Hi Any suggestions for someone to look into would be a great help. I got a 8 week old chihuahua/doxen that was doing just fine. I brought her to my home town about 200 miles from where i'm at now. The first night we got here, after being here for a few hours, she put her head int the ground and lifted her paws behind her ears. I was like that looks weird so i picked her up and she looked like she was staring into space and had no control over her body movements. The other two jack russels were playing and everyone seemed to think she just got scared. After a couple of minutes she came out of it and was just shaking. We figured she would be okay. The next day she did it like 3 times in a row one after the other and by the third time she was whinning like it hurt. We took her to a vet and at best he did blood work which found nothing, he suggest a change in environment being overwhelming, and possible epilepsy. I've looked for possiblities online but i was hoping someone might be able to help faster. It seems like it hurts and when she's done having these seizurs she throws up and then stumbles around like she's drunk, somtimes she's start again right after that. She doesn't convulse or lose bodily fluid controls. She just tences up and has a painful blank stare on her face. She looses all sence of balance for quite some time during and after. Vet gave me some pills to help with epilepsy still waiting to see if they work, i've given her 2 @ 1/2 a pill so far.
Have you contacted the breeder, and thoroughly inspected your health contract? If there is no guarantee of absense of juvenile seizures,or cataracts, you definitely should not have bought the dog. Is she registered, and has she had a 5 way innoculation within the last week?I would contact the breeder at once, and see what she can tell you. I wish you and your little dog good luck.
Are you leaving food out for the puppy at all times? Small breeds can become hypoglycemic (low blood sugar) very easily and go into a seizure. For a small toy breed like this and at this age you really should be leaving food out all day so she can eat when she gets hungry. You might ask your vet about this. I would be surprised if they didn't already mention that. If the puppy wasn't having a seizure at the time you took it in the blood work might not have shown low blood sugar. Just a thought, but talk to your vet about it if they didn't mention it already.
I really support the vet putting your dog on anti-seizure meds. If your dog does not respond to you while it's having the episode, it is most likely epilepsy. Seizures are actually more common than people think and generally the breeders may have no prior knowledge. No one has figured out exactly what causes them. Some dogs I know of have no history of it in their bloodlines and suddenly they have one. It can be very scarey for a pet owner. The one thing you need to remember is to make sure she is in a safe place. You don't want her falling down stairs while seizuring. Secondly, you want to time the seizure. More than a few minutes of the active seizure can raise her body temp way too high and cause permanant damage usually this isn't a big issue. Next keep a record of the episodes. How long they last, what she was doing when it happened etc, any changes in food, visiting pets, the park any minor things you may not generally think about. I agree with your vet that the change in surroundings may have caused stress which may have brought on the episodes. The breeder (if a reputable one) should offer to take the dog back. But if you've already gotten attached, this may not be an option. Give the meds a few days, the vet may need to increase her dose before you reach full potenial. Also remember to stay calm, lots of dogs have seizures and they are unaware of what happens during the seizure. They are weakened by the uncontrollable body movements hence why they are wobbly when they come to. Keep in touch with your vet and take your journal of episodes with you so you can acturately remember each situation. Your dog may have several tomorrow or may never have one again. You never can tell. Good luck to you and your pooch.
Thanks everyone for your responses so far. My puppy is pushing that age where i need the vaccinations but I was told to hold off till we get the seizures under control. She does have food out constantly and water, he didn't mention anything about these though. She has been on the medication for 2 days now, last night she had a small one lasted maybe 20 seconds. Today she hasn't had a single one, I'm very happy it's less stress on me and I'm sure her. I think i did mention i was out of town visiting my parents and a lot of people even the vet mention her being overwhelmed with all the new things and new dogs around. So in a few days ill try taking her off the meds to see if maybe she's just prone to a lot of excitement? I have noticed though even with the meds she seems like she's dizzy a lot, like she just got over a seizure but without the actual seizure part. Also i can't really take her back she was a gift so i didn't pay anything for her. Again i appreciate the comments they help a ton.