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06-08-2014 02:04 PM
LittleJaws We've been a little busy the past couple days! Sparkle ended up not seizing and her stiffness went away the next day. She just instantly turns back into her healthy playful self, its strange. I'm not sure if it could be genetic, could be a big possibility, her parents were both sickly looking dogs. The people who bred the litter abandoned them all after they moved. She was the only survivor.
For her f/t preventive we use Advantage II and her HW is HeartGuard. We are located in Wichita Falls, TX, mosquito's are just coming out. I haven't heard of the MDR1 test? I also haven't received any medication for her seizures. It has only happened twice (unless she seized twice in the first one I didn't witness.) I know my vet doesn't specialize in epilepsy, I'll be scheduling an appt with the closest neurologist as soon as I can.
Right now, she is acting perfectly normal, but I haven't been letting her overdue anything. Just to be safe.

My beautiful little mongrel.
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and I appreciate everyone's feedback!! I have not been through any kind of seizure, human or dog, and it is absolutely heartbreaking to watch. I am reading and listening to your comments, even if it doesn't seem so. Thank you guys.
06-07-2014 12:46 AM
LifeofRiley I should specify that during the off-peak mosquito months - in my area - of October through May, I administer the HW preventive once every 45 days. And, during the peak months of June through September, once every 30 days.
06-07-2014 12:26 AM
LifeofRiley
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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"?
I use HeartGuard for HW prevention. My dog has been tested for MDR1, it was part of a battery of tests that my dog was given once he presented with seizures.

My dog arrived in rescue HW+, he was treated with immiticide. I was his foster home at that time (obviously he won us over and never left). Riley receives HW preventive year round because it is absolutely not recommended that a dog undergo two rounds of immiticide treatment for HW. I will not take any chances on that. As I have said on other threads, the treatment for a HW+ dog is hard on the dogs. Neccessary, but hard! Much harder than the monthly preventive.
06-06-2014 10:34 PM
GatorBytes
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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"
06-06-2014 10:23 PM
GatorBytes
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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"?
06-06-2014 09:17 PM
LifeofRiley 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.
06-06-2014 07:02 PM
huntergreen meds can usually control the seizures once the dose is dialed in.
06-06-2014 05:45 PM
Magwart 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.
06-06-2014 05:12 PM
paigedanielle3 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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06-06-2014 05:00 PM
kiya 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.
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