I have an 8-year-old Beagle/Pug mix that has had a total of 3 "Status" seizures in her lifetime (that we are aware of). We rescued her from a shelter when she was 3-years-old, and it was told to us that she had been abused in the past. Other than that I don't know much about her history. She was very overweight when we got her (a little over 30 pounds), and she is currently at 23 lbs. She could be a little slimmer, but she just loves her food. I know it's bad to give dogs people food, but I have to admit everyone in this household feeds our dogs "table scraps" frequently. I had always considered this "spoiling" our dogs, but I am now wondering if this may be worse than I originally thought. Well that is a little background info on "Rollie." Now to my question...Rollie had her first "Status" seizure (meaning repeated seizures in a row, which lasted about 2 hours) about 3 years ago. We took her to the vet, but by that time they had stopped. He said it was somewhat common in dogs and not to worry about it and advised us to keep her comfortable during these episodes. She had another seizure about 2 years ago, which lasted about 30 minutes. We took the vet's advice and walked her through it and didn't think about it again. However, last night she had another episode, this time lasting 2 hours. When she didn't seem to be coming out of it we put her in the car and took her to the vet, but she was fine by the time we got there and since it was an emergency vet and after midnight they said to take her home and make an appt. with our regular vet so they could run tests. So now I am sitting here on Labor day wknd unable to make an appt. until Tuesday, and I'm looking up all these things it could be on the internet, probably worrying myself more than anything. Does anyone know what could be causing these rare, sporadic seizures? Based on her history, do you think it could be caused by people food? Has anyone had a similar situation with their dog? Sorry for the lengthy question, but I wanted to make sure I gave some background info... Any advice is appreciated. Thanks!
I had a Beagle/ Shepard mix named Cassidy. She lived to be 18. At 2 1/2 yrs old She began having Seizures. The Vet recommended we do a Total Blood Count to see why She was having this problem. Turns out She had Epilepsy, which is common in Beagles. Also, Cheap Dog foods are so bad for your Dog. Anything with Dyes in it to give it color is bad and can cause seizures in Dogs. Beneful is an example of a Dog food with dyes added. And you can do a search on google for Beneful Dog deaths. Table Scraps are okay the Vet said as long as it is not loaded with fat. For example only give your Dog what you would eat yourself. You wouldn't eat a big piece of fat off a steak and nothing else. Also Never ever give a Dog chicken bones or Pork chop bones! Also, When your Dog is having a seizure make sure they are not by stairs. Best thing to do is gently get them on their side and talk them through it calmly saying "you'll be alright" and massage the dog, especially their legs. Then get the dog outside right away becuase to have a seizure it takes such a toll on the animals body that they will need to deficate or throw up right away when they come out of it. The dog will be wobbly afterwards as well. Hope all this info helps.
Thank you very much for your help! I'm going to let my family know about the info you have given me...everyone has been really worried about her. We are being very careful what kind of table scraps we are giving her now just in case it could have been caused by a food allergy. As for the dog food, we feed our dogs nutro ultra dog food. I'm not sure if this kind has dyes, but it was recommended by our vet and is supposed to be more natural and healthy for dogs... I'll have to look into whether or not it contains dyes. Anyways, thank you very, very much! I'm going to ask the vet to do some blood work so we can figure out the cause. We also have 2 sets of stairs so we'll make sure to keep her away from them if/when another seizure occurs. Thanks again! :-)
I just got done telling my family about the response I received from this website. Upon telling them about the information I was told about Beneful brand dog food and dismissing this as the reason since we don't buy this food, they chimed in that they had just bought that kind of food at the grocery store a few weeks ago! Evidently we ran out of dog food and so someone picked up a bag of Beneful for a quick replacement. I had noticed the food looked different, but figured it was just a different type of the usual brand we buy. (We keep the food in a large tupperware container.) I went and checked the bag with the remaining food we had stored in the garage and sure enough it is Beneful. Needless to say we are getting rid of this and replacing it with their usual food. I just wanted to add this because I thought it was so strange that this is the first seizure she has had in a VERY long time, and you had said that Beneful can cause them, and sure enough she had been eating this food for the last week and a half or so. Anyways, thank you so much for the advice!