Wednesday, February 09, 2011

READY TO KILL THE SEIZURE MONSTER!

Hey Pals,

I'm ruff and tough and ready to kill that darn SEIZURE MONSTER for good!




That mean monster visited me last Friday before Mama had to leave for her test.  Then yesterday, he stopped here 2 times during the day and then again at 1:30AM this morning.  We just couldn't believe it.

SO, this morning our vet started me on the drug Phenobarbital.  For my weight, I'm in between for 2 different dosages, so I'm starting on the lower dose.  It will take 2 weeks for the drug to build up in my system so I could still have many seizures in this time period.  After the 2 weeks, we start tracking if the seizures become less in numbers or severity.  If not, then I will go up to the next size dosage.

If the higher dosage doesn't work, then blood tests are done to determine if the drug is in my blood like it should be.  If it is low, then the dosage can be raised again.  You must be careful when raising the dosage of this drug, too much can become toxic.  If you own a dog and it is on Phenobarbital, NEVER change the dosage yourself.  Always work with your vet to determine any changes in the dosage.

If that doesn't work, then the second drug of choice to add is Potassium Bromide.  This is what Angel Snickers had to take, both drugs together.  Eventually she was able to stop the Phenobarbital which is actually hard on the liver.  Potassium Bromide does not affect the liver, but this drug is very very expensive as Mama already knows, been there, done that.

If we get to this point and the seizures are not slowing down, then it is possible that I have a brain tumor.  This does happen to many older dogs.  We hate to even think about this, but it could be a possibility.

I've enlisted the help of my Kousin Toto, the Yorkie, to help me kill that mean monster.  He earned his battle stars last week by killing a MINK all by his little ol' self.  Can you believe that?  A little yorkie terrier killing a nasty darn mink?


This is me with Toto a few years ago.

Mama wants Toto to come sit by our ponds at night and catch those mean mink that kill our koi.  We need his help desperately.  This winter has been very bad for our koi.  We have lost many to the mink.  Makes Mama very sad.

I promised Katie that I won't have any seizures on her 1st birthday coming up.  We hope all of our furriends can come pawty with us.

Gotta run, Mama said it's time for my walkie down the driveway.  We can't walk around our land since the snow is soooooo deep.  But our long driveway is plowed by the farmer with his big green tractor.  So we can walk there for our exercise.

Wirey Hugs, Purrz & Licks,
Butchy, Katie, Ruby, Sylvester, Scuby, Hootie & Zeek

29 comments:

Barbara said...

Butchy, we have our fingers, toes and whole bodies crossed that the drugs help kill the seizure monster. We hate him and would like to kill him ourselves!

I hope you feel better soon!!

Asta said...

Butchy
I'm glad you have enlisted that bwave and stwong cousin of youws in this battle
With Toto and all ouw paw powew we will DEFEAT thsi monstew once and fow all!
I just hope it's soonew wathew than latew.
We awe holding youw paw
smoochie kisses
asTA

Brian said...

My sisters and I will get our best hissies going to try to help chase that mean monster away from you. We're thinking of you sweet Butchy!

Jake of Florida said...

We don't know what to say to help stifle, gag, guillotine, gas, exterminate the seizure monster. So so so not fair that you and the kind Lamb family have to deal with this mean uninvited visitor.

Our thoughts are with you Butchy and Mama Lamb. We hope you know that!!

Wirey love, tons of wirey love,

Jake and Just Harry

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

We are here to help you fight too, Butchy. We hope the meds work and you can get rid of that nasty monster. Paws crossed for you.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Koobuss said...

Good luck, Kousin Butchy! We hope and pray that you can kill that terrible seizure monster forever! You guys have already been through too much.

Love and Lots of Koobuss Kisses,
Kousin Koobie

pam said...

Butchy we are at the ready to come help kick that dern seizure monster's ass...ests. You just call. Glad Toto is gonna be there to help.

Bobo and Meja

Admiral Hestorb said...

Oh Butchy Honey, I'm gonna put a big hurty bitey on that monster. And I'll purr for you too. ♥

Gus said...

Dear Butchie! I remember that Toto dog. He came over on Miss Snicker's Birthday! He was ONE MEAN puppy...we think he may be just the guy to help out.

Until then, I am keeping paws crossed, which makes some things more difficult, if ya know what I mean.

But it will be worth it!

kisses
gussie

pee ess...put us on the list for kkkkkkKatie's birthday, OK?

Mango said...

Seizure monster is really being annoying all hanging around you like that. Too much! Begone! I am keeping my paws crossed that the medicines scare him away for good and that you are back to your old self and mom won't be so worried about you all the time.

Slobbers,
Mango

Kea said...

We think we can enlist Annie to hiss at the seizure monster, even though she's sick. She's still good at hissing!

Purrs and paws crossed from us all!

Jen said...

Murphy, the feisty Jack Russell is barking her head off at the seizure monster.... she wants him to GO AWAY TOO!!! Hang in there Butchy and we are sending all kinds of healing power of the paw vibes to you that this works!!

Jen and the Black Dog Crew

Wyatt said...

Butchy-
Sorry for your troubles, my terrier pal :(
You look like you are ready to do battle! Tenacious Terrier Indeed!!

Paws Crossed,
Wyatt and Stanzie

FiveSibesMom said...

Hi, Butchy...we hope your "seizure monster" will not return. One of my Sibes developed seizures shortly after he turned three. I wrote a blog about our experiences with it and what we have learned over the years also. Gibson is on a combo of Pheno and Potassium Bromide. We will keep our paws crossed here for you with all good thoughts coming your way! Stop by and visit us sometime, and if you want to read about Gib's seizures, here's the link:
http://fivesibes.blogspot.com/2010/11/one-huskys-journey-with-epilepsy-to.html

Looking forward to hearing how well you are doing!

Your new friends, the FiveSibes and Mom!

Wirey Harley said...

I'm gonna learn how to shoot that seizure monster!!! My humans told me that Angel Charmin had them really bad and after the phenobarb almost killed her liver they put her on the Potasium Bromide. That helped her live longer without seizures. Tell your humans to talk to your doctor about taking Milk Thistle to help keep your liver healthy. Charmin's vet says that's what brought her health back. They also gave her some kind of super antioxidants and the vet said that was helping get the nasties out of her system. As soon as I learn how to shoot a seizure killing rifle I'll start shooting!!!

Benny and Lily said...

Your poor baby. We are heading to battle with you.
Benny & Lily

Amy and The House of Cats said...

Oh Butchy we are so sad that the evil seziure monster keeps coming by and bothering you! We wish we could go there and help scare him away but we know that you have tons and tons of prayers and purrs and woofs and crossed paws headed your direction to help you fight him! We hope that the medicine will work quickly and get rid of them right away!!

misskyliem said...

That sure is scary... We have our paws crossed here that he stays away (For good!) and the the medicine helps you.

Have a great birthday bash!

Licks & Puppy Kisses,

Kylie & Jimmy

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

I've got the paws khrosed -

AND lots of Sibe Vibes heading to IOWAY -

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra

Jan's Funny Farm said...

We hope the medication helps. Seizures are no fun!

The Boston Lady said...

{{Butchy}} you are in our hearts and thoughts! Out Darn Seizure Monster. Ann TBL

Piappies World said...

Hello Butchy,

We are here to help you in prayers to battle that S Monster! We are happy to see you got your cousin Toto to be there by your side. He sure looks like a toughie.

We really hope the meds scare the S monster away. We got our paws crossed for you pal!

Love,
Piappies Fudgie, Princess, Frappie, Mocha, Sugar, Wai-Pai, Wai-Max & Forgie

Bouncing Bertie said...

Love and hugs to Butchy in this difficult time. I do so hope the new treatment works.

Oh and Katie, can I really come and party with you? I am bouncing off the walls with joy and excitement!

Toodle pip!
Bertie.

joni said...

OMG....sorry to hear about that evil monster...I think that you need a Exorcism to get rid of the evil thing!!
Our prayers and for you and your family!! Mom says that a tough thing to go thu again!!
Sending good energy to you,
Luna and family

Fred said...

Thinking of you right now! You are very tough, and I know you will GET that monster!

Maggie and Mitch said...

Our paws are crossed and lots of AireZen is coming your way, Butchy!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

doyle and mollie said...

oh butchy you go boy we are rooting for you!!! loves and licks xxx

Lacy said...

w00fs, ooo sweet boy..me sure hopes u find a dosage that will work and help u..u sure are having a lot of them lately...iffin us all gang up on that monster, we can git rid of him, furever....

b safe,
rocky

Milo and Alfie Marshall said...

Butchy, we are gonna purr and purr for you to get well. That monster needs kicking into touch!