Author’s Note: Many thanks to Patchy’s mom for letting me interview her and him about his story. Pictures were used with permission. Please visit Patchy’s Facebook page to follow his story .
First, where did your name come from Patchy?
The lady who had me when I was born named me Patchy because of the tan patch around my eye. When mommy came to pick me up I would look at her when she would say Patchy, so mommy did not want to change my name.
How old are you?
6 years old
Do you have any fursiblings that you live with?
yes Bella she is 5 and I have two non fur babies they are bearded dragons named Maui and Lani.
Do they treat you any different because of your condition?
If anything I am spoiled a lot more I am so very loved.
How did you come to live with your mommy?
Mommy picked me up from a lady, her doggy had puppies and I was one of them.
For those that don’t know, what is a shih-poo?
Shih-poo is a Shih-tzu and Poodle mix
When did you have your first seizure?
When I was 2, I was in the hallway and fell over and started to shake.
Can your mom explain what happens during a seizure?
Patchy will start to act very scared, hide or act very nervous and normally that is when I know a seizure may be coming on. Sometimes there is no warning and he just falls over to his side or often he tries to run to me when a seizure is coming. I have to hold him very tight, make sure his neck is stable because his body thrashes all over. Patchy limbs become very stiff, he will drool a lot and his eyes will be very dilated. The seizure will last around 1min to 2mins. Once the seizure is over he can not walk so I carry him to his puppy pads where he always throws up and loses his bowls.
Cluster seizures are when he has multiple seizures in a short period of time. The most he has ever had in a short period were 4.
Can she also explain a bit with Idiopathic Epilepsy is?
Idiopathic Epilepsy is a neurological condition in dogs that normally cause seizures between the age of 6months to 6years.
Are you currently on medication?
Yes phenobarbital twice a day
Do you have a special diet because of your condition?
Yes, I have to stay away from artificial preservatives, food fillers, just all of the bad un-natural stuff.
What are your favorite things to do?
Play with my sis Bella, throw my toys around, snuggle with mommy, bite daddys slippers, car rides and look out the window