Thanks for posting this update @Derek-Groves , our Chance is 16 and he has had seizures most of his life. It just started out of nowhere when he was a few years old and for a number of years, we tried all kinds of natural and non-natural medications. We tried Chinese herbs, CBD, diet changes then the typical meds like phenobarbitol, all somewhat helped, but he would still have recurring seizures several times a month, or sometimes a week. All in all, he probably had 100 seizures in his lifetime, but luckily no major damage other than he is a bit wobbly and has head tremors once in a while. It does not seem to bother him though and he is otherwise healthy and active for a 16 yr old. Once I found Keppra through trial and error we stuck with it and that seemed to have been the best way to curb the seizures. We went from monthly to maybe once in a few years, during major events like a house move. Today he is on 250mg of Keppra + Zonisomide every 12 hours and that does the trick, if he does have a sezure (we also have concentrated CBD tincture, which we keep bedside, injecting it into his mouth gets him out of it pretty quickly and speeds up recover. We ended up sticking a particular manufacturer for Keppra (Lupin labs), just to make sure no formula variation is introduced.
My Basenji, Polly,
ComicDom1 last edited by
As hesitant as I am to suggest it, from what you describe it almost sounds like a mini stroke or seizure. I am sure your vet will be able to sort it out tomorrow.
Good luck and keep us posted.
tanza last edited by
Here is a link about Epilepsy in dogs. While not typically a Basenji affliction, it is in other breeds and I have known Basenjis to have Epilepsy. Have you asked your B's breeder if there have been others related with any problems?
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It does sound like epilepsy. A good friend of mine has a chocolate lab that has epilepsy and when she has a seizure, her legs are definitely "running". The first time I saw it happen, I had no idea what was going on. It basically looked like she was sleeping but having quite a dream…I think her eyes were partially open. Luckily her owner was there to tell me what was happening. All we did was put something soft under her head because she was on a hard surface. After the seizure was over, the only way you could tell that Bailey had a seizure was that she was very thirsty. Otherwise, she was as playful and hungry as normal.
BasenjiDiva last edited by
Was she walking funny before she keeled over? My parents had a schnauzer who was diagnosed with epilpsy at age 1 or 2 and he would just fall over with a seizure. If my mother wasn't around and he knew a seizure was coming on, he would try to find her and his gait would be stiff legged. He did live to be about 14 years old when he was finally put to sleep due to other problems associated with old age. So it is manageable and isn't a death sentence.
sharronhurlbut last edited by
Good luck, do let us know what the vet says.
Maya last edited by
Definately vet visit ASAP.
I would be hesitant to suggest anything until the vet has looked at Polly as it could get you in a panic about nothing.
Hope all goes well at the vets today though.
wizard last edited by
Hope it all works out okay - keep us posted.
YodelDogs last edited by
If it happens again and you have a way to video tape it, do so. You can show the video to your vet to help with diagnosis and treatment.
nodakerdeb last edited by
How is Polly?
beanyjeany last edited by
Well, the vet took blood from Polly (and she was as good as gold, never even flinched - bless!), and the good news is that the test results are fine, also the urine sample that my husband chased her around the garden for was fine too!! However, the vet has said that it was probably some kind of fit/seizure and that she could have an MRI scan, however, as she has only had one of these 'episodes', I am loathe to go down that route unless they occur regularly. So, fingers crossed it won't happen again. Polly is fine, her usual self. Thanks to everyone for your support. Will try to post some pix in the near future! BJ x
thunderbird8588 last edited by
hope you have managed to get Polly sorted out. Our Basenji started having fits which were caused by a liver problem. His condition was managed by drugs. When he had a fit he actualy barked first before dropping to the floor. He survived to the ripe old age of 14 1/2.
snorky998 last edited by
Good luck, Polly (and family). Prayers of good thoughts sent your way from my Ty and Kate.
I am sorry this has happened to you and Polly, Basenji seizures are so not fun and pretty scarry. Our elder basenji got them from old age/renal failure. He got where he could feel them coming on and would try to almost run away from them. We got to read his body language but one would slip in without warning every now and then. He did live till `15 1/2
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My blk/wht used to have seizures occasionally up to about age 4. She was so wired up and excitable that the vet said her brain electrical functions would misfire. She get wobbly and throw up then be fine. It stopped after she started mellowing out.
How old is Polly?
beanyjeany last edited by
Polly is 9 this Christmas. Dec 14th to be exact!