|09-17-2013 09:06 PM|
First of all, that's such great news that your dog has been seizure free for so long!
My dog Riley was diagnosed earlier this year with idiopathic epilepsy, his first seizure was late December last year.
It is so interesting that you mentioned the nose/air licking. On a couple of occasions I have observed the same behavior in my dog. I took note of it in my seizure log and, upon review, have found that in Riley's case those episodes were not indicative of an upcoming focal or grand mal seizure.
Of course, I am still new to all of this, so I don't have a strong dataset backing me up. This is just my observation.
It might also be helpful to share with you that one time my dog did have a focal seizure before going into a grand mal seizure -- the symptoms presented in that case were quite different (not nose/air licking) and I knew that something seizure-related was going on immediately.
Hope this helps!
|09-16-2013 05:55 AM|
|Sarah~||That's good! I hope everything is fine too. I'd definitely mention it to your vet the next time you see them, just to be sure|
|09-16-2013 03:39 AM|
|vicky2200||Thanks for the response. He has been fine since then so I am hoping for the best.|
|09-15-2013 03:40 AM|
|Sarah~||I'm not sure that it was, my APBT mix has partial seizures and before and after they start is similar to a grand mal. She gets anxious, trembles, comes to find me and sits by me, then the seizure begins (she snaps her jaws and froths at the mouth). During the seizure she is concious and seems to be aware of things around her, she looks at me but she can't stop to take a treat or do anything else. Her body is also completely rigid during the seizure itself and once it's done for a few minutes she shakes terribly and just sits with her head down. Even then she can't take a treat, the first time she had a partial seizure I made the mistake of trying to pry her mouth open after her jaws stopped snapping and I don't think she could have opened her mouth even if she wanted to. So even if it's not grand mal they still have the stages and it seems like he was acting normal except for the air blowing and licking.|
|09-14-2013 10:24 PM|
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.