Hello, I had a family member that purchased an american bulldog about a week and a half ago. Last night it died. She said that she was playing then all of a sudden she started seizing.. they were so bad her body looked as if it was coming off of the floor.. She called her vet they said to try to keep the puppy from swallowing its tounge. She did that the dog was very limp and eventually died. Has anyone ever experienced seizures in a puppy? Do you know what it is caused from? We called the vet again this morning and they said that it could have been low blood sugar or just a birth defect. She asked the breeder were there any known health problems with the puppies or parents and the answer was no. Does anyone know from experience is maybe something else could have caused the seizures? She called the breeder but no answer.. She left them a message.. We are just trying to find out why this happened so that she can have closure.
i feel so bad for your family member. that had to horrible for her to have to watch and not be able to do anything. i had a peke that had a couple of seizures like that .scared the bejesus out of me the first time she did it.she was only four months old. dummy me in a panic,called my mother instead of the vet. she told me to grab the pancake syrup and get some in her. which i did . she seemed to come out of it pretty fast after that. then i called the vet and told him what happened. he said i did what he would have told me to do, and if it happens again,do the same thing. a few weeks later she had another one and no more since. she was having low blood sugar attacks. she outgrew them and lived to be 13 years old.
I have had an older puppy suffer seizures from a reaction to a vaccination. It would be best, though emotionally hard, to have the necropsy done. It will give them piece of mind and if they have a health guarantee, help make that easier. I'm really sorry to hear this.
I am so sorry to hear about the poor puppy. Most likely the pup died from some other underlying medical problem because dogs/puppies very rarely die from seizures. And the thing about swallowing the tongue is a myth it cannot happen. You can in fact cause a human or animal more harm by interfering when they are having a seizure. While trying to "prevent them from swallowing their tongue" you could actually cause them to break their teeth or even their jaw. I have epilepsy and have had grand mal seizures since I was 19 epilepsy/seizures in humans and dogs are not much different. I hope you are able to find out what caused the seizure I would definitely have the neocrospy and the suggestion of contacting the breeder is an excellent one. Best of luck.
***Edited By: GinaH on 4/26/2005 2:31:34 PM*** Reason: ***
i would agree with langniappe, it is the only sure way to find out how the pup died. if it is a genetic problem ,the breeder needs to be made aware of it. so that she can have her dogs checked out to find out where the problem lies and not keep breeding puppies that might have the same health issues. and if they truly are a good breeder they would appreciate knowing , maybe they would even be willing to help with the cost .
Seizures can be caused from a number of things.... vaccinations, poisonings, genetics, etc... until a necropsy is performed, you will never know for sure. I would definitely have a necropsy done, and if it is determined that the seizure was caused (either directly or indirectly) from a genetic disorder, I would let the breeder know immediately. I am a breeder, and I would definitely want to know if there was something wrong in my bloodline. I would have my dogs tested and spay/neuter the dogs with the disorder. The breeder should also either replace the puppy or give a refund (again, only if it is found to be a genetic problem) If the seizure was caused from something other than a genetic disorder, I would want to find the culprit before I brought another pup home... it could have eaten a poisonous plant, got into a cleaning solution... who knows... either way, I would not want to have a second pup go through the same thing.
I am sorry for your loss, and hope you can find the answers you are looking for. Keep us posted.
it could have been caused by distemper. this virus causes a lot of neurological problems. we have a thread going "DISTEMPER AT ANNAS PETS. read it if you get a chance!!! all of our puppies suffered seizure as well.
When I was 8, my parents bought a Golden Retriever puppy that had a seizure at 8 weeks. We found out he had Epilepsy and suffered from seizures his whole life until he was 5 and developed a nervous system disorder from it, which caused pneumonia somehow, and he just got so bad my father had to have him put to sleep. There is another member on this board named Shinyblackpit that has experience with her dogs having seizures. She would be a good person to talk to on the whole thing. I'm sorry about the puppy, that's so sad :(
***Edited By: Huntersmom on 4/26/2005 6:40:47 PM*** Reason: grammar