Here is an update I was not expecting to post any time soon. Back in the beginning of March, Beaux, my beloved Cocker Spaniel had two seizures in a 10 hour span. We thought it was a fluke, but obviously rushed him to Vet to verify. Due to his breed, age, and over all health, the doctor tested for Valley Fever which is potentially disease that is very prevalent in desert climates. My speckled son tested negative. That was a relief. So our other options were brain tumor and/or epilepsy. However, at the beginning of this month, Beaux suffered three seizures in a twelve hour time span, the last being his worst. On the bright side, he seized at the Vet’s office so he could be tended to right away. He received an emergency shot and another round of tests, of which he tested negative for them as well. The doctor decided to start treating my pup for epilepsy. While, not an ideal diagnosis, it is not a death sentence. Thus, I choose to view his pills like I would take his vitamins, be a little more cautious of his activities, and read up on everything I can find concerning the issue.
Back in ancient times, epilepsy in humans was seen as a spiritual concern. Some say it was a curse by the Gods and Goddesses of the Moon, others cite demon possession, or proof of a tainted, immoral soul. There are records back to ancient Egypt and Mesoamerica in relation to the Falling Sickness. In the 5th B.C., famous Greek physician, Hippocrates, theorized the seizures are due to a disruption/problem in the brain. For two millennia, the general population of the world said that was hogwash. It was not until the 17th century it became more accepted epilepsy was formed in the brain and further, that is was hereditary. Many European municipality supposedly made it illegal (and community/villages forbid) people with epilepsy to marry, to prevent the transfer of the disease. Naturally, many people ended up lying about their condition in order to marry.
In the mid 1800s, bromide was discovered to assist with treating epilepsy; this was one of the medications recommended for Beaux, granted it is very slow moving, but is cost effective. By 1912, phenobarbital came on to the scene. This is what Beaux is currently taking; long term use causes liver and kidney damage, so Beaux will be phased off of it as soon as possible.