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Re: Epilepsy in boxers

Please Help!!  
 My Baby (Rusty) is 7yrs old and just starting having seizures a month ago.  It has been 2 that I know of ,and I am worried  that it may be caused by a change in his food.  I really don't know enough about dog food and about a month ago I switch him from Beniful to Iams Healthy Naturals.   In my recent readings, However, I have come to realize that perhaps this food is the cause.  If anyone out there has a recomendation for a Holistic food or Raw diet please help me.
Thanks Lauren
 

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Re: Epilepsy in boxers

[quote="laurena\";p=\"121376":2htrh9wj]Please Help!!
 

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He had blood work done a short time ago for his allergies and all was well.  I got off the phone with the Vet about 2hours ago, and she is going to call me in the morining to set up an appt.  It was really scary and I just hope there is something I can do to help control them. :roll:
 

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I am sorry that Rusty has started having seizures. I know first hand how scary they are to witness.
Food is always a great place to start. I would start by eliminating all corn, soy, wheat, by-products, artificial preservatives such as BHA, BHT, and Ethoxyquin. Check out the Food tips and Diet Info forum for tons of great threads on foods, including holistic and raw info.
If your Rusty is diagnosed with idiopathic epilepsy, there are some meds that can also help control the seizures. The first thing you need to do is get Rusty in for an exam and blood test. Make sure they run a thyroid test, and have them run a full T panel. You usually have to ask for a full one. Then after you get the results back you can discuss with your vet what the best options would be for Rusty.
Good Luck to you and Rusty. I hope you find out what is causing the seizures.
 

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I'm so sorry for you and for Rusty, scary stuff 8O I'm just curious, are you certain that it was seizures? Full out stiff, usually incontinent? I'm asking because sometimes older boxers can collapse and it's cardiac related. Those episodes are almost like a fainting spell where they just go limp and collapse. Let us know what the vet has to say. Good luck.
 

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It's really hard watching our babies have these things happen...Samson had a seizure a few months ago and scared me to death, luckily only the one tho...I know one thing your vet will want is for you to keep a journal of when they happen..There are some great meds out there as well, if your vet feels that it's necessary..Hoping it all goes well
 

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Hope it is nothing serious, let us know what your vet says.
 

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Any word back on poor Rusty?
 

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aww I'm so sorry to hear that...I hope Rusty's ok!  I know how scary seizures are...I have PLENTY of experience...

In the fall my boyfriend got hit by a car (he's a bike courier - against my will haha - this is a semi-frequent occurance..) he said he was fine, didn't hit his head or anything, just a little sore...well it turns out he was completely incorrect about that, as while we were trying to prepare dinner he started slurring, collapsed and had a seizure...8 hours at the hospital later they could tell us nothing, and sent us home.  It was his birthday too - happy birthday eh?

THEN I get Autumn, a week after we got her we're sitting on the couch, I'm holding her upside down in my lap like a baby (head fully supported and everything, we were even joking about it...) when she stiffened up and started convulsing...I immediately flipped her over onto the couch where she peed everywhere, then came out of it a few seconds later confused and tired.

Maybe it's me? haha.  I think they're causing me more stress than they are my boyfriend or my dog.

Luckily, it was sort of a "no reason" seizure, just because her immune system was low, and she hasn't had one since...so hopefully his are something similar and as you're hoping - based on food and easy to fix.  Let us know how it goes!
 
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