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6 y/o Golden w/severe allergies

My 6 year old male Golden Retriever has severe environment and food allergies, hypothyroidism, and has now been diagnosed with epilepsy. He has several seizures a month that only occur while he is sleeping. This has gone on for at least 3 years. , some weeks there are several and some none. We were always told that dogs dream. He has been on so much medication (for allergies, bacterial and yeast infections, and most recently for a sleep disorder that the neurologist thought he might have ) these last couple years and has been miserable and not his happy golden self. Most recently,the clomipromine for the “sleep disorder” made him a total zombie and he stopped eating, playing, taking walks, etc. The neurologist is now suggesting meds for epilepsy. Are there alternatives to this that you could tell me about? We would like to help our dog but want him to have a chance to be a dog and not experience side effects of yet more medication. Note: we did give him 5 doses of gabapentin and saw side effects after just this (aggressive chewing, clumsiness, excessive thirst) he is currently on allergy vaccines, soloxine, primor and fluconazole (for skin/yeast infections. Any help or guidance would be greatly appreciated.

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2 comments on “6 y/o Golden w/severe allergies

  1. Phillip McHugh, DVM, - Durham, NC on said:

    poor boy. Glad you’re seeing neurologist because I’ve never heard of seizures that occur only while sleeping.
    Definitely try him on a hypoallergenic diet (IVD) if not on now.

  2. Anonymous on said:

    Take him off all meds for a week or two and see if there is any improvement – they could be making him ill

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