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Hello doodle friends. Been away from here for awhile. We went on a cruise, which turned out to be awesome! I didn't want to leave the pups- first time we've gone away without them - but we had a pet-sitter that was a classmate of the hubby back in high school. She stayed at the house and was fabulous. The really hard part was that about 24 hours before we left, Quinn had another seizure. It was worse then the first one. Not much longer, but more intense. Definitely grand mal. He even lost his vision for a short while after the seizure. It was pretty scary. Our vet scrambled to get him on a not overly strong medication and convinced us it was okay to leave him. She even touched base with our sitter. I love or vet :). So now, because he had a repeat in just a little over a month, we are headed to a neurologist. I hope she is able to pinpoint the cause and that it's something we can deal with and that we don't need to get an MRI. Which brings me to the fact that we now have Trupanion policies for both Gracie and Quinn. anything seizure related is pre-existing so won't be covered, but the thought of an MRI was the last straw. I could kick myself for not getting insurance from the start. Between Gracie's root canal and all that has happened and is still happening with Quinn, we would be ahead of the game for life. I will never go without pet insurance again. On that note...good to be back in the fold. Missed you guys.

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Comment by CJ, Gracie, and Quinn on May 8, 2016 at 8:38am

Thanks Alessandra. We are going to neuro. tomorrow, but really have no idea what to expect. They want Quinn to fast, which to me, means a possible x-ray or MRI. He has already had a complete blood panel in anticipation of this visit, so we are good in that area. What did the neurologist do with Pedro? I am feeling like this is going to be an expensive dead end . . .

Comment by Pedro & Alessandra on May 6, 2016 at 12:19pm

Hi CJ, welcome back! So sorry to hear about Quinn's second seizure and the insurance. I do hope that the neurologist is able to diagnose and pinpoint the cause and find a good medication with minimal side effects. We had an episode with Pedro a couple of years ago where I thought he had petit mal and went to the neurologist as well, got him examined from head to toe but decided against the meds because of the side effects. We just observed him and the episodes went away, we concluded they were more behavioral than anything, but I remember being so worried about something more serious. Epilepsy is a cause near and dear to my heart because I live with a mild form of it. I have been seizure free for over 10 years now but I am on a lifetime medication, so I was very worried and sad to think that my baby Pedro could have it. It breaks my heart to hear about Brodie and Quinn. 

Anyway, chin up! Sending hugs, loving paws and healing thoughts your way. And everyone, we've missed you guys! (we haven't been on here very often either and Pedro has so many stories to tell you!) :)

Comment by CJ, Gracie, and Quinn on May 3, 2016 at 10:47pm

Thanks Dianne! And thanks to you too Kris. We look for evidence of seizures with Quinn too. It doesn't seem he has had any when we haven't been home. We can't really find a link to the seizures except that both happened during the night. I should say that the second one occurred within 24 hours of a dose of Nexgard, but he hadn't had a dose for well over a month when he had the first one. We are not ruling it out, but it's not clear. If the neuro. visit doesn't bring anything to the surface, I am going to ask about taking Quinn back off the meds and just wait and see. Aside from these two events, he is a very happy, very typical young lad who fills our house with love and has yet to figure out that Gracie doesn't really like being pounced upon and clobber pawed!!

Comment by Harrison, Brodie & Kris on May 3, 2016 at 9:34pm

I wish I could help with ideas for Quinn's seizures. As far as Brodie he has not had another seizure since the last one a month or so ago. The only thing I can attribute it to for him is that he was swallowing un-stuffed stuffies and then throwing them up. It was very traumatic throwing up and then a seizure followed. We work during the day and so we can never be sure that he has not had one while we are gone. The reason I don't think he has is usually he foams at the mouth really bad during the seizure and then his beard is stiff and smelly. I feel his beard everyday when we get home and so far so good.  He has not been put on medication. Our vet said unless he is having them frequently, like every month, she would suggest no medication because she feels there are other side effects associated with medications.  I feel your pain as seizures are so scary. Last one Brodie had he lost his vision and balance for a while. I put him on a leash to monitor him for a few hours after and to ensure he was not in any danger in the event he had another one.  We are sending you prayers and hope that you find the issue with Quinn.. Hugs and slobbers, Harrison and Brodie

Comment by Dianne and Dulcie on May 3, 2016 at 8:51pm

So sorry to hear about the seizure and hope you find a cause/solution soon!  You guys have definitely turned into bona fide "Angel Rescuers"! Quinn is so lucky to have found you! Also, we have a little neighbor dog (poodle/something mix) who is on daily seizure meds and does quite well.  He makes the rounds of the neighborhood every day and comes by the fence to "nyah-nyah" and aggravate my dogs with his freedom, lol!  Will be sending positive thoughts your way . . . .

Comment by CJ, Gracie, and Quinn on May 3, 2016 at 7:00am

Thanks DonMarie, Kris, and Jan. Kris, I remember Brodie had a second seizure a few weeks back. Has he had any since? Did your vet run any tests to find out the cause? If you pursued finding the cause, I'd like to hear what was done and what you found out if anything. I'm pretty blind on this one. Is Brodie on meds? You may have mentioned this, but I forget. Quinn is currently on clorazepate, which is an anxiety med that is also used as a mild anti-seizure treatment. We did this as a band aid until he sees the neurologist. Any experiences you can share would be appreciated. Thanks!!

Comment by Jan, Lily & Nessy on May 2, 2016 at 11:43pm

I'm so very sorry Quinn had another seizure, and that you all have to go through dealing with it.  He's lucky to have your support.

Comment by Harrison, Brodie & Kris on May 2, 2016 at 3:14pm

Welcome back.. Sorry to hear about Quinn. We know how hard seizures are. We feel so helpless when Brodie gets one.. Nice that you have  a great vet and pet sitter.. Hope all checks out okay and they find the issue for Quinn.. We are sending hugs and slobbers your way. 

Harrison and Brodie

Comment by CJ, Gracie, and Quinn on May 1, 2016 at 9:21am

No problem with lack of history on adopted dogs, at least not with Trupanion. The problem is the 30 days. I will be kicking myself for a long time. I don't know what I was thinking--actually I wasn't thinking :p  Of course, now that I have it, it will be smooth sailing, which would be a good thing!!

Comment by DonMarie & Picco on May 1, 2016 at 9:17am

We missed you too!  Sounds like you needed the cruise after that ordeal!  So sorry to hear about Quinn, and lack of insurance.  It does seem like a must for adopting an abused animal with an unknown health record. Or if there is any problems getting coverage for adoptions of abused dogs?

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