- 3 years ago
- Wedding: July 2012
As a lot of you know I just got my puppy a week ago, and I have already posted about his chewing habits http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/puppy-wont-stop-chewing and how cute he is http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/meet-my-saintnapoleon#axzz2XdTiff9C
But I never thought I’d be asking about pet epilepsy, specifically in large breeds.
Last Saturday when we were on our way home with him, the left side of his face started twitching, and he foamed at the mouth. It only lasted 30 seconds. I figured he was just car sick, but my DH was thinking seizure.
Last night at 12:00A he sits up, left side of his face twitches, and he foams a little. Again, 30 seconds, and he was back to playing like a normal puppy. He never urinated or deficated, never laid down or got mean, or lost conciousness.
Scared, I took him to the vet this morning and described what he has been going through. She told me it sounds like partial seizures. While she could do blood tests, the typically turn out normal when he’s young, but when he gets older they can tell me if it really is epilepsy. She said there is medication out there, but it helps more smaller breed dogs than larger one. Then she literally hit me with a ton of bricks and said in large breeds it is harder to control, and we should make the decision to give him back to the breeder (before we get too attached), who would more than likely get him euthenized because he is no longer a sellable puppy OR keep him and deal with having to put him down later if his seizures get too out of control.
Bees, I cried. And I cried, And then I cried some more. I could probably still cry.
Rather than get worked up, DH said we aren’t giving him up because we ARE already attached, and we certainly aren’t going to put up with him being euthenized. He said we will continue to comfort him, and if/when his quality of life threatened, then we can make the decision, but right now we have a happy, playing, biting, chewing, cuddly, silly, normal and healthy St. Bernard puppy.
My questions is does anyone have a large breed of dog (or I guess even smaller) that has/had seizures? I am finding info online, and I know there are videos (which I can’t bring myself to watch yet), but I’d like to hear some personal stories and what other peoples’ vets have said about what can trigger the seizures.
**Please note I am not putting the dog to sleep or giving him back to the owner. Those are not options. This is also not a question of asking the breeder for my money back. To me, this isn’t about the money but about my puppy. All I’m looking for is information on epilepsy in large breeds.
Thank you, Bees!