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Old 04-10-2016, 12:15 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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At Rescue Me's Animal Rehabilitation Center we've had great success stopping seizures using an ice pack. If a dog starts having a seizure, or you sense he is about to have one, run to your freezer and grab an ice pack (or in a pinch, a bag of frozen vegetables will work just as well). Hold the ice pack in the middle of his back, and move it back and forth slightly up and down the spinal cord. I've found if you get ice on there within the first 30 seconds of a seizure, it will usually stop almost immediately. Without the ice, the seizure may go on for several minutes. In addition, I've noticed the ice seems to prevent the dog from being in a "fog" after a seizure. A full-length seizure is hard on an animal, and they can be in a daze for hours or even a day or two after. Using an ice pack seems to prevent this. If your dog sleeps far from the freezer at night, consider keeping an ice pack in a small cooler next to your bed, to have ready in an emergency.
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Old 04-10-2016, 01:45 PM
 
Location: Lake Country
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At Rescue Me's Animal Rehabilitation Center we've had great success stopping seizures using an ice pack. If a dog starts having a seizure, or you sense he is about to have one, run to your freezer and grab an ice pack (or in a pinch, a bag of frozen vegetables will work just as well). Hold the ice pack in the middle of his back, and move it back and forth slightly up and down the spinal cord. I've found if you get ice on there within the first 30 seconds of a seizure, it will usually stop almost immediately. Without the ice, the seizure may go on for several minutes. In addition, I've noticed the ice seems to prevent the dog from being in a "fog" after a seizure. A full-length seizure is hard on an animal, and they can be in a daze for hours or even a day or two after. Using an ice pack seems to prevent this. If your dog sleeps far from the freezer at night, consider keeping an ice pack in a small cooler next to your bed, to have ready in an emergency.
Interesting. I will have to research this some and maybe try it for my brain tumor dog. Thanks!
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Old 04-10-2016, 01:50 PM
 
Location: Lake Country
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Found this too. Using an ice pack to stop canine seizures
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Old 04-10-2016, 05:25 PM
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Location: El Paso TX
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Excellent info...thanks for posting it.
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Old 04-10-2016, 07:10 PM
 
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Thanks for posting this NK. I will pass this on to my friend whose elderly dog is having a bad time with seizures and the after effects.
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Old 04-11-2016, 10:43 AM
 
Location: Idaho
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It never worked on my Malamute, who eventually died from seizures at 6.5 years. This was recommended by a vet in MI. But I have read it does work some of the time, so I sometimes wonder if it was due to all the fur preventing the ice from cooling down the back.

Those seizures were rough on her as well as the fugue state that lasted for about a half hour afterward.
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Old 04-11-2016, 07:41 PM
 
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I used ice-packs for my epileptic Husky. I don't know that they ever stopped his seizures from occurring, but I was more concerned in just keeping him from overheating. (My dog's brother died of heatstroke as a result of a cluster seizure.)

One summer, my boy was attacked unexpectedly at the dog park. Nothing too bad -- a lot of sound and fury -- but it surprised him and stressed him out. We left the park and were in the car when he all of a sudden started to seize. We were right next to a gas station when it happened, so I rushed in and bought a bag of ice and opened it up all around him. I really think that kept the seizure from getting much worse and shortened its duration.
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Old 09-18-2018, 07:18 AM
 
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My dog has been on seizure meds since she was one year. She is on phenobarbital 1.5 pills twice a day. During that time she has only had two episodes of breakthrough seizures. After the first one it was found that her med levels needed adjusting. The second one happened after being under anesthesia which is known to lower the threshold for seizure activity so all explainable. Her med levels were checked last year and she was perfectly in the therapuetic range and hasn't gained any significant weight. She is due again this month. Last year during her check ups her liver enyzmes have were high and her bile acid tests came back poorly as well after several rounds of testing with poor results she had a liver ultrasound and a test to see if there were liver shunts all came back fine. She has no visible symptoms of liver disease and has been seeing a specialist for that condition who added two supplements and a gall bladder medicinie to what she is already taking. Yesterday for the first time ever she had 3 seizures in one day for no reason. I am at a loss as to what to do for this dog. I cannot switch to any of the medicines such as Kepra that require dosing 3 times a day because I am not available to do more than two doses. Does anyone have any suggestions. I am going to have her med levels checked again but have to wait for a bit because the emergency vet gave her a pheno shot last night.
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Old 09-18-2018, 02:44 PM
 
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I really feel your frustration and I'm so sorry you're dealing with this. My dog kept breaking through the phenobarbital and also had the elevated liver enzymes. The vet did switch her to Keppra but I have can relate to the problems with the three times a day dosage. I'm retired so that helps somewhat but my life revolves around being here for the middle of the day dosage. Could you do something like 1AM/9AM/5PM? Or some variable of that? I'm doing 6AM/2PM/10PM. That 2PM is the glitch but I manage to work my life around it. Not to say that I don't get frustrated at times.

I wish they'd come up with the time release for smaller dogs. Mine is 16 pounds and the time release (2X/day) would be OK if she weighed 50 pounds or more.

I know there are timed feeders out there. Maybe one of those would work for the middle dosage?

As far as the liver issues go, her liver values are much improved with the Keppra. She gets a chewable Denamarin daily so maybe that helps too.

Her behavior and energy levels have returned to normal since she was switched to Keppra. She's been on it for over a year and hasn't broken through at all.

One more thought . . . if you do figure out a way to switch to Keppra, do shop around. The Walmart price is $100/month and the Costco price is $30-something. At least she's small so I'm not trying to dose a Great Dane - that would be a whole other situation.

Good luck to you . . . it's so frustrating to have our furry friends have these problems.
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Old 09-19-2018, 04:32 AM
 
Location: Wartrace,TN
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My dog Curly had them and the ice pack trick worked for him. It would take a minute or so but he recovered much more quickly than he did before I started using ice.
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