My pup is 8 years old and healthy. Last year she had 1 seizure which…

My pup is 8 years old and healthy. Last year she had 1 seizure which she’s never had before. We got her into the dr right away and they said there was nothing to be done for 1 seizure except to keep an eye on her and keep a journal if they happen again. She is too old to have hereditary seizures or epilepsy. We thought at the time maybe she had too much salt as she had gotten into a box of chicken nuggets the day before. This time it happened in the middle of the night and I woke up to hear her softly whining and pacing. Then she dropped to the floor and was flopping around. It wasn’t as violent as the one last year. She did urinate also. It only lasted a minute or less (although seemed like much longer). Her recovery time took awhile. She wouldn’t move for at least 5 minutes. My husband went down the hall to use the restroom and she followed like she wanted to be let out but she was afraid or unable to walk down the stairs. He carried her down and he said she ran around the yard like nothing was wrong. For the rest of the night and next day she was afraid to go up and down stairs and she was starving and drinking way more than normal. She was also very clingy. We changed our plans the next few days so 1 person was home with her at all times. We could not find anything that she would have gotten in to (inside or out), she had only eaten her dry food and she had chewed on a bully stick for a little while that day (she’s had dozens of them in her lifetime and never had a problem). She had been stressed the day before because her bedtime routine was messed up as I had to take a trip to the ER that night (gallbladder) and my MIL said she was very stressed that I wasn’t there and probably knew I wasn’t feeling well (she’s very in tune with people’s voices and attitudes). She had also spent more time in her crate due to holiday parties and visiting then normal so she probably had less water in her system than normal. Her yearly exam is due in January so I will talk to the vet and have blood work done if needed. I guess I’m curious if anyone has any experience with random seizures far apart for no known reason? Thank you to those who took the time to read this.

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2 years ago

Hi there ? Sorry you are going through this with your dog. My best advice would be to go to the vet- which it sounds like you’re planning on doing anyway. I would also watch her closely and note any changes to report to the vet when you do go. Maybe try to keep a journal for a few weeks and if it happens again, perhaps narrow down a possible trigger(s). And I would try to keep things for your dog as normal as usual…. sorry I don’t have better advice. It must be quite frightening to deal with. Best… Read more »

Krista Magnifico
2 years ago

Hello, I wrote two blogs to help clients when this occurs; and see if they help answer some of your questions, and, to clarify, MOST dogs with idiopathic epilepsy are between 1-5, it doesn’t mean it isn’t possible if it happens outside of this range..