Seizures in dogs

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So its almost 3am just git back from the 24hr vet Bruiser(Doo-Doo) my shepherd mix started having seizures a couple months ago. First just a couple a month. But tonight was really really bad. Took him in got a shot of phenobarbatol(i think that's how you spell that) now he's snoozing. But seems he's gonna have to take this anti-seizure med from now on. Wow he just had another while I was writing this post..poor guy.
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Just wondering if anyone else has a dog with seizures? If so what kinda meds and any thing besides drugs that can help?
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Firestorm8215 replied the topic: Seizures in dogs

Sorry to hear about your dog. Hope he will be ok.
Don't know if you came across this yet...

www.m.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/dog-seizure-disorders
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ehh replied the topic: Seizures in dogs

My Rottweiler had seizures when she was a puppy. We though she was just an active sleeper until she had a really bad one one night and lost feeling in part of her face. Luckily for us though, that was the last one she has had in at least a year. We took her to the vet and they started blood work but the seizures stopped so I never started her on meds. But, from what I've read, keeping dogs that have seizures in a low stress environment should help.
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JasonR replied the topic: Seizures in dogs

Man sorry to hear Steve. Never had a dog myself that had seizures. My parents had an old Chocolate Lab that had them right before she died but she was really old. Hope you get it sorted and get them under control man.
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managsd replied the topic: Seizures in dogs

Dogs have seizures for a variety of reasons- epilepsy, toxins, brain tumors...
There are a variety of different medications available.
Phenobarbital is very common although it can be very hard on the liver.
Other medications used are: Zonisamide, Keppra, Valium (usually used IV in hospital or rectally at home), and there are others.
I suggest if this is an ongoing things to consult with an Internal Medicine Specialist DVM (DAVIM). Even for the consult alone..
Most general practitioners stick with Phenobarb, which is not a bad choice, just depends.

BTW< I work as an Internal Medicine Technician, studying for the specialization certification for technicians.

Seizures can be scary.
If they happen sporadically keep a diary of any potential triggers, what was going on at the time, how long it lasted and how long to recover.

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When they first started a couple a ago he would be sleeping and just sit up and start. The seizures lasted 20-30 sec. The third month(this time) was way worse. As at first it was a whole body(grand maul I think that's what they're called) he would shake it off and be fine in like 5min. This time he had partial starting with his mouth. He foams at the mouth shaking his head and then go into the full seizure. And after he was temporary blind and scared barking,whining and trying to run. Really scary. Vet started him on the phenobarbatol. It seems to be working but the poor guy is having a hard time he kind stumbles and has him moments where he whines alot and dosent seem to know what he wants. I read this is normal while adjusting to the medication. I hope so I would hate to think he has to be drugged and kinda out of it for the rest of his life.
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managsd replied the topic: Seizures in dogs

Phenobarb is a drug that has to be "just right" therapeutic wise for it to be effective and have no breakthrough seizures. It requires bloodwork every few months to make sure it's at the right dose.
It's also a drug that has a sedating effect in some, but most seem to get over that after a few weeks.
I would also encourage to talk with your vet about some other drugs that are available.

Sounds so rough, I'm so sorry you and your dog are having to go through this.
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mishka replied the topic: Seizures in dogs

I'm so sorry to here that, it's a very scary thing.

I had a schipperke with horrible seizures, he would get them 2-3 times a day, and he took seizure medication twice a day, though I can't remember what it was. Every dog is different, mine would stiffen up and roll over with all 4 legs sticking straight out and would drool a river, all I had to do was put a paper towel under his mouth while he drooled and I would lay with him wherever it was that he fell and I would rub his belly until it was over, it lasted anywhere between 5-10 minutes, the good news is other than his seizures he was a healthy dog and he lived to be 19 years old, we put him down because he had mouth cancer and it kept coming back surgery after surgery.

I hope you can find a good peace for your dog, seizures are very scary, and like I said they affect everyone (including animals) very differently, I did also have a dachshund with seizures but they were very violent and scary. They do have specialists for animals with neurological disorders, maybe you can try to look into that and see what your best options are. I wish you and your dog the best!
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morfeas replied the topic: Seizures in dogs

i havent anything to add realy other than encouragement and wishes for the best.

we had dog with seizures that would run like crazy and run into walls at full speed. it's shocking. but cannot get medical advice from forum for such a thing as is very complecated, can be for many reasons, medications work for one dog but not for another, like with humans.

just make sure you got a good vet and then will most likely minimize it at least.
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