|Shiver Me- Timbers- "Charlie"|
My Little Dog, a- heartbeat at my- feet.<3
|Barked: Thu Feb 7, '13 12:38pm PST |
|Luke, nobody is trying to offend you. Please don't be rude. The general response is going to be to get the dog a check up and run some tests.
That said, many different things can bring on a seizure. They can be triggered by stress, injury, illness, poison, various other triggers too, and are sometimes genetic, while other times it's not and can be brought on by injury or illness.
I am glad to hear she's taking him to the Vet.
That said, Charlie has seizures. There are several things you can do when a dog is having a seizure. Keep them comfortable, keep them from hitting or running into objects(some WILL get up and try to walk), try to keep them calm if they're conscious, TIME IT(always!), start keeping a seizure journal even if it doesn't happen again in case a Vet needs to know what happened, how long, what time, what day, what the dog did(ex: lost consciousness, drooling, lost his bladder, lack of motor control, etc), how long recovery took afterward, etc. Honey or vanilla ice cream can be given in small amounts after the dog recovers to help balance out the blood sugar levels as well.
If he's nervous, or scared afterward, that is NORMAL. If he's growling and wants to be left alone, give him his space. DO NOT stress him out further by trying to love on him. Stressing him out by invading his space when he is already stressed and uncomfortable CAN trigger another seizure, and sometimes can even send them into clusters, or even cause them to last longer.
Try to have her recall what happened that day. Was there ANYTHING different that day that could have triggered it? You may not even notice what the trigger was, but it can be any change in routine, or a treat given, smells, etc.
Charlie, most often, has idiopathic seizures - his are genetic and just happen. They tend to happen mostly when he's stressed/excited, or they can be triggered by something. But most often, there isn't a trigger for him. The last time he began having a seizure, he was triggered by the smell of Cilantro that I had been cooking with and my hands smelled of the herb.
When I first took Charlie to the Vet, we determined that his seizures were likely idiopathic/genetic and he sent me home with instructions to keep a seizure journal and to give Charlie a daily dose of Rescue Remedy(I've also used Calm-Aid by Pettek when I can't get hold of RR). Because Charlie only has one seizure every four months on average, medicating would have more risks than benefits. It may end up being that you moms dog does not need to be medicated, but should still be watched for further seizure activity.
It's gotten to where I can now notice when my dog is simply behaving 'weird' and know he's having a simple partial seizure, or a seizure is coming on(usually indicated by him spacing out, staring at air, losing his balance on his feet, etc).
Seizures CAN trigger fear behaviors, or even aggressive behaviors(usually caused by fear). Keeping things as normal as possible when the dog recovers is usually best.
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