Status Epilepticus

My daughter’s 3 year old pitbull, Swisha, was a perfectly healthy girl…until we gave her a bath with the Hartz. She had 3 grandmal seizures that first night in June of 2019. She was put on phenobarbital twice a day. She gained a lot of weight, was always off balance and very lethargic most of the time. Two months later, Swisha had NINE GRAND MAL SEIZURES in 8 hours. We were told they were “break through seizures” and sent home. Two more months…4 Grand Mal’s overnight. We decided to go to a different vet and he said that if she were having ONE SEIZURE every six months he may consider that a breakthrough seizure. He did some labs and put her on antibiotics, gave us a potassium supplement and said that after she was done with the antibiotics he was going to try a different seizure medication. He also gave us some diazepam and told us that we needed to give her one when we got home so she would rest quietly. We did that and all was well until 9:47pm when she started seizing again. I gave her 2 10mg diazepams rectally to stop the seizure to no avail. The nearest emergency veterinarian was 45 minutes away. By the time we got there Swisha had been seizing for ONE HOUR AND 10 MINUTES. She was in “Status Epilepticus”. Her temperature was over 109*, her internal organs, kidneys, liver and brain were damaged beyond repair. We had to put our beloved girl to sleep that awful October morning. To market a product that they know causes this kind of harm is not only criminal, it is morally corrupt as well. No living being should ever have to go through this. It was horrific watching my daughter watch her beloved Swisha suffer so badly.

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