Unfortunately I had to have Ben ‘put to sleep’ last night. For a few months now Ben has been having seizures that we have been unable to control. Ben was diagnosed with Idiopathic Epilepsy, another way of saying, no cause for the seizures can be found.
Last night Ben went in to something called ‘status’ where the seizures become so frequent they all run in to one another, almost as one long, continuous seizure. After taking Ben to an all night vet the decision to euthanise Ben was made.
Ben was an amazing dog who taught me so much. Ben taught me how to play, how to live life with joy, and he made me laugh every day, he was a clown. He was a remarkable dog and I was thankful for him everyday. Above all, Ben was a gentle soul. The best dog I have ever known.
I want to thank the staff at Advanced Vet Care in Melbourne. I cannot recommend them highly enough in an emergency, especially for their empathy and time. Thank you Dr Liesje Grieve for talking to me at length and treating Ben with such respect and love. Thank you also to Jo (night nurse) who was so empathetic on the telephone while I made my way to the hospital.
This might be the end of ‘the new puppy journey‘ (for now) but I will continue to write blog posts. While Ben made for an interesting and fun sideline to this blog, it was never intended to be about us. This blog was intended to help you and I will continue doing that.
RIP Ben 11.9.10-20.8.11
If you have a dog with epilepsy (or know someone who does) there are a couple of wonderful websites that I could not have been without…..
This site is a one-stop-shop of information on canine epilepsy. http://www.canine-epilepsy-guardian-angels.com/
This site is a forum for people whos dogs live with canine epilepsy. It is THE most friendly and supportive forum I have ever come across (and I belong to many). http://forums.cvm.missouri.edu/cenbb/index.php