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Old 01-30-2019, 01:46 PM
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If your dog has had a seizure for 45 minutes straight then is it possible to save him or is that too long and will he probably die. Besides stopping the seizure after 45 minutes is their any chance he could survive afterwards?
45 minutes straight requires your pet to be put on anesthesia. It is not a good prognosis/outcome. Seek emergency medical help STAT!

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45 minutes straight requires your pet to be put on anesthesia. It is not a good prognosis/outcome. Seek emergency medical help STAT!
My dog was given midazolam, phenobarbital, and dexamethasone. Nothing else that I can see in the medical records.
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I am so sorry you ended up losing your dog. I'm sure your vet tried to save him even though he had seized for 45 minutes - your vet probably didn't want to give up. I have a dog that has grand mal seizures, they last about 5 minutes from the time he collapses to the time he's back on his feet. I'm always scared of brain damage. I wonder what happened that caused your dog to have that seizure? I've never heard of one lasting that long.
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My 12 yo English Setter seized one time and it lasted a long time, maybe an hour before the vet saw her. She came out of it, and like your dog, was under observation for 24 hours. She seemed OK so I got to take her home. Over the next 5 days she lost strength and fell often. I'm pretty old myself and couldn't lift her to her feet. The vet thought she might have a brain tumor so I had her put down. My point being, yes, the vet was right to try because for awhile it looked like she might survive.
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I am so sorry you ended up losing your dog. I'm sure your vet tried to save him even though he had seized for 45 minutes - your vet probably didn't want to give up. I have a dog that has grand mal seizures, they last about 5 minutes from the time he collapses to the time he's back on his feet. I'm always scared of brain damage. I wonder what happened that caused your dog to have that seizure? I've never heard of one lasting that long.
Well the vet said she believed it was a brain tumor because I was telling the vet how my dog was acting for the past couple of months. He would not eat or drink water unless I hand gave it to him. He would run around in circles to the left and he would go into corners of my walls and scratch like he was trying to get out. But after I put him down I had a necrospy done on him. The state vet said he did not have a tumor. He said my dog was epileptic. But he does not know what triggered the seizure. When I first saw my dog have a seizure back in March of 2017 I took him to the vet and told him. He told me to make a record of his seizures and how long they last. He said I could put him on phenobarbital but said it could be expensive and as long as he is not having seizures on a regular bases then their was not a need to be alarmed. So I decided if my dog started having a lot of seizures I would bring him back to the vet and put him on the phenobarbital. That never happened. From March 2017 until his last one in December of 2018 that lasted 45 minutes before it was stopped from the vet my dog had less than 10 seizures that I witnessed for myself. All lasted only a couple of minutes unitl the last one that was fatal. What triggered the last one and made it last that long is a puzzle. I am still trying to figure it out.
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My dog was given midazolam, phenobarbital, and dexamethasone. Nothing else that I can see in the medical records.
That is what we start with and if still having seizures lasting more than a few seconds we put them 'under' to control the seizure.

45 minute seizure is the longest, in my 30 years, that I heard of, without your dogs brain frying. But there is a first for everything.
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That is what we start with and if still having seizures lasting more than a few seconds we put them 'under' to control the seizure.

45 minute seizure is the longest, in my 30 years, that I heard of, without your dogs brain frying. But there is a first for everything.
Well after the vet stopped the seizure shortly after seizing for 45 minutes what percentage chance would you give my dog for surviving?
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