I am so upset.

  1. Ok, everyone here knows how much I love my dogs. My Jessie is very sick. She's a springer spaniel mix, aggressive at times, and she had her first seizure when she was about 2.

    Ok, no big deal. She had some blood work done and she never had another one until about 3 weeks ago.

    Then she had two major, scary, grand mal seizures consecutively. She doesn't lose consciousness, but she's in a lot of pain, she whimpers, shakes, arches her back... the most heartbreaking thing is before she begins to seize, she tries to run away.

    So she hasn't had a seizure since then. However, she is very skittish now. Definitely a velcro dog. Shaking, scared. This morning I drove to campus to apply for graduation... so I went outside to start my car, realized I forgot my CC, came back inside and found her cowering underneath the computer desk, shaking, whining.

    She has an appt to see her vet in an hour. I don't know what I think about this. Maybe she's anxious and scared of another seizure and putting her on an anticonvulsant or something else will help bring her back to her normal self? Or maybe that last seizure did some serious brain damage and caused a true neurological deficit?

    Her appetite has been good, but she is less playful, less independent, and just generally a fraidy-dog.

    My poor baby.
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  3. by   cactus wren
    AAAAwww!!! Poor baby.... And you are a good Mommy...Good luck at the vets....
  4. by   ShandyLynnRN
    aww, Reb, I'm so sorry your baby is sick! I hope the vet gets a grasp on what's going on with her and can make her all better.

    How old is she now? Did you take her to the vet the first time she seized? What did the vet say then?

    Poor baby, I hope she feels better soon.
  5. by   delirium
    She's 4 now. And yes, I took her to the vet after the first seizure, they did blood work, everything was perfect.

    Her vet (who is great) said that sometimes dogs will have a seizure once and never have one again, and that putting them on an anticonvulsant isn't always necessary, so Jessie didn't go on any meds. She even told me her own dog had a seizure, so she knows how scary it is, but her dog didn't seize again ever.

    Jessie's postictal phase is soooo long and it just tortures me to see her like that.
  6. by   PennyLane
    OMG. That is so scary and sad. I hope she gets over her anxiety and returns to her old self, and that the vet figures it out!! I love my animals and would be heartbroken if one of them were sick.
  7. by   nursedawn67
    Oh I'm sorry to hear your baby is sick...give her hug and ear scratchin' from all of us here...keep us posted and god luck!
  8. by   J-RN student
    So Sorry, Reb. Hugs to you and your baby.
  9. by   mastiff38
    I feel for you, hon. I am a huge fan of dogs (and a fan of huge dogs, I have mostly mastiffs). I once adopted an American Bulldog who had been a stray on the streets of Brooklyn. Brought him to my northern NY home in the mountains and he thought he'd gone to heaven.

    Had him for nearly a year, then he started having seizures at around age 3. Vet said the same thing after the first one - it may never happen again. But it did. After awhile, he was having one every 6-8 weeks. Vet still said that as long as A) they don't last more than about 3 minutes and B) he doesn't start having them more frequently, like 1x/month, we shouldn't put him on any meds because of the possible long term effects. So we just dealt with it, and when it would happen, we moved things away from him & kept the other dogs away so no one got hurt.

    But then one night just as I was getting into bed, Buster got up & left the room. I had a bad feeling about it, so I followed. He went to the living room & started seizing. After just over 1 minute, he started coming out of it... but then immediately went into another one. Had my husband get the vet on the phone, while I watched Buster & took mental notes. Vet wanted to see him right away, but there was no way we would be able to get him into the car- 130 pounds of flailing dog. She wanted us to try giving Valium, then maybe we could get him to her - but we didn't have that on hand.

    By the time the vet went to her office to get supplies and then came to our house (this took over an hour, because we live in another town), Buster had already had about 9-10 seizures, one on top of the other. And he was SO hot. I kept covering him in towels soaked in cool water, but it didn't help nearly enough.

    Vet got him sedated, then we took him to her office. Middle of the night now. By the time we left, she told us that his temp seemed to be coming back to normal quite rapidly, which she said was a very good sign - maybe there wouldn't be any brain damage. All we could do is leave him there and check on him in the morning.

    The sound of the vet's voice the next morning will be forever etched into my mind. "Buster died," was all I heard. This was three years ago, and yet I'm still getting teary-eyed writing this now. Buster was absolutely the coolest dog with so much personality, and I will always miss him.

    I know that this story probably didn't have the ending you wanted to hear... but there is a point to it. Please don't let your vet talk you out of putting your dog on meds for the seizures. Yes, there may be long term effects. But at least there will be a long term. I will never forgive myself for not doing this with Buster. Of course you want to wait to see if your dog has more than one... but when Buster started having them every 6-8 weeks, something should have been done.

    Also, if you do not think you could get your dog into your car during a seizure, keep some valium on hand so you can get her under control & get her to the vet's office if needed. And third, get the cold, damp towels on her right away. I will always wonder if I had gotten them on Buster sooner, would it have made any difference? I was over-exhausted and not thinking clearly at the time, and he was probably 10-15 minutes into his series of seizures before we started working on his temp.

    I wish the best for you and your fur baby. Please let us know how she's doing. Dogs are so wonderful, aren't they?

    Oh Kathy, I got misty reading about Buster. I'm so sorry.

    I agree Reb, even if putting the Jessie on meds saves her from feeling this way one more time, isn't it worth it?

  11. by   karenG
    oh hope all goes well at the vets! keeping my fingers crossed.

    and sad to hear about buster. sorry

  12. by   Lausana
    Hope all goes well at the vet.
  13. by   kaycee
    Reb, so sorry to hear about Jessie. Has she had a full neurological work up? I too agree that she needs meds now. I had a friend with a lab that actually became aggressive suddenly and they didn't know why. Then he started with seizures. They put him on meds and he went back to his normal self.
    Hope everything goes ok!!!
  14. by   NurseShell
    Poor puppy!! And poor Mommy!! Isn't it terrible when our furry children are ill? They can't tell us where it hurts can't tell us when it's better....so frustrating!! Some people don't understand why us petlovers can get so attached!! They are my babies - just as much as my human ones! When they hurt, I hurt!! I laid on the floor next to our "new baby" after her hyst until she was "feeling better"...just petting her and soothing her made me feel better...hubby thought I was nutzo...

    I'm prayin' for you and Jessie!!!