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Barked: Thu Feb 7, '13 12:48am PST 
Shortly after 2am my Mother called freaked out saying her dog had a seizure. Post seizure he wouldn't come near her, take food or go outside. He even growled at her as if he didn't know her.
I don't know what to tell her. I've never had a dog with this issue.
She said he just wants to sleep now, and I told her to let him. There is nothing she can do, that I am aware of, until the vet opens in the morning and he's resting fine at this time.

Anyone else have this experience or have thoughts/advice?

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Barked: Thu Feb 7, '13 1:57am PST 
I also never encounter such issue with my dog. All you have to do is bring him to the vet to check him up.

Fritz, cats are- fun when they- run
Barked: Thu Feb 7, '13 3:26am PST 
A check up is a good idea. My person's dad had a golden lab that had seizures.

Keeping him safe during the seizure and letting him sleep is the right thing to do. The seizure could be an isolated incident caused by ????.

If it is a seizure disorder, there are medications that can help. Moses lived a long and happy life after he was diagnosed with seizures and went onto medication.


Proud to serve
Barked: Thu Feb 7, '13 5:28am PST 
Ok, I thought this went without saying but apparently not. If all you're going to say is "go to the vet" then your response is not needed. My mother is intelligent enough to know to take her dog to the vet when he has a seizure.

Now, if you have EXPERIENCE with a dog with this issue, your response would be highly desirable.

Thank you
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.

Good luck. hug
Dylan aka- Dilly,my- angel

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Barked: Thu Feb 7, '13 4:06pm PST 
dylan had seizures too. massive clusters. but he has been seizure free for well over 4 years now
I agree with everything Charlie said. writing it all down is very important. its easy to forget the details.
another thing, if he starts haveing them alot, is to give raw beef liver. it will help replenish the blood.body temps raise during a seizure, and the blood can start to break down. Dylan at 60 pounds was given about 3 oz a day for a few days after each cluster.
Josie- *Forever in- Our Hearts*

Happy to work
Barked: Thu Feb 7, '13 4:52pm PST 
Josie also has seizures and Charlie is right on! Keep a record of them and try to keep him safe during them.

It is not unusual for a dog to be "out of it" after a seizure, Josie has growled at me before when she comes out of it. This could be because they are adjusting to what just happened or your dog is like my girl and even though she stops shaking and showing the obvious signs of a seizure the actual seizure is not completely over for quite some time. Even though they are no longer "seizing" in the typical sense they can still be exhibiting symptoms and have trouble recognizing their owner or other animals in the house.

This site was very helpful to me when Josie started seizing, I hope it helps to understand a little bit more about what happened.

Tiller- (Skansen's- Ira in the M

I DO Exist...To- Drive You Batty
Barked: Thu Feb 7, '13 6:01pm PST 
Dogs coming out of a seizure can be disoriented. They also can be BLIND, which makes everything a lot scarier. My Daniel the Spaniel had bad seizures for one year. Fine now, but the first one almost killed him and coming out of it, I, who admittedly didn't know much about seizures then, had the gut instinct to just hold him and stroke his face. WOWZERS was that the wrong thing to do! He is the sweetest, most imperturbable dog on this planet, but he gave me a bite off the richter scale. I work protection dogs, and he gave me a bite equally as hard. I was in a state of disbelief as to the bite force from a Cocker.

From then on I knew, just give the dog space. He'll come to you when he recenters. I think sometimes there is post psychosis, but as noted blindness can have something to do with it, too.

The pup's reactions are not unheard of. Let him rest and he'll get back to normal, but let it be on his terms.

The vet will run some tests, but most often protocol is to establish a history or pattern. Sometimes, seizures may occur only once. Sometimes, they are due to a thyroid, too. Sometimes, you end up needing lifelong meds....that often hinges on the severity, duration and frequency of the seizures.

Should this happen again, just tell her to give him space.
Angel Lexi- ...Gone But- Never

Angel Kisses And- Butterfly- Whispers
Barked: Fri Feb 8, '13 8:18am PST 
I went to the Rainbow Bridge due to seizures and dogs can show many different symptoms. Just my opinion but it could also have been a mini stroke. The vet will beable to do some tests and let you know what's going on. We'll keep him in healing prayer and please keep us updated.

Great advice from the other posters aboveway to go
Penny Mouse- Fart Ayala

I eat, therefore- I am.....
Barked: Fri Feb 8, '13 6:12pm PST 
Hi Luke! Penny had seizures for a few months. For her, it was due to an anti-fungal med she was taking for her skin. She'd been taking it for about 3 years and evidently it built up to a toxic dose for her. Her regular vet and her specialist doggy dermatologist had not warned me that this could happen. It also was not listed as "possible side effects, etc." so it was quite a shock for me. I took her to both of her vets to get advice and was told to keep a journal of her seizures and what happened during the seizures (for her they scared the bejeebers out of her and she'd go stock still, staring off into space, then she'd walk like she was drunk, then come over and want to be held and reassured. Her temp was normal and the vets said that if her temp went up (sometimes that happens if you have one seizure right after another)to rush her right to an emergency vet. If she only had one seizure and her body temp seemed ok and she snapped out of it within a half hour or so (recovering from all after effects and acting normal again) and there was no more than a seizure a month, she didn't need doggy meds for seizures. The vet explained that if there was no permanent damage, she didn't have to drive or go to a job (funny vet) we could go without meds and just keep a good eye on her. That's easy for me as she's by my side all day, I'm retired. So, I took her off the antifungals and kept her on a really healthy diet and the seizures stopped for her! I was SOOOoooo glad!! But, after a seizure, I always took my ques from her. If she crawled into my lap, she wanted affection and that's what she got. If she didn't, I just watched her and would touch her slowly and gently to check her temp and make sure she didn't seize again. The main danger of cluster seizures (one seizure right after another) is elevated body temp and you HAVE to rush the animal to an emergency vet immediatly if that happens. Thank goodness, that never happened to her, cause untreated that can kill them! Not that she'd ever be untreated, but it made me watch her like a hawk! If the dog seizes more than once a month, the vet will probably put the dog on a daily med that's much like a doggy Valium. NOT human Valium! It's supposed to help. When the dog seizes, just make sure all people and animals steer clear of the dog, but watch them closely. What I did was to write it on the calendar with the symptoms each time Penny seized, then I'd write it down and take it with me to the next vet visit. Also, it's a good idea to have a doggy tag made up for it to wear that sais, "Seizures" or "Epileptic" so that if the dog wanders off or gets lost, the people who find it will know that it needs its medicine. One of Pennys tags sais, "needs meds" another tag sais "epileptic". I think it makes it less likely that someone will keep her as they'll know she's kinda "high maintenence" and some folks don't want the bother of a dog like that. Not that it bothers me a bit, Pennys more than worth it, but your mom may want to do something like that. Good luck and best wishes!!
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