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Not So Perfect Anymore

9:18 AM, November 15th, 2012



Since Taiga, my dog, entered into my life, it's been an interesting ride. From the horrible lows at the start to the greatest highs, I wouldn't trade the last three years for anything. Taiga and I have become a unit, very close even when we're apart.

Taiga recently had a seizure. I wasn't sure what to make of it at first, and I didn't worry myself too much. The vet said it was most likely epilepsy. He said it was common in dogs in general and huskies / mals in particular. Taiga is also at the right age for it to set in.

I still thought, no, this couldn't be, Taiga's been perfectly healthy and perfectly fine and has never had a problem. I put it off. I hoped that the 2nd seizure would never come; that it had been a one-time thing.

This morning, Taiga had his second seizure. It was about the same as the first, perhaps a bit longer, and Taiga seemed even more dazed and confused after it. He whimpered and whined during the last 15 seconds of the seizure and I could do nothing but hold him gently and wait for it to end.

It seems pretty confirmed that he does indeed have epilepsy.

It's a new world going forward... I'm not sure how I'm going to do, which is why I'm making this post. Taiga and I both need the support of our friends to get through this. I'll keep you updated.




Here's a photo of Taiga sleeping, taken yesterday afternoon:




Comments

Hiker 9:26 AM, November 15th, 2012

Poor puppy.

So, what do we do going forward?

Branwyn 3:08 PM, November 15th, 2012

*hugs* Sorry to hear about Taiga... I'm sure your vet can help you figure out what you can do. Good luck.

B.

Tomaz Z. 7:39 PM, November 15th, 2012

Poor puppy Our last puppy (a dalmatian) also suffered from epilepsy. We've managed to keep it under control for most part with medication, but when the seizures happened, they were still pretty bad.

I'm keeping fingers crossed for you and Taiga!

(On a more happy note, that pic of Taiga sleeping is just hilarious xD)

Skyvola 11:32 AM, March 28th, 2013

Hope everything's going OK, sucks when a family member has health problems. I hope the two of you are getting along fine and i hope what ever medication they can offer him will help. Haven't heard from you in a while and wanted to make sure things were OK.

Rhonda 12:00 PM, January 9th, 2017

I'm so sorry to hear about Taiga. A husky entered my life about 18 months ago and she completely changed my life also. They are such intelligent creatures, both terribly independent, and dependent at the same time. For the most part, they are not even "canine" except in their genes. I never understood why they are so different until I read this story on Facebook: https://www.facebo...ts/846485638728999
I pray you will find a way to manage his epilepsy and that you will have a long life together.
I stumbled upon your post about his water bowl and I was wondering if you or your friend could help me with a project. I recently rescued a dog that had been severely strangled. It's a rather long story, but to the point, she had bilateral laryngeal tie-back surgeries, which have made it difficult for her to swallow without choking. I would like to make a setup that circulates the water and only puts a small stream out so that she won't choke so often. When I have used the typical water purifying fountain for my pets, the bowl allows the water to be drunk normally as well as by the fountain. Not only that, but the water becomes hot due to the friction in the pump.
In my mind, I envision a tube running from the bowl through the refrigerator and back to the fountain. I would like to utilize something like this: https://smile.amaz...=p_72%3A2661618011
I love the method you used to refill the water bowl, and would love to set one up in my home, but with the added ability to recirculate and purify the water.
Thank you for sharing your story and your project!
Rhonda

Rhonda 12:01 PM, January 9th, 2017

Oh my, I didn't realize how long ago you posted this. How has he been since your last update?

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