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Diagnosing Epilepsy by Kirk Patient Expert Posted Fri 05 Jun 2009 5:07pm Some of this information has been presented in various posts below, but I wanted to add it here in the context of diagnosing epilepsy. Epilepsy is diagnosed upon having more than one unprovoked seizure. Identifying the type of seizure is critical in deciding the appropriate treatment. It is a good idea to see an epileptologist to increase the ... Read on »
Dog Epilepsy by heru m. Patient Expert Posted Wed 16 Feb 2011 7:35am Signs and Symptoms Canine epilepsy is a brain disorder that is, unfortunately, quite common. While not all seizures that dogs experience are caused by epilepsy, this disorder is characterized by recurrent, periodic seizures that can occur with or without convulsions. When these episodes occur, they can be extremely frightening an ... Read on »
Clinical Trial for Newly Diagnosed Canine Epileptics by Dr. Patty Khuly Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Posted Tue 27 Aug 2013 7:00am Dr. Coates is a veterinarian based in the other “Sunshine State” – that's Colorado to the rest of you – where she lives and plays with a varied range of animals. She shares her professional and personal experiences, Monday through Friday, here on petMD's blog, the Fully Vetted. Log in for your daily dose of her insight and wisdom. < Previous P ... Read on »
CHILDREN WITH EPILEPSY ... by Serene L. Patient Expert Posted Wed 03 Nov 2010 5:13pm CHILDREN WITH EPILEPSY Parents often feel frightened when they hear that their child had epilepsy. However, anticonvulsant drugs can prevent the occurrence of seizures in 75 percent of . In the past, those diagnosed with epilepsy were thought to need lifelong drug treatment to prevent their seizures. The treatments used often ... Read on »
How Do You Like Your Seizures? Rare, Medium or Well Done? by patientanonymous Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted Sun 25 Apr 2010 12:00am I’d like mine well done.  With the emphasis on the “done!” No, I order my steak rare and if you want anything to do with that word regarding my seizures (or my entire brain for that matter) rare it is! All you have to do is look at my long list of comorbidities beyond epilepsy. I finally got around to doing some research regarding something ... Read on »
The Early Descriptions of Ammon's Horn Sclerosis by Dr. Brian M. Medical DoctorHealth Maven Posted Sun 24 Aug 2008 11:31pm A reader requested a post about epilepsy. In searching the internet, I found a nice article by Keiji Sano from Teikyo University School of Medicine in Japan which describes the history of hippocampal epilepsy surgery for Ammon’s horn sclerosis (AHS). Here’s an excerpt from Sano’s article. I should note that when Sano refers to the “endplate” or “ ... Read on »
Potassium Bromide: Is It Safe for Dogs? by FDA Posted Wed 25 Apr 2012 1:02pm By Melanie McLean, DVM, Center for Veterinary Medicine, FDA “Daisy,” an 8-year-old, female spayed Dalmatian with a history of idiopathic epilepsy, and her owner are in Exam Room 1. The owner says that Daisy’s having frequent seizures, even on daily phenobarbital therapy. What’s the next step to control the dog’s seizur ... Read on »
Canine Seizure Control Update - Using New Prescription (Zonisamide) for Our Siberian Husky by TR Hughes Patient Expert Posted Wed 12 Aug 2009 10:52pm 2 Comments Our Siberian Husky has had Grand Mal Seizures for the past three years.  They started in 2006 and he is 9 years old.  We could not find any diagnosis other than Idiopathic Epilepsy. For the most part the prescription for Phenobarbital has controlled the seizure activity.  He would have one or two a year and w ... Read on »
2009 - a review! by anewkindofperfect Posted Mon 04 Jan 2010 8:30am I can't believe it's 2010. Remember when the world was supposed to come to a halt 10 years ago? I was pregnant with my Monkey boy and everyone was freaking out. I just knew it would be alright, because I had a little heartbeat in my stomach. :) So here we are, 2010 ... so what better to do than wrap up 2009? January 2009 - We took a famil ... Read on »
Phenobarbital versus Potassium Bromide by Dr. Patty Khuly Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Posted Thu 13 Sep 2012 7:00am Phenobarbital and potassium bromide (KBr) are the "go to" drugs to control seizures in pets. When I was in veterinary school, I was taught to first try phenobarbital, primarily because we had more experience with that drug. If phenobarb failed to provide adequate control of a patient’s seizures or was associated with unacceptable side effects (e. ... Read on »