Saturday, February 23, 2008

February has vanished!

February has certainly flown by! Amici had a seizure on the 7th of February at 9:07PM and then about 5-10 minutes later he had another while outside (he had just gone to the bathroom and I was out there with him). Thankfully the snow where he had fallen wasn't deep and it had been packed down from his traffic and our traffic. He was safe. There was a possibility that he had 3 seizures that day. When I got home from work his kennel was a mess (he is upstairs in our bedroom) and it appeared that he had foam residue on his lower jaw. He does like to play in his water dish though so we aren't positive. Thankfully, he made it through that seizures okay (cluster at night) and the potential one during the day that was unwitnessed.

On February 18, 2008 Amici had another seizure. That gives Amici only 11 days in between. We've been keeping a good log and Alan has a spreadsheet of all of Amici's seizures. This is the shortest interval we've had. This one started at 8:30PM. The seizure itself only lasted a minute or two but then 10-15 minutes later he would have another one. This is the first time that we have witnessed him having a cluster seizure of 3. Also, in this episode and on the 7th episode, Amici howled towards the end of his seizures. On the 7th I was able to keep myself fairly composed but on the 18th I sat on the floor next to him and the tears just kept falling. I wasn't sobbing (I do try and remain quiet, Amici is going through enough without wondering what the heck is going on around him) but the crocodile tears kept coming. Seizures aren't a site that people want to watch, but listening to your pup howl like he is in pain....ugh...that just hurts. Amici did come out of the seizure okay.

We've been in the vets loop for quite a bit now. He is very familiar with us when we call. We have been asking about the potassium bromide for a few months now but our vet was hesitate. He wanted to increase the phenobarbital first. He did increase it and the seizures seem to have become worse (more frequent, more clusters). We had Amici's blood levels checked and at this time he is at a safe range for the phenobarbital. Thursday night (2/21/08) we started the potassium bromide. Now Amici is on: Phenobarbital 120 MG 2x day and he's on 2mL of the Potassium bromide 2x a day. We got the chicken flavoring. We've been mixing it with non fat plain yogurt or with non fat plain cottage cheese. He seems to like it as he licks it all up. Then we give him the pheno with a spoonful of pumpkin. So far his bowel movements have looked fine. I know it has been too early to tell but Alan and I feel like Amici is acting more like his usual self. We haven't seen any side effects yet (and there is a bunch) but we'll be on the look out.

Although this may seem like a sad post, really it is an improvement post. :) We have a new med, Amici seems to take it nicely, and he seems more like himself in just this short time. We're not expecting a miracle. We'd just like him to have longer times in between seizures.

Here's life at the dog park with Amici (from last weekend). We did go to the dog park shown below today too but we didn't bring our camera. Enjoy the shots, meet one of Amici's favorite playmates- Milo, and relish in some of Amici's close ups. :)


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49 comments:

Kapp pack said...

We've been wondering how Amici has been. We are sad to hear about the seizures but glad to hear his VET has finally let you try an additional medicine. Callie (MaPaw foste sibe) has hadgood results with a combo of those 2 meds. We will keep our paws crossed for you!

That dog park full of snow looks like great fun! I think I would really like Maine during the winter.

BTW, my dad will be in Portland again this week. Yell out a big woo for him!

Woo woo, Kelsey Ann

Khyra The Siberian Husky said...

Thanks FURRY much for the pupdate!

Yes, it does sound more pawsitive - and with all the resources available, we KNOW you'll find the khorrekht drug/dosage for Amici!!

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra

Bama said...

Oh sweetie, we'll all being keeping paws crossed here in FL that the new meds help! We hate to hear that the seizures are increasing, so hopefully this will control them better.
Kisses,
Bama & the RHP

Lacy said...

woofies Amici, me will b praying dat dis new meds help u not to haff anymore seizures..and Amici's mom and dad, hang in there i know its ruff...me and mama has u in our thots and prayers...

b safe,
;)lacylulu and mama...

Amber-Mae said...

Hi! I heard about Amici's seizures. So sorry to hear that he has it. Must be terrible to have seizures but I do hope that his new medications ill control it & maybe reduce it. There is no way in stopping it is there? Hugs to you & Amici!

Love licks,
Solid Gold Dancer

Isis said...

Hi! you don't know me, but lacy lulu sent us pups your way, so that we could all send you our loves.

sister works at a vet, and has seen lots of dogs go on phenobarb, and potassium bromide... (btw, was your hands after you touch the potassium, its really bad for people) and, dogs do just fine and live all long and happy!

I'm sure once you find the right dosing, you'll be just fine!


Love to you,
isis

Moco said...

Get well Amici. Grammie had a dog named Sam for years who had seizures. Medication can help. We will be crossing paws for you.

Asta said...

Hi Amici
You don't know me , but i wead about you on some of my fwiends posts..I cam to give you love and good wishes and healing smoochie kisses

I love seeing you playing in that pawk..It looks wondewful..give some licks to youw Mom too, it must be hawd fow hew to see you not well
youw fwiend
Asta

Lorenza said...

Amici! I really hope those meds make you feel better soon!
Paws crossed!
Kisses and hugs to you and your family!
Lorenza

Sitka and Tia's BLAWG! said...

We are coninuing to send positive vibes your way! We love Amici and want him to be well!
Hugs,.
Sitka

MONA AND THE MOMMY! said...

Hello,

My name is Mona and me just heard about Amici having those nasty seizures from my friend Lacy. Me sorry but things sound like they are getting better.
Just keep on having faith in the Lord.

The Mommy will be praying for Amici
and me will have my pays crossed.

I would like to be friends if that's ok wuth ya.

Peace be with you....Mona

Girl Girl Hamster said...

Hello Amici, I'm Lacy Lulu's friend. I hope you'll get well soon.

~ Girl girl

Amber said...

Hi Amici, sorry to hear about your seizures. We really hope the new medications can help you to feel better! take care!

Amber :)

Snowball said...

Hi Amici,

LacyLulu sent me here to give you some good thoughts. I hope that you get well soon.

Luv
Snowball

Kathryn and Ari said...

Thanks for the detailed post: I know I've never met Amici in person, but I feel like I know him (and thus worry about him a great deal). It sounds like your vet is really diligent, which is great. And more importantly, you two sound like the most attentive humans Amici could ask for.

Good luck with the weather this week: it's going to be a snowy one!

All our best,
Kathryn and Ari

JB's Big World said...

Hi Amici,
I am glad to meet you but what an awful thing to have seizures. Lacy told me to come by to visit you. I will cross my paws and say a prayer for you.
--JB
P.S. I hope you like cats?

wildcatsthree said...

I just read about Amici on Lacy Lulu's blog, and wanted to stop by and give you my support. It must be a very anxious time for you, and I hope the new medication helps him be himself more. It's so upsetting when our pets are ill.
Chris

Noah the Airedale said...

Hi Amici,
Lacylulu sent us over. We're really sorry to hear about your illness. We hope your new medication helps and you can be free of the horrid seizures.
Take care and we'll keep our paws crossed for you.

Hugs and tail wags
Noah Willow Tess & Lucy

Steve, Kat, & Wilbur said...

Amici, we had been wondering how you were doing. We're glad you have a new medicine that is helping you out. We will keep our paws crossed that it continues working well. Your dog park looks so fun with all that snow!

Steve and Kat

Balboa & Mommy said...

Mommy and me are glad that new medicine is starting to help you. I'm sending good thoughts your way.

Looks like you had fun in the snow.

Frenchie Snorts
Balboa

Jan said...

We are sorry to read about Amici's seizures. What a terrible thing for any animal or human to endure. We hope his new medicine works!

jans funny farm

Penny & Poppy said...

Amici, we are glad you are on better meds, now. Hopefully, they will work wonders! We don't like to see anydog have seizures or be sick. Our paws are crossed for you!

Aire-hugs,
Poppy & Penny

Indy said...

I've been thinking about Amici. I hope that the medication does help to make the seizures much less frequent!

Deetz said...

I am so sorry to hear you are not feeling well. My lil friend, Gizmo, he had some seizures not long ago, it was sooo scary. Praying for good health to you and you get to feeling better soon. I read about you on LacyLulu blog...
Deetzy

The Husky in the Window said...

Hey Amici, we are all glad you are feeling better. Your mom really loves you and the part of her holding you and crying made our mom cry. We're gonna keep sending good husky vibes for you.

I so enjoyed the park pictures with all that snow. What fun you had.

Husky Hugs, MayaMarie

-The Mullin Clan's Mommy- said...

Our hearts go out to you & Amici. He's a beautiful & strong fellow! Here's hoping wif fingers, toes, & paws crossed that the new meds help.
-Marlene, Cosmos, & Juneau-

Holly said...

Poor Amici! I sure hope the Potassiunm Bromide helps. Did they put him on a loading dose, or just start with his normal daily dose? Sometimes a loading dose is needed for several days to get it loaded into the body, before it is reduced down to the regular daily dose. We have had wonderful results with it for Abby. My friend Cody uses it for her Sibe too, and it has significantly reduced his seizures to only a few a year.

Something extra you can do to help with any side affects is use Dyna-Lode tablets and Dyna-Taurine. They help with the possible liver side affects. My vet suggested we use them for Abby. You can find them at www.harlman.com. I would highly suggest you add them to his daily routine. Abby is now 13, and has been on the Potassium Bromide since she was 3 and still has perfect liver function. And since Amici is on both the KBr and Pheno, he really needs that extra support for his system.

If you have any questions, please drop me an e-mail (on my blog).

Holly

Butchy & Snickers said...

Hey Amici,
We're sorry you keep getting those nasty seizures, but hopefully the new meds will get things under control for you. Sometimes it just takes awhile for the meds to settle your system. We know it's hard for your Mama to watch you, but know that she is right there beside you to care for you. Sending lots of healing hugs.
Luv & Wirey Hugs!
Butchy & Snickers

Sparky said...

Oh Amici, I'm so sorry to hear that you're having more seizures. We're praying for ya!

Sparky

Girasol said...

Oh no Amici, sorry to read about the seizures. I hope march is better for you.

Katherine and Pippa said...

Hello Amici

I said I would come see you so here I am, hope you're feeling ok.

Paws crossed that you continue ok. Will be thinking about you from here.
Pippa

The Daily Echo said...

This is so heartbreaking and frustrating. Mom once had a dog who had seizures and it's such a tough thing to see. Our thoughts and prayers are with adorable Amici who has such a huge personality and and even larger will to get better.....and great parents.
ECHO

Jan said...

We just stopped by to see how Amici is doing. We hope better!

JFF

Two Wild and Crazy Guyz said...

Those seizures are so scary! Rocky hasn't had one since Feb 13 (knock on wood)---he had over 30 on that day. He is taking 2 cc of Potassium Bromide and 1/2 valium pill 2 x a day. He hates the Potassium Bromide. You said you flavored yours with chicken? Did the vet flavor it up for you?
So far Rocky's doing o.k. He was not quite himself for a week or so there (I guess the shock to his brain had made him temporarily forget things) but he's pretty much back to his old self. We will keep our fingers and paws crossed that Amici continues to do well!
Tammy
(Mom to Two Wild & Crazy Guyz)

Jan said...

Oh, Amici, we forgot to mention, we think you might have gotten lost last night since you ended up on Jan's Mercy and Percy. Our journal is at jansfunnyfarm.blogspot.com/ Come back and visit any time. We've all got our paws crossed for you.

JFF

Asta said...

Amici
I hope youw medicin is helping and you'we lots bettew..I wead on Jan's Funny Fawm that it's youw birfday, and I wanted to come by and wish you good health..I hope you'we able to enjoy youw birfday!
smoochie kisses,Asta

FleasGang said...

We're sending our love to you and your family, Amici. Stay well.

luv
The Fleas

Deetz said...

Hi, I read about you on Jan's Funny Farm...I am so glad you haven't had any more seizures. Lil Gizmo had some of those and it was very scary. I am having a birfday party and you and all your friends are welcome. Their are alot of my friends that sometimes don't feel well and some are very very sick, and we are all praying they can make it to the party. It will be a celebration for lots of things. Hope to see you around and we can be friends
Deetzy

Opy - the Original GruffPuppy said...

Hey buddy,

We are sending lots of pawsitive thoughts your way - those seizures sound like no fun at all :-( As Turbo would say "they are stupid" !!!

Hang in there - big hugs to your hoomans too, it must be awful for them having to see you go through this :-(

lots of love,
Opy

Asta said...

Ooopsie, heheheI'm not vewy good about dates, well we'll have to celebwate in May!!!
Amici, I hope you have a good weekend with no seisuwes and lots of fun
I'm keeping you in my pwaywes
smoochie kisses,Asta

Jan said...

Amici,

Stopped by to see how you are doing. We hope you are still seizure free. We lost track of the days - 6, 7, 8? Get well,friend.

JFF

Hammer said...

Hi Amici
We're real sorry to hear about your seizures and we will pray and cross our paws tight that the medicine will work and stop these terrible things. It must be real hard for your mum to watch you have a seizure. We are sending you positive and healing Setter energy from Australia, and we hope you are better real soon.
Love from Hammer

-The Mullin Clan's Mommy- said...

Hi-Woo Amici,

Just stopping by to see how you are & hoping that the new meds have helped. You are in our thoughts.

-Marlene, Cosmos & Juneau-

Sitka and Tia's BLAWG! said...

Wooo Amici... we hope all is going well with you!!!
Hugs.
Sitka

Jan said...

We haven't forgotten you, Amici. We keep hoping to read good news.

Jans's Funny Farm

Turbo the Sibe said...

Woo Amici. I'm stopping to to see how you are. I had some stupid seizures this morning. They are very stupid, indeed!

Jan's Funny Farm said...

We keep stopping by to see how Amici is but there's still no word. We hope Amici is okay.

Holly said...

Amici,
I miss woo!! How are woo doing? I hope you have not had any more of those nasty seizures and that your new meds are working! Please check in with us.

Holly

Jan's Funny Farm said...

We are concerned how Amici is doing now.