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I am new to this website. My beagle is approx 9 years old. He started having mild seizures in October last year, then in December he suddenly went blind. He was diagnosed with Sudden Aquired Retinal Degeneration (SARD).
We don't know why he is having the seizures but I wanted to know if anyone else has a dog with both these issues.
He isn't adapting very well to being blind and I think it is because of the seizures and possible brain damage caused by them.
He is on Zonisamide to keep them under control and my vet would like to increase the dose as the seizures are getting stronger. I am reluctant to do so as I feel it would make him even more disorientated than he is now.
Does anyone have any advice as this is all new territory for me.

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MillieBean ,
Welcome to the forum.
I wish I had something to say that would be helpful for your Beag. I have had an older dog go blind and he did very well for a long time. I do understand your concern about the meds. Have you posted about this on any other forums? I have read that Zonisamide is a human drug and can be purchased at your local grocery store with a prescription from your Vet at a savings.

Best , oldhounddog



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The neurologists at Ohio State Vet hospital wanted the level of Pheno barbital in the blood much higher than than our vet wanted. While we were increasing the dosage the dog died of seizure related complications. We never got the level to where they wanted it.
 
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