September18th 2012. 7:30pm
Well, our streak is over. Vegas went 3 months without having a grand mal seizure..and it ended today.
Just like every episode, this one was different. In the last few months, Vegas has shown possible pre-ictal signs, but with a treat ball or a kong ball, his attention was adverted and no seizures ever happened. This evening, my husband was cooking dinner. Vegas was acting a tad bit more aggressive towards food, so in order to get him out of the kitchen, Mark fed him early. Vegas finished quickly and Orion was still eating. Vegas started trotting around the house, almost like a dog who has to go NOW and can't find the right spot. I opened up the back door, while my husband tried to barricade off the bathroom and laundry rooms. I took his Everlasting fun ball and tossed it out the back door, but Vegas continued to run back and forth from room to room. As I went outside to retrieve the ball, I heard Mark yell, NO! NO! NO! NO! Apparently, Vegas reared up on the fireplace screen and continue right over backwards. By the time I got back inside, Vegas was already upright and Mark was standing over him. He then went into a grand mal seizure. Probably under a minute...very little mouth foaming. After it was over, I held Vegas and cleaned his mouth while Mark ran back to the stove. Usually Vegas tends to be disoriented for a long period of time after a seizure, but not today. He jumped back up and ran into the kitchen. He's never done THIS before, so we were both unprepared. Vegas is long legged, and he reared up and put his front paws on the stove. Luckily, he lacked the height to actually put his paw pads on the burner, but it still was very scary. We shoo'd him out of the kitchen and I kenneled him with a peanut butter filled kong. That kept him focused for about 30 minutes. After that, he crawled up behind me on the couch and we fell asleep.
I think his last seizure was on Monday, June 18th. The day after Father's day. So...3 months to the day. He appears to be fine and suffering no Post ictal symptoms.
I'm pretty impressed. He went thru the drug change, drug over dose, weening off of the KBr AND the introduction to Zonisamide without any seizures. Hopefully now that he no longer has any KBr in his system, Vegas will get his equilibrium back. I hope so...over the weekend he jumped up on my leg and continued over backwards. We were outside on the cement. Luckily, Vegas held his head toward his chest..and as he fell over backwards, his head did not smack the cement.