I'm new to this board and am hoping someone can help me. I have a 15 yr. old shih tzu, Casey that has started having seizures. Casey has always been afraid during thunderstorms. He shakes, pants and I hold him to calm him down. Recently, every time it storms he has a seizure, panic attack. I'm really not sure what it is. As I said above, he starts with the shaking then he just falls over on to his back and starts yelping. The yelping does not sound anything like his bark. I run over to him and pick him up.When I lift him into my arms his whole body goes limp. The first time he did this I thought he had died in my arms. There is just no movement when he goes limp. He stays limp anywhere from 2 to 10 minutes. When he finally comes out of it, he appears to be just fine. I took him to the vet and was told he was having seizures. The vet thought he needed to be on a seizure medication. I haven't put him on any, because I am not sure it is seizures. It only happens during thunderstorms. Is it seizures or panic attacks? If it is seizures I will immediately give Casey the medication, but if it is just panic attacks I don't want to hurt him by giving him seizure medication. I went to the health food store and bought him some, "ActiPet Anxiety Free Pet Supplements". They work a little, but far from a cure. Other than this, the vet said Casey was extremely healthy. She ran all kinds of tests on him and everything was fine. He is still very playful and active. Casey means the world to me and I want to do anything to make sure he stays healthy. I hope someone out there can tell me what to do. Seizures or panic attacks? Medicine or no medicine? Thanks So Much!
The store bought things are not always great. They are similar to OTC meds for us. Work alittle but you may need more. I would talk to the vet a ACE. It is a tranqulizer (sorry I know I butchered that one). It may help. Do you have a basement or other quiet place where he maybe better off? Seek a second opinion of another vet. It never hurts. Seizures come in many forms, so it is possible he is have a seizure. It could set off by the panic from the storm. Try talking to your vet again, or seek another one
There was an article in Science Daily about thunderstorms and dogs reaction to them. The study actually stated that calmly your dog- or attempting to- through petting, etc. doesn't help at all. The best way they said to deal with it is the medicines specifically for storms that help calms the dogs or having other dogs around. Part of the study showed that dogs that did become extremely fearful during storms calmed down much sooner when they had other dogs around.