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Hi,so I’m coming on here as I have a 12 month old Vizsla boy who’s an active and a happy viz. He was diagnosed with epilepsy at an early age of 3 months. Everything has been going pretty well, except from a few seizures but that’s okay. Recently, he has started getting these cramps. This only happens when he’s falling asleep. When they happen he quickly wakes up in a cramp and can’t properly open him mouth and his neck is stiff (this lasts around 30seconds), and he sometimes even whines asking for help as he can’t move. We are not sure if this is something to do with his epilepsy but when we did a vet consult he just said to increase the dose of his epilepsy tablets which doesn’t change the cramps!!!! And as I mentioned they only happen when he’s falling asleep. We thought that he might be some mineral/ vitamins deficiency so we have ordered some vitamins. Please, if anyone has any recommendations on what this might be we would be so grateful so we could help our precious boy.
 

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Just wondering if it could be a focal seizure.
 

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Just wondering if it could be a focal seizure.
Second this. Our v mix also has epilepsy, diagnosed at 5 months, so we've been dealing with it for a year now. His seizures have changed some over time and we have caught him a few times having what looks like an "aware" seizure, unlike the typical tonic-clonic (grand Mal) that most are familiar with. If your vet increased your V's meds, it could take a few weeks to build in their system and notice any impact on the seizures. Some dogs can also be unresponsive to meds; this seems to be the likely situation we are facing having tried six different medications now.
 

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Second this. Our v mix also has epilepsy, diagnosed at 5 months, so we've been dealing with it for a year now. His seizures have changed some over time and we have caught him a few times having what looks like an "aware" seizure, unlike the typical tonic-clonic (grand Mal) that most are familiar with. If your vet increased your V's meds, it could take a few weeks to build in their system and notice any impact on the seizures. Some dogs can also be unresponsive to meds; this seems to be the likely situation we are facing having tried six different medications now.
Second this. Our v mix also has epilepsy, diagnosed at 5 months, so we've been dealing with it for a year now. His seizures have changed some over time and we have caught him a few times having what looks like an "aware" seizure, unlike the typical tonic-clonic (grand Mal) that most are familiar with. If your vet increased your V's meds, it could take a few weeks to build in their system and notice any impact on the seizures. Some dogs can also be unresponsive to meds; this seems to be the likely situation we are facing having tried six different medications now.
Thank you so much, could I ask what medication does your Vizsla take? Nelson is currently on phenobarbital. We can see that it has helped him from having the long seizures but he gets these mouth cramps where he just whines and can’t open his mouth.
 

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Thank you so much, could I ask what medication does your Vizsla take? Nelson is currently on phenobarbital. We can see that it has helped him from having the long seizures but he gets these mouth cramps where he just whines and can’t open his mouth.
Ugh, Ansel takes everything right now because nothing has been having a noticeable effect on reducing the seizures. He currently takes keppra, zonisimide, phenobarbital, CBDs, and sodium bromide. He also has diazepam during seizures, and occasionally gets chlorazapate as well depending on circumstances. We will be starting to wean him off is the keppra and zonisimide in a few weeks since he has been on those the longest and they do not appear to help, but our Dr wanted to get his sodium bromide levels up before we start taking him off the other meds. If you have access to a veterinary neurologist I would highly recommend a consult with them. We only have one in our state, but luckily she is only a half hour away from us. We have only seen her in person twice, when Ansel needed various tests, all other consultations have been via email/phone. It has been helpful having a vet that is very experienced with epilepsy walk us through all of this, it is very stressful and scary, especially in the beginning.
 

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Ugh, Ansel takes everything right now because nothing has been having a noticeable effect on reducing the seizures. He currently takes keppra, zonisimide, phenobarbital, CBDs, and sodium bromide. He also has diazepam during seizures, and occasionally gets chlorazapate as well depending on circumstances. We will be starting to wean him off is the keppra and zonisimide in a few weeks since he has been on those the longest and they do not appear to help, but our Dr wanted to get his sodium bromide levels up before we start taking him off the other meds. If you have access to a veterinary neurologist I would highly recommend a consult with them. We only have one in our state, but luckily she is only a half hour away from us. We have only seen her in person twice, when Ansel needed various tests, all other consultations have been via email/phone. It has been helpful having a vet that is very experienced with epilepsy walk us through all of this, it is very stressful and scary, especially in the beginning.
Thank you so much for your reply. Yes it is an extremely difficult and stressful experience especially watching your dog suffer. We have an appointment with our vet this week and then hopefully we will go to a specialist very soon.
 
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