Macky had a seizure today

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  1. Emily

    Emily Rollin' with my bitches

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    First one ever. :( It was very quiet, she didn't collapse or convulse, but afterwards (I believe) she came up to me with her mouth hanging open and drooling excessively. When she tried to walk she was staggering/ataxic in the hind end, and then she vomited up her lunch. And she was just totally disoriented, clingy, wobbly, and glassy-eyed.

    Took her to the e-vet, who ran blood work which came back totally normal, and the vet and I both feel the likely culprit is a seizure. And now she's very tired, which I understand is also typical.

    The vet says we shouldn't consider meds unless she has a seizure more than once a month, especially since this was so mild. I definitely agree. I'm hoping this is a one time occurrence or least remains rare.

    I just happened to be here with her because I was at a wedding last night and spent the night at my mom's house. I'm staying over again and going into work late so that I can stay with her while my mom's at work tomorrow morning. Macky is delighted that Keeva and Ollie have been crated to give her peace and quiet. ;)

    So... I dunno. Hugs? lol :( I'm just stressed and worried, and also wondering what this means for her as a performance dog, if the stress of training/trialing will be too much, etc. I could care less, but she really does love training and working. *sigh* Bah. Does anybody else on here have a dog that has seizures or has had one?
     
  2. JessLough

    JessLough Love My Mutt

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    :( ((((((hugs)))))))

    Hopefully, it was a one-off thing and that'll be the end of it
     
  3. Moth

    Moth Mild and Slightly Nutty

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    My cocker had seizures. We also never medicated for them because he would only seizure a couple of times a year and the meds would have compromised his health far more than the seizures ever did.

    He lived a fairly normal life... We went hiking and to training classes just like I do with my dogs now.

    Stress can induce seizures. In Patton's case it would usually be things that really pushed him out of his comfort zone and wound him up a lot.
     
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    (((hugs))) Very scary. I hope it's not something that is going to happen regularly. Poor you and Macky. :(
     
  5. Laurelin

    Laurelin I'm All Ears

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    That is so scary. Summer seized once a few years back but it had to do with having to be put under more than once in 24 hours. Seizures are really scary though. I'm hoping Macky's was a one-time deal.

    Lots of (((((Hugs)))))
     
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    Oh no Macky! Poor girl, not fair. Though I'm sure she's loving her crate free but other dogs crated time. I hope it's only a one time thing, she's way to young and in the prime of her life. She's got way to many dogs to school to have this happen again.

    Lots of hugs for both of you. Give her something yummy
     
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    Oh no! Poor Macky :(, hope it's just a one time thing. My old husky had only one seizure in his life...strange thing they are.
     
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    Poor Macky! I certainly hope it was a one time thing, and you spend the next 10 years with her waiting for the second one.

    I've never had a dog with seizures, but I've known several. My friend has one who had frequent small seizures for a long time (she'd had distemper as a puppy - the rest of the litter died). They treated with pheno for a while, then were able to get her on something a naturopath recommended, and finally got her off meds entirely. She went to agility trials with no problems whatsoever. But then, one of my very favorite agility dogs had to stop trialling over a year ago because he developed seizures, and had one inevitably any time he competed. I think the causes are so varied, there is no way to know.
     
  9. Emily

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    Thanks everyone. Moth, it's great to hear that your Cocker did just fine. Macky is a pretty low stress dog, nothing much scares her, so I'm hoping this won't affect her training and trialing. But of course, even the happiest of dogs will find it slightly stressful.

    Lindsey, if you can believe it, she doesn't want food. *gasp* Not even mac n cheese. She seems like she still has the spins and it's making her nauseas. :-/ She's been puking a bit on and off still.

    Everybody, thanks so much for the hugs and the stories and the support. She just vomited a bit but now seems to be comfortable.
     
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    How old is Macky? Could she maybe just have vertigo instead of seizuring? I've had vertigo before and it can def make you nauseous!
     
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    My friend's cocker has seizures on occasion. Maybe once or twice a year. He's not medicated for it because they happen so infrequently... I guess my advice would just be to log as much information about it as possible; day, time, weather, everything that happened leading up to it... and do that for any that happen in the future to see if there's a common thread. My friend hasn't been able to identify any similarities between her dog's seizures.

    Hopefully it's just a one time thing.
     
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    Hannah, my rat terrier, who is 11 (will be 12 in a month) and living with my mom has had seizures. She had her first one around 3 and had a few more for the next couple months. She continued to have a few until about 6 and then they just stopped. We tried every test, spent a lot of money, and in the end because they were not frequent enough we decided against meds.

    She would get pretty violent ones that would void bowels and urine and then when she was done she would look dead for a few minutes, then exhausted, then finally back to normal. The recovery took at least 15 minutes and the actual seizures took a few minutes or less.

    She has since supposedly had some brain damage (vet thinks) and some lasting neurological issues, she has some shakes in her front legs and teeth chatter if she's not doing anything, but otherwise she's honest to god a very happy, healthy dog.

    I was with her about a month ago and she was running around with the malinois. She was playing, biting, goofy as hell. She'll also still put up a dangerously good fight with Shamoo, they've always loathed one another.
     
  13. Emily

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    She's 7! I was wondering about vertigo or vestibular disease as well.
     
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    With Summer, I had to give her nutrical and force feed her. She went off food/water for a while after her seizure and then started acting hypoglycemic.
     
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    (((((hugs)))))) Chloe's had a few seizures. Our vet said what yours did, that unless they become worse/more frequent, she won't need meds. I heard that foods can cause seizures so I switched her to grain free and she hasn't had once since. Of course I have no clue if it's the food or if she just hasn't had one, but it's been at least two years since she's had a (noticeable) seizure. I think you already feed grain free though, so I don't know. Hopefully it was a one time thing. I know how horridly scary they are.
     
  16. Emily

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    Yeah I feed raw actually. :)

    She's finally resting comfortably. *sigh*
     
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    Aww Emily, I'm sorry :( its a horrible thing to go through. My first Lurcher, Wispa, had epilepsy, but as I was only 13 at the time, I don't remember a great deal about her fits, it was a long time ago now.

    However I'm sure you remember Breagha, she had her first one when she was 12. Her's were caused by hypoglycemia, and we would have maybe a minutes warning before she was about to go into one, she would have a glazed look in her eye and wobble a bit. We would give her honey and a digestive biscuit and that would bring her sugars up and sometimes stop the fit. Sometimes it wasn't enough and she would have one anyway. All we could do was let her get it out of her system. Not to interfere incase she bit us or injured herself.

    As strange as it may sound, we found she wanted to walk after she had one. Walking and walking, so that's what we did. It seemed to calm her down, being out and about.

    Sending vibes for Mackenzy.
     
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    I'm late (as per usual) but ((((hugs)))) anyway. I've not witnessed one firsthand but seizures are freaking scary. I hope you and Macky are doing better today!

    Oh and my sister's 150 lb St. Bernard mix had a seizure last year - the only one he's ever had. Hopefully Macky's was a one off also.
     
  19. jenv101

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    So sorry - I hope it is a rare occurrence and doesn't happen again! I had a Golden that started to have seizures when he got older and I know how scary they can be!
     
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    Crossing fingers that it was just a random occurrence!
     

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