Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Wichita, Kansas
A 5 minute long seizure is very serious, I agree, try to take him today.
A lot of dogs do really well on seizure medication! The vet will want run a few tests for things like low blood sugar and his thyroid, maybe a few other things.
If he has another seizure, turn off all the lights and TVs, get the room at least dim and quiet. He is unconscious during the seizure but if it helps you, you can pet them and tell them it will be okay. Make sure he doesn't bump into anything or scrape his mouth along the ground, Xena did that once and I almost passed out when I saw all of the blood from a few tiny cuts. After the seizure, he will be in the post-ictal phase where they are concious but not really all there yet. It's normal, they will do things like pace, drink or eat endlessly, drool, walk into walls. Just gently redirecting Xena with a little push on her shoulder or turning her around by her collar helps, but the best thing you can do is to get him to lie down if at all possible and take a spoonful of plain vanilla ice cream to bring his blood sugar up. Even if blood sugar was not the cause of the seizure, it will drop during and if you don't bring it up, it can trigger another. Try to get him to relax and take a nap, but if he is aggressive (also normal after seizures, they are very confused) just let him be as long as he isn't hurting himself. Sometimes they have to pace it out. Write down EVERYTHING that happened before, during, and after, ASAP while it's still fresh, so you can show it to the vet. Keeping a log of seizures helps you see patterns you may have missed otherwise! Temperature outside, strange behavior, something he ate, everything.
Mr. Eko 2/14/2012 - My first GSD and my little Romeo
Xena 11/30/12 - My first APBT and my little warrior princess
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