Lost dog with epilepsy defies the odds and returns to owner’s arms

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(ABC South West WA: Jessie Aiton)
After scouring the area for the remainder of the day, attention quickly turned to Molly’s need for daily medication to prevent epileptic seizures.”Even if she misses one dose she has seizures that can last up to a minute at a time,” Ms McGeever said.”It is quite severe — the less medication in her system, the more seizures she has.”A disheartened Ms McGeever eventually left the campground but returned often over a two-week period to post notifications of her lost dog, as well as erecting a tent containing dog food she hoped would lure Molly back to their original camping spot.”I honestly thought after day four or five she wouldn’t have been able to look for shelter due to her condition,” Ms McGeever said.”I started to think she had died.”

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Signage that attracted the attention of a farmer who spotted Molly. (ABC South West WA: Jessie Aiton)
After all but giving up hope Ms McGeever was thrilled to receive a call from the manager of Lake Brockman Tourist Park, Jock Cocking, saying a slightly weary — and wary — Molly had been recovered by a local farmer just 1 kilometre from where she went missing.”The farmer had seen the lost dog signs and figured the dog he’d spotted was probably the missing dog,” Ms McGeever said.”Molly’s demeanour was basically, ‘Can you please help me? “I honestly did not think I was going to see her again.” The owner of a rottweiler that went missing in bushland in Western Australia’s south for two weeks suspects the dog’s tendency to suffer epileptic fits may have inadvertently saved its life.Molly the dog wandered away from owner Julia McGeever during a camping trip in the south-west regional town of Cookernup.”We were busy preparing to go for a four-wheel drive trip and all of a sudden we noticed she’d gone missing,” Ms McGeever said.”One minute she was there, then she was gone.”

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Molly the missing rottweiler was found not far from where she went missing. But I don’t know if I can trust you’.”So he spent a bit of time gaining Molly’s trust, opened the door and in she hopped.”Other than appearing to have shed a few kilos, Molly appeared to be “relieved but exhausted” Ms McGeever said.Epilepsy not uncommon in dogsMs McGeever said she believed the side effects of the epileptic seizures may have left Molly slightly “dopey”, which could have prevented her from wandering off to far.Emma Beyes, a veterinarian in the WA south-west town of Vasse, said about 3 per cent of dogs were diagnosed with epilepsy, with symptoms similar to those experienced by humans.Ms Beyes said it “may be possible” that Molly was helped rather than hindered by her epileptic seizures, although she was confident the benefits of any medication would have disappeared completely after two weeks in the wilderness.”Either way, she is one lucky dog,” Ms Beyes said.That’s a sentiment Ms McGeever was in total agreement with.”She’s got some grazing on her top lip, which my vet seems to think was from chewing rocks and sticks, but apart from that there are no injuries at all,” Ms McGeever said.”It feels surreal to have her back, though.
(ABC South West WA: Jessie Aiton) ABC South West WA

By Jessie Aiton

Updated

July 04, 2018 06:39:59

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Molly the rottweiler with owner Julia McGeever and Josh Cocking at the Lake Brockman Tourist Park, not far from where the dog when missing.
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