My poor epileptic Boxer dog Riley is making his final trip in the car. Some of you may recall I posted about his epilepsy. He had been prescribed pretty stiff doses of phenobarb as a consequence, and for a while, they really did seem to help him.
They appeared to reduce the duration, severity and frequency of his seizures. At least, until this weekend. He would have some smallish seizures about every 3 weeks or so.
Saturday he had a couple minor ones, but seemed to snap out of them OK. We always gave him an extra pill during a seizure so he’s a bit loopy afterward.
Sunday he had a couple more little ones. He had a really big seizure while in his crate at three this morning.
And then this morning, right at 8:00am, I awoke, walked out into the living room, Riley looked at me and then immediately went into a grand mal seizure. He has been having seizures ever since, and it’s almost 6:30pm now. He never regained his footing again. He just laid on his side, occaisonally trying to get up and falling back over. This once strong, robust dog was reduced to a bag of bones.
Goddammit, he was only one years old! My sons, especially my oldest one, are pretty upset at losing their playmate and childhood friend.
I lost it when my oldest son Andrew offered me the contents of his piggy bank if it would help to keep him alive.
When I talked to the vet earlier today she did say that a possible option is a strong valium shot that might bring him out of it, but then they want to keep him overnight, run a battery of tests, etc…we don’t have that kind of money. We are going to wait and see what the vet says when the wife gets him there (she wanted to be the one to take him, it’s technically her dog, and we didn’t want the boys to go) but I think it’s highly unlikely that he won’t be euthanised.
The last time we took him to the vet she told us that the next time he had a long series of cluster seizures that it’s very unlikely that he would come out of them again. Well, that’s happened today for nine hours straight.
So, goodbye Riley, we are going to miss you. Goddammit.