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Canine Seizures: One Family's Story

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This article will describe my personal experience dealing with new onset canine seizures and how we have worked together as a family to love and take care of our family pet through this situation. Canines and felines can have seizures, just like people. This article will discuss how my family and I learned about this on a personal level. You are reading page 2 of Canine Seizures: One Family's Story. If you want to start from the beginning Go to First Page.

frances...

So sorry you are going through this with Baby. She's lucky to have your love and compassion.

Hugs to you and your family. Hope she continues to recover.

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We went backwards a little bit this afternoon. When hubby got home she was scared, acting like we were strangers again and not wanting to come to us. I think she got a little overheated today. She didn't want to drink either. We slowly cooled her body and fed her fluids with a medicine dropper. She is better now and sleeping in her little bed. Her soft kennel is like her little hospital bed. :nurse:

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We went backwards a little bit this afternoon. When hubby got home she was scared, acting like we were strangers again and not wanting to come to us. I think she got a little overheated today. She didn't want to drink either. We slowly cooled her body and fed her fluids with a medicine dropper. She is better now and sleeping in her little bed. Her soft kennel is like her little hospital bed. :nurse:

poor babes. Baby please be ok. Praying for her and you guys. xo

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Seizures are difficult to watch and experience in animals and in people. Years ago, I had a dog that suddenly started seizing. He was ended up going through status epilepticus and had to be in a drug induced coma for several days. This was before propofol so pentabarbitol was used. If he started seizing when he woke up, he was given more pentabarb. Finally he woke up not seizing. The onset was so sudden that there had to be a secondary cause. I opted for a CT scan. It was done at a local hospital after hours and the films sent off to a teaching hospital. The scans came back as probably GME (granulomatous meningoencephamyalitis).

01 Granulomatous Meningoencephalitis (GME) - VeterinaryPartner.com - a VIN company! This was unheard of in medium sized dogs at the time. The studies indicated that it was a disease of small breeds like toy poodles. My dog was humanely euthanized five months after diagnosis. I still miss him. He my second seizure alert dog...how ironic.

Fuzzy, CVT

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Baby Update:

She seems to be doing better. Starting to remember more. She went potty when asked this morning. She wouldn't do this 2 days ago. (We had an RV in the past, she was trained pretty well regarding going potty when we traveled-you could tell her "Baby go potty" and she would, at rest stops, etc.)

She was not really eating yesterday, the day before she had gotten her appetite back so we thought we were going a step backwards again. We were talking about it last night and realized that yesterday we opened a new can of food that was a different flavor. We went to Petsmart and bought another can of the first flavor. Bingo! We realized she doesn't like peas. :) Since she is eating a little more we are able to sneak her medicine in. Those first few days were a struggle with the meds since she didn't want to eat. If you tried to force her (open her mouth, etc.) this stressed her and sometimes she would have a focal seizure from the stress. But we are good now. We are still taking it a day at a time. Slowly but surely, she is coming back. :heartbeat:

try baby food....like the stage2 meats....sometime these are more palatable and are fine for dogs to eat.

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I was thinking about baby...how's the puppy doing?

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Thanks for asking. :)

Today we finally feel like zhe is getting back to her little old lady self. We say she is like a little old biddy sometimes. She knows what she wants. She is set in her ways. She has been more demanding the last year. Today she barked when she thought someone was at the front door. She lightly growled when no one realized she was waiting at the glass door to go outside. She is going potty when asked again. That is very helpful. She still stumbles a bit but not too bad. And she doesn't have the loopy look she had before. The look of love is back in full swing. She doesn't play with her toys yet. But she did wag her tail once or twice today. Everyday is a little better. :)

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Everyday is a little better. :)

and every ONE is a bit better, I bet :D

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My Boxer was a gift from my daughter to me for Christmas 2009. He was 7 weeks old and barely weighed 3 lbs. We loved and nurtured him and with a lot of TLC and vet visits he now is a 70 lb. lap baby. He suffers from severe allergies from his malnourishment as a baby. But without question, he is one of the smartest and well trained dogs I have ever had. He's my baby boy and lights up my world. I take time to appreciate every moment with him.

God Bless to you and your family and Baby. Sounds like a wonderful life for any dog.

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I'm glad to hear the Baby is doing better. May she continue to improve. If you start having uncontrollable seizures again consider asking for a referral to a veterinary neurologist or an internist. Yes there are specialties in veterinary medicine also. Some general practicioners with do specialist phone consults also.

Fuzzy

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