Here is an older pic of big bad Winston
Having a certified vet tech as a girlfriend means I get to hear all of the things she deals with at work. I didn't realize how many dogs get cancer, or have digestive issues. My 6 month old Australian Shepherd is healthy as a horse (knock on wood). My mother's little ankle-biter Snizu-zoo had a seizure a few times but all the vets did was dope him up on painkillers and send him home.
You've gotten a lot of great advice, so I'll merely offer up some support! Poodles are great dogs, so hopefully all will work out! That's why we all love our Vets. Keep us posted.
I had a Standard Poodle who had seizures about 8-9 times a year. In fact, the Standard I had before her also had seizures, but only two or three times a year. They were pretty much like you described. We got so that we knew when she was going to have one because she would go hide somewhere, like behind the sofa. I don't know why she did that, it must be a dog thing.
All we did was run and get a bath towel to tuck under her because she would usually lose bladder control. Sometimes they were pretty bad and she would get very stiff and arch her back. We just petted her and waited it out. Usually the entire episode was over in 10-15 minutes. Afterwards she would wobble around for a few minutes, sleep for 1/2 an hour then get up and play with the kids the rest of the day!
It's pretty scary the first time you see one so I know exactly how you feel. Standards are prone to seizures for some reason. Our Vet said he didn't want to put her on any medication unless they became very frequent because the meds can cause more problems. He said as long as she recovers and goes on about her business, it's probably more traumatic for the owners than it is for the dog.
She lived till she was almost 14. We did put her on medicine for arthritis later in her life because she really needed it.
Winston is adorable! Standards are SO smart and so gentle. Our dog looked very much like Winston except that she was black.
Is it possible Winston got an insect bite of some kind? Spider, scorpion, etc. Bites can cause similar symptoms. The sites are usually hard to find unless on the nose/face. I hope there are no more problems for him.
ARE YOU SURE .... that it was a seizure ?????
Almost sounds like a possible 'stroke', and they do have them. Very very very similar symptoms show in a dog as seizures.
Mine had a couple like that .... that the Vet and I .... assumed were seizures. They weren't..... they were small strokes..... then she went into grandma strokes one day. If we had thought of that, there are things we could have done and she may never have had the grandma strokes and also wouldn't have ended up being put down. That .... is one of the ugliest things .... you would ever want to see happen to your dog. I mean the worse "UGLY" ... you can imagine, and you are totally helpless to do a thing for them. I feel I really failed that dog.... and still feel bad about it. That is 'horrible' to watch a dog go thru... and be able to do nothing for them. Their mind is working, but their body .... going thru all kinds of contortions and losing their ability to stand, etc.... within a short short time, and going downhill from there.... and one stroke after another hitting them (like seizures.... same type symptoms ... ) and they are looking at you to help them.... and scared at what's happening to them.
Just a suggestion. Watch her behavior, how she walks, if she barks the same, her mouth .... effected ?? (lips on one side drooping, tongue, etc) or any signs of a stroke.
If you suspect a stroke treat it the same you would a human. And hope, it's seizures and not strokes.
If it is seizures, they can be put on the same meds people are.
My 5-yr old Border Collie developed seizures about age two. Why? Don't know. Our vet has her on a combination of Phenobarbital and Zonisimide.
I can't describe the feeling seeing her in a seizure. At first they were quarterly and quite violent. After the Phenobarbital they eased and then went to every other week. After the Zonisimide they went to every three weeks and were less violent.
Allergy maybe? Friday evenings I would stop and get 2 lbs of catfish after work. My wife and I would have catfish and of course the dogs got their share. The Beagle and the Border Collie loved the catfish. After awhile I stopped getting the catfish and we noticed the seizures became farther apart and less violent.
4th of July she had three (3) seizures at 12 hour invervals. We have not brought catfish home since about mid-May, early June. Her last seizure was in Oct about 108 days from the last. So we think the catfish either is an allergy causing the seizures or more probably triggering seizures.
Next thing there are times when she gets real antsy, nervous, anxious and will follow me to the point of needing physical contact. So when this happens we hug her and pay a lot of TLC until the anxiousness passes. I sometimes think she's "fighting off a seizure".
Best to you and your pup. It sure hurts not being able to understand what's happening but at least the pups get through it OK.