Of late, I’ve noticed more posts on Sheepdog-L (and other lists) related to Border Collies and seizures. This one was particularly sad. Note: Sheepdog-L can be read by the general public. Suggestions from other members of the list as to the dog’s ailment ranged from tick-borne disease, thyroid issues, anemia, pancreatitis and adrenal insufficiency; one lister even suggested that the caregiver find herself one of those “really expensive vets to run tests for everything under the sun.” Hmmmm, don’t all vets do that?
Eventually the caregiver brought the dog to NC State. I guess that’s where all the really expensive vets are. She spent three days there and was diagnosed with meningitis, but all the test results were not back yet so I guess there was the chance that the vets could tack on another diagnosis to meningitis or change the diagnosis as it suited them. She was getting prednisone (a drug veterinarians love to use) and two types of antibiotics (ditto). With all the advances in modern medicine, veterinarians really do not have a lot of tools in their tool boxes. They have steroids and antibiotics, both of which they use with wild abandon.
Less than a month later, she was back at NC State and had experienced three seizure episodes. The vets “loaded” (the caregiver’s words) the dog with medicine so she would not have another seizure.
The dog died on April 13 from complications from the seizure treatments. The veterinarians were giving her two different types of anti-seizure medication and the dosage of the two was too much for the dog to metabolize.
I cannot imagine the agony the caregiver went through or the damage her pocketbook suffered. I don’t even want to think about what the dog went through. Early on I wrote suggesting that the caregiver look into homeopathic treatment, but of course, that fell on deaf ears. I have to think that if the dog was treated by a competent homeopath, she might still be alive today.
Just today, this was posted. Fear triggering seizures? Please. Vets need to get their heads out of the sand and start to look at the real reason why seizures are occurring: vaccinations.
I read in Ali’s Blog today that she’s concerned about one of her puppies, Jim. If you read further down in this post you’ll see that Jim has had a funny tic and he moves a bit awkward. I wrote Ali this morning and told her what she’s likely seeing is vaccine damage. White dogs are more susceptible to vaccine reactions than darker dogs. Jim has a lot of white on him. A white-factored Border Collie puppy bred by my friend Darci had a severe vaccine reaction and at a bit of a year old, he still isn’t quite right. She brought him to the vet’s and spent a lot of money on tests and did not get a diagnosis. Because of what happened to this puppy, Darci is no longer giving the cornucopia of vaccinations that most people give to puppies. Good for her. I think Ali may be reconsidering her vaccine protocols at this point as well.
It’s a scary thing to decide not to or minimally vaccinate a puppy or kitten. I firmly believe that there is more danger in vaccinating than there is in not. Believe me, I was scared to death that Fern was going to come down with Parvo, but she hasn’t missed a beat. There’s a special aura about Fern and I think that is because she isn’t muddled down by the effects of vaccination.