|Barked: Tue Sep 16, '08 3:50pm PST |
|Actually, you can begin to seize while you are asleep. All of Gio's seizures have begun while he is asleep. Technically, I suppose be may be awoken an instant before the seizure begins, but when it comes down to it, he will be sleeping, awake abruptly and immediately begin to seize. Sure, the state of sleep is not maintained through the seizure, but the seizures begin while asleep.
A pre-ictal symptom of Gio's is leg twitching, his paws will twitch lightly in his sleep and this can continue for a couple of hours prior to the onset of the actual seizure. But as for determining if your dog is merely twitching in his sleep or having a seizure ... you will know. Once you have witnessed a full blown grand mal, there is no question as to which is a sleep twitch and which is a seizure!
Generally, with a seizure (those associated with leg paddling are generally grand mals), the eyes will be open, jaw will clench, labored breathing, and leg paddling as if they were running a marathon, excessive drooling, possibly urination or defecation. Not all seizures take on that appearance. Focal seizures can affect only one area of the brain so there may only be spasms in one area of the body ... usually the face and legs.
I recently put together a FAQ article on canine epilepsy that might be helpful in differentiating what is a seizure or what is not.
Canine Epilepsy: Seizure FAQs
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