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Oh poor Phaedra. I teared up a little reading it! I remember when you were trying to figure out what was wrong with her and I'm so glad it is something that she is able to lead a normal life, even if she does have to take medication.
One of my beagles (well, my parents' now, but they originally got him for me) has epilepsy. Before we got him on medication the seizures he would have were so scary and heartbreaking. He didn't understand what was going on and you could tell they scared him because he would just crawl up in your lap and shake. Before we got his medication right it would bother me so much to think about the possibility of him having seizures while no one was home to hold him. He now takes medication daily and has for the past 7 or 8 years. It keeps the seizures at bay, but he will probably die of liver or kidney failure just because of how hard the medication is on his system, especially taken over years. He gets to lead a normal life and that's all that matters. He's getting older now and it breaks my heart to think of him dying. That is the hardest part of being a pet owner- saying goodbye way before you are ready to do so. But the impact they have on our lives with their freely given unconditional love is worth it.