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    Seizures in dogs

    My dog had two seizures last night/early this morning. She's had 4 in the last month but none before that. It scares the crap out of me and my kids are totally freaked out. My vet says there's nothing they can do. Has anyone else dealt with this?



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    Re: Seizures in dogs

    Quote Originally Posted by 1100011CS View Post
    My dog had two seizures last night/early this morning. She's had 4 in the last month but none before that. It scares the crap out of me and my kids are totally freaked out. My vet says there's nothing they can do. Has anyone else dealt with this?
    Our dog also has seizures. She has pills that we give her twice a day from the vet to help prevent them. The pills definitely help a lot, but doesn't totally prevent them.



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    Re: Seizures in dogs

    I had a miniature collie that had seizures. The vet said it was common in kennels with too much inbreeding. He was also constantly thirsty (would drink a five gallon bucket if you put it in front of him)

    It started on a night of a huge ice storm where branches were falling all around the house. Not sure if he was traumatized by that or what. After that, it usually happened at night when he had been sleeping.

    He would lose control of his bowels and flop around in it. Was pretty terrible to watch, and all you could do was hold him until it was over. He didn't seem to be all there after a while, especially right after a seizure.

    I really feel for you. That is hard to go through.



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    Re: Seizures in dogs

    In dogs in can definitely be a genetic thing from inbreeding. Are there any triggers you can watch for? Has his diet, environment, or schedule changed in the last month?

    I know this is from Yahoo - but it has some good things to consider as far as possible causes.

    The Five Major Causes of Dog Seizures - Yahoo! Voices - voices.yahoo.com


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    Re: Seizures in dogs

    Quote Originally Posted by cowgirl836 View Post
    In dogs in can definitely be a genetic thing from inbreeding. Are there any triggers you can watch for? Has his diet, environment, or schedule changed in the last month?

    I know this is from Yahoo - but it has some good things to consider as far as possible causes.

    The Five Major Causes of Dog Seizures - Yahoo! Voices - voices.yahoo.com
    She gets very agitated during storms and all but one of the seizures have occurred during or after a storm.



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    Re: Seizures in dogs

    My sister's lab used to have seizures, but they figured out that either the coloring or ingredients in some dog treats were triggering them.



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    Re: Seizures in dogs

    I went trough this not that long ago (in fact I made a post about it here)

    Since the first weekend with seizures she has been on phenobarbital twice a day and has not had a seizure in 2 years or so now. The vet also gave me a prescription of doggy volume to give to the dog in the event of another seizure.

    The vet has been checking blood levels twice a year since, and we have upped the dosage once in the last couple years. Medication for my 80 lbs dog is about 10-15 a month.



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    Re: Seizures in dogs

    Quote Originally Posted by cytech View Post
    I went trough this not that long ago (in fact I made a post about it here)

    Since the first weekend with seizures she has been on phenobarbital twice a day and has not had a seizure in 2 years or so now. The vet also gave me a prescription of doggy volume to give to the dog in the event of another seizure.

    The vet has been checking blood levels twice a year since, and we have upped the dosage once in the last couple years. Medication for my 80 lbs dog is about 10-15 a month.
    Sorry, I usually search before posting. Did you mean Valium? Is that for before/during or after? I'm wondering if we gave her something like that during storms if it would help.



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    Re: Seizures in dogs

    Quote Originally Posted by 1100011CS View Post
    Sorry, I usually search before posting. Did you mean Valium? Is that for before/during or after? I'm wondering if we gave her something like that during storms if it would help.
    Yeah that is right spelling is not my strong suit lol. The vet said to give it to her after a seizure to calm her down. You can't give it to them during you will get your hand bit off.

    As for what to do in your situation I would just ask the vet, if he still says there is nothing he can do then find another vet.



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    Re: Seizures in dogs

    If she has had four in the past month, she needs to be on medication. Phenobarbital is the drug most veterinarians will start with to try and gain control of the seizures. The meds won't completely eliminate the seizures, some dogs will still have 3-4 seizures per year but they are usually less severe. If your vet says there is nothing he/she can do, then you need to go see a different vet. Seizures are scary but the majority of the time they can be controlled.



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    Re: Seizures in dogs

    Quote Originally Posted by isudoc03 View Post
    If she has had four in the past month, she needs to be on medication. Phenobarbital is the drug most veterinarians will start with to try and gain control of the seizures. The meds won't completely eliminate the seizures, some dogs will still have 3-4 seizures per year but they are usually less severe. If your vet says there is nothing he/she can do, then you need to go see a different vet. Seizures are scary but the majority of the time they can be controlled.
    To be fair, it was after the first one that the vet said he couldn't do anything. We have an appointment today and they're going to do blood work. But, he could at least have mentioned the medicine if it got worse. Anyway, thanks. Hopefully they'll figure something out today.



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    Quote Originally Posted by isudoc03 View Post
    If she has had four in the past month, she needs to be on medication. Phenobarbital is the drug most veterinarians will start with to try and gain control of the seizures. The meds won't completely eliminate the seizures, some dogs will still have 3-4 seizures per year but they are usually less severe. If your vet says there is nothing he/she can do, then you need to go see a different vet. Seizures are scary but the majority of the time they can be controlled.
    Also, she is very confused and unstable when she finally comes out of it. The first time she actually growled at me and started running away from me toward my kids. That was really scary. Is there anything we should do during or directly after the seizures?



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    Re: Seizures in dogs

    Quote Originally Posted by 1100011CS View Post
    Also, she is very confused and unstable when she finally comes out of it. The first time she actually growled at me and started running away from me toward my kids. That was really scary. Is there anything we should do during or directly after the seizures?
    she*, sorry about that.

    Probably keep the kids away (just because they're probably scared, she's scared and she doesn't know what's going on - bad combination). Be calm and quietly talk to her - and during the seizure too, she should be able to hear you.

    How close is her "spot" to the outside? Like is there a basement or place further from the noise of a storm that she could be instead? I agree with others, the storm is probably getting her overexcited, but definitely see if the vet can find anything now that it's a recurring thing and not a one-off.


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    Re: Seizures in dogs

    Quote Originally Posted by 1100011CS View Post
    Also, she is very confused and unstable when she finally comes out of it. The first time she actually growled at me and started running away from me toward my kids. That was really scary. Is there anything we should do during or directly after the seizures?
    The time after the seizure is called a post-ictal phase. The dogs can still seem disoriented or "out of it" during this time. This can last for several hours. Valium may help calm her down during that time. It is also good to just leave her alone and let her chill out for a bit as long as she is stable enough where she won't hurt herself. I would probably keep the kids away, esp. if they are young, during this time. She is confused at this time and could potentially react to them in an atypical manner.



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    Quote Originally Posted by isudoc03 View Post
    The time after the seizure is called a post-ictal phase. The dogs can still seem disoriented or "out of it" during this time. This can last for several hours. Valium may help calm her down during that time. It is also good to just leave her alone and let her chill out for a bit as long as she is stable enough where she won't hurt herself. I would probably keep the kids away, esp. if they are young, during this time. She is confused at this time and could potentially react to them in an atypical manner.
    That's basically what we've done the last two times. I also noticed during the last one that if I whistled she perked up.

    Just got a call from our vet. Didn't find anything in the bloodwork so he thinks she's starting to become epileptic(sp?). Does that make sense? Anyway, he gave us some natural supplements to try to reduce anxiety. If she continues to have them at this rate we'll try the phenobarbital.

    And of course right now it's lightening/thundering like crazy here:(



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