Well since last Saturday my 11 yr old toy poodle suffered seizures, with Sunday being a full blown one. She was hospitalized both days and stabilized.
I took her to her vet on Monday and was prescribed phenobarbital and told most likely a brain tumor. Of course if I had the financial means I would do more, maybe an MRI etc. I sure don't like the side effects of pheno for her, but the thought of her going through more seizures is to scary.
Any thoughts out there or experiences.
You have a difficult situation all us pet owners experience - my sympathy.
I don't know what the side effects of the medication is, and what does it accomplish - reduction in seizure, symptom only?
My understanding is most small dogs have a life expectancy in the 15+ year range, so if yoiu can at least give the dog some quality of life with meds it seems worth a try.
As for the additional tests, what can that help? If they confirm a tumor, what that that point to? Surgery? If additional tests are not likely to point the way to a reasonable (cost/pain/risk) cure, then I say don't worry or "feel bad" about not paying for more tests.
Wishing you and your poddle more years of enjoyment together.
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