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Real Life: Help! My Dog Has Epilepsy

Real Life: Help! My Dog Has Epilepsy

Looking after a dog that has an illness requires varying levels of care depending on the situation and severity.

Jess Buskirk had to take steps to alter her lifestyle to accommodate her dog, Luke, when she discovered he had epilepsy, a disease that affects up to 5% of the canine population, but only 1% of humans.

Here's her story.

I stared at the paperwork in my hands. It was nearly midnight, and I could hear Luke in the back of the emergency animal clinic. He was howling inconsolably as my hand hovered above the signature line on the paper that would instruct the vet whether to resuscitate Luke if he flat lined.

I stared at the paperwork in my hands. It was nearly midnight, and I could hear Luke in the back of the emergency animal clinic. He was howling inconsolably as my hand hovered above the signature line on the paper that would instruct the vet whether to resuscitate Luke if he flat lined.

At that moment, all I could think about was my 96-pound Alaska Malamute mix falling to the kitchen floor, succumbing to the eighth seizure in less than an hour. I didn’t want him to suffer anymore than he already had.

I looked at my husband Wayne for guidance. There was no hesitation in his face. He told me to sign the line that said to use all life-saving measures, so I did, grateful to him for making the decision.

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  1. Maria

    November 16, 2013 at 10:47 am

    Dr. Dobias a holistic veterinarian located in BC, Canada just published an article on how to treat epilepsy in a natural way. If interested here is the link http://peterdobias.com/community/2013/11/natural-treatment-of-epilepsy-in-dogs/

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