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Dog Seizures- Causes, Diagnosis, Treatment, & More

Updated on April 6, 2010
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Whitney has over 10 years of experience in dog training, rescuing and dog healthcare.

Causes of Dog Seizures

Just like people can have seizures and seizure disorders, so can dogs. Basically, brain cells use electrical and chemical signals to communicate, which can either activate another neuron or shut off a neuron. Seizures are thought to be caused when there is an imbalance of excitatory and inhibitory signals in the brain.

Dogs, like people, have a normal neurological activity level within the brain that keeps the brain cells from getting too excited, and when too many brain cells are excited at once, a seizure can start up.

Note: The excitement within the brain cells has absolutely nothing to do with your dog getting excited when you come home from school, or work, when he plays, or during any other activity.

Depending on your dog's age, the following medical conditions may be the cause of your dog's seizures. (You will find the list in order of more common to more rare conditions.)

  • Under 8 months- Developmental Disorders, Encephalitis or Meningitis, Trauma, Portacaval shunt, Hypoglycemia, Toxins, Intestinal parasites, Idiopathic Epilepsy (rare)
  • 8 months to 5 years- Idiopathic Epilepsy (most common), Developmental disorders, Trauma, Encephalitis or meningitis, Acquired hydrocephalus, Neoplasia (tumor), Portacaval shunt, Hypoglycemia, Electrolyte disturbances, Hypothyroidism, Toxins
  • Over 5 years- Neoplasia (tumor), Degenerative disorders, Vascular disorders, Hypoxia (lack of oxygen in body tissues), Hypoglycemia, Idiopathic Epilepsy, Trauma, Encephalitis or meningitis, Acquired hydrocephalus, Serious Liver disease, Hypocalcemia, Electrolyte disturbances, Hypothyroidism

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Diagnosing Dog Seizures

Before you can treat a seizure disorder, you need to determine the type of seizures that your dog suffers may be caused by an underlying disease that when treated, may actually treat the seizures.

The different types of seizures include Primary Epileptic Seizures, Secondary Epileptic Seizures, and Reactive Epileptic Seizures. With your vet's help you can help determine what type of seizures that your dog has. Although, there is no test to 100% determine what type of seizures your dog has, your veterinarian can help you determine the type of seizure by how your dog acts during the seizure.

Many times the vet will try to treat other conditions that may be causing the seizures before he actually is able to treat the seizures. For example, if you dog appears to be suffering secondary seizures, your vet may consider an abnormal process in the brain, trauma, tumor, or an infection, or for reactive seizures you vet may consider a metabolic dysfunction, hypothyroidism, low calcium, liver failure, toxins, kidney failure, or an electrolyte imbalance.

You veterinarian will also consider the age of your dog and your dog's breed, as older dogs are more prone to seizure disorders than younger dogs and some breeds are prone to seizure disorders.

Breeds who commonly suffer seizure disorders include:

  • Beagles
  • Belgian Tervurens
  • British Alsatians
  • Collies
  • Dachshunds
  • Golden Retrievers
  • Keeshounds
  • Labrador Retrievers

Note: About 65% of dogs between the ages of 1 year and 5 years suffer primary epilepsy.

Tests that your vet may consider may include:

  • MRI or CT brain scan to rule out brain tumors.
  • Spinal Tap to look for infectious diseases, such as distemper.
  • Antibody titers to help identify causes of an infection.
  • Toxin Tests to determine if there are any toxins or poisons.

Soon after being put on seizure medication- flickr image by by DK10
Soon after being put on seizure medication- flickr image by by DK10

Treating Dog Seizures

Generally, your veterinarian will not prescribe medications unless the seizures persist on a regular, or semi-regular basis. Sometimes your dog may just experience one or two seizures and never any more.

Otherwise, if your dog has persistent seizures, much less persistent severe seizures, your vet can prescribe one of a number of different medications. It's up to you and your vet to narrow down the list, as with any medication there are always potential adverse side effects.

Common seizure medications and their side effects include:

  • Phenobarbitol- sedation, loss of coordination, lethargy, depression, weight gain, increased thirst and eating, excessive urination, difficulty balancing, weakness in rear legs, and severe liver disease
  • Potassium Bromide- vomiting, depression, lethargy, and drowsiness
  • Clorazepate- drowsiness and wobbly gait
  • Felbamate- liver toxicity and bone marrow suppression
  • Levetiracetam (Keppra)- stiff and wobble gait, vomiting, and salivation
  • Zonisamide- high salt levels

Besides medication, you can consider kindling, which is the repeated application of a low-intensity electrical stimulus to the dog's brain. I want to say that kindling is more of an experimental treatment. It is something that you can inquire about...

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During and After Your Dog Has a Seizure

During the Seizure

While your dog is having a seizure, you want to stay calm. Most vet believe that the dog is not in pain, so the best thing for you to do is relax and make sure that the dog doesn't hurt himself (IE make sure that he won't fall down stairs or hit anything.)

Don't try to restrain your dog, just let him seize. You want to keep your hands away from the dog's mouth because your dog may clench down on his jaws and hurt you.

Some dogs may even attack during a seizure, so you want to keep any other pets away during the seizure.

Remember just stay calm. Talk gently to your dog, especially if dog is unconscious, as this may help him regain his consciousness. You may even want to consider dimming the lights.

If you dog has a previous history of seizures, your vet may have prescribed a medication to help ease the seizure, definitely have this ready.

Treat Dog Seizures with Natural Medication

You can even consider a natural treatment for dog seizures. There are two more common options.

  1. PetAlive EaseSure is an all natural blend of herbs and other homeopathic ingredients that are meant to treat and prevent seizures.
  2. EaseSure Drops are recommended to use along with your dog's regular seizure medication. Do not discontinue your dog's regular medicines when using EaseSure Drops.

Before you decide on a treatment, you want to figure out the pros and the cons with any of the treatments, whether that is a particular medications, an alternative, or an experimental treatment.

During a Seizure
During a Seizure
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Flicr image by Cam Switzer

After the Seizure

Some dogs may be normal after a seizure, but other dogs may be a bit disoriented.

Common signs you will notice after a seizure include:

  • Pacing
  • Whining
  • Extreme hunger
  • Blindness
  • Disorientation
  • Rare aggression

You may also notice difficulty walking, bumping into to furniture, getting stuck in corners, attempting to eat anything, and a persistent crying or whining.

When your dog regains full consciousness, he may want to pace around, which is normal. Help him find a place and let him just walk it off. Your dog may want to pace for a short period or as long as 24 hours.

Also offer small amounts of food and water, as some dogs may get hungry after having a seizure. The small bits of food may help calm him down.

If your dog's body temperature rose from the seizure, you want to consult your vet so that you can find the best way to lower and balance out your dog's temperature.

Disclaimer: Please be aware that the advice in this article should in no way replace that of a licensed veterinarian. The methods outlined above may or may not work for your pet. If you have any concerns, you should consult a veterinarian.

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      Gabe 3 weeks ago

      Omg my Spunky and I wen out for a walk, we got home and he started shaking, jumping and fell on his side peeing a little and moving his paws. Omg I didn't know what to do for him :( he didn't drink as much water and it was hot out ...my poor best friend - he had to regain his strength to climb back up the stairs - omg I thought he was going to die in my arms :( he's an Aussie blue healer and 12 years old (human years)

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      Robbie 4 weeks ago

      7 month old Huskey and mix with i think golden retriever started having sezures the other night. Was acting totally normal then heard him in the kitchen thought he was getting into garbage but he was having seizure. Nothing changed still same diet, has all shots. The only thing diffrent in this dog from any other dog i have ever had is having trouble house breaking him and he is really aggressive when he eats. Any other dog i could take food out of the bowl when he was eating and was easy to house break. I think he was mistreated as a puppy. Could a head injury he got from the owner at 3 months just be showing up now?

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      parames 5 weeks ago

      My dog is 8 years old. Had seizure non stop for half an hour before reaching hospital died on the way. Is this worst where i didnt realise? This answer not help but curious to know. TQ

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      Kinger 5 weeks ago

      I am struggling so much today. Last night our 9 month old Great Dane had a grand mal seizure. First one ever...it followed with over 10 every 30 seconds. The only 24 hour vet open near us was an hour away. His temperature was 108 when we got there. They got it down and it was looking up. However, this morning he went into cardiac arrest and bled internally. The doc said all his labs were normal. She didn't say he had a tumor, but suggested something was going on up there. I just don't understand? He has always been so happy and healthy and all of a sudden he's gone. Has anyone experienced this? I asked if he could have gotten into mushrooms. They said no. He was in his kennel for part of the day, and outside when we got home before bringing him back inside the house. He didn't have time to get into anything without us noticing.

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      Marilyn 3 months ago

      Debbie I am going thru the exact same thing. Other than seizures he's the absolute perfect dog and he's just turned 5.

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      Debbie 3 months ago

      I have a German shepherd 8 years old now and he's had seizures for 6 years now , he may go anywhere from 2 weeks up to 16 weeks without having one but when he does have them he can have maybe 3 or up to 30 in 3 days where he goes disoriented ,stumbles everywhere does all the pacing and scrounging for food all the time, his sight is the last thing that comes back to him but when it's all over you wouldn't even know he,d had them, but gradually now they are getting worse so I have to make that awful decision do I or don't I put him to sleep, he's back legs are getting weaker after every session.

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      cherie 8 months ago

      have 2 yr old sheltie.. was the runt very small for the breed first seizure over a year ago, normal a couple hours later. next one 3 days ago. still almost catatonic.. cant stand up, wont eat drink.. how long till he will bounce back. We dont know what to do.. someone anyone comment??

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      Debra 9 months ago

      My dog had a siezure a couple of days ago so to low sugars from diabetes... Since we are feeding him more and half the insulin on the advice of out vet... However... He is pacing constantly when he is not in his cage, I don't want to keep him confined for too long and let him out for an hour at a time. Has anyone else experienced this?? He's not walking into as many things as when he first came home but continually paces...

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      TamLee 10 months ago

      Helen - oh please don't blame yourselves. You did what you felt was the best for your dog and she would be thankful that you did it. You didn't throw her under the bus. Give yourselves a break. Grieve ... the loss of a beloved companion animal is as hard and complex as is the loss of losing a family member or close friend. I'm so sorry for your loss - I have a little guy with a big name Chihuahua who was left in a box in an empty apartment because he is epileptic. I've had dogs with heart failure pass on too. Syncope is what is mostly the diagnosis v. seizure in dogs with CHF. At least that has been my experience with the 5 I had who had CHF. *hugs* to you, it really is hard, but you did the right thing at that moment.

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      Helen 11 months ago

      We had our little Papillon put to sleep a week ago and we are heart broken. 3 years ago she had what was apparently a seizure, no shaking and did not lose consciousness, she just could not get up and her body went stiff. It was very brief. We were told it was caused by pancreatitis. Since then she has had about 3 or 4 other bouts of this, a very short time. Always seemed to be normal before and after. The previous Thursday night she had another seizure, this time it went on and on. We rushed her to an emergency vet and she was taken out the back and we had to wait so we don't know what they even did for her. They came in and stuck a quote under our nose for $1700-$1900 for ultrasound and xray, but informed us whatever it was an ordinary vet could do nothing for her. They thought it may have been clots to the brain or congestive heart failure or cancer and they said she had had another seizure so we don't know if the first one ended and it was a second one or if there was some other seizure on top of the original. We were told whatever it was she would have to go to a specialist. We were not worried about the cost but were concerned she was in pain, apart from the seizure her little eyes were bulging and red. We were so upset we could not think to ask all the questions you think of later, but were thinking do we take her home while she is still like this or do we leave her here and perhaps she will die when we are not with her. Finally we thought for her sake it would be best to euthenaze, we said we wanted to be with her. When they brought her out with the canular in her leg and she heard us the vet said she is wagging her tail, however she was still stiff and her eyes were still bulging. We now feel as though we "threw her under the bus". I have since spoken to our own vet and he said of course a vet could have treated her and he would have given her a light anesthetic and then checked to see if she was recovering, which this other vet never suggested, she said she thought we were doing the right thing. Our vet also said an xray and ultrasound would not have shown anything up anyway. I have now seen where someone claimed that it is thought they would not be in pain during a seizure, perhaps it depends why they are seizing. We feel so guilty and so devastated can anyone hazard a guess as to whether we did do the right thing, it is driving us crazy.

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      sue 12 months ago

      we had 12 year old female smooth border collie 11 years she was a healthy dog doing long walks no health issues except arthritis then 10 months ago she started having seizures 27 in all the last two seizures she had 7 in seizures in 24 hours in 3 weeks I am so confused as vet thought when seizure started it would be one. for the 11 years of kimmys life she was a very active and healthy dog when seizure first started she did have blood test done and they said it showed up she was healthy . I keep asking myself how can kimmy s health change so much in so little time can you help me with this question

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      irv 15 months ago

      i have a ten year old maltese that has been living with heart failure for the last 3years he takes 5 pills twice a day but every few months he will pass out and cry loud and pee himself its very scary and im not sure if a seizure but all the signs look like it.im just not sure because it not often and i cant related the symptoms to other peoples post any ideas on it ,,,

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      Lori Ervin 16 months ago

      Pure honey 1tablespoon a day will keep seizures away! My vet told me this and I thought he was crazy, but it is the truth. My chuwawa has not has a seizure in almost a year.

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      john 19 months ago

      my jackrussel started going around in rings fell to the ground and started kicken after a while she got up and started stagering around what could be wrong

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      Allison 19 months ago

      My dog had seizures. She was on Phenobarbital and Potassium Bromide and we had an emergency medicine to give to her rectally if a seizure wouldn't stop. This was 8 years ago that she passed. I just read that rosemary extract is a neurotoxin for dogs and the food I fed at the time contained this ingredient. We saw 4-5 different vets and none of them stopped to check her food or the ingredients in it. I say all this to warn everyone who's dog has seizures, CHECK YOUR FOOD INGREDIENTS. Rosemary extract may be causing your dog's epilepsy.

      RIP Kahlua.

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      flash 2 years ago

      I have a 4 year old chiuahua who was fine until two days ago. she walks to the left sideand circles to the left and is wobbly. she is eating and drinking ok. i took her to the vet and they xrayed her amddid bloodwork it came back ok. she was tested for lyme disease and it was negative. they put her on steroids and on antibiotics.

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      barbara 2 years ago

      My lovely staff has been having seizures for the last 18 mths about 5 days she had about 4 in one day devastating to watch she's still not right its like she doesn't no us

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      Victoria 3 years ago

      Hello everyone. I have a 10 week old female english bulldog. Friday as I was taking a shower my four year old daughter took my puppy out of her kennel and dropped her from high up. As I noticed something wrong with her I rushed her to the hospital with no clue of what was going on, until we finally came to a conclusion that she had been dropped and suffered head trauma. It has only been two days and although my puppy isn't all there I have high hopes for her. Unfortunately, I noticed today she started having small seizures, I want to say about 5 seconds long. She is having multiples of them. I do plan on taking her to the vet soon as they open up. My question is has anyone experienced this before? Is there any chances of survival for my baby? Please any information will help as I would do anything in my power to help her get better. It saddens me to see her go through this, I wish this was all just a nightmare and I could have her back to her normal self. Help!

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      FJS 4 years ago

      My little min-pin had diabetes, pancreitis, and then petit seizures leading into grand mal seizures and wouldn't eat for the vet but would eat if i finger fed her. She was starving herself, her ribs were sticking out. Why wouldn't she eat. I had to have her put to sleep. I wish I had known the symptoms of diabetes. I miss her very very much. I cry off and on.

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      Dal 4 years ago

      Dal ...... My pit has them I just comfort her after, she has good life I no it's not nice just do together

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      Whiskey-Woo01 5 years ago

      I had a long hair Chihuahua and on July 18 he started having seizures and started circling he would foam at the mouth he lost his vision and the use of his limbs his vet put him on pb and sent us to a neurologists the Neurologist put him on prednisone and clindamycin and keppra his bloodwork came back normal and the neurologist diagnosed him with idiopathic encephalitis then he was also given zonisamide on top of all the other meds he also had liquid diazapam he passed away on August 22 i am so very heartbroken he was my companion and my heart I love him so much and it just doesn't make sense to me he was always so healthy no problems of any kind I got him when he was six weeks old and he passed away at 3 1/2 yrs old in a months time my baby was gone and it didn't make sense to me and I needed answers so I had an autopsy done on him and the results shocked me they said he was healthy and they could not find anything wrong with him everything was normal I am so heartbroken and do not understand what happened has anyone else heard of this happening or know what could be the cause please help I really need answers and closure one thing I can think of is all the kids came down with strep could he have possibly caught this and would it cause his seizures? Please help any advice or diagnosis is greatly appreciated I am so lost without my baby and I need answers and closure to understand what's going on

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      jaguarsky 5 years ago

      I have a Beagle/Jack Russell mix, (as close as we can tell), he is about 8yrs old and was a Katrina rescue.

      He started having seizures about a month after we adopted him. They rapidly became a devastating part of our lives. We have him on the usual meds and because of the nature of his seizures it is really hard to tell if they do much but we certainly don't want to take him off even though the meds are toxic themselves.

      Poor old boy has rarely gone for more than two weeks without a grand mal seizure and sometimes he may, during a cluster have several a day for days or weeks at a time. But, when he is doing OK his quality of life is pretty good.

      That is until recently as he seems not only to be having more seizures but is showing symptoms of dementia as well. He wanders 24 hours a day until he falls down in exhaustion and sleeps for a while. He has also become aggressive with one of the younger dogs. The only time he is at all like his old self is when it is time to eat.

      We have had this good old boy for years now and adjusted our lives accordingly. We never leave him alone unless it is absolutely necessary and then we put him in a room by himself where he is relatively safe. We have never thought of it as a burden, just something you do for someone you love.

      But now as we this decline we know that sooner, rather than later we will have to make that hard decision. It is breaking our hearts. We have been through it several times before with our doggy children, but it doesn't get any easier.

      My heart and prayers go out to those of you who are in this situation. Please, before you give up work with your vet to adjust medications. Try different diets. (We keep our boy on a low fat, no additives diet that seemed to be helpful up until now.) Try some suppliments like glycine or other amino acids with your vet's knowledge. (do some online research)

      When we take a pet into our lives it is supposed to be a lifetime commitment. Not all gifts are perfect and the struggles they sometimes bring can teach us how to be better. Sometimes, that is the gift.

      Blessings.

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      Ryan 5 years ago

      hello my brother dog is 4 years old and has had about 20 siezure in 36 hours... and they are wondering what to do...

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      Kitty 5 years ago

      Hi. Can anyone help. My dog is 6 years old and has had grand mal seizures for 1.5 years. She is on both potassium bromide and phenobabaitol. Quite a high dose 2.5 and 2 of each 2x daily. She's 30kilos (about 66 lbs). She still has seizures they happen about once a month and in clusters. For example, the last session was 5 days and she had 9 or so seizures in that time. Then they stop for the next month and it happens all over again. We're trying to balance mess, seizures and quality of life (back leg weakness, excessive hunger and spaciness). This last session has been so hard as it seems like she has lost her mind. She doesn't listen to simple commands (drop etc) all she wants is to scrounge for food. I feel like she is not the same dog and my husband is really fed up with her. It is so hard as during fit sessions she wakes us up a few times a night and is even worse with the pacing / clumsiness. It's like she's lost all her brain cells or function. Thank goodness she is still gentile and sweet, but I'm in tears with how different she has become. I miss my old doggie and want my hubby to be happy with her again too. Any advice? Please help. Has this happened to anyone, what can we do?

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      Gworge 5 years ago

      Many people expect the medicine to work like magic, it takes 2-3 weeks for the medicine to level out in your dogs blood. I have a 13 year old boxer that was put on medicine, for 3 days all she did was sleep act weird and do her business every where in the house. We were going to put her to sleep the next day, and my 11 year old pleaded on her behalf and told us to give her a month as we had promised. Sure enough she started coming around and after 3 weeks she was back to her old self , today after 2 months of seizure free living she had a mild one. We are going to monitor her overnight and hope that she doesn't have any more. So please give your dog a chance before putting them down.

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      dlrose 5 years ago

      I have a nearly 14 y.o. lab mix. She started having seizures at ~1 y.o. I thought they were brought on by her getting into something toxic, I don't know what, but her liver enzymes were VERY elevated (her bilirubin was 9X normal). The most frequently she had them was 1X/mos, which then dropped to 4-5X/yr, then to nothing for many years. Recently though, she has started shivering. She's not cold and doesn't seem ill in any other way. She does sometimes just stop and stare into space, but I figure that may just be her having a "senior moment"! She was a bit overweight most of her adult life and is now normal weight, but not thin. I assume that it is because she has gotten fussy in her old age and will often leave her food unless I put a treat in it. Treats she gobbles up as usual. She appears quite healthy and very active for her age. But this shivering has me concerned. Could the shivering and/or standing staring into space be forms of seizures? Could they be symptoms of something else? Her vet is unconcerned.

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      alcin 5 years ago

      I have a 6year old staf and just a few weeks ago she started to have what I think is a seizure. Her whole body does not shake but just her head. She just lays there while her whole head is twiching uncontollably it is so hard to watch. She didn't have any till two days ago and since then has had it 3times. After about 1-2 mins she seems to be back to normal, I haven't seen anything like this before. I am going to take her to the vet.tomorrow but has anyone come across something like this before? Help

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      tina 5 years ago

      my dog has seizures had them all her life

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      bullseye 5 years ago

      I had a 4 month old pure breed chihuahua. Just yesterday she had seizures almost back to back didn't know why she was having them. She was a very healthy puppy was up to date on her shots in all.

      This is what happened, we got up in the morning feed her she was doing fine in the morning she played for about an hour. Then all of a sudden she was making these little noises like something was bothering her I thought her nails where to long an getting stuck in our carpet so I had clipped them, but that wasn't it. Once I had put her down she had started to pee every where very unusual for her to do that. I had picked her up in she just started to cuddle with me making little cries. I laid her down after awhile,checked on her with in 5 minutes and she was foaming to the mouth and started to get stiffed. She was having a seizure. I gave her honey to bring her blood pressure up because her gums got so white. It did help a bit after a few minutes she just started to get them almost back to back. Took her to the vet and they gave her a shot to control the seizures. with in a few hours my bullseye passed away it didn't help her, doesn't make séance. Just today her daddy 3yrs old Chihuahua had a seizure in the morning hes doing great after me giving him some honey,hes very weak did eat some of his food and drank a little bit of water and know hes just laying down but is alert.I'm still keeping an eye on him just in case he has another episode.PLEASE HELP ME IF YOU KNOW WHAT THIS MIGHT BE..

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      kat 5 years ago

      My dog is 13, she started to have fits at 11. The vet gave her all the usual medication, none worked. She had a few months to live. One day the Vet thought to try cordesone. Why not, she is old, it will not get worse. And guess what?? The seizures are history! For a year now she had no siezure, half a cordisone every day and she is a changed dog. Bullet proof again and happy chaising the ball. Hope this helps some one with an older dog.

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      Ingrid 5 years ago

      Hi there...my husband has an 11 year old Jack Russell....he has had seizures from the time he was a puppy and has been on meds pretty much his whole life....when I moved in 6 years ago I was determined to get to the bottom of it....so we tried different foods, but my husband has always just bought whatever food is on sale for him and other than the seizures his coat is great, he has a ton of energy etc... my husband also from the time he was a pup has given him table scraps...so one day I put a stop to ANY table scraps just to see if there was any change....well he went from having 4-5 seizures a week to maybe 4-5 seizures A YEAR!!! and even the few he has are way milder and it's usually after he's either gotten into the garbage or a visitor has sneaked him some scraps...it's the weirdest thing but worth a shot...he hasn't been on meds in over 5 years! I hope this helps someone out there...good luck!

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      mimi 5 years ago

      I have a chaweenie, an she just started seizures 3 days ago. I have only had her for 2-3 weeks. She is 12 weeks old. She had them back to back sometimes 30 minutes apart, 10 a day at times. I brought her to the vet, an her tests were all normal sept she was anemic. Which can trigger seizures. She was put on 8mg phenobarbitol, an antibotic, an vitamins. She hasn't had one since, but she whines alllllll the time, it drives me nuts! Lol so i will prolly bring her back to the vet an find out as to why an if anything to help her.

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      pip 5 years ago

      My dear sweet love Pippi,I posted about 7 days ago,she was having seizures,passed away in my arms on Saturday morning ,just 4 days ago,I am so devastated.I did not want her to suffer any more and I prayed for her to pass but I feel an empty hole in my heart without her.I have other wonderful dogs but she was my first baby,and like a child she had her own special place that can't be replaced.R.I.P.my darling Pippi.

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      Abi 5 years ago

      My chihuahua, and something mixed, had its 4th or 5th seizure tonight. She has been doing this for about a year. She normally gags, (which is normal for her, she's 17) then falls to her back, pukes and pees at the same time. This is very horrible to see, and very heartbreaking. I know she's old, and has been here forever. I don't want to have to put her down. But the seizures are more common then they have been? Any suggestions? Should I take her to the vet and get medicine? Will the medicine work? Please comment, I need help please.

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      dog lover 5 years ago

      Karen,

      You did the right thing as the quality if life for your dog was going to be rough. My dog is also starting to deteriorate fairly rapidly with same symptoms and suspect i'll be in your shoes in the next couple weeks. Life is short and unfortunately for animals slit shorter.

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      Karen 5 years ago

      Had to put my 8-9 (not sure of age) golden retriever/lab mix down just 4 days ago. He began having seizures in Nov (4mos ago). Vet put him on Phenebarbatrol twice daily. The day before he was put down, we doubled his dose to 4 pills per day instead of the two. He had a seizure just 4 hrs after the last dose. He was very off balance when he came to, paced the floor for long time, bumped into wall. Took him next day to be put down and vet thought he may have also had an abcess in his abdomen as his stomach looked a bit large. She also thinks he may have had a brain tumor. I am having a hard time dealing with it because I wonder if I did the right thing by putting him down. Someone please help me to be able to accept that it was the right thing??? Please.

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      pip 5 years ago

      my 10 year old dachshund has crushing disease takes meds for that and thyroid meds ,glaucoma,poor old gal has started having seizures,it started with one or two a day lasting for 30 seconds,wobbly-falls down,stairs off in space then collapse on one side and then 30 sec and shakes her head and walks to her pillow.Also eats her food like she is starving and she has food on and off all day so she cant really be hungry.I love her so much but I really don't want her to be on more meds.She does get up and walk a little after her seizures and I was wondering if she is not crying,still eating,knows me ,is she in pain?she doesn't cry or anything,but is getting up and walking after a seizure mean she is in pain? IS their any organic way to help her seizures?

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      coco 5 years ago

      I find it very strange how many many dogs have seizures. The more I read about the things such as preservatives in dog food and all the toxic injections we give them the more I think we need to look at why there are so many seizures in dogs.

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      scarlett 5 years ago

      Yesterday I went to go feed my 13 year old lab and she walked over and just collapsed. She can walk perfectly then she falls again. What should I do???

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      chris 5 years ago

      I found out that giving my dog table scraps cause him to have siezures. When he eats only dog foos than he is fine.

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      Gary Kriston 5 years ago from Trinity, Florida

      We just lost our 11 and a half year old dachshund yesterday. She laid down, arched her back and shook about 5 or 6 times and died. She has never had a siezure before.The Vet told us she probably had a weakening in her heart and things just started shutting down and she was not in any pain because she was unconscious. She had always been healthy when she was examined and got her shots. How can this come with no warning?

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      phymey 5 years ago

      My 11 1/2 yr lab started having seizures 6 mo. ago. She would have about 1 every 3 weeks and by December, she had one a week. In January, she started having two a day with what seemed like a mild seizure, then she almost came out of it only to go back into a large seizure. She took a half hr to one hr to come out of the after effects. After she had two seizures in a day, I talked to the vet about his suggestion of Valium. The other vet put her on phenobarbitol twice a day.

      Within hrs of the med, she began to pace, cry and bark. She wouldn't sleep. She would drink a lot of water and eat her food (side effect). She began to urinate all over the house.

      After almost two days of this behavior and crying, we took her in at 1am and had her put to sleep. It was almost like she

      thanked us. I believe the pain became unbearable for her and she finally cried to let us know. It was harder for my husband

      to watch the seizures than me, but after having to go through the seizures the last few days alone with her, I realized how hard it really is to watch and what she must be going through.

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      Kiaja 5 years ago

      My dog, a golden retriever, has had seizures since he was 2. His mom also had seizures. He's now 7 and regularly has seizures. I have talked to the vet and they said they can't help me until he seizes in front of them.

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      Julie 5 years ago

      My dog mutt(part beagle) Cody has had seizures since he was 8 weeks ld. He was really bad for a few weeks, having 3-4 seizures a day. Now he nly has 1-2 a month all in the same day. He is super lazy and doesn't have much of a brain, for instance he wants to chew on toys like my other dog does but he doesn't know how to.

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      Janey 5 years ago

      If a dog shakes their feet in their sleep it's most likely a dream, a fit it's scary as hell. My dog has had one tonight first time and when it stopped he just laid there Tongue at the side and looked vacant, didn't respond to anything it wasn't my baby, he's a 5 month border collie, when he got up he kept trying to hide in a corner and ignored me as he is usually so well behaved. All your comments have helped me so thanks. He's sleeping now but I dare not leave his side, he also lost control in the toilet area, I think it's down to him licking cement as there is building work outside and he had it round his mouth that was yesterday. X

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      Ri 5 years ago

      my beagle has seizures and she foams at the mouth. she tries to walk and stumbles.

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      gothgirl 5 years ago

      my staffy/rodgeback cross dillon had a sudden onset of seizures this mon. he never had them before and it was as scary as hell!!! he had 5 over a 3hr period. we have had him to the vets and are awaiting the results of his blood tests though the vet has staeted him on a treatment of libromide and epiphan. he is very wobbly and restless due to the new medication but at the moment we seem to have lost all the things abouut dillon that made him who he was. i am hoping that this settles once his meds kick in and his system becomes used to them.iv rad a little about the treatments we have been given on the net and i cant say im totally sold on libromide.i know if it helps its best to keep him on it but to think we might lose his old character is quite upsetting. he's only 2 and we want to do our best for him. has anybody else had any experience of these drugs and the effects they had on their dogs. he my baby and cant bring myself to think that the best thing for him means us losing who he is???? any advice would be helpful. we do have an upcoming vets appointment with him and will be raising these questions with them too. thankyou. :0)

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      nicha 5 years ago

      my dog is having a lot of sezures and he is only 2 years old and he is a shnoodle i need information please help !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! asap

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      Kathi 5 years ago

      Visit the guardian angels for dogs website. http://www.canine-epilepsy-guardian-angels.com/ There are many things you can do to help your dogs that are realtively inexpensive. I have a rescue dog who has seizures and the people on the website have helped me a lot and have provided some much needed support.

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      rumika yadav 5 years ago

      i have a pet beagle and he has got 3 seizures in 1 day .

      how can i reduce this or stop this as it really pains me

      to see my dog suffer

      please coment on my problme

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      Matt 5 years ago

      My doberman is 8 years old and had 3 seizures yesterday. He is on an IV right now, and got treated for an allergy over night. Do you think this could be a cause?

      He didn't have any seizures today, he is just drowsy.

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      HappyMom88 5 years ago

      I have a 4 yr old 35lb Sheltie who has been having seizures for a little over one year now. Recently, she had three seizures within a 24 hr period...due to the time change we accidentally gave her meds to her an hour later since the clocks were set back one hour. After she has a seizure she has trouble walking, balancing and just eats and sleeps most of the time. It has been four days now and still the same. Sometimes I can get her to go out, but mostly she may urinate on the tile since she is this way. I am wondering if she has to get used to her meds all over again since these are side effects of the meds (pheno & bromide)or if it is a result of the seizure itself and any effect on the brain or trauma caused by the seizure. The last time we goofed her med time she was like this for weeks. Is she still seizing without us knowing?

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      CHIHUAHUA 5 years ago

      My 17 yr old chihuahua has seizures that came on with old age. I feed him every 5-6 hours. while I am at work someone feeds him and I wake up in the middle of the night to feed him. Sinc he is toothless i just give him chihuahua kibble ground up and made into a cereal with bottled water. I inject that into his mouth for his early a.m. middle of the night feeding. This has stopped his siezures for the most part. If I sleep thru and am a little late to feed him, he will seize. Chihuahuas are a breed that are prone to seizures, the author left them out, don't know why..it is prevalent with the breed. Try food for your dog before medication, he or she could just be hypoglycemic.

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      dogmen 5 years ago

      Most of you are standing by not taking the dog to the vet.My mother waited to late and the dog is recovering.MInd state is still slow.

      BEST FOR DOG SEIZURES:

      Phenobarbitol

      (possible to lower mg's down after a

      few weeks depending on dog)

      Milk thistle (aide liver from harmful side effect to liver

      Teaspoon or 2 a day with food to increase low blood pressure

      Petalive.Seems to help as a natural medication made from plants.

      If the dog has had heavy mal seizures hopefully there is no permanent brain damage. If the dog cant walk or seems paralyzed. You will have to give him therapy.Move his or her legs manually so they don't cramp.

      Walk the dog with a towel wrapped around him or her to assist walking.Or you can find or make a wheel pulley.(similar to a mini engine hoist. Or an actual dog wheelchair.

      All that 15 different veggies thing is an over kill.

      Meat and rice with a hidden crushed multivitamin will do the trick.

      Premium bagged dog food chopped with a beet hot dog, Boiled or microwaved then washed with water.To remove most of the salt.

      Check to see if your dog has an ear infection also before thinking brain tumor.

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      chrissy 5 years ago

      i have a 15 months old boxer bourght him from someone when he was 5 months old and he started having seizures when he was 7 months old took him to vet in the night cause wasn't sure what was wrong with him they gave him shots and put him on phenobarbital was without a seizure for like 4 months then had one night woke up with him in seizures took him in to vet for blood test everything came back fine was good for another month then 2 nights ago went back in to seizure mode but more aggressive so went to vet again and she up his dose hopefully this works cause i know what everyone here is feeling its very hard to see ur loved one go through something like this i just sit with him pet him and talk to him quietly in the dark if anyone knows of anything else a person could give extra that wouldn't harm him would like to know i love my dog hes my baby and i feel helpless

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      jacqueline 5 years ago

      my dog abu is almost 2 years old and is having seizures this has just recently started the first time i was at work and when i came home my brother and sisters said she was acting funny i didn't think nothing of it cause prior to this i had never heard of dogs having seizures about 8 hours from the first incindent she did it again they both lasted for 1-2 mins and she got really aggressive with anyone that went near her well another 8 hours went by and she had another one that last 5-10 mins so i rushed her to the emergency vet of course the bill is expensive and they told me to take her home and monitor her we were at the eclinic for about 7 hours by the time i got her home she had another seizure this one lasted an hour and i rushed her back she stop and i follow up with a reg vet right after they did blood work and the only thing that came up was her white blood cells were off so they put her on phenobarbotrol and i have been reguarly giving it to her she was fine for about 2 weeks and then went into another seizure that lasted over 2 hours i rushed her to the eclinic and they gave her 2 shots of phenobarbotrol and valium and she was still seizing i took her to my reg vet again and they told me to keep her on the medicine i currently have her on the medicine but yesterday she started acting weird again and is gaining weight like crazy she has weighted 5 pounds up until these seizures and has gained 3 and keeps going up i don't know what to do or what really could be causing these incidents she has brought me so much joy and was the one to get me out of my depression if the medicine is not working i don't know how or what will help her to stop..

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      Kelly 5 years ago

      It doesn't look like ANY of the inquiries get answered on this page... sad... there are actually people who wait for an answer that never comes..

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      Help!!! 5 years ago

      i have a pitbull and hes still a puppy hes around 7 to 9 months and hes been having seizures since he was about 5 months, overall hes had about 6 seizures and they are becoming semi frequent, from once a month to twice a month and i don't know what's wrong with him, i contacted his vet but they are rediculously expensive, we cannot afford the testing, etc, we might have to get in debt to treat our dog, but id like suggestions as to what might be wrong with my puppy, how i can help or any other types of suggestions please!!!!!!

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      Jasper 5 years ago

      It's been 2months since my 11yr old yellow lab had her first seizures. One of the hardest things I have had to go through in my life, I'm starting to realize the seizures are caused by a much worse condition. We chose to not do extensive testing/treatments, she will be 12 in 6months. My vet advises, through process of elimination of bloodwork, it is most likely a brain tumor. She is on phenobarbitrol now, we have had to increase her dosage over time but she is holding her own, which makes it harder. She does have both urine and bowl accidents in the house, she is limited to just the 1st floor now, we need to pull my son's rug up she has had so many accidents in his room. She has also "snapped" at me twice, once while brushing her and another as I looked at her long nail that was bothering her. The pacing that occurs after a seizure, do not be fooled, it is a sign of discomfort or pain. I don't want to keep her around for my comfort/happiness if she is in any sort of pain. In an old dog, no amount of honey or phenobarbitol will keep them around. I just hope I have the courage to do right by Jasper before she is in too much discomfort. Good luck to all...

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      Janice 6 years ago

      My dog had 4-6 grand-mal seizures per day. The vet put him on homemade food for another reason and he never had another seizure!!!!! Get off dry dog food ASAP. Use:

      Eggs (cooked lightly), chicken, cooked/raw carrots, canned tomatoes, spinch, broccoli, celery, beef, rice, oatmeal, (easy on the carbs)and cottage cheese. Also his lost hair returned beautifully and those fatty lumps under the skin disappeared in 4-6 months.

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      Iwilwin 6 years ago

      Hi I am new to this and my dog has a fix 3 days ago, do these posts get answered. I have questions I would like to ask others in the same boat.

      I am reading so much and getting so confused.

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      General Jefferson 6 years ago

      My chuwawa has regular seizures and the sight hurts my heart. Is it cruel to let the little rascal continue down this rough hard pathway for a lifetime? I am getting more upset at the onset of each outbreak becomes more frequent and she looks as if pain and the 1000 yard stare becomes longer? However, there has been no mention of euthanasia in any articles. I J need some direction!

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      susieq8163 6 years ago

      have a 13 year old lab who has paralyzed trachea and takes thyroid medicine. I keep him in an air condition room during the heat and I only let him outside in the early morning or night time to do his business unless we have a cooler afternoon then he goes out to.

      he drink excessive amount of water if left to his own he will drink until his abdomen is bloated. He is other words almost drowns himself. all his blood work show nothing wrong except for his thyroids that he takes him meds for. Last year while tending to my horse he came over and puked up water and then falls down and just lays there and one min later he gets up like nothing happened. another time he was walking over to me while walking my horse out of his stall and noticed he seemed off , so I turn around and run my horse back into his stall. He was down on the ground with no real bad breathing sound and laid there and one min latter he was up again like nothing happened. Now in the past 2 weeks he did this twice except some thing have changed. I gave him one cup of water and then he goes outside to pee and then he comes in the house and pukes the water up and then stumbles into my daughter room and falls down and stretched out and I was calling him and petted him and was sure he was dying. So I go to call my husband and tell him junior died, and then I hear him barking and go into the bedroom and he was standing up and acting like nothing happened. Just yesterday I was awaken by hearing hard breathing and he already had a bowel movement on the floor and looks at me and fall down and he lays there and pees allot urine all over the floor and I then one min later he gets up like nothing happened. he does have bad breath but have always bought high quality meat based dog food. i now soak his dog food and spread it out threw out the day in order for he won't choke and I also started feeding can food with his food and giving him wild alaska salmon oil for his coat. besides the can food added now he has been feed the same food without a problem. my other dogs are doing well on the food. does this sound like a seizure he doesn't go anything like I have seen other dogs seizure. he just had blood work again and finds nothing wrong with him besides what we already know. the vet said phenobarbital to help his seizures but not sure does anyone else have any ideas?

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      Thomas 6 years ago

      My Boston Terrier Female is 14 and she just had her first seizure on potassium bromide. Me and my girlfriend just got her three months back because her owner could no longer care for her. This was her 4th seizure and by far the worst and longest(around 2-3 minutes). She paced some when she had the first three but not like she is pacing now. Does that mean the seizure was in fact the worst and how long before she can go to sleep? She is such a sweet dog and I hate watching her go through this. Thanks and I hope everyones dog(s) on here are doing great.

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      Geoff 6 years ago

      My dog is half shiatzu/maltese. He is 15 and has cushing disease. He has had 4 siezures. The first he was running in back yard and then fell over and gave out a loud scream. He eventually got up and walked it off. The second was 8 days later, same happened. The third was 12 days later, same again. The vet took him off the cushings medication and put him emediately on Heart Tablets. He takes one every morning and evening. He did not have another siezure until Tuesday. The reason I believe was he had been unwell for 3 days and the VET took him off the heart tablets. He has been back on them since Tuesday evening and touch wood all is good. What I have learnt when he has a siezure is get close where he/she can see you and in a calming voice incourage he/she to get up. This has worked twice now with siezures only lastin 30 seconds to 1 minute, much better then the first two. I hope this helps.

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      rjsadowski 6 years ago

      Our dog Vinnie developed siezures. First it was maybe once every 2-3 months. Then it got more frequent. The vet put him on pheno barbitol which helped some but eventually he died of liver failure.

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      Jasper 6 years ago

      My 11 year old yellow lab had 5 seizures last week for the first time. We took her to a vet while we were vacationing, and it was a horrible experience. He suggested they were normal. We followed up with our vet once we got home and they tested her for lyme disease which she has had in the past. My vet suggested the seizures can be a side effect of the lyme especially since she is older now. We hope the lyme medication helps and the seizures stop.

      I would suggest when seizures are sudden with your pets ask for your dog to be tested for lyme.

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      Vicky 6 years ago

      My mini dachshund who is 8 years old had his first seizure tonight. About 1 min. long. Called the vet and they said to keep an eye on him for the night. I'm scared to death. It's like watching a child and there's nothing you can do to help.

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      Anne 6 years ago

      Thanks to all the posts here! My 9 year old black lab/shepard mix started acting funny about 3 weeeks ago. The first night she would stand and lift up her front paw. The second night she was lifting up the other paw. The third night she was standing in the living room and all the sudden wobbled and fell down. I took her to the vet and they did all sorts of physcial tests and blood tests on her and he said he couldn't find anything. She also started losing weight.

      She got better and seemed ok, not quite back to her old self, but ok for the next three weeks, then at the end of last week she had another wobble and fall down episode.

      Last night she all the sudden started barking/crying incessantly and running (more like slinking because her coordination was totally off) around the house for about 15 minutes. She lost control of her bladder and bowels and ended up on her side in the middle of the kitchen floor on her side with stiff legs just crying.

      I took her to the emergency vet and she said it is probably a brain tumor. A $2000 MRI is the only way to confirm it, so I am now waiting for a call from her vet to see what he recommends. She has been lethargic all day today and hasn't eaten. It is so heartbreaking seeing her this way, but she has brought so much joy to our family since we picked her up off the side of the road, abandoned and abused, 8 years ago.

      I hope this post helps others who may be worried about their puppies and point them in the right direction!

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      Dee 6 years ago

      My 3 year old chihuahua x mini foxi has now been on seizure tablets for just over a week. It all started with her bitting the air (flybitting). She had a blood test and all came in good. The flybitting would start early morning until very late at nite. It would get the full on her lil eyes would water alot! From here on is trial and error and hope that shes going to be ok. Shes my world.

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      Suudd 6 years ago

      Words can't express my gratitude at stumbling on this webpage. I have a 7 month old black labrador. She's adored and has 2 very happy children to play with her. We only had her a month when she had an epic fitting episode 2 days after being micro-chipped. Unfortunately for us, she'd come with free insurance for 1 month, and after the jabs we got free pet insurance. We read the small print but took no notice of it. After her seizure we realised we weren't covered and hence have had to pay a hefty sum for vet's fees. We couldn't afford MRI scans but paid for all other tests (liver shunt, blood tests, etc) and they all came back positive. I came across advice on this page to give honey everymorning with her meal and she was doing well until last weekend when I went away and left her with other half and kids. She found and gorged on a bag of sweets! The following day the window cleaners came. An epic fitting episode ensued (to date I'm unsure where it's the sugar from the sweets or the surprise from window cleaners) and she's not been the same ever since. She fitted all day and night and I took her to the vets who kept her overnight. They upped her phenobarbitone dosage to double. She's now very upset, whining, pacing, panting, drooling and jumpy at any sudden noises. I absolutely adore her. She has been by my side since she came to live with us. She's my baby and I cannot contemplate having her put down as the vets have suggested. I can only relate to the anguish others on this site have gone through. We get so attached to our pets and they are the most endearing of nature. It's sad to see them suffer but we can only try and make them as comfortable as we can. We were due to go on holiday this week but have had to cancel as she's still not with it. She's only 7 months old but to be honest if she lives to be 2 that'll be a mega bonus. We make the most of it with our beloved.

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      kc68 6 years ago

      Linda, I read your story and cried. My min pin would have been 14 in November and I had to put him down on 7/8 because of seizures, too! He had his first seizure on tuesday for about 1 minute and then was fine. Two days later he took another one so I took him to the vet. He checked his blood sugar (he was diabetic for the past 6 years but was well regulated) and it was fine. When I went to pay and leave, my dog had another seizure. He gave him valium and phenobarbitol and told me that it didn't look good since his labs were fine. I took my baby home and he paced and panted till 2:30am! He finally fell asleep on my lap and was up within 25 minutes panting. I put him down and he took about 10 steps and started seizing again. It was awful. I rushed him to the animal hospital and had him euthanized. It was very sad, but I am grateful for having him for so long and just keep telling myself that it was his time. He was spoiled rotten and had a great life. Those are the things I think about when I feel sad. I knew he was old, but he was pretty healthy and it really stinks that he was happy and healthy one day and gone the next. It's hard to deal with. I do have another min pin who is 13yo and very depressed that his buddy is gone. I give him extra love now and hope that the same thing doesn't happen to him.

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      Linda Everson 6 years ago

      I had to have my 14 and a half year old mini pin put down Saturday. I came home from town and she seemed fine. She got under her favorite blanket with me and was sleeping. I got up and walked out side and my granddaughter came to the door and said Hannah was acting funny and shaking all over. I was absolutely shocked when I saw her seizing!! She was shaking all over, her tongue was sticking out and very red, she had peed and pooed while seizing. She was paddling her legs!! I lost it. Had never seen anything like it before. After a few seconds she seemed ok. But she continued to have them throughout the nite. After a long one she paced all over the house. I picked her up and it was like she was still pacing and wanted down. She did this for over an hour. By morning she had several seizures and at that point knew me again and cuddled up around my neck. Then she began whining and howling, barking like she was in very bad pain. I couldnt stand it any longer watching her suffer so I had my son and his girlfriend to take her to the vet. They said shed be gone by 1;00 pm. Dont know what happened but she passed at 10:44 am with help from the vet. She went easy so I know it was her time to go!! She had been tripping over her front feet for awhile and running her nose in the floor but I thought it was old age. She also had knots on both sides of her hips then the end of her tail stubb swelled up really big. It would go down some then swell up again. If anyone has any insite on this please email me so maybe I can understand what happened. God I miss her soooo bad!! She was my little girl for 14 and a half years!!! RIP Hannah Nanna!!! 07/20/1996 to 07/09/2011!!!!!

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      Wanda Howard 6 years ago

      I have a chocolate lab, he is 6 years old. When I first got him at about 8 months, I was sitting in the floor playing with him and he went into a seizure. It only lasted for about a minute, but it was a long minute. Then today we were at the lake on the barge and he went into another seizure this one lasted for about 5 minutes. It was very scarey. He hadn't had one in so long. It seemed to take him a good t -10 minutes to over come the wobbling. I thought that I was going to lose him for sure. But now 2 hours later he seems to be doing fine.

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      cuddles 6 years ago

      my shitshu had a seizures yesterday. she is 10 yrs old. she had never had one before. don t know what could have caused her to have a fit. anyone with any answers please let us no. she is still at the vet and doesnt have movement in her hind legs. how long does this go on?

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      Zeke 6 years ago

      After a dog has a seizure will it lay still with it's eyes open nit moving anything for a half hour or more afterwards?

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      Sarah 6 years ago

      I have a male chihuahua and now and again he has a seizure, he had one today for an example he aslo was sick and he pooed aswell is there anything i can do for him as the vet recommends to give him an injection when he is having a seizure but it is quiet expensive can you help me please.

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      Susan 6 years ago

      My 9 yr. old yellow lab just died and I'm having a real hard time accepting it. I imagine seeing her in her favorite places around the house just sitting with her fronts paws crossed watching the family doing things around the house and hearing her bark with excitement each morning when we take the kids to school. She just loves riding in the front seat of the car. I did not know about dog seizures until she had one during one evening that occurred like every 15 to 30 minutes and continued on till morning. Prior to this, her vet diagnosed her as having diabetes and bladder infection, so she was on medications. I was concerned about the amount of medications she's getting. At first, she had blood in her urine, had pains in her back legs, then started vomiting, loss her appetite, her poop all black, and later on, there was blood in it. After a number of visits to the vet and over a thousand dollars in vet bills, he told us about having an MRI done because our pet was not getting any better. We opted for the first option to out her on pills that's suppose to increase her appetite and stop vomiting while continuing with the insulin shots. Just a few days, the seizure happened. It was scary for all of us. I stayed up all night next to her, cleaning her and changing blankets when she has urine and vowel movements which were all runny and had blood. She was awake most of the time, just blankly staring at me. My husband made a difficult decision that we should have her put to sleep because the seizures were clearly putting her in great pain. After doing some reading I wonder why the vet has never recommended any medication to at least ease/lessen the seizures, never asked to describe the seizure. The vet said they could keep her overnight, but my husband made the decision to end our pet's pain and suffering. Seeing her not able to stand up or eat was just too much. I felt we were not well informed by the vet about our pet's overall condition. I wished we were told about the MRI scan right at the beginning where we could have spent most the money rather than having spent it all on visits and consults and medications which did not do any good at all because we have no idea up to now how come she never got better in spite of all the medications we had given her. I wished the vet had at least mentioned about the possibility of our dog having a seizure, educate us about it at least, then I could have done some research about it. It happened so fast. I thought the seizure was the last stage in my pet's life, that there is no more cure. Had I known, putting her to sleep would not be the option we have taken. I missed her a lot. This summer will not be fun without her. She loves lots of attention and always wants to please.

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      Fiona P 6 years ago

      My 6yr old golden lab had his boosters plus kennel cough treatment today and an hour and a half later gave a horrible cry then went into a seizure in our back garden for nerly 3 minutes. I phoned the vet but as he was coming out of it i was told to wait and see if he had any more problems. He is absolutely fine now but i was scared out my wits!! Vet doesnt think its related to his vaccine but i have my doubts!

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      saytr 6 years ago

      My male boxer of about 11 years or so has been having seizers since Jan 2011. He had them about once a month and in the last two months he has them every two weeks or so. I had blood work done, everything came back normal. There are some possible underlying causes, tumor, etc and the vet wanted to run test and put him on meds. I declined as I do not want him having side-effects, which will make him uncomfortable. Vet was pissed but who cares.

      Since Jan with the Vet, I did some research. I feed him every 5 or so hours, about a 1/4 cup of dry food and chicken or oatmeal. I keep a jar of peanut butter and give it to him if he starts to have the shakes....or acts like a "Drunk'n" sailor, as when he wobbles or looses balance. He recovers fast from those episodes. He will have a full seizer, stiffness, balder release, heavy breathing, legs in a swimming motion, foam of the mouth that last about 1 min. When he has those full seizers, I lay him on my concrete floor (Stiff as a board) to make sure he doesnt hurt himself. I wait for the leg motion to stop and while he is still foaming and breathing heavy, I rub some honey on his gums. I let him work it our. He comes to and then I feed him some peanut butter and a 1/4 cup of food with fresh water. He will wonder around, not knowing where he is, smelling things and he will have tremors, drunk n sailor motions and loose his balance. Once he calms down a little (about an half hour later, I have him rest on his bed....he finally regains his old self as if nothing happen.

      His gums are still bright pink, he walks fine, no loss of eyesight, gets his energy going from time to time (like all old dogs), his "pop" is the right color and there seems to be no other indicators of his health going south.

      He is an old man 77 and all good years. I will treat him holistically as long as I can and I pray he goes in his sleep or during a fit with no pain.

      It has required me to adjust to a new sleeping pattern, waking up every 4 to 5 hours, making sure I have a dog nanny when I can be there in 4 hours to feed him. But, he is a fighter, he is still the leader of my pack of 3 boxers and I think he will fight it til the end.

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      helen 6 years ago

      my dog is 8 years old , has always been healthy but the last 4 weeks he started having seizures he has been put on phenobarbital his dose has been increased as he was hospitalized after having more seizures , he still has had a few fits 3 big ones and many smaller ones , i know they can happen until they get the right dose for him but i would like to know if anyone can tell me if this has happened to them is it normal ??? also my dog looks vacant alot of the time and sleeps an awful lot his personality seems to be supressed he was so lively before this , im so worried i dont sleep i CANT AND WONT leave him alone hes my babes can anyone suggest anything my heads in bits

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      Jan 6 years ago

      To Quigley,

      I have an Australian Shepard/Chow mix who is 2yrs old. He started having cluster seizures a year ago. I have had him to NC State Vet Hospital/School; he has been on various meds, etc. I would be glad to talk with you about him and your dog.

      Feel free to contact me at jmb289@gmail.com

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      lindsay 6 years ago

      Hi, I've just had to put my 4year old border collie down after she began taking seizures after returning from a walk, she took 4 in the space of gettin her from the house into vets (30mins) and continued to take them at the vets over the space of 24hrs everytime the sedation wore off. She never came back round from any seizure. The vet concluded although couldn't give me accurate diagnoses that it was a lesion on her brain, like maybe a tumor, stroke, bloodclot or something. So it was decided that it was best for her to be put to sleep. She lived a fully normal happy life and was no signs of any illness until this.

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      Juliek 6 years ago

      My 3 year old female lab, unfixed, had a seizure yesterday. She seems to not hear as well as before and doesn't have that "pep" in her step. Will she get that back or is this permanent? I am worried about her. Please let me know your thoughts.

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      dj 6 years ago

      theres always the chance of it being caused by worms or most likely is distemper

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      Leptirela 6 years ago from I don't know half the time

      :( ::anvay:: am sorry to hear that.

      I don't have a dog, I had a tom cat :). but I sadly had to give him away.

      Thank you for sharing a useful hub, its wanderful just by seeing the comments have oppened up a whole world of discussionas so now you can all help each other :)

      amazing, HAppy follower

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      beverlyannblock 6 years ago from New York

      Hi,

      My dog, Ginger, chocolate lab, age 10, has been doing this since she was a puppy, jumps in her sleep, shacks and jitters. Is this a seizure of sorts?

      Any help is welcome.

      beverly

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      Rio 6 years ago

      Is there anyone out there who has a dog having seizures from liver disease started out once month tto once a week to now every other day. He is on kepur and vet will be adding potassium bromide. I am worried sick. My rio a pappilion is only 6

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      MitchiGold 6 years ago

      PLease help my dog! She is almost 16 years old and she has seizures often! is there any food or treatment i can do to help her? PLEASE HELP!

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      Quigley 6 years ago

      I have a 4 month old Australian Shepherd that has had cluster seizures for over a month now. the vet has run blood tests that came back normal and she did a liver shunt test that came back normal. He is on Pheno but has started having them again after about three weeks. The vet thinks that is because he is growing and she needs to readjust his meds. My question is that since he started having them so early there has to be some underlying problem that is causing them. The breeder said she had been raising this blood line for 25 years and there has been no seizures in it. Has anyone ever had this problem and what was the underlying cause?

      Thanks

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      Buster 6 years ago

      I have 15 year old male chocolate lab and for the last 3 days he has been wakeing up from sleep and taking a few steps and then falling down. No shaking or jerking just deep breathing foe about a minute. He come out of it completly after 5 minutes and wants to play. Everything eles is fine and he is very strong and loves to play and eat. Had first one month and a half ago and now had three in the last three days. Vet wants to try phenobarbitol instead of a 2000.00 MRI. I love him so much and it kills me because he is so alert and playful otherwise. Help!

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      bobby 6 years ago

      My 11 year old Beagle started having seizures over a week ago. The vet put her on Phenobarb(given to her every 12 hours)but ever since the medicine was given,the seizures increased. Vet isn't sure why?,,,interesting. She went from having a 5 minute fit once a day to now(on the medicine) 15 to 20 minute fits 2 to 3 times per day. Blood work and tests were done and they said they can't find anything wrong & that the fits are normal @ her age. I've been doing a lot of research and can't figure anything out. Anybody else experience this? I feel so helpless. My dog is too sweet to have to go through this & they're even worse since we've tried to help. Any insight would be wonderful.

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      Paul 6 years ago

      Pleas help, i need some serious advice about treating my dog, she is a 4 months old Labrador puppy, after she accidentally ate a dried bullfrog she began to lose appetite and began seizure, so we began to worry and took her to the vet, they give her a shot of vaccine and the seizure stop but she is now starts crying at night and do hiccup all day even if she is sleeping.. i don't know what to do. please help

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      Prashant 6 years ago

      my 2 year old labrador is died because of seizures he is well and playing with me last week but after 1 week he is died i try so much to save him but i cant..my heart is broken.i love him so much.

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      tabby mabin 6 years ago

      My 3 year old dog had her first seizure one month ago....it was awful to watch. She just had another one this morning. There is no warning, they just occur and last about 5 minutes, shaking and not able to stand, she is still aware during the seizure she does not lose consciousness. One thing I've noticed is that some days she gets very warm, much warmer then my other dog. The vet even commented on it once. Within the past 2 months she's gained a lot of weight. From everything I've read, she is exhibiting signs of hyperthyroidism. Even tho her blood test after the first seizure did not bring anything to light,(the vet says if she continues to have them they will put her on epilepsy meds). However, I am going to ask the vet to do a hyperthyroid panel on her as 70%+ hyperthyroid dogs have seizures. The main thing is to remain calm, get a pillow for your dog, you know your dog and know whether to pet their sides to soothe them during the seizure. After both seizures, my dog defecated immediately, so be ready for that. Then she just wanted reassurance, and then became very thirsty. She is a very anxious dog, always has been, but never had seizures---so I kept looking for a reason for the sudden on-set. My reading indicates that dogs between 2-5 years old can develop epilepsy, hyperthyroidism, which all cause seizures. Meds help them live a normal life span, and can reduce the severity and frequency of the seizures. But this doesn't relieve our anxiety as pet owners when we witness the seizure, just remember you have to be in control and take care of your pet, they are depending on you. Thanks for all the good advise/info found here on the hub!

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      Eric 6 years ago

      My 11 year old Maltese had a really bad seizure today. Too bad I didn't read this article sooner. I thought he was swallowing his tongue, so I reached in his mouth and now I have a really deep puncture wound on my right index finger. I fed him, and he gobbled up his food (perhaps the extreme hunger) He has also been pacing around for a few hours, and will not lay down. I really hope he's not in pain, do any of you think so. Please email me at ea_lund1@yahoo.com

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      Mac 6 years ago

      I have a patterdale terrier who is about 4yrs old, i think she has had a siezure about 1hr ago, i have spoken to vets & they have told me just to keep an eye on her, i'm scared now to go to bed incase she has another one in the night & i'm not around.

      She has now eaten & had a drink & seems playful :-s

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      Worried mom 6 years ago

      My cock-a-poo is at the vet now getting blood work. She had a seizure last night, really scared me so bad. She had one last year but I didn't know it, just thought she hurt her hind legs by jumping off the bed. She was coming out of it, but I didn't know she suffered alone in the bedroom, just thought she was in there sleeping like she does sometimes. The vet took a deer tick off her head this morning, and said that could cause paralysis. She is getting shaved to make sure she doesn't have anymore. What an awful thing to witness. I was so undone. I love my dog like my kids. I pray that she won't have to suffer this too much more. I will pray for all of your pets. I know how much you love them, and I pray that that all will recover somehow.

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      Bruce Berks 6 years ago

      We have a 3 yr. old male cockapoo (appears mostly poodle) who we've had since 4 month old. About a yr ago he experienced what we think was his first seizure. he's had them intermittently over the last year (maybe 1/month). Last no more than 2 minutes in duration. His body stiffens and becomes rigid. DRools a little and has thrown up afterwards a few time. Early bloodwork tighter test showed that he may have Lyme disease and has been treated accordingly. He was on Frontline since he was 4 months old but apparently that didn't matter. Trying a new vet with hopes of some non-invasive way of putting this in check. Anyone with suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks

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      Kylee 6 years ago

      Hi, my dog is a 2 year old lab/retriever. He started having seizures at about the age of one. At first they were only one every month. Then it was one every week until he was having them everyday. He was started on phenabarb initially and he continued to have clutter seizures at least 3 at a time. They decided after 6 months to add potassium bromide on top of the phenabarb. He was ok for a couple weeks and then his seizures started back up. We have increased his dose several times and it seems after about a month he starts back up with the seizures. We have done test upon test to try to figure out what is causing it and they can't find anything. Over the last week he has had two episodes, one with 6 seizures, one with 3 and now he has a permanent twitch and is very lethargic. We are at a complete loss of what to do since he is already on the highest dose of medications for what he is on. Does anyone have any expert advice as to what we can do from here?? We love him very much but hate to see him suffer so much from this!