- 5 years ago
- Wedding: October 2010
On Thanksgiving, DH and I were watching tv, when we heard strange crashing from the dining room. He went in there to find our four year old dog tripping over his feet, crashing into walls, drooling heavily from the mouth with his eyes not focusing. DH carried him outside, where he collapsed in the grass, couldn’t stand, and shook uncontrollably.
I thought I poisoned him–maybe left some bad food out in my rush to make dinner. DH (who is not emotional/prone to overreaction) said “I think our dog is going to die.”
The whole episode lasted 5 minutes.
While I was searching for an emergency/middle of the night/holiday vet, Quil went to the bathroom, came bounding in the house, drank a TON of water, and then promptly went to sleep.
We didn’t take him to the vet, because he was totally normal. We thought maybe he was disoriented or having a reaction to some diapers he’d eaten earlier in the day.
Fast forward to today. Same thing, started with the same strange crashing. He hadn’t eaten diapers, so it’s obviously not that. He followed the exact same pattern. Again, lasted about 5 minutes.
Obviously, now, we’re going to the vet.
This is not a one time issue, so something is wrong, and we need to find out how to help him.
My Mom suggested putting him down (No, unless he has a very serious untreatable disease) and my sister suggested just buying anti-seizure medicine and giving it to him without a vet visit. (Also do not feel comfortable with this.) However, neither one of them are pet people, so I tend to take this advice with a big fat grain of salt.
That all being said, cost is an issue. I don’t want to skimp on cost and not treat him, but at the same time, I don’t have unlimited resources to do a million tests, especially with a baby due in February. What would you do in this situation? Would you describe the episodes to a vet, and if they sound like seizures to him, ask him to just treat those without finding out why? Would you ask to borrow money to find out exactly what was wrong (knowing that you might not get an answer)?