Had a rough morning today. Woke up at 5:30, let my three dogs outside in the fenced in yard (2 miniture black poodles and one very large standard white poodle named Winston). When they came in, i was making coffee, going to wake up my nephew and brother for our morning deer hunt, and my standard poodle starting having a seizure.
I am in the medical field myself, not a Dr., but have 18 years treating cancer patients with radiation... i have seen my fair share of seizures, and he was def having one. It was not total tonic clonic, but more of an inability to stand, listing to the left side, and eventually ffalling over. I rushed to him, and he was shaking gently, not full blown muscle contractions. He urinated a little, and after i hollered for my family, his sezure ended... only lasted a minute or so.
Winston is a 5 year old, and is allready on his second chance. He almost died from a stomach torsion two years ago, but luckily i got him to the vet immediately, and he had suregery to save his life. This time it looks to be epilepsy. I hope this seizure was a one time occurance, but if he has another, i may have to have him on meds, which i understand have significant liver toxicities.
I rushed him to the emergency vet, where they ran quite a few tests and xrays, all coming up normal. He seems fine now, but i have to be honest, i was pretty rattled... now i dont want to leave his side. He seems to be doing fine now, as as my folks say, dogs dont anticipate future seizures, and dogs dont worry about it.... but i sure am. Have to call my local vet Monday morning, and let him in on what went on.
Does anyone here have a dog with a seizure disorder? If so, let me know what to anticipate and expect in the future. If you have a dog or cat at home, give em an extra hug tonight.