Mini Australian Shepherd Is On Epilepsy Meds, Still Having Seizures, And Has Fleas

by Kay
(South Carolina)


After taking Simperica chewable flea tabs, my 4-year-old red merle Mini Aussie developed epileptic seizures.

The vet put her on Phenobarbital tabs 2x daily. Seizures started again in 2 months and Keppra 1/2 tab 3 times day was added. At that time we were told to stop Simperica and use topical Frontline plus.

Two months later cluster seizures reoccur. Potassium bromide tabs, 2 tabs daily were prescribed.

Aussie now has loss of motor skills in hind legs. She also has fleas and scratches/bites clumps of fur making sore places on her legs and trunk.

What should I do about motor skill loss and prevention of fleas tormenting her? I don’t want her to die from epileptic seizures!

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Seizures
by: Anonymous

Our little Rat Terrier Twiggy developed seizures, we lost her to a tow day activity. Not sure if it was from Frontline or Nexgard. We now have the Aussie Arlo on both meds, the ticks where we live are also dangerous with Lyme disease. Sorry your dog is having this.

Epilepsy
by: Anonymous

Does she get phenobarbital and potassium bromide together? how is her mdr1 state?
Mine had combo therapy of both and he was mdr -/- ..... phenobarbital alone did not help but both together worked fine for about 4 years. If the potassium therapy started recently, her brain will most likely adjust to it and the motor skills will come back. Mine was barely able to walk at the beginning but after a while he was back to normal.

Fleas
by: jcrply

You asked for advice. You may not like mine. I say stop all toxic flea meds. Use a flea comb as often as you need to. Bathe your pup with the mildest shampoo possible. Leave the soap on for a few minutes before rinsing. Any soap will kill the fleas on the dog. After you rinse off the soap, follow with a rinse that is half water and half apple cider vinegar. Vacuum, vacuum, vacuum your house every day until you get rid of the fleas. Order some human food grade diatomaceous earth. You can put this on your dog, in your carpet, under the dog bed, wherever.... It is perfectly safe for everyone. Some researchers say CBD is the best and safest treatment for seizures in dogs.

Trifexis/seizures
by: Jane

My 4-year-old Aussie Ori recently started having seizures and his vet immediately took him off of Trifexis which is for heart worm and fleas.
Started him on Tri heart for heart worms and I am using the Seresto collar for fleas.

He is now over 30 days with no seizures and while Ori doesn't really like having the Seresto collar on all the time he does not have any fleas and we live in Florida.

Not sure I believe that it will last for 8 months but so far so good.

I hope your vet will work with you to find the help your baby needs. I'm so sorry you're having to go through this, it is so heartbreaking and can be so scary. My vet has been great about helping to calm my fears.

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