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I don't visit this site too much anymore but check in once in a while just to check this thread. 3 or so is a very common age for seizures to start in dogs. Fei was 3 1/2. She had her first exactly 2 yrs ago.

For those who haven't been to that first neuro visit, I will offer some advice. Do not spend your money on MRI's and other expensive diagnostics unless you have several thousand to toss around. They usually show nothing in the younger dog. You will need that money for medication in the future.
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Thanks for checking up on Soter Cathy!

Yup, several thousand dollars is about right. For us though, it was totally worth it. After ruling out epilepsy and diabetes, everyone thought for sure he had a tumor. Even though the MRI & CT showed nothing, it was the best nothing money could buy, no tumor!

I'm VERY happy to report that we had a seizure free Christmas!

Next up, New Years Eve. Go Soter!
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We did it! We made it through 2015, no seizures, three less than 2014 and (knock on wood) still going strong at 132 days seizure free!

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We did it! We made it through 2015, no seizures, three less than 2014 and (knock on wood) still going strong at 132 days seizure free!

oh thank goodness, i saw this thread pop back up and felt a lump in my throat, so relieved it's good news!

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SIGH. Soter had another seizure today. I know I should be grateful that we went as long as we did – 155 days – but in a way it just made it all the worse. I think I was starting to delude myself into thinking that maybe he was better – that we were going to be able to control this. Stupid I know.

He had his acupuncture last night at 7:00 pm and his blood sugar was 3.4. He had his bedtime meal last night at 11:20 pm and his blood sugar was 3.1 which is fairly normal for bedtime. In fact, everything seemed fine, nothing unusual or out of the ordinary at all. We went to bed right after his bedtime meal and the alarm went off at 6:00 am. As soon as the alarm went off he started seizing.

This seizure was almost exactly the same as his last one in August. Not overly violent and we were able to stop it fairly quickly with maple syrup. He vomited twice immediately after but no loss of bowel or bladder control. He was half conscious and drooling until about 6:20 am. By 6:30 he was fully conscious and alert again, he was able to get up on his own and he wanted to go out. We helped him out to the deck and he had a normal, firm poop which is really good because in the past it’s been diarrhea.

I know this is going to sound dumb but I went out today and bought a new alarm clock. The alarm clock we have is set to an obnoxious, loud, shrill beeping – it’s older than dirt and the radio part doesn’t work any more. The alarm went off at 6:00 am as usual, only this morning, the alarm goes off and Soter has a seizure. I know it has gone off a million times before with no issue but today there was.

The new alarm clock has a slowly brightening light to mimic a natural sunrise so you’re woken up slowly and gently and then it plays music of your choice that gets slowly louder until you turn it off. It has an iPhone dock so you can choose what music it play.

I realize it probably wasn’t the alarm clock and I do know that it most likely will happen again regardless of what alarm clock I have but I just feel so helpless and at least it's something.

There are a lot of positives here, 155 days is a long time, the seizure was short, not so violent as previous ones and a really, really quick recovery time. I'm trying really hard to focus on those things but DAMN IT ALL!!!!!
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I love that you keep us updated! This is very helpful for those that go through the same issues
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I am so glad you have chosen to focus on the positive. Your updates on your journey have helped us so much through our own process. We were celebrating 34 days seizure free when Flo had another. Then 8 days later another! I feel like we are back at square one except for the fact that the maple syrup stops them almost immediately. She is her normal self in about 15 minutes now, where before the seizures were long and she was not herself for a full day.

We are praying that a cure is found soon! Hugs to you and your boy for blazing the trail.
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Thanks PaulaG

do you know what's causing Flo's seizures? I've never heard of any other Dobe with Soter's particular blood sugar disorder other than Coco and his brother Owen.

One of the specialists we saw did wonder if more dogs had this condition but that maybe they were being dianosed as epileptic. Finding out about the maple syrup and the blood sugar was a fluke so I guess it could be possible that it's going undiagnosed.

Anyway, I'm so glad the syrup helps her
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Sorry for the delayed response but we have a family situation going on and I've not been on here for a while. We don't know what is causing her seizures and decided not to put her on medication for the time being. Unless they get more frequent or more severe, we don't want to medicate her for 30 or 40 days to catch that one hour that she may seize.

Her first one lasted almost 20 minutes and like you I cried the whole time. She was disoriented most of the day and slept a lot. 30 days later she had the second one, though not as severe. After reading your entire
thread I began feeding her twice a day and a bedtime snack. She went longer before having another one, and I gave her the syrup right away which brought her right out of it. She also was much less goofy afterwards.

It was initially thought the stress of her leaving her puppies, being picked up by the shelter, given a complete set of shots, spayed a few days later and given her rabies vaccine at that time, then re-homed with us all within 13 days was just too much for her system and they would eventually stop. She was on three different medications when we got her.

She has been with us almost 5 months now and had another one a week ago so that theory doesn't seem to be holding up. The fact that the syrup works leads us back to blood sugar so we will keep praying and adjusting her diet as needed.
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