Was this a petite seizure?
Background: Dakota is 9 years old, with a history of epilepsy. He has been seizure free for over 3 years. About 8 months ago we began weaning him off the phenobarbitol (he is also on potassium bromide) per the veterinarians request. All of his seizures in the past, with the exception of one, have been grand mal. The one that was not came after a grand mal and consisted of staring, with a tremor going down his body.
This morning Dakota began licking. He appeared to be licking nothing (his nose) and he was breathing hard. This continued for at least 15 minutes. With just this information, I would assume it was a petite seizure. However, during this time, I went over to him and he was responsive (looking at me, giving me his paw) and he took a treat and ate it. I'm not too concerned with his breathing because he breathes hard on occasion. After a lot of air/nose licking, he licked his paws and the couch. By this time, he was done breathing hard. Also, when I went to see if he was okay, he decided that licking my arm obsessively would be a good idea- which is normal for him. He has frequently in the past obsessively licked me. I am just concerned about the air/nose licking.
I know there is no definitive way to know if this was a seizure or not, but I wanted opinions (hopefully from people who have seizure experience). I am concerned about lowering his phenobarbitol more if it was indeed a seizure. Our vet would agree to not lower it more if we insisted, so it is just a matter of deciding what is best.
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