Background: I have a 1 year & 1 month old poodle named Franklin. While I was out of town and my husband was home with him he had 2 seizures over the night on a Wednesday and possibly 1 during the middle of the night on the Tuesday night before. He was immediately taken to the vet on Thursday morning and I believe had one seizure there. They treated him with Diazepam (Valium) and after spending the day under observation sent him home with additional doses to be given. He was to return the next morning after fasting for additional testing. During the night, after his meds, he had 8-10 additional seizures. In the morning after going back to the vet, he had 3 more. She started him on an IV of anti-seizure meds to quickly get them into his system and then prescribed phenobarbital 2 times a day for the next two weeks so that we can get everything under control to run the additional test needed.
I brought him home that afternoon and he has been seizure free thus far. He is sleeping a lot and when he is up he paces through the house. He is having accidents in the house with urination, because I have not figure out a specific pattern to taking him out yet.
He has always been an attention seeking pet, always wanting to be petted and to play and I realize he is not going to be himself after all he as been trough. Currently, he does not seem to know his name when called nor does he know who we are. He does not follow any of his commands.
So my questions are: Is this permanent? How long is cognitive recovery from this type of seizure activity, if at all? Is it possible that he will ever recover, mentally, to some sort of his normal self? Typically, how long does it take. Is there anything I should be doing to help him to recall his name, who we are and anything thing else that he knew and was like prior to the seizures?
My heart is breaking that I was not here for him when this all happened and I had hope that he would have some comfort in knowing I was home and with him. I also want to thank all who respond in advance for any information and advice you can offer.