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Old 04-13-2016, 11:38 AM
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Is my dog having seizures?

Hey, there! I have a CKC registered miniature schnauzer. He's a beautiful dog and the fact that he may be having seizures has really been bothering me. He is 3 years old and was neutered at two. I noticed that whenever he is laying down he will randomly kick out his back legs. I never really thought much about it other than he is just being a dog, all good. Well, yesterday I had just finished exercising and sat down to cool off before I hopped in the shower. He was laying in his usual place on the arm of the couch. I scooped him up and held him like a baby, like I usually do. His back legs started trembling and contracted towards his belly one time. They went back in place after a few seconds or so but remained shaking. This, of course, scared the bejesus out of me and I ran and called to my mom. I put him down back in his place and he just laid there. She didn't really think much of it and told me he was fine. Being she didn't see it, her reaction was understandable. I've been doing research on seizures and plan to get him seen but what do you guys think? It didn't seem to really phase him. He didn't exhibit any pain or discomfort but, being the worried dog mom I am, it still has really concerned me.

I should probably add that he has seemed pretty miserable since last night. He has been lounging around on the couch all day. He wouldn't eat or drink anything despite my attempts. He is usually in my office with me during the day while I do school work. I let him out for a bit thinking that might perk him up but he just laid by the picnic table and it was a hastle to get him back in. He is usually very spunky and we have always compared him to our saddlebreds (our show horses).
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Old 04-13-2016, 08:59 PM
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I don't think it was probably a seizure but sounds like he had some pain, maybe cramps? I would be more worried about him not wanting to eat or drink as it means something is bothering him. Good idea to let a Vet see him and check him over.
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You're the one who sees it, but usually a seizure (at least with people, I don't know about dogs) is full body experience that is obvious, like to the point they have to be held down because of thrashing. Could just be sleep twitching, but an entire mood shift could be a sign of something. Quick research says there can be a pre-mood shift, like clingy and worried. The seizure itself. Then post mood which I guess is if he acts disoriented. I'm not a vet, but asking one should give you some peace of mind. Even if he is having them, your vet will tell you what to do to when it happens. If you go this route, they might appreciate a video of it happening unless you prefer to see them sooner. I personally think he may have just had an intense dream. Either way, don't ignore it.
Alao did look up examples of it, if you have a soft heart I wouldn't recommend seeing them I say play it safe. Best case is he is alright. If not you caught something early and can get him more than plenty of help.
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Thanks for the responses! I called the vet and had an appointment set up yesterday and my mom even got off early to take him. Well, she got here and after a few minutes he was up running around trying to play with her. He ate some of her grilled chicken and otherwise seemed okay. We decided not to take him yesterday since he had perked up so much. He seems back to normal this morning so hopefully nothing to worry about. I'm keeping an eye on him today, though. Just in case.
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Thanks for the responses! I called the vet and had an appointment set up yesterday and my mom even got off early to take him. Well, she got here and after a few minutes he was up running around trying to play with her. He ate some of her grilled chicken and otherwise seemed okay. We decided not to take him yesterday since he had perked up so much. He seems back to normal this morning so hopefully nothing to worry about. I'm keeping an eye on him today, though. Just in case.
Great to hear! Glad he is alright ^^
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