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You were all so kind when our beautiful boy had his first seizure in June. I thought I’d tell you that he had another bad one last evening.

Obviously, it was very upsetting, but not as much of a shock to us as the first one was. We’ve made an appointment at the Vet Hospital tomorrow for the Vet to check him over and discuss the next step. We expect that he’ll be put on medication to control the fits.

I’ll let you know how we get on tomorrow.


*Thursday evening.

Well, we had a half hour consultation with a very helpful and knowledgeable vet. The upshot is that due to the severity of the fits, Henry will go straight onto medication as from Saturday…we collect it then, plus a diary and some notes to help us understand his condition more fully.

He will have a blood test after 3 weeks, to check his liver function and the level of the drug in his blood. He may well have more fits, because to take them all away would mean high doses…and that would cause lethargy and take away the wonderful ‘Henry-ness’. We don’t want him to be a sedated dog..he has to have quality of life.

He can be given an additional drug alongside the first one, also supplements to help his liver to process the drugs.

Further down the line, Heaven forbid, if the fits continue or get worse, he’ll be referred to a specialist Neurology Unit near Birmingham for spinal taps and an MRI scan, as it might mean that he has a brain infection or a tumour.

Now we wait again. Let’s just hope that the medication works with no side effects!*

*UPDATE Sept, 8th.

We took Henry for his appointment this evening, and had a long chat with his vet. He looked him over, weighed him, and recommended a liver supplement which Henry will have every day. The next step is a blood test – the first of many, which is booked for next Wednesday. This will show the level of Phenobarbitone in Henry’s blood stream, and after the analysis, Dominic will decide whether the current dosage should stay the same or alter. He told us that the lethargy we’re seeing is normal while H. is settling on the medication, so we just have to wait again now.*

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so.. so.. sorry to hear this Spritz,i do hope he is ok..between your love for him and the vets help im sure he will be..bless him..

11 Aug, 2010

 

Sorry to hear this spritz, its such a worry when our dogs arent well. The vet will put him right, even if it does'e mean medication... Give him a hug from me.... Dee...

11 Aug, 2010

 

Oh I m so sorry to hear about Henry hope the medication does the trick its such a worry isnt it, be thinking about you both.

11 Aug, 2010

 

Exchanging private messages with you re. Henry's condition, so I'll just say here ...
... "Thinking of you and of Henry" ... x

11 Aug, 2010

 

Sorry to hear that he has had another fit~ hopefully the vet will be able to control it with a course of treatment~
thinking about you both and wishing him well~

11 Aug, 2010

 

thanks for letting us know Spritz, at least you know now and can go ahead, it seem a few weeks ago when he had the others so hopefully the'll find out its mild

11 Aug, 2010

 

How sad to hear Henry has had another fit ... I'm sure the Vet will offer the best course of treatment ... thinking of you tomorrow.

11 Aug, 2010

 

I am on the beginers rung of pet ownership, I wish you both all the best.

11 Aug, 2010

 

Oh what a shock!!.......hope he will be ok Spritz.....thinking of you all xx

11 Aug, 2010

 

Its horrible when pets are poorly, they are such important parts of our families. Thinking of you.
Kay.

11 Aug, 2010

 

Thanks, everyone. I knew you'd understand. Yes, it was a shock - we'd almost got over the last ones, and so this came out of the blue.

11 Aug, 2010

mad
Mad
 

I hope very much that the vet can offer you some comfort and confidence in whichever treatment he gives Henry. He's a beautiful dog, no wonder you love him. I wish you all, all the best.

11 Aug, 2010

 

sorry to hear henry not well, hope all goes ok X

11 Aug, 2010

 

So sorry Barbara We had no idea. Poor Henry, he is such a lovely dog. Hope you have very good news about him tomorrow. xx

11 Aug, 2010

 

So sorry to hear poor Henry's had another fit, thinking of you, know how upsetting it is.
Fudge(our lab) has been on medication for his fits for over 5 months now, and he hasn't had any,he only used to have 1 or 2 a year but started getting cluster fits, one day he had 7, and he's fine now so sure the vet will be able to treat them, it took a while to get the medication right, as like us they're all different.
Good luck tommorrow.

11 Aug, 2010

 

I hope all goes well tomorrow at the vets and he gets the medication that will control the fits.

11 Aug, 2010

 

bless him...hope he`s ok & you too...

11 Aug, 2010

 

So sorry Henry as had another fit, hope all goes well,and he knows he as a mum who loves him to bits which will help him loads.Give him a hug for me xx

11 Aug, 2010

 

i ticked like cause i love henry barbara, my lab was on tabs for fits, they have the same medication as us for them and really work wonders barbara, it is a shock at first but once you know you can cope with it ok, i had sheba and my ex with fits , so double trouble, but he will be fine believe me, hugs for henry and a hug for you to ;o)) x

11 Aug, 2010

 

Will be thinking of you and lovely Henry tomorrow,Spritz...hope all goes well for him,and sure they will get him sorted....take care.xx

11 Aug, 2010

 

Thinking of you Spritz...it must have been a shock as time had elapsed since the last fit. Good luck for tomorrow......and hoping you get some rest tonight...xx

11 Aug, 2010

 

If it makes you feel any better - my golden retriever, Otis, has had occasional seizures for four years now and he seems perfectly happy and healthy. He isn't on any medications because they're sporadic. My vet told me that most seizures in dogs are idiopathic....there is no known cause.

11 Aug, 2010

 

Thanks all for the encouragement - it does help! We're hoping that the second fit - a bit like an after-shock - isn't tonight. It happened last time, and the vet warned us that it might every time he has a fit. We all need a good night - Henry too! xx

11 Aug, 2010

 

o no poor henry. i do hope it gets sorted bless him. thinking of u both xx

11 Aug, 2010

 

fingers crossed for you

11 Aug, 2010

 

We're all hoping Henry gets better soon.
Try and get some rest yourself Spritz. xx

11 Aug, 2010

amy
Amy
 

Please let us know how it goes with Henry tomorrow Barbara , we will be thinking of you both , try to get some sleep , Henry will be in the most capable hands ... x

11 Aug, 2010

 

I know - the vets are very good and the one we're seeing knows Henry well. He's very experienced, too, so I'm sure he'll sort out the medication - soon, I hope!

11 Aug, 2010

 

Sorry to hear about Henry, sending little prayers for you both.

11 Aug, 2010

 

Thanks, Valadel....that's really kind. :-))

11 Aug, 2010

 

aww so sorry to hear has not been well,hope the fits don't happen too often,give him a cuddle from me.

11 Aug, 2010

 

I will, Khayla. He's been getting a lot of cuddles today, as you can imagine. :-)

11 Aug, 2010

 

So sorry to read this blog Spritz, I hope Henry is ok and that your vets are able to sort his medication soon...I will be thinking of you and give Henry a big hug from me...XX

11 Aug, 2010

 

So sorry to hear about Henry, hope all goes well at the Vet hospital I know how distressing it can be, I am sure they will sort it out, he looks so well doesn't he?

11 Aug, 2010

 

I keep going to check on him...It's almost exactly 24 hours since he had the last fit....I can't wait for the vet to help him! He's been fine all day - I'm a nervous wreck! :-(

11 Aug, 2010

 

Fingers crossed that all goes well, Spritz. Such a worry for you. Will be thinking of you and Henry. God bless.

11 Aug, 2010

 

I do hope Henry will keep well for you and get a good report tomorrow I can understand your worry Take care love to you all and a hug x

11 Aug, 2010

 

so sorry to hear about Henry B, hope it all goes well at the vet for you all xxx

12 Aug, 2010

 

Poor Henry - and poor you! Henry's probably enjoying all the extra attention but I expect you are in a panic as I would be! Hope all goes well at the Vet's and you get the right medication for him. :o)

12 Aug, 2010

 

Well - the night is over...not much sleep, but he's OK...we see the vet at 5. Thanks for your good wishes, they mean a lot to me.

12 Aug, 2010

 

So sorry to hear this Barbara, if he has to have medication it will just become routine for you and him just like Sandra and others say. Unfortunately you will be the one to suffer, they mean so much to us don't they. He is a lovely happy boy and will still be a lovely happy boy if/when he's on medication, so you look after yourself. With all the good wishes on here, all has to be fine:-)

12 Aug, 2010

 

Thinking of you and Henry xxx

12 Aug, 2010

 

Thanks, Pam. :-)

Ba - you're so right. I have to hang on to the fact that we can both live with this condition, and maybe I'll be more relaxed once he's stabilised. It's not good to be anxious around him - he picks it up, of course.

12 Aug, 2010

 

Thinking of you all hope the vet"s visit goes well take care.....Mavis

12 Aug, 2010

 

Thanks, Mavis. I'll update this blog later on...

12 Aug, 2010

 

Poor Henry! I will keep him in my prayers.

12 Aug, 2010

 

Thank you Pip. Of course today he's over it and doesn't remember anything, so I hope he won't mind the vet examining him. He's usually very good there. Not long before we go, now.

12 Aug, 2010

 

Hi Spritz, I've sent you a PM. Good news at last!

12 Aug, 2010

 

Poor Henry, do hope you have some good news to tell us later on, give him a big hug from me ......

12 Aug, 2010

 

I hope all goes well for your dog. Our dogs do cause us to panic.
Clementine

12 Aug, 2010

amy
Amy
 

I'm sorry I can't say anything to make you feel better Barbara , I don't think anybody can really , I hope the medication works and Henry is able to lead a good comfortable quality of life , have a good nights sleep tonight x

12 Aug, 2010

 

Thank you Amy - just knowing that there are people out there like you, who are thinking of us, makes a big difference. :-))

12 Aug, 2010

 

~sounds hopeful, and of course he is not very old so may be able to go on for years if they can get the dose right!Fingers crossed!
It's good that they can't remember anything~
hope you have a better night's rest, you've done everything that you can~

12 Aug, 2010

 

Hi Spritz, have only just seen this blog~I am so sorry that you all have had to go through this distressing situation again~you must be exausted my dear friend. Hope the meds make a difference quickly, and your wonderful 'boy' returns to full health again. I know how scary this can be, my friend, but it seems more common than I was aware of by what I am reading, Our thoughts and prayers are with you all......xxx

12 Aug, 2010

 

Gosh Barbara, what a terrible thing to sequence of events for Henry and even more so for you and OH. Sounds like it's very complicated and quite scary for all of you. I just hope that the medication works well and is balanced quickly and easily. Poor henry....love to you all.....K x

12 Aug, 2010

 

Thinking of you all with love....xxx

12 Aug, 2010

 

Thanks, you lovely people. It's all 'very' scary for us and poor Henry...but I must 'think positive'...I know from some of you that dogs can have a good quality of life with this condition.

12 Aug, 2010

 

We are thinking of you and Henry, Barbara. Hope all went well today. Take care of yourself. xxxx

12 Aug, 2010

 

hope the medication helps Henry bless him...

12 Aug, 2010

 

Been thinking of you Spritz, sincerely hope all went ok today for Henry..

12 Aug, 2010

 

He'll be fine. Believe me, I've met so many people with epileptic dogs (and several who have goldens just like I do), and only one of them found that meds did not control the dog's seizures. The owner was going to take the dog to a specialist, but I've no idea what happened after that.

12 Aug, 2010

 

Pleased to hear that you got some medication for Henry and as you say think positive and he will be fine..x

13 Aug, 2010

 

So sorry to read Henry is still 'fitting' but glad that this vet has taken such positive steps. I know Henry is in the best of hands (yours and your vet's) and hope he settles quickly on his medication. xxx

13 Aug, 2010

 

Thanks - it was comforting to talk to the vet, that's true. He has to tell us the 'worst case' too, of course, or he wouldn't be doing his job properly, would he? I'll be glad when Henry's actually on the pills and (hopefully) balanced.

You've all been great - as I knew you would be. :-))

13 Aug, 2010

 

We all think the world of you, Spritz, and Henry is so much a part of you! Hoping the meds help calm the situation down, and help bring you peace from all the stress you are under. It hurts so much when your pet has something wrong with them, but he really is in excellent care, I totally agree with Wagger's comments as above. We will be keeping you all in out prayers my friend....xxx

13 Aug, 2010

 

Well - he's just this minute had the first dose of phenobarbitone...now we'll wait and see...

Thanks, Flori. Fingers crossed, now!

14 Aug, 2010

 

I'm sure in a short time it will just be routine for you both-- is he good with pills-- my setter used to hide them and pop them out when I wasn't looking!

14 Aug, 2010

 

OH disguised them in a small piece of cheese, Pam. He used to find his worming pills however we 'hid' them, and spit them out. Now he has tasty ones, so that's OK. :-)

14 Aug, 2010

 

pestle and mortar so that they can be ground to powder and sprinkled on food works every time....

14 Aug, 2010

 

Thanks, Arlene - OH has discovered that a pill fits exactly into one of the pieces of kibble that he eats - so no probs there. One gulp - gone! LOL.

14 Aug, 2010

 

So sorry, I hadn't read this before I sent the birthday message. Do hope he is getting better and the pills are working.

14 Aug, 2010

 

Oh Lulu - no apology needed!

We won't know any more for about 2 weeks, unless he has another fit during that time. We're hoping that the one medication will be all he needs....but of course, nothing's certain.

14 Aug, 2010

 

I`ve been thinking of Henry just lately and wondered how he was getting on. I`m so sory hear that he`s had another fit but glad that he is going straight onto medication which should control the majority of them. I understand what you mean about keeping his `Henry-ness`, I think I would do the same if I were in your shoes....

15 Aug, 2010

 

I need to ask a few more questions - we've got a list of them...but I'll wait until he goes for his first blood test. I don't want to be a 'fussy owner'! I'm sure there are such people, and the vets are busy people....

15 Aug, 2010

 

You must ask those questions Barbara, thats what the vet is there for. I wouldn`t call you a fussy owner either, just a deeply caring one .....

15 Aug, 2010

 

I agree with Labdancer, Spritz. Ring them up and ask away.

As Labdancer says that's why you pay them an absolute fortune. We all know how important pets are to their owners and I'm sure the vets understand it as well. It's better to get the answers now than to sit and worry about it until your next visit.

I hope his meds will keep him free from any more seizures but not take away his "Henry-ness"

15 Aug, 2010

 

OK...will try to get some answers tomorow. Thanks. :-)

15 Aug, 2010

 

Hope everything goes well for Henry

19 Aug, 2010

 

Thank you Steve....

19 Aug, 2010

 

Just checking in to see if there is any more news?? :-)

19 Aug, 2010

 

A slight difference of opinion at the moment, Ba. One vet prescribed liver supplements, but when OH went to pick them up, the 'Boss-man' queried them, so now what? They should surely agree...they're the experts.

19 Aug, 2010

 

It does make you wonder Spritz, and they have longer training than doctors! Did he say why Henry needed liver supplements?

19 Aug, 2010

 

'Boss-man' told me a while ago that he might need them if he went onto medication no. 2 - the second vet said he'd like to start him now. I'm confused!

19 Aug, 2010

 

I'd go with the boss man, he may not need 2nd medication. Try googling info:-)

19 Aug, 2010

 

We have a pack of info from the Practice - but yes, I will - as long as I don't scare myself rigid!

19 Aug, 2010

 

Have you spoken to his breeder yet? She may have info too which could help, maybe put you in touch with someone with same problem who could reassure you:-)

19 Aug, 2010

 

Yes, we went to talk to her after the first seizure. None of the rest of the litter has had any problems, nor is there a history in the female line.

19 Aug, 2010

 

It sounds like a balancing act with the drugs and may take a while to get the optimum dosage sorted. Hope you can find the information you need - perhaps the liver supplements is a case of 'belt and braces', can't do any harm but may do a power of good?

19 Aug, 2010

 

I suspect that's why vet 2 wants to put him on them straight away. Boss-man said initially that they were to protect and repair his liver once he went onto the bromide - if he has to.

19 Aug, 2010

 

Oh crumbs Spritz, I do feel for you, its bad enough without them confusing you. I think I`d go with the boss-man if it was me tho..........

19 Aug, 2010

 

...but why wait to repair the liver if you can protect it? They don't make your choices easy, do they?

19 Aug, 2010

 

Vet 2 wants us to get together to discuss it all when I'm better...I'm not too well at the moment, but let's not go there....:-(((

19 Aug, 2010

 

Oh dear! ....it never rains but it pours. I hope you soon feel better, this stress can't be helping you at all!!!

19 Aug, 2010

 

Fudge is on bromide and epiphen, the vets never suggested liver supplements though, I did a lot of googling when he started his medication, don't remember seeing anything about liver supplements.
Off to have another google myself now.

19 Aug, 2010

 

It's called 'Donamarin' Kathy.

No Wagger, too much stress plays havoc with your immune system! Thanks...:-))

19 Aug, 2010

 

Dr Wagger prescribes lots of early nights tucked up with a cup of cocoa or hot chocolate.... and a foot massage if OH would oblige.

19 Aug, 2010

 

Oh dear just read your update and sincerely hope they get Henry sorted out, you must be so perplexed.
I agree with Wagger, lots of TLC for you and Henry.
God bless.

19 Aug, 2010

 

Thanks - bed calls - I'm really tired. It's all too much sometimes!

19 Aug, 2010

 

http://www.langfordvets.co.uk/small_animal_hospital.htm
this is the link for Langford Vet Hospital, they might be able to offer a second opinion B, excellent place just outside Bristol

20 Aug, 2010

 

Hope you're feeling better soon Barbara, stress doesn't help does it, and where our beloved dogs are concerned, any problem is magnified. If it was you needing the medication, it probably wouldn't feel any worse. Just remember, thousands of dogs will be living happily and healthily with the medication just like Simbads Fudge:-)

20 Aug, 2010

 

Thanks, Grindle - I know about Langfords, and we've had good reports about them. We'll talk it through with 'our' vets after they've had their Practice Meeting, to see if they can agree amongst themselves, but may well have to ask for a second opinion.

Yes, Ba - I do agree - it's just the confusion!

P.S. 'I' hope I feel better soon, too, but thanks! ;-)

20 Aug, 2010

 

As "Mommie" to an older dog, I understand how heart wrenching it is to watch a happy active friend go through such difficulties. Our Mandy has hip and incontinence problems, which at her senior age of 13 is not unheard of. She is a large dog, weighs about 80 lbs. and very hard to lift is she falls. (We're not as young as we used to be, either.) We watch her closely as I'm sure you're watching Henry...and we just love them all the more, don't we? Hugs and pats to Henry...hope he tolerates his medication and progress can be made by the vets.

27 Aug, 2010

 

Thank you, Lori. :-)) I'll keep you all posted.

27 Aug, 2010

 

Will you let us know on here?:-)

31 Aug, 2010

 

Yes, of course. I'm a bit concerned about him - he's a little lethargic, but that's probably due to the medication. We're hoping to get a blood test done soon...he may be able to go on a lower dose.

31 Aug, 2010

 

Fingers crossed, it must just be trial and error at the moment :-)

3 Sep, 2010

 

Yes...and we have an appointment with the vet on Monday to discuss things, including medication. At least the insurance has started to pay up, no quibbling at all, so that's a small comfort!

3 Sep, 2010

 

Good luck on Monday, Henry ! :o) x

3 Sep, 2010

 

I'll look on here Monday then Spritz, good luck:-)

3 Sep, 2010

 

Thanks, Tt and Ba....I'll let you know, of course. xx

3 Sep, 2010

 

Hope he perks up soon Spritz, sending Henry a big hug.......

3 Sep, 2010

 

Thanks, Ll...he's lost his 'bounce' at the moment....

3 Sep, 2010

 

Get well soon Henry x

3 Sep, 2010

 

hope he is ok Spritz,he has enough fans supporting him..bless..

3 Sep, 2010

 

Thanks - normally he'd bounce out of bed to say 'good morning' to me - not at the moment. I just get wags from his bed. I suppose I may have to choose between seizures and 'bounciness', and there's really no contest, is there?

4 Sep, 2010

 

He can possibly get back his bounciness when they get the dosage right or when he accustoms to it:-)

4 Sep, 2010

 

I do hope so - it seems all wrong not to have him dashing to the door to say hallo! We'll talk to his vet on Monday about it.

4 Sep, 2010

 

I know what you mean, you feel he's lost a bit of himself. Perhaps you could ask Sanbaz and Sinbad how it affected their dogs?? That could reassure you:-)

4 Sep, 2010

 

Yes, I will - thanks. :-)

4 Sep, 2010

 

Yes Fudge was just the same Barbara, maybe Henry does need the dose altering, have noticed Fudge has slowed down a lot but he has got bad athritis now and he's 10, so think its more to do with that with him, we just go for two shorter walks now rather than one long one,otherwise he's his old naughty self, pinching tea towels and leaving his toys scattered about, sure when they get the dose right Henry'll be fine did take a while with Fudge.

4 Sep, 2010

 

Thanks, Kathy - we do need that blood test, don't we!

Also got controversy and a difference of opinion between two vets - one wants to start him off on liver supplements now, the 'big boss' said not to unless he's on potassium...we're going to discuss that one, as well! How are we supposed to know what's best? :-/

4 Sep, 2010

 

Just picked up on this sad saga, do hope Henry improves soon. I havent had a dog for a few years now, but still appreciate your concern.

Good luck on Monday! :)

5 Sep, 2010

 

Thanks, R'smum. We'll feel better after we've talked to the vet...I hope!

5 Sep, 2010

 

Good luck with the vet today Henry xxx

6 Sep, 2010

 

Pulling for you, Henry!

6 Sep, 2010

amy
Amy
 

Good luck today Barbara We are waiting for good news xx

6 Sep, 2010

 

Our appointment had to be postponed! I will let you know when we've seen the vet, though. :-(((

6 Sep, 2010

amy
Amy
 

Oh what bad luck !, all that waiting and now to go through it again .. :o( x

6 Sep, 2010

 

An unfortunate clash of appointments. :-(((

6 Sep, 2010

 

Oh dear Spritz, I know it`s not easy having to wait and appointment mix-ups is the last thing you want, keep your chin up and hopefully Henry gets sorted asap, we`re all willing him to get his bounce back but no matter what, he is still your Henry Bless him ..xx

6 Sep, 2010

 

Yes, he is - just not as bouncy....but still a lovely boy, as I keep telling him! He should know that bit by now...lol.

6 Sep, 2010

 

Sorry to hear about the "clash" Spritz..hoping things are sorted for you without too much more delay..x

6 Sep, 2010

 

Thanks....I'll PM you, Ray/Jane...x

6 Sep, 2010

 

Oh dear hope you don't have to wait too long for another appointment Barbara x

6 Sep, 2010

 

Lovely...thanks Spritz..x

6 Sep, 2010

 

No, Kathy, it's made...OH has the details...only a day or two. We needed a proper consultation time with the same vet, obviously.

6 Sep, 2010

 

hope you can get it sorted out B

7 Sep, 2010

 

We have to, G. I'm not happy with his current state - but it's 100% better than fits.

7 Sep, 2010

 

See above for an update.

8 Sep, 2010

 

I've just read your Sept. 8th update.
Yes ... very much a waiting game with blood tests...
... let's hope the liver supplements help Henry.
I understand the stress of it all ...
Conker had countless blood tests last year, over many months.
Try to keep positive...
xxx

8 Sep, 2010

 

Thanks, Tt. We're trying to - but I really don't like this lethargy! The supplements seem to be to help to build his resistance to any future liver damage with being on long-term medication - apparently, that can happen.

8 Sep, 2010

 

I've just read your update Spritz. I know it's not the best situation for any of you to be in right now but, to my mind, your vet sounds to be very knowledgeable and doing his best for lovely Henry.

After meeting him, before he went on the medication, I know what you mean about his "Henry-ness".
He is a strong young dog and I'm sure he will get over this, even if he does need medication from now on.

Give him an extra hug from me and one for you as well!

Ian xx

8 Sep, 2010

 

thankyou for the update Spritz, Henrys young & healthy side effects of medication is a problem for us as well but he sounds such a competent vet that with all the tests he'll soon be 'being Henry' again :0) xxx

9 Sep, 2010

 

I have been following Henry's progress and hope he keeps well. Give him a hug from me too,with all the hugs he is getting wished on him he should recover in no time at all.

9 Sep, 2010

 

Thanks, Pam & Khayla. He won't ever be 'well' with his condition,, but with any luck he should be better - if you see what I mean! Yes, I'd love to see the 'bounce' back. :-)) He's enjoying all the hugs, too....

9 Sep, 2010

 

Oh, so sorry Barbara.....poor Henry, I hope with his medication he'll be more like his young self and soon be raring to go once more. Love and hugs for him.XX

12 Sep, 2010

 

Thanks, Janey! That's kind. xx

13 Sep, 2010

 

Just caught up with this blog, Spritz, and I'm so sorry to hear about poor Henry and know how worried you must be. I hope the dosage can be sorted out so that he is more like his old self very soon. Fingers crossed and thinking of you.

15 Sep, 2010

 

Just read the top of this, without looking at date, and thought for a minute it had happened again ....PHEW....:-)

15 Sep, 2010

 

Thank you, Gee....He had his blood test this morning, and we don't get the results for a whole WEEK!!!

Oh dear, Ba....we really, really don't want any more seizures....sorry you had a shock. :-((

15 Sep, 2010

 

There really isn't anything worse than waiting on test results Spritz, here's hoping all gets sorted soon, and your lad back to his joyous self again! Am thinking of you my dear friend...X

16 Sep, 2010

 

I know, Flori....and thank you. xxxx

16 Sep, 2010

 

Am also thinking of you....

16 Sep, 2010

 

Thank you Pip. xx

16 Sep, 2010

 

I award you with the 'Bornagain's flowerpot' award for 100 comments, as well ;o)

16 Sep, 2010

 

wish it was on a happier subject though!

16 Sep, 2010

 

Yes....I think I'll pass on awards, thanks, Pip. :-(

16 Sep, 2010

 

So sorry to hear this Spritz, I've only just seen this blog and didn't realise poor Henry had been ill in June too. Fingers crossed for the blood test results. Thinking of you...and Henry of course.

18 Sep, 2010

 

Thanks, Lily - it was such a shock, out of the blue. People have been so very kind. It's hard having to wait, though!

18 Sep, 2010

 

I'm comment number 160 Lol.
How is Henry doing just now? I do hope those test results come back with a positive outlook for him. xx

18 Sep, 2010

 

The vet left a message on the phone yesterday evening - the range (whatever that means!) should be 10 - 40, and Henry's blood showed up as 16. We have to leave the dosage as it is for the moment. We 'do' need to know what this all means, though - I sure don't! (???) OH is going to ring the vet tomorrow and ask.

19 Sep, 2010

 

Hi Spritz...I know you've probably been all over the web looking for all the info you can find...I just found a Brit Vet...David Wadsworth with a fact sheet on phenobarbitone and the bloods sampling of it in the blood. There's all kinds of talk about WHEN the sample is taken ..."trough" samples vs. dosing samples...The web is so amazing, I just searched "Veterinary Phenobarbitone safe levels" and there were quite a few pages for perusal. Hugs to Henry....

19 Sep, 2010

 

Lori - thank you SO much! I'll see if I can find it. :-))

19 Sep, 2010

 

Hope this is all sorted out now. Sorry I did not pick up on it earlier but I have not been on as much lately. I think of you and Henry often and thank you for being brave enough to share your anxieties with us. Love to you all.

11 Oct, 2010

 

Thank you very much - he's doing well, but he's still a little lethargic. Of course there's no contest - we'd rather have Henry without seizures, even though he's lost his 'bounce'.

11 Oct, 2010

 

He is probably feeling a bit perplexed at his own situation and will take time to sort himself out in his own head. Hopefully as he settles down with the medication he will become more like his old confident self again. Take care.

11 Oct, 2010

 

Takes a while Barbara, Fudge has been fit free on his medication for 6 months now, he's back to his old self again now, his athritis even seems better now the weathers cooled, pinches my tea towels off the radiator, when he first went on the medication I had to pretend I couldn't catch him,lol, now I really can't he's too fast, so sure Henry'll be back to his old self before long, even the 'wind' problems got better, lol,thank goodness.

11 Oct, 2010

 

Thank you both - I've had such kind messages and reassurance about living with an epileptic dog. It means so much to me! :-)))) xx

Kathy - that's really good news. Pats for Fudge!

11 Oct, 2010

 

just back-- been to Guernsey for a few days ---and read the update about henry, seems positive to me, being monitored regularly and protective medicine as well seems a forward step xxx

11 Oct, 2010

 

Yes - we can't ask for more, can we. The vets seems to know what they're doing, so we just have to wait, as Simbad says, and hope that he gets back to being 'Henry' again. :-))

I hope you had a great time in Guernsey....blog to follow?

11 Oct, 2010

 

Nice to see Henry is doing so much better,that's good news Spritz.He seems to be coping well,so you will be more hopeful too.Give him a cuddle from me....:o)

11 Oct, 2010

 

I will - and thanks, Bloomer. :-))

11 Oct, 2010

 

Good to hear Henry is on the mend Barbara, even if he is steadier than he used to be, I 'm sure we would feel the same on pills for epilepsy. Much love to him from Lottie and me....XXXX

11 Oct, 2010

 

Thank you....he's still my beautiful boy! xxx.

11 Oct, 2010

 

:o)) X

11 Oct, 2010

 

I'll see, most of the visits we made were to the Occupation Museums which were very interesting and I wouldn't have missed any one of them but very thought provoking. (((hug to henry ))) Pam --- the flowers (esp. the guernsey lilies) are very lovely on the island

12 Oct, 2010

 

Well, there you are! I'd love to see the flowers - so you've got the subject matter for two blogs there. I saw a TV series about the occupation - did you? So a blog about that would be interesting.

Henry likes hugs! :-)))))

12 Oct, 2010

 

So pleased to hear that the medication is helping Henry and fingers crossed that his 'Henry-ness' will soon return, as Sinbad has suggested it will. Hope you are feeling better too. Sounds like a GoY group hug is going round the country just for Henry so I'll add one too :)

12 Oct, 2010

 

I've tries many times to upload photo's but without success, my system will not allow this, (it maybe something to do with our business) but I'll think about a few words about the weekend, --- thanks Pam

12 Oct, 2010

 

Thanks, Gee - it does feel like that. I know that you understand about GOY sympathy! :-)) I'm beginning to feel better, thanks. Henry's enjoying having longer walks, too.

Oh Pam - what a shame. I was looking forward to the Guernsey flowers!

12 Oct, 2010

 

they had a nerine festival ( its guernseys national flower) of over a hundred plants in pots in a greenhouse, from pure white through all the pinks and oranges to reds, may be a project for next year!!

12 Oct, 2010

 

Oh - it must have been spectacular. I have ONE left out of an original 12 that I planted a few years ago. I don't know why they've vamoosed. Not enough baking by the sun, I suspect. :-(((

12 Oct, 2010

 

it was very much warmer there a thin cardigan / bodywarmer against the breeze ( not even that in the sun) It was the nerines in the glasshouses that I may consider, all lined up in clay pots and looking perfect!

13 Oct, 2010

 

Maybe I could try that, too...they certainly don't like it in the soil here, and I also know that there are a lot that aren't hardy.

13 Oct, 2010

 

am I right in thinking that they should be planted in the spring to flower in autumn?

update on the orchids, the one with very small white flowers has a contiuation of buds on the flowering stem and the other stem now has buds at the end and a side shoot with buds, the dormant plants flower spike has also grown to about 2" long-- I'm getting quite into these!
a friend has one with multiple stems thats been flowering over four years-- quite amazing!

13 Oct, 2010

 

Yes, I believe so...

As far as orchids go, I have one white one that hasn't been without flowers for about that time, while others have a 'sulk' for a while before they get a new stem. They're all great to have - lots of beautiful flowers to admire. :-)

13 Oct, 2010

 

I hope Henry is feeling better! He's such a beautiful dog.

30 Oct, 2010

 

He seems to be getting gradually more used to the phenobarbitol I think, Raquel. I've noticed a little more animation lately. I really didn't like seeing him so lethargic, but it's still much better than those dreadful seizures.

He also wants a lot more strokes and hugs since it all started. Maybe he 'feels' different? I don't know. I don't mind giving them to him, I do know that! :-))))

30 Oct, 2010

 

Aww...here's another hug by proxy for you to deliver, Barbara!

30 Oct, 2010

 

Pleased to hear Henry is perking up a bit Spritz, I think our pets sense when we are concerned about them, especially find that with our dogs and in their way they are offering us comfort in return, a big hug is one of the best pickmeups after all........

30 Oct, 2010

 

Hi Spritz, glad to hear that Henry doing ok....My Raff was like this after his cancer scare...he is so much more clinging to me than he use to be...always seeking reassurance.....I think L/lass is right in what she says....

30 Oct, 2010

 

Yes, it could be that. I hadn't thought about it that way. He's just appeared next to me, funnily enough, wanting some strokes - so I gave him a hug from Lori, too. xx

31 Oct, 2010

 

Hello Henry you gorgeous boy xx I see you are keeping an eye on Barbara as you've been a little worried about her, keep up the good work:-)

1 Nov, 2010

 

I think we're keeping an eye on each other, Ba! LOL.

1 Nov, 2010

 

:-)

1 Nov, 2010

 

I took a photo of him looking up at me asking for strokes - I'll post it, and you'll see what I mean.

1 Nov, 2010

 

Lovely:-)

2 Nov, 2010

 

He is, isn't he. i told you he's my beautiful boy, Ba. :-)

2 Nov, 2010

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