(Closed) Anyone experienced in dealing with an epileptic dog?

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
2105 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Yes, about 2 years ago our border collie mix was diagnosed.  She out of the blue (at 5 yrs old) had a seizure, and they happened randomly… sometimes once a month for a couple months, sometimes went 6 months without any. They didn’t want to put her on meds unless it got worse.  Then suddenly one night, she had a seiure, became postictal, partially woke back up, then went into another, and another, and another.  There was no precursor and it happened in the middle of the night.  Fortunately we heard her and by the 3rd one in a row we took her into the emergency vet.  Having several in a row put her into cerebral edema, so she had to stay a few days at the emergency vet’s office.  It was real touch-and-go for awhile, but she eventually got better.  Once we took her home, it took a few weeks for her to get back to her original self, but now she’s on phenobarbital and all is well!

Post # 4
455 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Yes, my family dog had seizures for many years.  He was a standard poodle and would have them about once a month.  As far as I know, he never took medication for it (but this was 10 years ago… so, maybe they have good meds for this now).  Anyway, he knew when it was coming… he would get really close to my mom and shake a bit and then it would happen.  They lasted about a minute or two and my mom would just hold him really tight on the floor so his head didn’t bang against the ground.  When it was over, my mom would cuddle him until he felt ready to get up.  She never forced him to get up… she just waited until he was ready (about another 5 minutes or so).  It’s hard to watch your furbaby go through this, but our sweet poodle lived for 14 years… a good, long life.  Stay strong!

Post # 5
258 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

My dads dog/my dog growing up has them. First one happened randomly in the backyard when he was a few years old. I took him to the vet and they gave me medicine for him but it didnt really help much so I stopped giving it to him. His range in severity and there’s no real indicator of when it’s going to happen. As he’s gotten older, he’s lost the ability to control his bowels during them, so afterwards he goes and hides if he was inside during the seizure. Other than the seizures, he’s fine. He’s about 14 years old and happy as can be.

Post # 8
520 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

My grandma’s beagle has seizures.  They usually last 5-10 minutes.  My grandmother takes it kind of hard when he has them, but the dog is completely healthy otherwise.  He’s not on any kind of medication.

My cousin’s golden retriever also has seizures.  He’s 11 or 12 years old and happy as can be.  He’s not on medication either, as far as I know.

Both dogs always go outside and throw up afterwards.

Sorry that you’re going through this with your pup though, it can definitely be a scary thing to see.

Post # 9
1137 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

A coworker of mine has a dog that has seizures. Her dog has lived a long and healthy/happy life. She was put on meds, so it’s something you have to remember to always give the dog.

The one thing to worry about, is if you have a second dog. Just need to monitor the first when you give them the meds, and if they don’t eat it, make sure it gets put away.

Post # 10
6394 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

When Angelo was a puppy, he used to have them. We didn’t know for awhile that he was having them, we would just come home and there would be a puddle and he would sometimes get sick during/after them as well. It happened a couple more times, and we figured it out and took him to the doctor, who recommended changing his food. 

It turned out, he had some pretty severe food allergies :(. Now he eats incredibly stinky fish and potato food, and he hasn’t had an episode since. 

Post # 11
691 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

One of my dogs growing up had pretty bad seizures. The vet always said just to make sure that you move any furniture away from them to prevent injury. He also suggested putting a blanket over their body (not their head) and sitting with them to let them know that you’re there, since they’re scared too. Our dog ended up going on meds because he had a host of other problems (not as a result of the epilepsy, but in addition to). He lived until he was 12, but like I said, he was very sick otherwise. He had a heart murmur, slipped disk in his back, got attacked by another dog, etc. He was always happy, and just needed a few hours to get back into the groove of things after a seizure.

I know how scary it can be – I was home alone with him once when I was 12 when he had one. Good luck!

Post # 12
2142 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

HUGS to Dexter and you two!!!

We had a very similar experience over the summer and our dog is also five. It was truly such a scary experience. Hers last a bit over 30 seconds, with having dealt with a friend that was epileptic I knew not to touch her or try to move her. She just kept rocking back and forth on the floor. After the episode we immediately call our vet who thankfully had emergency hours. They asked us to bring her in immediately. They ran a whole host of tests and blood work.One level was low (I forget what it was called) and they said it could be bc of the seizure or an indication of epilepsy. The vet said it’s common for dogs around this age to have a one time seizure and only if it occurred more would they recommend medication.

They recommend to not try to hold her down, keep danger out of her way, make sure she’s not biting her tongue, etc. For a week or so afterwards we set up the camcorder when we weren’t home so we could see if she had another episode. Thankfully no.

A month or so afterwards we took her back for a checkup and the blood level that was previously low was normal again.

Post # 13
7384 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

My aunt had a springer spaniel that had epilepsy.  The dog was on medication (don’t know what) that controlled it pretty well for many years. 

Post # 14
838 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

My mums lurcher has epilepsy. It started at about the same age about 5 years old. It got so bad that he would be having 5/6 seizures a day, and when my mum took him to the vets,they said it could either be left and see if it would improve (it was 10 years ago so I dont know if they had any medication then) or he could have a serious operation which may or may not work. My mum didnt want to put her baby through surgery when it might not even work,so she decided to see if it would improve. And gradually it did,it went down to a few times a week, then a month,then every few months. And now,he hasnt had a seizure for about 6 years.

Its just something he gradually grew out of,and it is extremely scary to watch. I always had to leave the room whenever he had one, as I hated the fact that I couldnt do anything!

ETA:He is still going strong and is now at the grand old age of 17,and only just starting to show signs of getting older!

Post # 15
32 posts
  • Wedding: March 2012

My dog growing up had epilepsy. He died of cancer at age 16, but up until he got sick he was still as active as a puppy.

He was a little terri-poo (about 12 pounds) and started having seizures when he was around 3 years old. He would kind of curl up and shake for a minute or two and I would just hold him until they passed. He always bounced back quickly — you would never know anything had even happened.

Our vet put him on phenobarbitol to control the seizures and after that he rarely had them. The medication was relatively inexpensive and I don’t think he ever experienced any major side effects.

Good luck with your dog! I know it looks scary and your heart breaks for them having to go through it, but they can lead happy, normal lives.

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