We have a 3 year old female beagle. She has been boarded a total of 4 times, using the same kennel each time. The second time we took her (a year ago) she had her very first seizure - in the reception area of the kennel, when my husband handed her leash to the kennel technician. The third time we took her in (a few months ago) she did just fine. This past Friday I took her and our new beagle we've had a couple of months to the kennel to be boarded together in the same cage. She was walking down the kennel hallway to her cage when she had another seizure.
Why is she just seizing only at the kennel, but not every time she's taken in? She is at my side day and night so I would know if she had one elsewhere. We had medical tests run immediately after the first episode and she checked out just fine. She has had limited socialization with other dogs - one reason we got another one. When taken on walks she always barks and tries to get to other dogs, but when she is actually next to a dog she becomes very submissive and passive.
Could the combination of over-stimulation from being surrounded by numerous dos in a kennel atmosphere and the anxiety of separating from me cause these seizures? I don't want to put her on daily medication if the seizures are just situational and occur only once a year. Can an anti-anxiety pill be given prior to arriving at the kennel to prevent a seizure?
I would go with stress as well, the strangest things will cause my male Shiba to seize, he will go for a year then one night while playing a blanket got put over him, next thing I knew he was seizeing. A cat got in their dog run, and he got over excited and seized, and putting him in the box of a truck in a kennel will cause them as well.
My dog also has had two seizures both at the vet. The first was later the same day that we boarded her. The second was just going in to the office. I don't know what to do about vacation now. She sometimes starts shaking at home but has never seized.
What about medication for anxiety? Any expirience on if that would help?