By August 25, 2009

Rosie update

Just a quick update on Rosie, my four year old dog who was diagnosed with epilepsy last month.

I took her in last week to have her liver and kidney functions tested. Rosie was fantastic as normal at the vet. She had a 10% increase in body weight (40 pounds, up from 37), which was expected given one of the side effects of phenobarbital. They drew two vials of blood — one for in-house testing and one for tests that needed to be done at a dedicated lab facility. We sat on the floor together and talked while we waited for the in-house results to come back.

Luckily her tests came back with acceptable ranges. Last Friday the vet called with her second set of results. Her phenobarbital levels are lower than expected, but since she isn’t having any seizures they didn’t want to adjust her dosage. The higher the dosage the better her phenobarbital levels would be, but that also meant a higher likelihood of damage to her body. As long as she doesn’t “get the spirit” I’m going to keep her at her current dose.

Thanks to everyone who has emailed, called, texted, or sent smoke signals. I love my dogs very much, and this has been a great reminder to stop what you’re doing every now and then and kiss your loved ones.

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  1. Andrew says:

    Very relieved to hear that Rosie’s responding to treatment!