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I hate to start off my first post here like this but I am in need of advice from other basset owners.

Buddy is my 4 1/2 year old basset. I adopted him from the Spokane Basset rescue and he has been the best Buddy anyone could ever ask for. About two years ago he had his first seizure. I rushed him to the vet and she ran several test and proclaimed him healthy. She told me that chances were he would never have another one. We lost those odds.

They weren't too bad at first, once every six months or so. Then last year I got divorced and moved with Buddy and his 3 year old sister Daphne. The seizures increased to once every three months. In May he had another one and less than a month later was hit by two in one day. We had an appointment for shots early next month and my vet said she would evaluate him again then and decide about medication.

My parents were taking care of them this weekend while I was out of town. Buddy suffered through no less than 9 in one day. My dad rushed him to the vet and they were able to get him stabilized. She's put him on phenobarbital twice a day to help control the seizures. He's groggy and more uncoordinated than ever right now and I am beside myself with worry and guilt for leaving him.

I'll get to the point. Does anyone here have experience with epileptic basset hounds or know anything about this medication? I would really appreciate any advice right now. I love my Buddy and don't know what I would do with myself if I lost him. I just want him back to his happy go lucky, goofy self.

Thanks in advance. I hope to get to know all of you very soon.
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