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22 February 2008 @ 03:39 am
So Violet just had a seizure. It's not related to her medication that she's been on from last weeks puppy hospital visit. I've never seen this before so I'm lost. We called the vet and they said sometimes dogs just have them and possibly can never have one again. I'm so shocked right now and I'm trying to find the posts that relate to seizures but I'm not finding any.

I'm taking her to our vet first thing in the morning but they said ifs he has another one to bring her in...I'm so scared and plus we're under a winter storm emergency so it's horrible outside, but that's not a big concern b/c I would steal a truck and take her...I don't care.


I am feeling: scaredscared
♥ Désirée Fawngivmewings on February 22nd, 2008 10:34 am (UTC)
I had a cat who had epilepsy before -- and he was completely fine otherwise, we just had to make sure he was safe while he was having them. If it happens again be sure to watch her head and that she doesn't hit it on anything, and comfort her afterwards. Best wishes for your little girl!
C.a.t.h.i.e_simplyinlove on February 22nd, 2008 12:23 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I'm so scared and I just don't understand where this came from. I have never seen anything like this before. I'm so scared and I feel like it's something I did :-( I'm afraid maybe perfume or a cleaning solution that smelled through the house has messed up her brain or something. I'm just hoping it was just an incident and nothing more.
stealthysasha on February 22nd, 2008 01:34 pm (UTC)
Dave started having seizures when he was almost a year old. They're very mild and we control them completely with medication. He's almost four now and otherwise very healthy. His vet had us wean him off the medication after the first year just to see if he'd outgrown them, but they came back almost right away. Off the medicine, he'll have a seizure every few days. His vet said that if it was less frequent, like monthly, she wouldn't have felt medication was necessary.
C.a.t.h.i.e_simplyinlove on February 22nd, 2008 03:35 pm (UTC)
haha i love your user pic - it's so perfect!

Yeah I took her to the vet around 9am to have them draw blood (for the 4th blood test in 1 week) to make sure everything is fine from her Ibuprofen issue. But she said that it wouldn't be from that or from the medication she's on following, but maybe it was stress related...that maybe she got freaked out for some reason in the middle of the night and just had one. She said if it's frequent she'll medicate but something like a few times a year she won't....lets hope for the best!
jeninjenius on February 22nd, 2008 02:12 pm (UTC)
My dachshund Mackenzie has idiopathic epilepsy (seizures without a known cause). She started having seizures right around the time she was a year and a half old (she's 4yo now). She has (AT THE MOST) 3-5 a year. She just had one on Wednesday and will probably not have one for another 3 or 4 months. She is not on any medication because I have told both of our vets that I would much rather deal with 3-5 seizures a year than a lifetime of medication.
C.a.t.h.i.e_simplyinlove on February 22nd, 2008 03:37 pm (UTC)
I feel a little better because this is so treatable or manageable, it's just so scarey. I had never seen anything like this and I didn't even have my glasses on or contacts in. But she got another blood test this morning but maybe the stress from this past weekend at the puppy hospital brought out her epilepsy.....?

How long are Mackenzie's seizures? Does she pant after she comes to?
jeninjenius on February 22nd, 2008 09:02 pm (UTC)
Mackenzie's seizures last in total 20 mins and consist of the following events.

The pre-seizure: She stiffens up, loses control of her bowels, urinates, or vomits (one, two or all) and gets The Look (I know exactly how her eyes look when she is about to seize).
The "eye of the storm": She seems fine but the "real" seizure hasn't actually started so we get the pillows ready and I get some paper towels in case she loses control of her bodily fluids again.
The Seizure: Muscle contractions, spasms, convulsions, staggering, stiffening, falling over, thrashing, maybe some drooling, more crazy eyes.
Afterwards: When she is done with her seizure she looks up at me with her normal adoring gaze, she shakes it out (like a wet-dog shake) and then goes to play with her brother Spencer. Once she looks up at me and I see her eyes are normal, I know she is 100% fine.
jeninjenius on February 22nd, 2008 09:04 pm (UTC)
*Just as a side note: The actual seizure lasts only a couple minutes but feels like FOREVER.
C.a.t.h.i.e_simplyinlove on February 22nd, 2008 11:33 pm (UTC)
yeah Violet urinated and had some foam at her mouth...do you know if is this common in pure bred dogs? She is my first pure bred. She took a few minutes to regain herself and realize where she was, but she came over to me and licked my face.
jeninjenius on February 23rd, 2008 03:09 am (UTC)
"Epilepsy occurs in all breeds, including mixed breeds. Epilepsy can be a genetic trait. It can even be familial where the epileptic disorder can pass down through generations within one family. Beagles, German Shepherds, Irish Setters, Poodles, Saint Bernards, Springers, Malamutes and Huskies, Cockers, Collies, Dachshunds, and Golden and Labrador Retrievers are some of the breeds which have a higher tendency to develop epilepsy."

classikgrl73 on February 22nd, 2008 03:05 pm (UTC)
My parents had a golden retriever that suffered from seizures occasionally. It was well controlled with medication and she lived a long healthy life otherwise.
I will think good Violet thoughts for you!
C.a.t.h.i.e_simplyinlove on February 22nd, 2008 03:38 pm (UTC)
Thank you for your thoughts! The vet drew more blood but she thinks it may have to do with the stress she was put under when she was at the hospital last weekend or that maybe the stress brought out her epilepsy. It was so scarey.

I heard it was common for dogs to have seizures...do you know if that is true??
Kerryoke: Mr. Pickleskerry_oke on February 22nd, 2008 03:05 pm (UTC)
my mutt growing up had seizures all the time and it never effected him in terms of his overall health or when he eventually died (at age 15). They were fairly infrequent (if scary) and the vet never put him on meds or anything.
C.a.t.h.i.e_simplyinlove on February 22nd, 2008 03:40 pm (UTC)
yeah my mom grew up with some sort of dog (lol he was a complete mixture!) who had seizures so I'm happy I still live with my parents. I'm hoping it's nothing serious since her bloodwork from this week has all come back fine, maybe just stress related from her hospital stay.
Susanbusysuzy on February 22nd, 2008 04:32 pm (UTC)
My Nina has the occasional seizure. Like many are saying here, it is often just one of those (horrible, scary, but harmless) things. You're doing all the right stuff by taking her to the vet and being vigilant. They put on a tough-guy front, but these guys can be such delicate flowers sometimes!
C.a.t.h.i.e_simplyinlove on February 22nd, 2008 11:36 pm (UTC)
Yep, they are tough but too sweet! My vet said she would call me tomorrow with the test results but on monday when we did her check up her blood tests came out fine so I'm hoping everything will be fine...just a random seizure that hopefully will never happen again or if it does, infrequent... Thanks for your comment!
Nancie: Pets Banjo and Lucieicnan on February 22nd, 2008 04:52 pm (UTC)
You and poor little Violet have been through enough! We're sending lots of happy thoughts your way.
C.a.t.h.i.e_simplyinlove on February 22nd, 2008 11:37 pm (UTC)
I know! I just want her to be okay. Thanks for your thoughts!
Genevievealwaysgenevieve on February 22nd, 2008 05:46 pm (UTC)
hog has had a few. dont worry she will be fine
C.a.t.h.i.e_simplyinlove on February 22nd, 2008 11:39 pm (UTC)
really? Was there any particular reason that started them? It was one of the scariest things I've ever seen. Do you know if this is common with bostons or pure bred in general?
Genevievealwaysgenevieve on February 23rd, 2008 01:29 am (UTC)
yeah i have written about it in my lj i know. probably even in the boston community!

no i dont know what caused it. i asked the vet at the time and they said as long as he doesnt have more than 5 a year hes fine.
jeninjenius on February 23rd, 2008 03:05 am (UTC)
That's how it was with my 1st vet. I told him about the seizures, he took a flashlight, shined it in her eyes and said "Yep. She's got epilepsy" and wanted to immediately put her on medication even though at the time she had only had maybe 3 seizures total. As you can imagine, we got a 2nd opinion and she hasn't been back to that other vet since.
Jenspecialmonkey on February 22nd, 2008 10:46 pm (UTC)
Just breathe! They are scary as all get-out, but no real danger unless they start getting more and more frequent -- but at that point they can be treated medically.

Clancy had a few when he was maybe 2(?). He had one every 2 weeks for a couple of months, and then never again since. His health fad is allergies now. :)

Take comfort in the fact that the seizures are about 10000000 times worse for us than they are for the little ones, and try to stay calm. Poor little violet just can't catch a break, huh??
C.a.t.h.i.e_simplyinlove on February 22nd, 2008 11:40 pm (UTC)
Yeah it was sooo scary! I just hope that her results come back completely fine tomorrow and that this was just a one time seizure.

Thanks for your thoughts!
Sheribooksaremyhabit on February 24th, 2008 02:55 pm (UTC)
Rebel has them after throwing up grass, he'll fall down and pass out for a second..he's ok after that
(Anonymous) on April 24th, 2008 03:53 pm (UTC)
my boston bella has had several seziures...and what we have found out through our new homeopathic vet. is that it is usually attributed to food allergies, we have switched to the recommended duck and potato dog food made by dick van patten...it's a little pricey, but she has not had one since. good luck.