This weekend was a traumatic one for my little family. On Saturday night Oscar had a seizure. It last about 2 and a half minutes but it felt like an eternity. It was around 10pm at night but we rushed him to the nearest emergency vet clinic. As Oscar was looking and acting back to normal right after the seizure we were told to just watch him and that it may be just a one time thing. We took him home and he slept through the night without incident. We woke up around 8am and started our normal day. Oscar had his breakfast went out and was active and playing. I was hopeful that what happened the night before would be something none of us would have to go through again. At 10am Oscar began to have his second seizure. This one also lasting between 2 to 3 minutes. The twitching was mainly in the face and he did not lose consciousness. I held him and did all I can to comfort him till the ordeal was over. We then went directly to the 24 hour emergency animal hospital in our area. At the advice of the veterinarian I saw Oscar stayed the night at the animal hospital. During his stay he started anti seizure medication but still had another seizure around 6:30pm on Sunday. I was visiting him when it happened. As terrible as it was to see him have his third seizure I was glad that the vets were able to witness the type of seizures he was having. I was assured that his seizures were mild "fly biting" seizures but due to their frequency Oscar will need to take medicine every day for the rest of his life. The doctors feel that it is most likely epilepsy. Although this medicine will help minimize the amount of seizures Oscar will have it will not illuminate them all together. He will also need to go to the vet every 6 months to have his blood level checked to make sure the medicine is at an addiquitet amount in his blood. As sad as it makes me that Oscar has this condition I am so grateful to the wonderful doctors who helped us through this stressful time and have given us the tools to keep Oscar living a happy and healthy life.

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Comment by Melisse Fowler on June 10, 2009 at 11:24pm
My springer spaniel was having what we thought were siezures, then one day it happened in front of the vet and he thought it was one of the strangest siezures he'd ever seen. We came to discover that her hip was becoming dis-jointed and her back going into spasms with a pinched nerve or something. She'd fall splay legged and shake and tremble while whining and making a terrible shrill trilling noise. Once we figured out what was happening, we would just pick her up from her belly and get her legs back under her, and she walks away wagging her tail like nothing ever happened. Dogs are such wonderful companions - never complaining and always loving. I hope that the medicine works to keep Oscar siezure free, but having a family that cares so much will do wonders to keep him in puppy spirits. Coco says "keep on playin' Oscar!"
Comment by Tauna and Kota on June 10, 2009 at 12:34am
hugs for you all and hope that things improve. you guys are in my thoughts
Comment by John Wolff on June 10, 2009 at 12:25am
Sometimes adversity is easier to deal with when you have no choice.
FYI we had a great cat once, epileptic, we'd wake in a start with the bed trembling dramatically, Kito with his claws locked into the blankets and shaking like a defective sewing machine on methamphetamine. Vets told us we could spend up to $1000 on diagnostics, CAT scans (really) and such, and they'd tell us he had epilepsy, andnothing to do about it. So we just left him alone, he lived to a ripe old age, his grand mal seizures were probably more stressful to us than to him.
Hope the little guy is OK.
Comment by Jayne Wagner on June 9, 2009 at 10:27pm
So sorry, but sounds like you handled it really well. My sister's 2 labs both have seizures, but only about 3-4x per year. We also had a cat who was on phenylbarbitol since he had epilepsy. He lived a good long life and was such a sweetheart. Best of luck and let us know how he does on the drugs.
Comment by Libby and Dyddy!! on June 9, 2009 at 9:02pm
Did they put him on phenobarbotal? Our old daschund was epileptic and was on it until the end. Its such a scary thing to go through b/c you can't help them except try and keep them calm. Smooch Oscar for us and keep us updated! :)
Comment by Bev Levy on June 9, 2009 at 7:40pm
Sorry to hear about your ordeal. We had a standard poodle with epilepsy. He did not have as frequent of seizures as poor Oscar. He lived a very good life until he was eighteen. Hopefully the medicine will help right away and Oscar will have a great life with you. Good luck!
Comment by Susan Stanton on June 9, 2009 at 7:12pm
So sorry for you both, but glad you found good docs to help Oscar be the happy puppy you love! Best of luck to you.
Comment by Arrow and Pengu on June 9, 2009 at 6:39pm
I am so sorry!! i know it is incredibly hard to watch that happening and you are so helpless to stop it. I hope the medicine works well and that you can give your pup lots of love for years to come!!
Comment by Eruc on June 9, 2009 at 6:12pm
That is so scary. Hugs for Oscar and wishes he does well on the medication.
Comment by Nicola Porter on June 9, 2009 at 6:08pm
My Rexx has them.

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