My 13 years and 9 months Chow dog had for the first time a seizure, what can we do?

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Hello, as I indicated my nearly 14 years old Chow Chow had a seizure for the first time ever on Monday,9/18/2017. My 30 years old son took her to “MedVet Emergency Center”. She had another seizure in route to Vet and a third one at Vet. I was out of town and the Vet “would not begin treatment without payment for services rendered”. So, my son called me back and I provided my credit card for payment of $337.62, for them to “put my dog on IV fluids and a load dose of phenobartital(?sp)”.However, when I arrived back in town at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, I noticed no IV bag attached to the IV cathater and asked ,how long off? To my shock and dismayed, Dr. informed me she “had not been on IV fluids…had a fever of 104,…that’s why on metal floor of kennel…no mat…” I insisted and requested IV fluid and pain medication Within less than 2 hours fever reduced to 102, my dog’s breathing was visible and she blinked her eyes when I petted her. That Vet was clearly not caring and my plan was for stablization (fluids for severe dehydration, anti seizure medication so that I could transport my puppy to her regular doctor who cared about her. So, contacted her doctor and she made it through the night(blood work from noncaring Vet revealed blood cell counts “all normal, only way outside of normal range was indication of level of dehydration”. Is there anything other than comfort care (continued IV fluids, anti-seizure medication and pain mefication, oh and “her glucose reading indicating very low”, so that Rx)that can or should be done to reduce her discomfort? All that the non-caring Vet had her on before my arrival was “valium to calm her after third seizure when she arrived Monday”. I am not asking about euthnasia like those individuals at non-caring Vet suggested. Something to reduce the torture and trauma from 18 hours of no fluids, 3 seizures. Regular Doctor is caring her now and she is not as comatose appearing as she was when I arrived yesterday at 6:00 pm.

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It is possible with anti seizure medication that your dog could be stabilized and converted to oral medication with treatment at home. At the Sanctuary we would continue supportive care with IV fluids and start potassium bromide orally and keep on phenobarbital IV, using valium only if a seizure breaks through. We would monitor the blood work carefully and address any medical conditions detected. As the condition improves we would convert to oral phenobarbital. Geriatric onset seizure disorder is often associated with tumors in the brain and can have a poor long term prognosis.

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Posted by Dr. Gaylord Brown
Answered on September 21, 2017 9:11 am
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