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    by Mary Shimshea on April 12, 2013

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    “Ask the Dox” is our segment in which anyone can ask the community to share their experiences and opinions. You must post a pic with your dilemma. We do not claim to be professionals, but just a community of dog-lovers with a common interest…..Dachshunds.
    Rebecca Fillmore Mueller asks:  I have a sweet girl doxie, Sadie, who is 5 and a puppy mill rescue we adopted the first of March.  She has seizures and is on medication.  I have been sure to give her the meds regularly and never missed a dose.  Since the first of April her seizures have become more frequent, and after midnight last night she had 2 and another this evening.  (previously there had been weeks in between seizures)
    I haven’t changed anything as far as her food or environment…. The foster mom who had cared for her the 4-5 months before we adopted her said she’d only had 1 or 2 seizures during the past 3 months or so after the vet had increased her meds.  We are going to visit our vet again tomorrow (she saw him the first of April and was given a clean bill of health and they left the meds the same).  If any of your fans have any suggestions of what might be causing this, or suggestions to ask the Dr. I would appreciate their feedback.  The seizures she has had overnight and today have been the worst I’ve seen her have. Thanks. I am just worried about my baby.

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    Cheri Coleman
    April 12, 2013 at 4:22 am

    We lost our rescue Skinny at 15 yrs old….he started to have seizures when we moved to another house and when something startled him. After testing it was still a mystery :( when he passed they performed an exam he actually had high blood pressure/hypertension. Very difficult to check because they move so much but please keep it in mind when you are at the vet! Our prayers are w/ you all!

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    Neecia Lynn
    April 12, 2013 at 4:24 am

    You recieved a lot of info take some of it to the vet

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    Nicole Ann Johnson
    April 12, 2013 at 4:24 am

    Mine has had 2 when he went to the vet and to the emergency vet. Just in the lobby. They said he gets nervous and over stimulated. Be strong Sadie! ❤

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    Shanie Krause
    April 12, 2013 at 4:26 am

    I love her! Prayers from Kansas. And my doxie Izzie :)

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    Sally Long
    April 12, 2013 at 4:45 am

    My Doxie was having seizures and our vet suggested changing his food to hills z/d.. He has been seizure free since the diet change..I’m talking years not weeks or months. Most dog foods are grain based and this is not. Best of luck to you

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    Tricia Barnard
    April 12, 2013 at 4:48 am

    My Hazel has seizures. However keep letting the vet know. We did blood work every time and Hazels dosage is now correct. No seizures in almost 1 year!

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    Tracy Dilka
    April 12, 2013 at 4:52 am

    My Zinnie had them all his life. He was on phenobarbital but it was affecting his liver so we put him on potassium bromide and I had him adjusted by my chiropractor . He was seizure free his last 4 yrs. he lived to be 14. Just lots of love and don’t give up :)

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    Donna Dickey
    April 12, 2013 at 5:02 am

    I had a Doxie who has a seizures and she was on Phenobarbital for seizures she had a seizure so bad she could not walk for about six weeks she was the best dog and it was weird after five years of being on meds. I stopped giving them to her she never had any more seizures she was a great little dog lived to be 18 years You just need to up her meds to find her right level

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    Tracy Davenport
    April 12, 2013 at 5:18 am

    My one doxie Pepper had seizures and I was told to change her food from “Kibbles n bits” small bites to anything else so I put both doxies on Dog chow from Purina. No seizures since the switch. I wish you well.

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    Gloria Woerheide
    April 12, 2013 at 5:55 am

    My Sara has them every so often. I pick her up, stroke her head, talk soothingly to her and massage her ears. After a bit she relaxes. If I put her down too soon, it returns. She is not on meds. She is 14 and has had the seizures for at least 10 years.

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    Dana Bowman
    April 12, 2013 at 6:18 am

    Has she been spayed yet? It could be related to hormonal changes.

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    Betsy Winters
    April 12, 2013 at 10:47 am

    We had a Doxie, Black and Tan akc registered, and I was told he may have had a fall to cause his seizures. He was also in phenobarbital. He was my first. I have rescued several since then, I actually have a little girl who looks very similar. Good luck! Prayers going up!

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    Karen England
    April 12, 2013 at 11:02 am

    Good luck ! She looks very sweet !

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    Mary McMahon Goos
    April 12, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    My Dolly had seizures. We changed her dog food to Call of the Wild and saw a big improvement.

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    Jolene Hinrichs
    April 12, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    I am not sure where you live or how close you are to a major small pet hospital, but she needs to be evaluated by someone who specializes in small animals. We are lucky that we have a Vet College here and they see it all. CT of brain to make sure there is no tumor. Hugs She is beautiful.

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    Teresa Crain
    April 12, 2013 at 4:21 am

    I have a petite Doxie, and she looks just like your little Doxie :) Hope everything turns out fine for her.

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    Suzie Emery
    April 12, 2013 at 5:03 am

    Ow little one. Hopefully your vet can help shed more light on what is happening with you beautiful little girl :-) Thinking of you all.

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    Russell Riggan
    April 12, 2013 at 5:47 am

    Had a beagle mix who would have an occasional seizure, more like the trance…only thing I could do was hold her, and let her know all was OK once she started coming through it.

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    Nonie Ryan
    April 12, 2013 at 4:26 am

    Prayers for your baby and you.

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    Dachshunds and more
    April 12, 2013 at 4:15 am

    Thank you for rescuing this angel . Have they done an MRI to check if she has any brain issues which may be causing these seizures? Sending prayers your way for the vet visit.

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    Rebecca L. Schultz
    April 12, 2013 at 4:27 am

    I had a male doxie for 10 years that had seizures…it is important to watch the time and count the minutes and seconds a seizure lasts. Watch for how the pup reacts after the seizure, if there is activity within 30 mins, that is a good sign. Dominick would always get up to walk to the water bowl and I knew we were okay. Inactivity, lethargic, out of sorts…to the vet. Clusters of seizures are also important to watch…if clusters of seizures are frequent, see your vet immediately. Dominick took phenobarbital for 7 years and we did fine. The last 6 weeks of his life, we saw a dog neurologist…Dominick’s head would bounce up and down slightly and he would lose his sense of direction…he started using the walls to bump up against to guide him. The neurologist was brutally honest and he gave Dominick a 50/50 chance. Unfortunately, the bouncing of his head continued and it was like he was having a small seizure all the time…his little brain started shutting down, was eating, keeping anything down, and in the end, couldn’t breathe without a tube…I had to make a decision that it wasn’t the way my boy needed to live. The seizures started about 3 years old and with meds, controlled for over 7 yrs. Ask your vet for a specialist in neurology…expensive, but well worth it. I can give you an excellent neurology vet in the Houston, TX area. Best of luck to you!

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    Sandra Nolan
    April 12, 2013 at 11:35 am

    I don’t have any advice except love her, love her, love her. I am praying for her. She is a cutie! Bless you for letting her adopt you!

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    Mandy Adams Vance
    April 12, 2013 at 6:38 am

    There is another medication that they can put her on with the phenobarbital. It’s called potassium bromide. Some older vets don’t use it they are in the dark ages. While in phenobarbital they do need regular blood work & a special blood panel to check her levels. She will also have to have one for the potassium bromide. We like to keep a close watch on kidney, liver etc. functions & the levels of the drugs. I’m a vet tech I’m not saying switch vets but if they can’t get them under control you should call around & find one that uses both. We have had great success. Veterinarians never recommend breeding a dog that has seizures.

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    Nikki Kremer
    April 12, 2013 at 4:18 am

    She’s so precious! I hope the doctors have something that can help her. *prayers*

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    Neecia Lynn
    April 12, 2013 at 4:21 am

    Maybe she needs a med change and some blood work… Prayers for you and your girl woof woof from Sissydog

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