OK.... as much as I did not want to come on here and ask this after the last tounge lashing I got..... i wanted to know if anyone has experienced this or can give me advice.
One of my puppies has been having some episodes. He will start shaking and then get really stiff and fall over. He will drool from the mouth. Now before you tell me to go to the vet... know that I HAVE BEEN TO THE VET.... TWICE.
After the first episode, I brought him to the emergency vet clinic. They said it was not glucose levels....or anything they could figure out. They diagnosed it as gastritis ( tummy ache). i brought him to the vet the next day and they could not tell me anything that the emergency clinic did not already tell me. Well... he had another episode the other night. Still no true diagnosis.
I think he might be epileptic. And that these episodes are seziures. Sounds about right to me. But they can not confirm or deny it. But after going to two different vets (emergency and local) and no diagnosis....I dont know what to think.
Does anyone out there have an epileptic animal? If so what are the signs? What can I do?
hi cinammons mom. first of all how are your puppies doing. haven't seen you post in a while. please show some up to date pictures. i imagine the babies have grown like crazy. as far as the seizures i hate to hear about those. what a mess. my minature dachshund harley has them, which has not happen in over two months. we have gotton a good hold on the seziures. he did not have them as a pup, they started when he was 2 or somewhere around there. when he did have them he would lay on his side and straight leg it. also he would drewl alot. if you think that is what your puppy has, when he has them pick him up and cradle the puppy like you would a baby. hold tight almost so he/she does not shake, but not too tight. i have posted a thread a while back abot the same thing. i was told by someone(can't think of who)but they told me to keep a diary of when the dog has them. write what the dog has ate and a short summary of the dogs day. we have realized that excitment would cause them.(when someone comes over, getting ready to eat, us leaving) we have changed alot of our routinees, which has helped alot. a pain in the but but it has worked, and we will continue to do so. good luck on the poor baby.
Thanks for the advice. I dont have any recent pictures of the puppies... but I will try to take some this weekend. Between working 60+ hours a week and the puppies I rarely have time to breathe but they are going to their homes this weekend since they will be 10 weeks old.
I am having to work as much as I possibly can to try to cover all of the vet bills I have had. Between their first shots... and second set... and the repeated trips because of the seizures.... I am in the hole about 1500.
Thanks for your information on the puppy siezures. That is really what I think it is. sounds exactly like what you described. I am surprised that the vet could not make that same conclusion and tried to pass it off as gastritis. But, life goes on. I will send his medical records with his new owner.. and recommend they get a third opinion.
As for posting on here. I have not done so lately because between work and the puppies... i dont really have the time, and the last time I did, i started this big mess about being a byb and I just did not want to deal with that again. Too many of the mods are too opinionated and will sensor out what they disagree with. So... i figure it is best not to post unless absolutely necessary.
I will try to post some pics a little later this week though
In a puppy that young you may want to look at the possibility of a liver shunt or partial liver shunt. These usually show up not long after being fully weaned. These particular types of seizures are usually the result of toxic (ammonia) builup from the protein levels found in most dog foods because the liver cannot process the protein properly.
They can be scarry to watch Rocky is on meds for his. As soon as I walked into the ERvet (doesnt something always seem to happen when the reg vet is closed) I told her what happend and they knew what it was they did blood work to make sure he had not eaten anything and watched him. Then I took him to another vet and they did some blood work to make sure it was not something wrong with his organs.
Next time it happens (if there is a next time) Try to keep him calm. Hold him like a baby Pet him and talk calmly to him. the vet told us rocky wouldnt die from them but he could die if he does not calm down soon after because his temp spikes. They said its the worst in bostons (just my luck) because bostons are not a calm breed. I dont know why they said that every boston I have meet has been a calm little bag of happyness.
After rockys first one I ended up meeting a ton of people who had bostons that died from it, thats probly why im all on his meds, It was like befor I got rocky I didnt know anyone with a boston sence I have gotten him I have come across all kinds of boston people. Befor his seasures I didnt know anyone who had a dog with them. the day after I was at the gas station and some lady was adoring rocky and then she almost started to cry beause hers had died a few months ago during one. They were not at home but the way they found her they could tell she had one. Now everyone tells me there boston seasure storys.
Ok so anyway My advice would be go to the vet have them test for all kinds of good stuff, Id give yo uthe list but i was so worried I can only rember they tested his liver was fine but his eletroids were a bit low. They said they were testing to make sure all his organs were ok though. and next time if happens, If there is a next time and we all hope there is not, Stay calm and try your best to keep him calm. Also be glad your cuddling a tiny little guy thats stiff instead of a 27lb lug that fights them, foams all over the place, and that has over grown claws. we got him when he was 4 and no one had ever trimed his nails befor so the qick thing grew out.