07-08-2019, 03:44 PM
Join Date: Jul 2019
Location: Central TX
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Well, I'm sure no vet, but I did have a mini dachshund that had seizures from the age of about 5 years. She had them about once a month. Like you, my vet just refused to believe it was seizures and kept telling me the dog was likely "asleep and just dreaming". No, I think I know the difference. When a dog is playing and stops dead in their tracks and all 4 legs start jerking along with the head occasionally, she is NOT asleep! Sometimes her seizures would occur when she was at rest on the sofa beside me, doing nothing.
Most often, hers seemed to be triggered off by excitement. We could see that pattern..........but not always was it excitement. Hers started out lasting 2-3 minutes and when she would come out of it, she would seem a bit disoriented for a few minutes. But eventually they got to lasting 4-6 minutes, with more intense disorientation (not wanting us to pet her, even snapping at us one time) upon coming out of it, followed by total exhaustion and sound sleep for a couple hours. So I think they were taking a toll on her and definitely getting worse over time. Despite my describing them carefully again and agin to the vet, saying they were longer in duration and more intense jerking/twitching of her legs, along with longer revival times, he for years said I was overreacting or it was mere dog "dreaming". Don't ya love when a profession talks to you like you're stupid? The dog lived to be 10 and died of a totally unrelated condition.
I had a sister-in-law in Dallas that had a small poodle years ago that suffered horrible, daily seizures. Her dog was given anti-convulsent medication daily. It reduced her dogs seizures from MANY per day to about one a month. If your vet doesn't come around to the notion your dog is in fact having real seizures (or some other confirmed diagnosis he determines) and is unwilling to trial anti-seizure meds to see if the episodes stop, in other words, if it appears he has run the gambit of testing he thinks appropriate for your dog's condition per your description, I would be vet shopping if it were me. Just my opinion, mind you.