|Barked: Sat Feb 9, '13 1:10pm PST |
|I have to agree with Tiller..
I'm glad the dog is doing better.
Sadly, it could end up being that they do start coming - and more and more frequently. Charlie had his first seizure(since being in my care anyway) at three years old. It took me completely by surprise and took me a moment to realize what it was. They're HARD to get through. Fortunately, I have a dog that prefers the company of his human when he's disoriented, confused and stressed. It keeps him calmer, than if I walked away. But this is VERY VERY individual-dog based. I certainly wouldn't try being right there with just any dog. I found taking him outside after he was back to normal helped to dispel his stress too, as he'd get distracted by wonderful smells and the beautiful fresh air of outside.
Even if it was a one time thing, have your mom record it anyway. In the instance that it happens again, she'll have it recorded and can start keeping a journal of the seizures. It helps to establish what triggers the dog, helps an owner to recognize the signs of an impending seizure, and can really help when you learn how to time it too - if a seizure goes too long, it can kill a dog. Doing some research on it just in case can really help too.
You can have your mom check out a fantastic website here.
So.. while I do hope it was a one time thing, it does sound like it was an idiopathic seizure, which suggests the high possibility of further seizures.
A grain-free, preservative-free dog food with no chemicals or dyes can really help too, because preservatives(BHA, BHT, Ethoxyquin - sp?), chemicals and dyes in foods can trigger seizures and can make them worse. On Beneful, Charlie had three seizures a month. On dog food that is grain-free, preservative-free, without chemicals or dyes, he has MAYBE one every four months. Although, unless it starts happening more frequently, you shouldn't have to do any major life changes for him right now.
If your mom needs to chat about it too, she can always join the forums and chat here with those of us who have experience with epilepsy in canines. We're more than happy to try to help, both with controlling them, and understanding them, figuring out triggers, establishing life changes, etc.
I do encourage recording it, just in case for right now though. Other than that, we'll hope for her that it doesn't happen again. It can be hard to deal with, emotionally.
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