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Cuddle's Story
Cuddles at 3 months old

Hi Everyone,

My name is Cuddles and I am a little Chihuahua and Dachshund mixed puppy. My new adopted parents had been looking for a little dog to love and give a good home when their landlord found me for them. I am now 9 weeks old and from what Mommy says, just full of energy.

About three days after the Eberline's got me, they found out that I have Epilepsy. Although I am having seizures, it has not been confirmed by a veterinarian yet that I have Epilepsy. Mommy plans to take me soon though cause she's worried about me.

I love to play and take a bit of time to bark at Snow Ball the kitty. Although I don't think she likes me barking at her at all. She does like most cats according to Mommy when I do, but I think Snow Ball is just being nasty to me. But anyway, I think it's fun even if the cat doesn't and like doing it.

I have a favorite toy that I play with most of the time. It wiggles and looks funny, like some sort of ball only with these string type things coming out of it. Mommy says it is actually for little kids to play with, but her and Daddy get a big kick of me with it. I love shaking it and throwing it around the house just for pure joy.

 

Though Cuddles is just a puppy and may not have Epilepsy, I am concerned for her health and well being due to the seizures she is having at present. They tend to occur way to often, but last only a few minutes. However, four minutes is to long when one considers the risks to the health of her brain and muscles. My husband and I are presently seeking the advice of a veterinarian for Cuddles sack.

In an effort to help the vet when one is found, I presently time each seizure so that I can tell the vet what Cuddles is experiencing with each one. She is a adorable little puppy that needs our TLC and will get it. I'm gathering information on the internet so that I may make her dog food and treats here at home, rather than purchase pre-made food in the stores.

 
Update:   (Oct. 6, 2008)

We had our hearts ready for this, and today Cuddles has the condition confirmed. Our wonderful new puppy has Epilepsy.

We watched her have her first seizers in awe of the fact that she had so much energy after the fact. But when the veterinarian confirmed the condition today, it was like a slap to my face.

My husband and I have dealt with this type of problem before with another dog that we lost to grand mals that finally killed our dear Mandy. Cuddles has the petit mals at this point, but they are equally as hard on the animal sometimes. However, Cuddles seizers are extremely mild and do not usually last over 5 minutes. The veterinarian says that they will most likely get worse over time, so we are dealing with a special needs puppy who has a special diet and medicine that should help the seizers.

 

Update:   (Oct. 30, 2008)

At the Veterinarians office it was confirmed the Cuddles has Epilepsy. Now for the treatment, which we have decided to go with a non-medicine approach to the problem for the simple fact that we don't believe that medication is the total answer to the problem. Instead, we have gone with a diet that has helped Cuddles greatly.

With the epilepsy in mind (Partial Seizures [opens in a popup window]), we are feeding her a raw meat diet that is given once a day at regular times each day. We have medication on hand for that just in case time that she might need extra help, but so far it hasn't been necessary to use. As soon as I find the cookie cutter to make her dog biscuits, I will making those myself here at home in hopes that it works better with the meat diet. Her dog food or crunches as I like to call them, will also be made at home to avoid the preservatives that is use in commercial dog food.

All this for one little puppy? You say. Well, yes if I want her to be healthier and in better condition in all aspects of her life. Unlike some people might believe, a puppies first start in life is extremely important. Just as your child's health, Cuddles health depends on me and my husband doing what is best for her. So that is exactly what we're going to do. She will always need extra care and attention because of the epilepsy, but there is no reason she can't be the best she can be if cared for properly.

With the special diet and care she is now getting, she is already responding to the treatment and doing much better. When we first started 3 weeks ago, Cuddles was having 3 to 4 seizures a day. She is now having them about a week apart and has missed having one at all this week. So it is getting better with time, which is what we want for her. Cuddles will always be our little special needs girl, but she will have a good life if cared for properly and given plenty of love.

We've had Cuddles now for 6 weeks, and she just turned 3 months old on the 28th of October. We're in love with her completely now, and plan to do all that we can to make her life better and healthier. It is our hopes that she lives a long and happy life with us and feels the love we pour out to her.

 

Update:   (Dec. 27, 2008)

There has been a correction in the breed of our beloved Cuddles. She is Corgi and Chihuahua, NOT Chihuahua and Dachshund.

Talk about a loveable Ham-bone! Cuddles is such a gentle soul, however, she thinks that the universe revolves around her! Especially when there are people or guest around. She is such a lovable puppy and our cat gets along with her so well because of her playfulness and gentle character. She needs to do some growing up and training, but so far that has been a breeze.

 

Update:   (Mar. 17, 2009)

We now have Cuddles' seizures under control with the help of medication that her vet gave her. It's not exactly what I or my husband had hoped for, but when the tests came back positive for epilepsy, we could no longer afford to waste time hoping it was cause from anything other than a short in the brain. Broken hearted as I am, I'm doing the best thing possible for Cuddles.

Cuddles is now 7 months old and doing what most dogs love doing at this age. Playing, cuddling, chasing leaves and many other things.

We were not wrong about Cuddles and her learning abilities. She's as smart as a wipe and knows it. She loves learning new things and we work with her on a daily basis and watch her develop. The epilepsy doesn't slow her down and there is no telling what all this little dog will learn in the future. However, we teach her during play time so as to not make it like work to her. She learns much quicker and easier by doing so.

 

Update:   (Jan. 19, 2010)

Cuddles is now 1 years old and doing better than she had in weeks. Her seizers got so bad that we thought that the vet might want to put her down. Once at the vets, she was given the works over. And to our surprise, the vet didn't think putting her down was the answer. Instead, the vet upped the dose of her medication and sent Cuddles home with special care orders until her seizers were once again under control.

About six months ago, Cuddles' seizers got worse and worse til the point that we had high concerns of losing her way too soon. She would have seizers every other day and not just one, but survival in a row. Sometimes as many as five within just seconds of each other.

She is carefully watched and her medication time watched just as carefully as the dog herself. But the real kicker to this is a little kitten that we've had for two weeks now. I know. What could a kitten possible have to do with a dog with epilepsy? We're not sure ourselves, but since having the kitten Cuddles' has had NO seizers. Which we're not complaining about, it just seems bizarre to us. The coming weeks and months should give us a better picture of what is going on.

 

To help our public understand her condition, I have created a page that explains her condition.

Bullet Epileptic Seizures & Dogs Bullet

 
 

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