Riley had a seizure... it was terrifying
I woke up to a strange sound yesterday morning. I looked down to where Riley always sleeps and saw him in the midst of an awful seizure! Of course, at the time, I really didn't know what was going on. All I saw was my dog on his side, feet paddling, eyes open but unseeing and horrible frothing at the mouth! It was terrifying. I thought he was going to die.
John and I, of course, were completely freaked and made every rookie mistake when it comes to handling a dog that is having a seizure... we were in full panic! In our defense, neither one of us had ever witnessed a dog having a seizure before. Once he came out of the active seizure, Riley was so disoriented, he didn't seem to know who he was, who we were or anything. It was absolutely heartbreaking.
About an hour afterward he, much to our relief, was back to his normal self. And, now if you would look at him, you would never think anything traumatic ever happened!
We took him to our vet immediately after he seemed to have recovered from the seizure. Given the history, they suspect idiopathic epilepsy. He went to the neurologist to today - same initial diagnosis.
There is a clinical trial for a new treatment for idiopathic epilepsy underway that the neurologist is screening him for. Today, they did a thorough exam, took blood and urine samples. If he as other seizures, he will go for an MRI and other more intensive screening.
Right now we are in a monitoring state, no treatment. If he does not have additional seizures within 60 days he will not qualify to proceed with the study. I personally hope he doesn't qualify!!!!