Category Archives: Louise

Adopted in May 2010 from Wetnose – she and Thelma were rescued together after being abandoned, and had to be adopted together- which was exactly what we were looking for at the time!
We named them after the “Thelma and Louise” movie characters.
Louise was epileptic and medicated twice a day to control her seizures. A bit dense and extremely lovable, we lost her to an aggressive cancer on April 9th 2016 after a short battle.

Louise And Her Canine Epilepsy…

Louise has been on meds for canine epilepsy for about six months now, and she’s been okay. She had one petit mal seizure AKA focal seizure (there’s no twitching or foaming) and her meds was increased to 1.5 tablets twice a day but the vet had told me she may have to increase her dose of the first one didn’t keep her stable.

Then on Monday she had the worst grand mal seizure I have ever seen… She was twitching, kicking and frothing at the mouth and round about when I expected her to stop she started yapping like a jackal and that got the whole complexes dogs barking! It was the longest one yet. She eventually stopped seizing and started slowly to try and stand up. She is always very unsteady after a fit and I try to stay with her but she is so disoriented its like her eyes are open but she’s not seeing or recognising anything. She doesn’t respond to her name or to my voice. She runs around sniffing as if she’s never been here before.
I was following her around the garden to make sure she was okay and I was on the phone to the vet. When the vet put me on hold to consult with someone quickly, Louise walked to the other side of the pool (which isn’t covered) and sat there for a while. I started to call her to see how awake she was and before I could click that maybe I shouldn’t call her, she got up and tried to walk to me STRAIGHT ACROSS THE POOL!!! I got such a fright I nearly jumped in after her when I saw she was awake enough to swim across to me and I used her jersey to pull her out of the pool.
I then hurriedly rubbed her dry and took her inside the house with  me.
She was still very “strange” and kept trying to jump up onto the couches and ran around and around sniffing every corner.
Eventually she settled down and she seemed to be herself again but it took a good couple of hours.
The vet suggested we increase her meds to 2 tablets twice a day (she can have up to 2.5 twice a day) and see how she does…
So far so good…

Louise Is On Meds Now…

This Sunday past my poor Louise had THREE epileptic seizures!
Her last one (that I witnessed) was in December and before that, starting in August or so, there was maybe one a month… but I didn’t see them I only saw the aftermath so I am not 100% sure.
On Monday we went to the vet and we had a detailed discussion about her history and behaviour, and she had a thorough physical as well. She is slightly overweight at 11.7kg, and her teeth are going to need scaling in the next few months, but apart from that her coat is lovely and shiny and she is healthy over all. Unfortunately we have no idea of her exact age or pedigree so we don’t know much about her history, but the vet was quite satisfied to diagnose her with canine epilepsy, and has prescribed Lethyl 30mg tablets for her to have twice a day- at breakfast and supper.
Luckily its easy to give Louise meds, a little piece of bread with some peanut butter gets the pill stuck inside it and she swallows it in one gulp!
He warned us that the meds may make her drowsy for a couple of days as she adjusts to it, but that that will stop soon enough.
We may also have to relook her meds or her dose if she has another seizure as she can become accustomed to the medication over time, but I am hoping that won’t happen soon and she will be seizure free from now on.
If you would like to know what it looks like, you can see some canine epilepsy seizure videos on YouTube.

Louise Is Epileptic!

My sweet Louise (the black dog) had a seizure on Friday night and thoroughly freaked out my son and his friends as they were all sitting on the patio with Thelma and Louise at their feet.

As soon as I walked outside and saw her lying on her side “running” in the air and foaming at the mouth I knew it was an epileptic fit.
As she stopped twitching she sat up and looked at me- I had gone to sit next to her– but she didn’t “see” me, if you know what I mean? She then immediately ran to do her busies and then went looking for water. She was all nervous and wanted to come into the house so I let her and Thelma come in earlier than they usually do and made sure Louise was warm and comfortable.
I called the vet’s emergency number and chatted to him, and given that she hasn’t been sick in the last few days or weeks, epilepsy is the most likely culprit.
I then also chatted to him about what I’d seen over the last few months and I concluded that she must have had at least 4 seizures that I didn’t see happen, I only saw her afterwards. And when I saw her face covered in white foam in November and concluded that she had suddenly come down with kennel cough again- even though I hadn’t seen any other symptoms- it must have been soon after a fit. She salivates so much during a seizure that her whole face and neck is sopping wet, and I have seen her with a wet face on a few occasions and not known what caused it.
She hasn’t had another seizure, but I will be taking her to the vet as soon as I can so that we can arrange tests and medication for her. The meds should prevent any more seizures.

Oh Louise…

My sweet Louise has kennel cough again! I can’t believe it! When she was treated in July she recovered so well and I was sure that would be it!
This last week, I noticed a couple of times that she seemed to be behaving a wee bit strangely, but I didn’t notice the  same symptoms as last time, when she was gagging and throwing up slimy foamy blobs…
And then this afternoon- on a Saturday afternoon when our vet is already closed- she suddenly showed up at the kitchen door with her face and neck covered in white foam and panting with her mouth wide open! I couldn’t believe she’d gone so quickly from a suspicion of symptoms to full blown sick!
Poor thing…
I then called my back-up vet, and he said I could pop round and collect some antibiotics and some anti-inflammatory tablets as I couldn’t afford a R420 weekend appointment!
My hubby then Googled kennel cough to see if there was something we could do for Louise to make her feel better apart from the meds, and discovered that a couple of teaspoons of honey will ease her itchy sore throat and that chicken soup- yes, a classic remedy for sick humans- will also help her feel better and boost her immune system!
I am seriously considering making chicken soup for both Thelma and Louise and the cats on a regular basis just for “in case”! I don’t think it can do any harm.

A Heart Stopping Moment

This morning I was in my bedroom reading and answering emails when I heard a dog squealing! Like when a dog is being beaten kinda squealing.
I ignored it the first time since I’ve never heard our girls do that and we have a couple of dogs in the complex, one of which is a labrador pup.
When it happened again a few seconds later I got up and looked out the window. I couldn’t see anything but I did see Thelma standing near my front door looking at the pool.
And then it happened again!
I ran downstairs thinking that perhaps the pup had gotten into our yard and fallen in the pool, or was being chased by Thelma and Louise since they don’t like it when the pup comes near our gate.
I got our the front door and found Louise IN THE POOL!!
She was the one squealing!!
They have both been shown where the pool steps are- we put them in the pool last summer so they could orientate themselves, just in case- and she was at the first step (the deeper one) but hadn’t moved over far enough to find the second, higher step and she couldn’t get out!
My heart nearly stopped!
I pushed her gently to the second step and helped her out of the pool as she’s too heavy for me to lift, especially soaked to the skin!
I then sat her on one of their outside rugs in the sun and rubbed her hard with a towel to try and help her get dry quickly. It is a rather chilly day today even though the sun is shining.
She seems no worse off for the incident, but I’ll be keeping an eye on her to make sure she hasn’t caught a cold or something.
I would love to know how she fell in the pool!

=>> edited to add – I realised after she was diagnosed with epilepsy that when she comes out of a seizure she walks around without really seeing where she’s going, which is most likely how she fell in

Back To Normal

Louise I mean.
She’s on medication for kennel cough- cough mixture twice a day and a daily tablet- but she’s completely 100% Louise again.

Lunatic Louise!

I don’t know what got into Louise today but she was really behaving strangely!
Thelma and Louise are very obedient dogs, but today it was like Louise forgot everything she’s ever been taught!

Louise is such a character. If you so much as glance in her direction she’s ready to jump up and say hello and get cuddles. She’s not a puppy- she’s already going grey around her muzzle- and she and Thelma were both spayed long before we adopted them.
I first noticed it when I had to pop out to the supermarket early this morning and as I pulled away she was trying to squish through the bars of the gate to get out! She’s never done that! I immediately stopped the car to see if there was something she was trying to get to and she took to whining and wiggling her whole body and yapping at me. I walked back into the garden and she made a mad dash to get out the gate behind me! This is so not like her! I called her back in and then after a short wait to see if she would calm down, I called her and Thelma outside with me to see if they could show me something I couldn’t see, but they both just ran around sniffing excitedly and aimlessly- like they do when we go for a walk- so I sent them back inside. Louise just wouldn’t listen. She was jumping up on me and yapping and barking and throwing up little bits of the food she’d had for breakfast, and when I got back in the car she again took to trying to push through the gate!
I phoned as I pulled out the driveway and asked my hubby to have a look at her to see if she was perhaps hurt, and I went to the shops.
Glugs couldn’t find any injuries or marks on her, so he tried to put them inside on their overnight mattress to see if she would calm down- no go. She wouldn’t stay on their bed like they usually do, she was all over the place and whined and whimpered until Glugs let them outside again.
I called the vet who assured me that any kind of poison would have the opposite effect to making a dog all excitable, but suggested I try to keep her somewhere quite and calm.
After a bit of a stroll around the garden with both dogs I called them inside again, to see if I could get her to stay still and calm on their mattress. It worked to a degree, but she remained very fidgety all day.
I don’t understand her behaviour at all. The girls have been with us for a little over a year now, but I’ve never seen such a huge switch in her mannerisms.
She did her busies as normal. She was eating and drinking water. Thelma behaved exactly as she does all the time- well behaved and obedient and calm- but Louise was bouncing all day like she’d been sipping Red Bulls on the sly!


Monday morning update – we went to the vet this morning. She gave Louise a thorough once over, checking her temperature and everything, and diagnosed her with kennel cough!
The irritation in her trachea is what’s making her drool and gag so much foamy spit all the time, and her sore throat was making her behave so strangely. This all comes before the coughing actually starts. She gave Louise a shot of some anti-inflammatories and I was given some cough mixture and tablets for her to take every day.
And because its contagious we have to keep an eye on Thelma too.
Louise most likely picked it up from another dog whilst out on a walk, and like with most diseases some dogs are more likely to catch it than others.
I am so glad its treatable and that we caught it early.
It pays to know your dog well and be able to tell if something’s up.

Angel Has Dogs. Walking.

Louise has got so much energy!
We went for a walk around the block the other evening, and when we got back to the house she was still bouncing with excitement and I’m sure she would happily have gone around the block again!