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Stan | 3 months ago
Does Congestive Heart Failure Lead To Seizures In Dogs?

Does congestive heart failure lead to seizures in dogs?

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I don’t believe so. As I understand it, syncope and fainting can be symptoms but are not the same as seizures.

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Please call your vet. I would be worried about calcium, electrolytes and a whole host of other things that cause seizures .

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Kim Landers | 10 months ago
My Dog Tex Had A Grand Mal Seizure On November 2, 2016. After…

My dog Tex had a grand mal seizure on November 2, 2016. After an MRI on November 14, 2016, he was diagnosed with Multilobular Osteochondrosarcoma; the tumor originating from the left temporal lobe of his skull and growing into his jaw, and left side of his face. I was told it was inoperable and he was given 2 weeks – 2 months to live. Long story short he was put on high doses of prednisone and also phenobarbital to control the seizures and give him the best quality of life. Six months after his treatment started he was doing quite well and was seizure free, but he started to lose his hair and had skin issues due to the high doses of prednisone. His prednisone was cut to a minimum, his skin healed and he remained seizure free until April 2018, he had a seizure. I have had to continually adjust his prednisone dose up to keep him as seizure free as possible and give him a quality of life. I am now noticing skin flaking and skin thinning due to the prednisone. Does anyone have any recommendations on skin supplements, ointments or anything that can help with negative skin side effects from being on prednisone long term as this seems to be the primary problem that will take my beloved Tex down. Tex has survived and done amazingly well, surviving now 2.5 yrs and has amazed his neurologist. I want to do everything and anything I can to help Tex in his remaining time. Thanks so much I sincerely appreciate any advice or suggestions.

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Hello, I would mention a few things. One ask about other options for the seizures. I’m not sure if there are any and I’m not sure that it isn’t too late to try options but it does warrant a question. Also you won’t be able to find an anti steroid antidote to relieve the side effects as you are still on the prednisone. You can try omega 3 fatty acid supplements or even otc vitamins but the underlying cause remains and at some point the changes are irreversible for most. I would look at blood work and ask about denamarin… Read more »

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Sandra Sellers | 1 year ago
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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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 »

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Hello, I wrote two blogs to help clients when this occurs; https://kmdvm.blogspot.com/2013/10/the-first-seizure-honeys-story.html and https://kmdvm.blogspot.com/2013/10/what-to-do-if-your-pet-is-having.html 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..

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Taryn Engelbretson | 1 year ago
My 18 Year Old Cat Growltiger Has Been Through A Lot. He Was Diagnosed With…

My 18 year old cat Growltiger has been through a lot. He was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism in 2016 and has been on his meds since then. He also has arthritis. About 2 weeks ago, he had a seizure while laying next to me. My vet said this was most likely due to old age and not having enough nutrients absorbed so we added some supplements to his diet. Yesterday he had bad diarrhea and is now walking/stumbling around with a lessened appetite. My worry here is this is him going downhill and I don’t want him to be in pain. Does this sound like it may be close to his time? He’s at 6.2 pounds as of last vet visit 2 weeks ago

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Hello,
I’m sorry to hear that your kitty isn’t doing well. It sounds like she is struggling and I recommend seeing your vet again as soon as possible. Hyperthyroidism can be a complicated disease and in some cases additional bloodwork, an X-ray or even an ultrasound are needed to help diagnose and understand the complexities of a pets condition. I hope this helps. Good luck.

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Selda Myosotis | 1 year ago
5.5 Kgs(12 Pounds) Neutered Male 8 Years Old Tabby Cat.(was Neutered At 7 Months Old) He…

5.5 kgs(12 pounds) neutered male 8 years old tabby cat.(was neutered at 7 months old)
He was diagnosesd with urinary tract infection 1 month ago, he used Prunol, and was fine after medication. 3 days later he had his first epileptic seizure.
1 month passed, now he has an epileptic seizure every 8 hours. We have the footage of the seizure and can send it if requested.

Symptoms also include:
– a lot of foamy saliva comes out of his mouth
– uncontrolled muscle movements and release of the bladder which leads to him running into a wall, turning and twisting, having trouble breathing.
– the seizure takes around 30 secounds.
– after the seizure he has a 5 to 10 minute calming period and then he starts eating and drinking a lot.

Veterinarian suggested Tegretol (includes Carbamazepine), and said we should give him 0.1 mililiters orally and also said even 1 dose can be lethal. What do you suggest?

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Hello, it is important to try to identify a cause to the seizures. From there you can explore and discuss treatment options. I always scrutinize every patient with seizures diet, supplements and medications. i usually also remove all medications from their regimen and switch the food (or at least throw out the current bag). I also ask all family members what medications they are using or applying. Think about all household cleaners as many can be toxic. Remove all smoking from the home. Change clothes if you do smoke before you come inside. If seizures persist ask about any epileptic… Read more »

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Alexandra Caplescu | 1 year ago
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My dog is 3 years old. 2 and a half months ago she had her first seasure and continued having one every 3 weeks. But now things got complicated and from last morning until now she had 14 Seizures (epilepsy), in the distance of 1 and a half hours. Last night we went to the vet and they injected fenobarbital in her muscle but it didn't make a difference, she had 4 episodes in the night, and continued having all day long. The next day, The vet injected again under skin fenobarbital 100mg but we didn't saw any king of improvement, she continued having seasures in the same amount of time. What should we do? We are desperate and seems like nothing is working.
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hello, i think that your intention was to add this to our question page. Can you go there and ask it? we will do our best to answer promptly.

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Sharon Chadwick | 2 years ago
My 31/2 Male Jack Russell Fudge Has Had His Second Seizure Just Day Shy Of…

My 31/2 male jack Russell Fudge has had his second seizure just day shy of 6 months – I will be taking him back to vets when they open but want to confirm will he put on meds for epilepsy ( all checks were completed at first seizure and advised then it was probably epilepsy) and if there is any other treatment I can be doing – different food , vitamins etc to help prevent seizures – thanks

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Here is my help for newly diagnosed seizure dogs. https://kmdvm.blogspot.com/2013/10/the-first-seizure-honeys-story.html?m=1

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Shiria Seelenlicht | 2 years ago
Has Anyone Experience For REM Sleep Disorder In Cats? Ezra Is An Ca. 8 Year Old…

Has anyone experience for REM Sleep Disorder in cats?
Ezra is an ca. 8 year old female cat. When she was in our shelter she seemed to be somewhat slow in her movements/reactions. She also had a weird way to walk – she moved her front legs a bit like a prancing horse. She also was a bit wobbly on her feet.
Otherwise she was very affectionate and cuddly, always eating good and didn’t seem sick.
However very often in the morning we found her bed wet. When we were around she always used the toilet and we never saw her urinating in her bed.
When we gave her to the vet, they found out, that she already was neutered and had an urinary tract infection. It was succesfully treated, but the problem still remained.

X-Ray and Ultrasound showed nothing special, same with bloodwork.
Her movements most likely were due to ataxia. Wether due to an accident or if she was born with it nobody knows.

So we found a new home for her and we informed them about her “problem”. I had contact with the new owners and it turned out she only pees when she sleeps. It looks like she has a seizure while she’s in deep sleep and she urinates during that. She may fall down from the chair our wherever she sleeps on due to her rapid movements – and wakes up confused.
When she’s in such deep sleep it is hard to wake her up, but possible.

An MRI then was done without result.

Medication for epilepsy was tested, but she became very quiet and tired with them, without solving the problem, so they were stopped.

Des anyhone have ideas what could be done to help her? Ezra itself doesn’t seem to suffer from this, as she doesn’t realize she’s peeing. When she wakes up she just goes away. But the danger of falling down is still there. The peeing is also a problem, which is why she is not allowed to sleep on the couch or bed when nobody is around.

The owner uses special pads on her chairs etc. depending on Ezras sleep those sometimes are completly shredded.

Maybe someone has an idea how to help in this situation?

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Hello,
What an interesting kitty. My initial hiught was perhaps cerebellar hypoplasia. But I will do some research and digging and see if I can find anything. It is so wonderful to her that she found a home inspite of her uniqueness.