Apparently not. The fact that I’m sitting here crying ( not that that’s going to help) and waiting for the vet’s to open is testament that we have not in fact, cracked it.
In an attempt to find a gentler method to control Douggie’s seizures than the phenobarbital that was offered, which has damaging side effects, we tried a homoeopathic and herbal approach to his epilepsy. I really thought it was working. From January to April he was seizure free.
Then on 3rd April, Shaky Jake was back. Then again on the 12th April and again at 6.30 this morning. As I write this poor Douggie is flat out on the floor exhausted after another fit and an hour and a half pacing the floor until he recovered his equilibrium.
Previously we could predict what would trigger a seizure but lately there haven’t been any clues at all, they’ve come out of the blue. I hate that. At least if I know what might trigger a seizure we can take steps to avoid it.
One of the ladies at the dog club who has lost one of her own dogs to epilepsy gave me a stern talking to the other week, telling me that I was being unrealistic and that there is no cure. I understand fully that there is no cure At that point I was still optimistic that we had found a good method of controlling it. Now I’m not so sure.
So, here we are. back in a position of having to decide which of the conventional medications will control his fits without destroying his quality of life too much and without causing long term damage to him. The choices last time were a medication that wouldn’t work or one that would ultimately cause him kidney damage. He’s only two years old for God’s sake. The thought of giving him medication that is going to destroy his health breaks my heart.
It’s Hobson’t choice really as he’s doomed if we do and he’s doomed if we don’t.