Maggie sleeps with us. About 4:00 a.m., my husband & I bolted upright out of bed. Something awful was happening! Maggie was having a very violent seizure. It lasted probably a minute or two, but seemed like forever..........
For about the last 35 minutes, she has been very whiney, agitated & seemed to be pacing. As I am writing this, she has just now calmed down & laid down on the floor next to my chair.
Nothing new to note....no chemicals, no lawn treatments, she's not been sick. Now what?
Update: I called the vet as soon as his office opened this morning at 8:30 a.m. & had Maggie there by 9:00 a.m. Dr. Lenz checked her out thoroughly & ran a blood panel. Her temperature was up by 1 degree and one protein was a little low, but would not be a factor in causing the seizure. Everything else was normal. When we weighed her she had lost 2 lbs. since we had her there 2 months ago for her Bordatella vaccince. Not too concerned about that because she gets lots of exercise running with our English Setter/Pointer mix, Lucky.
Maggie just had her 5th birthday on March 31st. So, now we just wait & see. (Dr. Lenz will not recommend medication unless she is having more than 3 seizures in 12 months.)
I appreciate all of your comments & suggestions. Thank you all so much!!!
Oh that's so scary!:( I'm sorry.
I don't know anything about seizures, but others on here do..
I hope Maggie is okay now.
I would take her to the vet for sure. They may want to do the "wait and see" approach at this point, but seizure can usually be managed well with meds.
I would have the vet check her also. I agree with jane that meds do manage epilepsy well and they are fairly cheap.
How old is she? Most epilepsy in dogs starts at around age two.
This sounded like a typical seizure...what you need to do is:
1) Keep her from hurting herself (falling off bed, down steps)
2) DO NOT put anything in her mouth. Don't touch her around her head during a seizure as she may latch on to your hand and will be unable to let go.
3) If the seizure lasts longer than 5 minutes, you need to take her to a vet immediately.
4) Keep Kapo syrup on hand to give her after the seizure when she can lick it. Seizures decrease blood sugar, which can cause another seizure.
She will be confused afterwards, this is the "post-ictal" period. It's where they don't know who they are, where they are, or who you are--but they can see, hear, etc...it will go away in anywhere from minutes to hours. It's just the brain re-setting the senses.
Usually vets will choose to just watch them, and if the seizures start re-curring frequently, they will discuss meds with you. Keep a diary of when they happen and how long they last. Time from the beginning to the end of the paddling motions. I've had two dogs with seizures, so can answer almost any question you can throw at me. I know it is very scary..and hard to watch. They aren't in any pain (although may have sore muscles after), and aren't aware of the confusion state. It's harder for us I think to watch. Hang in there!
Oh how scary. I'm glad you got her in to see the vet. Hope she doesn't have any more.
Our cat lived with seizures like that all its long life. Cataleptic. Maybe more stressful to us than to him. We'd awake with a start, like a berserk furry sewing-machine on the bed.
Has Maggie been vaccinated recently...maybe an allergic reaction.
No, she's not due for those until July.
I hope everything turns out okay!
Jennifer Markley gave you sound advice....My Payton started having seizures at 5 yrs as well.
here are two very good websites you can learn more about living with seizures that I used:
thoughts are with you as you adjust.
My Lilly has been dealing with seizures for 3 months and just watching her puts me through so much pain. Like stated before, they're worst for us than they are for our pets. At first my vet did not put her on pills but after her severe episodes where she had 10 in a 24 hour period we got her on a low dose of phenobarbital. She is doing very well on the pheno and has only had 1 other seizure episode. Her personality has changed on the pheno but in a positive way. She is way more playful and friendly than she use to be. After fearing them I learned that I just have to deal with them as long as they are not too severe. It is hard at first and I hope everything works out for you and your Maggie because they are not fun to deal with but can be manageable!
My Standard Poodle had mild epilepsy for most of his life. His seizures occurred about once every other month and he lived to the ripe old age of 18 with no medication. Hopefully you will be lucky too.