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My name is Sherri Robinson. Rambo, my Saint Bernard has epilepsy. He was only 17 months old, when he had his first seizure in September 2014. Rambo was hospitalized for the first time in November 2014 after having a dangerous cluster of 3 generalized seizures. Rambo was put on two medications to control the seizures, which are Phenobarbital and Potassium Bromide. Rambo continued to have seizures and saw a veterinary neurologist in December 2014 for an examination. I was told that Rambo had idiopathic epilepsy and there was no need for a very expensive MRI at that time. I will have to continue giving Rambo those medications to control the seizures, and nothing could be done to stop the seizures. Rambo has continued to have more than what the experts consider having good control of the seizures, and his medication was increased again. These medications can cause some serious side effects. The higher the dose, increase the chances of some of the more severe side effects.

In April, 2015, Rambo became sick, vomiting and would not eat. I took him to the vet to be examined, and blood tests were done. The tests did not show that Rambo had any serious problems. I was given some antibiotics and special gastrointestinal food to give to Rambo. He stopped vomiting and began eating the very next day. He seemed back to normal.

On Saturday, June 6th 2015, the same thing happened again. Rambo began vomiting and stopped eating. This time, Rambo laid down and would not get up. My friends and I had to carry Rambo to the car. Rambo weighs 233 lbs. That morning, Rambo had been to the holistic vet to have an acupuncture treatment to control the seizures, and all seemed to be fine. He also had a blood test and results showed that his white blood cell count was slightly elevated. The vet was not concerned as everything else appeared to be in good range. But several hours later, everything was not good. Rambo was very sick and began running a fever and had to stay at the vet's clinic for treatment and further observation. Rambo had to have an IV, two antibiotics, steroids and pain medication. After 2 days, he began to feel better, but still could not stand up. My vet recommended that I take Rambo to the Ontario Veterinary Hospital in Guelph, for further evaluation. Rambo is eating and feeling much better. The specialists at the hospital have started Rambo walking with assistance with a lift and harness.

UPDATE: Later this afternoon I received the results of the MRI. June 15, 2015, Rambo suffered a mild stroke and has a condition called Wobblers. I was told his prognosis looks good, but will be slow to recover.  At this time, it is unknown how much more money I will need. Rambo will need further treatment. I have spent all of my cash on hand and maxed out my credit cards for his tests and care at these two hospitals. This total exceeds $4,100 to date. Rambo is in need of refills on his anticonvulsives, steroid, and pain medications now. I really need your help.

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