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LittleJaws 06-06-2014 04:33 PM

Experience with Seizures?
 
This is not about Bison, thankfully, but my 2 year old mix.
A couple weeks ago she was violently shaking when I came home. She still walked up to greet me, but I took her to the vet to make sure she hadn't been poisoned by anything. He said it seemed to be an aftershock of a seizure. Her vitals were fine, blood work came back normal, no diabetes. So we took her home, and were instructed to just let her calm down in a familiar environment. She did stop shaking eventually, I slept on the floor beside her bed and she ended up having another seizure around 3am, I recorded it and waited for it to end. I brought her back in the next morning, with the same results.. More blood was taken so he could look more into it.. Nothing.
She hasn't had one since then, as far as I know. But today she's been really stiff legged. No one else seems to notice, but I feel like something is just off with her? She did the same thing a few days before her seizures started. I can't find any medical reason that could connect it though.. This is all just very scary to me, Sparkle is still so young and we haven't found anything that is causing this.
Sorry for the book. Guess I'm just rambling on.. Thank you.

kiya 06-06-2014 04:39 PM

Kiya has had seizures since she was 18 months old she just turned 10 a few weeks ago. I belong to a great support group and we are on FB too
Canine Epilepsy Resources

LittleJaws 06-06-2014 04:53 PM

Just started following, and WOW that is a great website. It's a lot easier reading than trying to listen to someone use all the medical terms, without being able to look them up. Thank you!

kiya 06-06-2014 05:00 PM

Kiya had 1 seizure than about 2 days later she clustered I really thought I was going to loose her. I tried to learn as much as I could and it helps when you know your not alone. I don't know if the link to FB is on the site.

paigedanielle3 06-06-2014 05:12 PM

I had a puppy that was only a few months old and had severe seizures. You can take your dog to get an MRI done to look at the brain of the dog, we did so but or puppy had it so bad that we had to put her down, she had 5 -6 a day. If your dog is only doing it once it's not bad, make sure your breeders know if their dogs have had epilepsy run though your dogs family. I think you can get medication for your dog. Make sure when your dog is having a seizure that you block of any stair ways or anywhere were the dog can trip and fall when having the seizure because they can sometimes run around uncontrollably, when your dog is seizing do not touch it, just leave it be , it's very scary to watch I know, I went through it, it could be pricy for the tests , I hope you figure out what it is, we never figured out what was wrong with our pup :/ yours I'm sure will be fine! Just look up some stuff on dog seizures or look for some feeds about dog epilepsy .


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Magwart 06-06-2014 05:45 PM

When I had a foster dog that seized, the emergency vet (university vet school hospital) sent us home with a needle-less syringe containing an emergency dose of diazapam, in case she seized again. Our instructions were to insert it rectally and deliver the full dose during the seizure, if she seized. We had to keep it with us until she was adopted, and then give it to her adopters to keep on hand.

Her post-ictal period lasted a few days, and she was very wobbly and uncoordinated. It was so bad that we feared that she wasn't long for this world. Regular short walks helped her recover from that--the rhythmic motion of walking seemed to help her brain shake the cobwebs and recover her motor skills. She's doing just fine now.

FWIW, anti-seizure meds worked very, very well for that dog.

huntergreen 06-06-2014 07:02 PM

meds can usually control the seizures once the dose is dialed in.

LifeofRiley 06-06-2014 09:17 PM

My dog was diagnosed with idiopathic epilepsy ~2 years ago. I must admit that I am surprised that your dog had such an extended shaking period after the first possible seizure episode. And, now you are seeing other symptoms like stiff legged-ness without any observed seizure event.

I am certainly not an expert, but what you describe is very different from the post-ictal states I have observed in my dog. In my dog, the post-ictal period is typically 5-15 minutes and it usually consists of loss of coordination. However, in the case of the most severe seizure he has ever had, he experienced confusion, loss of motor skills, temporary blindness for about an hour or so. That seizure was his first seizure and was, by far, the most intense one he has ever had.

My dog is now medicated, and as huntergreen pointed out, once we got the dosage correct, his seizures have been under good control. But, even before he began medication, his seizure events were spaced by a good 3-4 months. We decided to put him on medication only after he had 3 seizures on the same day after months without even one seizure. That was it for us.

I am concerned that your dog had a second so quickly following the first possible seizure event. Our neurologist would likely advise you to start medication NOW due to the “kindling effect.”

Anyway, just thought I would share some of my experiences. My dog is doing great! You would never know that he had epilepsy. He is active, engaged and just a fantastic companion! But, it is important to take seizures seriously and seek out a specialist/second opinion if problems persist.

Wishing you and your dog all the best!

P.S. It is great that it sounds like you are keeping a seizure log. Very important to do so!!! Let me know if you need more info on that.

GatorBytes 06-06-2014 10:23 PM

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Originally Posted by LifeofRiley (Post 5611882)
My dog was diagnosed with idiopathic epilepsy ~2 years ago.
P.S. It is great that it sounds like you are keeping a seizure log. Very important to do so!!! Let me know if you need more info on that.

Riley...just wondering if you could post what HW/flea and tick prevention you are using. Maybe the OP is too, or a sister product of.

Also if your dog was MDR1 tested.

OP what are you using, where are you located? Have you had your dog tested for MDR1 before using "prevention"?

GatorBytes 06-06-2014 10:34 PM

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Originally Posted by paigedanielle3 (Post 5611026)
I had a puppy that was only a few months old and had severe seizures. You can take your dog to get an MRI done to look at the brain of the dog, we did so but or puppy had it so bad that we had to put her down, she had 5 -6 a day. If your dog is only doing it once it's not bad, make sure your breeders know if their dogs have had epilepsy run though your dogs family. I think you can get medication for your dog. Make sure when your dog is having a seizure that you block of any stair ways or anywhere were the dog can trip and fall when having the seizure because they can sometimes run around uncontrollably, when your dog is seizing do not touch it, just leave it be , it's very scary to watch I know, I went through it, it could be pricy for the tests , I hope you figure out what it is, we never figured out what was wrong with our pup :/ yours I'm sure will be fine! Just look up some stuff on dog seizures or look for some feeds about dog epilepsy .


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My guess, your dog had encephalitis brought on by vaccines, either reaction, or dirty needle, or at same time of "prevention"


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