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Hi Doodle Friends - First, Quinn is currently doing well--hopefully headed in a positive direction. . .

Just over a week ago, Quinn had an early AM seizure. I was disappointed when it started because he had been on a long stretch without, however, the disappointment turned to terror when shortly thereafter, he had a second seizure, and then a third. We raced to the nearest ER where he then had a fourth. They got him hooked up to a sedative IV, and he was on that for 6 hours. After a consult with our neurologist, he then was given an IV loading dose of phenobarbital. He had to spend the night during which he had a focal seizure (smaller than a grand-mal involving only his head) so they gave him another dose of sedative. We brought him home the next morning, and he had another focal seizure later that day, so after another consult with the neuro. we started him on short term administration (6 doses) of clorazepate. I have to admit I felt like we were going to lose him; it was a very bad few days, but he has now been seizure-free for 8 days, and we are breathing a bit easier.

We had a follow-up with a new neurologist (same group/different vet) who we liked very much and his prognosis was very optimistic. He said that while the newer drugs we had him on are safer, they often lose their effectiveness and phenobarbital is still the most reliable, most effective seizure medication. He also said that with close watch, we should be able to protect his liver, and it's possible that he will never cluster again and that the pheno will dramatically decrease the frequency of his seizures. Also, if he is seizure-free for 3 months, we can start to wean him off of one of the other two drugs--which will make me very happy.

Our 115 lb. Quinn is now stumbling about like a drunken sailor and we can't leave him unsupervised. I think he senses his vulnerability because he is even more clingy than usual. At the moment, he is still losing balance and occasionally falling over, and he gets stuck getting up on the sofa and the bed and then his legs give out when he tries to get back down. He can't change sides in the middle of the night, so he wakes us up several times and we have to roll him over. The neuro said he should adjust to the pheno and regain his balance in a couple of weeks; we are looking forward to that :)

Gracie has been his constant companion throughout--making all the trips to ER and to the neurologist with us. She's been such a trooper and a very patient big sister.

So, we seem to be headed in a good direction, but we would be ever-so-grateful for any prayers or positive thoughts you can shoot Quinn's way.

Hope y'all are doing well, and for those of you in the path of fires or hurricanes, I pray you are safe and stay that way.

Licks and loving paws from Gracie and Quinn (his would be CLOBBER paws)

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Comment by Pedro & Alessandra on September 20, 2017 at 11:48am

Sending healing thoughts and loving paws to sweet Quinn and beautiful Gracie. Sad to hear about the setback (and scary) but so glad that the return to effective treatment is having good results. We echo the sentiment of love and relief that Quinn has a wonderful family that cares so much for him and loves him so. Hugs and loving paws from Alessandra and Pedro

Comment by Kathy, Elliott & Spencer on September 20, 2017 at 11:38am
Hi CJ, Gracie and Quinn. Visiting here for first time in a very long time. You have been through so much with your sweet Quinn. You are all such a loving family and for sure meant to be together. Quinn's a trooper and with all your loving care hopefully he will be better soon. Hugs and healing thoughts. Kathy, Elliott and Spencer
Comment by Jo Bill on September 19, 2017 at 6:40pm

Oh!  Poor Quinn.  I hope he can overcome the seizures.  I can't even imagine that!  My heart goes out to you, Quinn & Gracie!

Comment by Laura , Marley and Oliver on September 17, 2017 at 8:35pm
So scary! Poor Quinn. Prayers for him and for you. Hope he continues to improve. Love from Marley and Oliver, me too !
Comment by Dianne and Dulcie on September 9, 2017 at 10:41pm

So sorry to hear about the setback, but so glad that Quinn is with a loving family who is willing to get him the best possible treatment!  We are happy that he is doing better, though, and will send up prayers for wonderful results.  Love and hugs to your family and especially to Quinn and big sissy Gracie from Dulcie, Trixie, Mike and Dianne (and even the cats!)  :)

Comment by DonMarie & Picco on September 9, 2017 at 3:03pm

Poor Quinn, he has no idea what's going on. Glad to hear the seizures are calming down. I hope he doesn't damage too much while stumbling around - to himself or other things! 

Such a scary ordeal for you.  I hate the hard drugs too but sometimes you just have to do it.  You might want to try milk thistle for liver support.  A vet recommended it for an older dog on Rymadryl and her liver readings improved.  It comes in drops or capsules - I put the drops in her food and she didn't seem to notice the taste.

Big, big hugs to Quinn and medium hugs to Gracie!

Comment by Gail, Fozzie, and Ruby on September 9, 2017 at 12:00pm
So sorry to hear Quinn is back to having troubles. Prayers here. Love from Fozzie and Ruby!

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