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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Shyla's Vet Visit - Probably Epilepsy

This will be a short post today. We took Shyla to the neurologist today. The two most probable reasons for her seizures are epilepsy and a brain tumor. Because her neurological symptoms haven't progressed since her first seizure in mid-July, the odds are that it's epilepsy.

We are starting Shyla on Keppra, an anti-seizure drug, tonight. We will keep watching in case her neurological signs and seizures are "progressing" in a bad direction. If that happens, she'll have a battery of tests to figure out the culprit.

Life is so full of twists and turns. My hope is that this is just a sharp curve in the trail, and that we'll be able to keep the seizures at a minimum. For now, I'm going to act as if nothing has changed (except that she *must* get a pill every 8 hours).
On a technical note, we may occasionally have trouble having someone home to give her one of her scheduled pills (and staying on the schedule is very important). Does anyone know of a timed device that we could use to release a pill pocket for her in her crate at a set time? I know it's a long shot - but I thought that I'd ask. You all are fountains of good information!

We've known Shyla for four years, and she's become part of the fabric of our hearts. I love her like crazy - and I hope that we are given many more years with her!
Carpe Diem!

24 comments:

  1. Dog oh dog that is a curve in the road. I wish I had an answer to the time release. Prayers still coming your way.
    Blessings,
    Buddy

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  2. We would love to know of a pill dispenser like that too. Be sure to shop around for the best price for Keppra. We always got Ciara's from Costco, the cheapest by quite a bit. Sam's Club isn't too bad either. Sending you our best thoughts for Keppra to work for Shyla.

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  3. In a way glad it is Epilepsy and not a tumor! A friend of mine for many years had to set her alarm for 1:00 to give the meds as that is what worked best for her. If you could invent a dispenser, you could probably make a lot of money on it.

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  4. I don't know of a pill-dispenser per se, but I have used a couple of different timed feeders for small animals, and one in particular was like a bowl or dish with a lid that would pop open at the set time, revealing a small food compartment. Depending on whether Shyla would consider the entire thing a toy-with-concealed-treat that required immediate demolition, maybe something like that would be an option? Let me know if you don't come up with something else, and I'll try to dig out one of mine and send you a photograph. I haven't used them in years but expect I still have them tucked away somewhere.
    Hang in there, KB! Lts of good thoughts coming your way :)

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  5. I just hate hearing that all of you are going through this. Sending lots of prayers and hugs in your direction...Love will get you through this and I know you have a lot of that.

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  6. Oh boys. Well, it is the best of the two options, so YEA on that! And Quinn has it right, there are automatic dog feeders that could work, go to Amazon and type in 'Automatic Pet Feeder' in the search bar and there are all kinds of options that might work. You are so good at training Shyla, that I think one of those could do the trick! I am sendin' tons of POTP and healin' vibes and tons of AireZens!!!
    Kisses,
    Ruby ♥

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  7. all pug paws crossed that the medication helps Shyla. We will have to think about the timed pill problem.
    hugs
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

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  8. we have an automatic pill dispenser down here, and its/her name is " Jean", and I'll fly up at a minute's notice to be there for you.!!! Hang in, hope with all my heart the new medication will sort out this bump in the road. hugs and heaps of love.

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  9. I hope the meds can do their work and there is a solution for the time problem....

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  10. We are saying many prayers for you, Shyla. We pray the Keppra works!

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  11. Damn! There seems to be a real epidemic of epilepsy at the moment and it is really distressing. All paws and hooves crossed that it will be well-controlled and you can all continue to enjoy your amazing lives.

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  12. I have heard rumours of treat dispensers, I suggest googling. I hope the meds help her.

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  13. We've got our paws crossed that the Keppra works it's magic & can help Shyla. We've dealt with epilepsy in our family & Keppra but it was for the humans. Sending many prayers.

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  14. I am so sorry to hear about this latest development with Shyla. You might want to take a look at
    Petzi Treat Cam: Wi-Fi Pet Camera & Treat Dispenser ... if you only put one pill pocket in the dispenser...it might just work!

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  15. We continue to send our potp.
    May this be a little bump in
    the road.
    xo Astro

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  16. Oh wow - sometimes it feels never ending huh? I hope that the meds can control it. PetNet has an auto feeder, but I think it only does kibble. Let me ask Steve since he knows the market pretty good. I'll let you know.

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  17. We will keep our paws crossed that the medication helps Shyla stay seizure free.

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  18. Epilepsy is a better pawsibility than a tumor! We'll cross our paws that the medication helps.

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  19. Hope the medication helps! (And that you can find a timed-release device!) Sending pawsitive thoughts her way!

    (Was also just watching the bobcat footage - so cool!)

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  20. Sending lots of prayers your way. Let's hope it's Epilepsy
    Lily & Edward

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  21. Hello Everyone,

    At the age of 15 I had my first seizure. I was in high school and didn't want anyone to know that I had epilepsy. I have only had seizures on two occasions. I was so ashamed and didn't want people to think that something was wrong with me. I finally got to the point where I told people that I had epilepsy. I came to the place that I realized that I had to own my epilepsy or it would control me. Epilepsy hadn't really affected my life until about 8 years ago after my first child was born... I am a wife and mother of three beautiful children. I have lived with epilepsy for 20 years Yet, my life has been dramatically impacted by epilepsy. I had search for cure at online without no hope. I met a Man called DR Ethan, i contact him I made an order of his medicine and I do not experience seizure anymore i was cured form it. So if you are in the same situation as me contact him on this email doctor.ethan6@gmail.com or call him +1(386-237-6472)

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  22. That's better news than a brain tumor. At least now you have an answer.

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  23. Dang. We all love you too sweet Shyla.

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  24. And we love Shyla sooo much,
    Sending POTP for Shyla.
    love
    tweedles

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