Chi Chi, our 12 year old Chihuahua has been having seizures since December 2004. Two the first day, 2 the 2nd, and the 3rd while at the Vet's office. She currently is on both the KBR (potassium bromide) and phenobarbital after almost a year period with KBR only...she also is on Duramarin for enzyme concerns. Since adding phenobarb back to her med regimen, her seizures have lessened. For some time she had 1 monthly, then we went on the increase to 2-3 monthly..the last one was 10 weeks apart. She has gained weight since being back on the pheobarb but I guess it goes along with it. She is such a love, still likes to romp on our acreage. All one can do is keep them comfortable and give them lots of love. Our littlest Chi, Sandy, now 3 keeps an eye on her and lets us know when she is in trouble. We keep slimline freezer ice packs in 2 refrigerators in our home and place that on the center of her back when she has a seizure and she comes out of them much quicker with the ice pack; doesn't have the incontinence also that she once had with the ice pack. Best wishes to all that have to deal with this concern for their beloved pets.
I am very sorry your dog is having seizures. We went through it with our lab/shepard mix dog. I first noticed them after she would be running and playing. She would stumble a little bit. That lasted for about a week and then I took her to the vet when it didn't stop. He examined and thought she looked ok. I was told to keep a log on her and when she was having the episodes. Well, one day she had a "spell". She was laying on the ground after playing outside, she started barking, whining, she couldn't get up. That lasted for about 5 minutes. Then she was just staring into space panting terribly. we took her to the after hour emergency vet. (which was worthless, they made us leave and did nothing for her...) The next day we went to the vet and had a complete workup..She ended up having a lipoma on her pancreas. She was hypoglycemic. Everytime she would run and play and use up all her glucose stores, she would have a seizure. We ended up putting her on steroids and a glucose paste. We also couldn't let her run.. How terribly sad. I am sorry to say 4 months of glucose paste and steroids, she had a terrible seizure and never came around. We had to have her put to sleep this summer. I truely hope this is not what your dog has, but I am hoping they checked into that. I guess it is common in bigger dogs. Best of luck to you and your loved puppy.
Yes, our Butter suffered severe seizures after his 1 year rabies booster. One of the potential adverse reactions to vaccinations is seizures -- has your dog recently been vaccinated?
Combination Vaccines, Multiple Shots--on Page 16 of the 2003 AAHA Guidelines under Immunological Factors Determining Vaccine Safety, it states that: "Although increasing the number of components in a vaccine may be more convenient for the practitioner or owner, the likelihood for adverse effects may increase. Also, interference can occur among the components. Care must be taken not to administer a product containing too many vaccines simultaneously if adverse events are to be avoided and optimal immune responses are sought. "
Significant calcium deficiency can cause seizure-like episodes, have you had a blood test to check calcium and phosphorous levels? High phosphorous foods (meat, eggs, nuts) bind with calcium, as do high oxalate foods (oatmeal) and may deplete your dog's levels to a point where it will cause problems. Poison will also cause seizures.
You might want to do an online search for "canine hypocalcemia" or just "hypocalcemia". This link http://www.lowchensaustralia.com/breeding/eclampsia.htm will take you to an article on this subject in which it states that the signs of low calcium levels (hyocalcemia) are: "Muscle tremors, restlessness, panting, incoordination, grand mal seizures and fever as high as 106."
Further, the above articles thats a one of the possible causes: Poor Nutrition - "Home brewed" diets usually are at fault. The owner innocently may be adding too much unbalanced meat to the bitch's diet, thinking the extra protein is beneficial. What's really happening is the calcium to phosphorus ratio is out of balance because the amount of useful calcium in the food is actually reduced! The ideal contains a ratio of calcium to phosphorus of 1.2 to 1. (Many organ meats such as liver have a ratio of calcium to phosphorus of 1 to 15!! Liver is great for dogs but if it comprises a large part of the diet, the calcium/phosphorus ratio of the diet will be improper.)
If you have chickens, you should be aware that their droppings are extremely high in phosphorous and can cause a problem if your dog eats too many of them. If the droppings are charging your dog's blood with phosphorous, it's going to drain him/her of calcium in order to maintain proper pH balance and cause muscle twitching, etc...
Check this link HPA | Phosphorous | FAQs on [color=Red]phosphorous[/color] from the Health Protection Agency, especially this quote: "[color=red]It has been used as a rat and rodent poison[/color].."
Check this site Eclampsia (Puerperal Tetany, Milk Fever, Hypocalcemia) in Dogs "Eclampsia, also called milk fever or puerperal tetany, [COLOR=red] is an acute, life-threatening disease caused by low blood calcium levels (hypocalcemia) in dogs [/COLOR]...."
One of our dogs developed severe seizures after the second of his puppy rabies shots -- his head shook so hard we thought his eyes would pop out, it was terrifying. After this seizure activity triggered by the vaccine, he became prone to them from other triggers. Whenever he ate too many high phosphorous foods (or chicken droppings), he would seize. Giving him 1/2 a quart of plain organic yogurt would calm his seizures within 15 minutes, when they were food-related.
Personally, I would have a complete blood count done to check for mineral levels if you don't think vaccines or something your dog is eating is causing the seizures. PLUS, I would consult a Homeopathic/Holistic veterinarian for an alternative treatment, you can do an online search for one near you at American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association http://www.holisticvetlist.com/, Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy http://www.theavh.org/referral/index.php.
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I know this is a late reply but please look up or google, "EIC in dogs" Exercise Intolerance and Collapse. I took my male black lab to the vet who ran numerous tests and found nothing but wanted to prescribe him pheno and potass, just like yours. I said, how can you give him drugs when you don't even know what was wrong with him? I can't stand when they just assume that a drug will help, in your case, it's not doing much of anything. I actually started my lab on fish oil supplements for his heart, one a day, and I also give him glucosamine for his joints. He honestly has maybe 1 seizure every two months. He used to have one everytime he got excited. I feel for you because it's heartbreaking watching them seizure, there's nothing we can do but wait for it to be over. I spoke to my breeder and they found out that if the dog is slightly overweight the seizures are much less. It's strange but true....my lab is doing much much better. He eats a little more than normal but the seizures are few. I hope your great dane is ok!
I just came back from the emergency vet hospital. My great dane Sammy had a grand mal seizure. His first one. I have 3 other Danes his brother along with his mom and dad. I have never seen anything like it. He is 2 years old along with his brother Toby and his Mom and Dad are 5 years old and they never had them. It is a scary thing to see. He is still at the hospital. I don't understand why him? Does anyone have any answers? They are all my precious lap dog babies.
Our bulldog had such violent seizires and so many that after trying valium and every other medication, as she got worse, we had her eutahnized. My vet kept saying she doesn't feel them or remember them, but upon witnessing one of the 13 bad ones in 2 1/2 hours he agreed it was the best humane thing for her, to be euthanized.Hope your situation turns out better.
Tonight my little dog died from seizures. I can not tell you the heartbreak I have. I loved my little friend so much. He was just 7 years old. This morning he had a seizure and it lasted maybe 30 seconds. I hurried to get his pheno and gave him his usual dose. He seemed ok, but about 2 hours later he had a big seizure and again I gave him more pheno. he came out of it and seemed okay then another hour went by and he had another and then another quite fast. I rushed him to his vet where they gave him larazpam, however spelled, anyway he still had seizures so they injected him with pheno and it knocked him out for a couple of hours at wich time i went to see him and he seemed fine so the vet said come back and pick him up at 6 I think he will be fine. I returned at 6 to pick him up and they said he had another seizure so they had just medicated him. They handed me a limp dog with no response but they said it was the drugs so I took him home. Thirty minutes later he had a seizure and he stopped breathing. I tried cpr but to no avail. My little buddy is gone and all I can say is why? WHY? I am upset with the vet. While he was there for severe seizures the vet decided upon himself it was a good time to vacitnate him and give him all his shots. Why couldn't that have waited? Also why would he send a dog that sick home? The little guy suffered from seperation anxiety so I thought leaving him overnight might not be the best thing to do. I have been going to this vet for years and always trusted him but now i feel he knew my little guy was close to death and sent him home maybe to make sure he got payed which he did. I know I am not in the right state of mind right now but I feel that he knew. His wife who works with him told me she did not want my little guy to go home tonight she was worried about him, but she is not the vet.
Do any of you think this sounds strange for a vet to do? I know I can not bring my little guy back but I do not feel he should not have died today. I have read forum after forum and have not found one story of a dog dieing like mine did? I read plenty about dogs having seizures and not coming out of them and having to be put to sleep but none like mine. What would you do?
severly heartbroken, I so loved him. God bless you little friend and thank you for all the joy you brought me while alive. I will forever miss you.
my 12 year old daschund had his first seizure last week. He has been through alot in the past year, two dental surgeries and a ruptured disk surgery. We took him to an all night animal hospital, $$$$$, they did blood work and heart ultrasound and found no problems with his heart .... they are hoping it is just a one time occurence. has anyone ever experienced this with an older dog?