizures too. Every twitch puts me on high alert (the poor boy can't even enjoy a good dream) and I wake up every time he moves during the night. He fell out of bed at the start of the last seizure. It was 2 AM. Not a good scene. One con to the bromide is that it take 2-3 months for it to come up to full level of effectiveness so he will be vulnerable until then. And still there is no guarantee that this or any other drug will stop the seizures. . . Fingers and paws crossed. . .

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Comment by Harrison, Brodie & Kris on May 29, 2016 at 5:40pm

oh we are so sorry that Quinn is having so many seizures.. we will keep you all in prayers.. Any chance it is a diet thing? just a wild thought.

Comment by CJ, Gracie, and Quinn on May 28, 2016 at 2:09pm
Maybe not potassium bromide for Quinn. He had another seizure last night. His last one was just 11 days ago so we weren't expecting that. Had given him his first dose of bromide at dinner time. The problem is that without a loading dose, the bromide takes 2-3 months to reach full level, and I'm not liking the idea of the loading dose. It's more than triple the maintenance dose for 5 days and I'm afraid that will be too tough on him. Waiting for vet to call,and I am finally to the point where I am ready to administer the phenobarbital. I just want the seizures to stop. Poor Quinn.
Comment by Lisa Coleman on May 28, 2016 at 8:58am
Keeping you guys in my prayers. That must be frightening to have to deal with.
Comment by Dianne and Dulcie on May 27, 2016 at 2:22pm

I am so sorry that Quinn (and you) are still battling this!  Will pray the bromide works.  At least dogs don't have the psychological issues that we humans do, like worrying and anticipating (guess that is left up to us!) I tried to remind myself of that as one of my former dogs was losing her vision and just attempted to keep her as happy as possible. Sounds like you are doing everything you can and then some.

Comment by CJ, Gracie, and Quinn on May 27, 2016 at 9:34am

Thanks guys. Lorry, we've run a full panel thyroid and a liver-bile test. Both came back normal. We could also do a spinal tap and/or MRI to check for brain inflammation, but he shows no symptoms aside from the seizures. Between seizures, he's perfectly normal. Both of those tests are pretty expensive--$1,000 and $2,500. respectively--and at the moment there just doesn't seem to be a compelling reason to do them. DonMarie, we do have phenobarbital on hand from the neurologist, but I am trying to avoid ever having to use it. It's not so simple to stop once its started. We will continue to give him the clorazepate over the next month or so as an add-on and I am hoping that will help during the time the bromide is getting up to level. We understand he could have another seizure while we are waiting and we also understand this may not even stop his seizures. I have gone from hoping he would have only one, to now hoping that the meds will stop the seizures and one day we will be able to wean him off. There is that possibility...

Comment by Jan, Lily & Nessy on May 26, 2016 at 11:58pm

What everyone else has said, hoping for the best possible outcome for all of you!

Comment by Beverly and Eli on May 26, 2016 at 8:15pm

Crossing all paws here that you all find some relief for Quinn.

Comment by DonMarie & Picco on May 26, 2016 at 8:27am

Good luck! At least potassium bromide isn't hard on the liver. I hope it works out for him (and you).  If the seizures continue before the potassium bromide takes effect can you give him the phenobarbital for short term?

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