Living with an Epileptic pet


Some of you may not know that I have a pet chihuahua named Bluebell. Well, I do and she is the most cutest, cuddly and loving chihuahua you will ever meet. She hasn’t got an attitude problem that most chihuahua are known for, and she loves to play with people. She is a shy dog in public places and very scared of dogs outside of the home. But, as soon as a stranger enters her domain she transforms into a fierce Rottweiler ready to pounce on intruders! (She especially dislikes men… she must’ve been a feminist in a previous life!)

Bluebell is an all round amazing dog. She is smaller than a cat and requires less maintenance than your average dog, but she has some health issues which means she needs lots of love and attention.

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Ever since I can remember, Bluebell would act really strange sometimes. She would regularly run to me, or hide in a corner trembling and tensing up. At first I thought it could be a reaction to loud noises or maybe she was scared of seeing another dog on the TV (seriously, she is that scared) and because these episodes started happening while she was only a young puppy, I honestly thought she might grow out of it.

As she grew older however, they continued and worsened. They happened more frequently and started to get very violent. She would lose control of her body and spasm out of control. Her paws would raise above her head and she would lose all movement in her legs for 10 minutes, unable to walk even after the worst of her seizure was over. Bluebell’s pupils would also dilate and she would start to drool and foam at the mouth.

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Watching a dog go through all of this is tough, especially when you are emotionally attached to them and also when they are so small and vulnerable!

I thought it may be a case of hypoglycemia, which is very common in the chihuahua breed, but of course I didn’t want to take this matter in my own hands so we took her to the vets.

Before Bluebell was diagnosed with epilepsy, she had to be taken to the vet hospital for tests. I honestly didn’t know these places existed, it was like walking into a real hospital but with lots of animals everywhere – it even smelled like hospital! She stayed over night and the next day she was diagnosed with Epilepsy.

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Personally, I wasn’t aware that animals could suffer with epilepsy. Obviously, there is no cure for epilepsy at the moment, however she is taking medication to help with her condition. Bluebell has been prescribed with Epiphen, and takes 1/2 tablet twice a day. She also needs to have constant blood tests at the vets every 3-4 months, which she finds unpleasant but is getting used to.

The pills have worked in a way, her seizures are shorter and less violent, but we are still unsure what causes them. She has had episodes in the garden, while she’s asleep and even from just taking a walk. They can happen at any moment which makes it even more worrying because she could have a seizure while everyone is out of the house.

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It’s always a bit of a scare to see her in seizure mode, and you can tell she is confused and a bit uncomfortable when it happens, but all you can do is comfort her and hold her until it’s finished. You can sometimes tell when an episode is coming on because she doesn’t want to eat or move.

 

Bless her, she will always be my special little baby ❤

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