Seizures

Go Back   Dog Forum > Keeping and Caring for Dogs > Dog Health

Seizures

This is a discussion on Seizures within the Dog Health forums, part of the Keeping and Caring for Dogs category; My dog has started having seizures about once a month. What is considered a "severe" seizure? He paddles and drools profusely, also pees. Lasts about ...

User Tag List

Like Tree1Likes

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 10-30-2015, 10:37 AM
  #1
Senior Member
 
jaragr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 103
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Unhappy Seizures

My dog has started having seizures about once a month. What is considered a "severe" seizure? He paddles and drools profusely, also pees. Lasts about 3 minutes, then he's very confused and wobbly for awhile. Vet care is SO expensive, and I've read they won't medicate him unless seizures are severe. And we really don't want him on meds unless absolutely necessary. Is there a certain type of food that would help?
jaragr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-30-2015, 01:05 PM
  #2
Senior Member
 
Dawnben's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Oregon
Posts: 5,929
Mentioned: 82 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by jaragr View Post
And we really don't want him on meds unless absolutely necessary. Is there a certain type of food that would help?
Make sure your food and treats are color free. The coloring and dyes in food that make it those green and red colors can cause seizures. You will be looking for these titanium dioxide (color), yellow 5, yellow 6, red 40, BHA (used as a preservative), blue 1 . Only natural preservatives. BHA is cancer causing.
Dawnben is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-2015, 07:50 PM
  #3
Senior Member
 
Gnostic Dog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Posts: 662
Mentioned: 31 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
I would feed raw, that way you know exactly what you dog is eating.
Gnostic Dog is offline   Reply With Quote
 
Old 11-02-2015, 12:01 AM
  #4
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Posts: 368
Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
frequency of seizures is even more of a concern than severity, though both are important concerns… once a month is far too often… the problem with frequent seizures is they lead to more seizures (priming the brain to do it again and again)… if you do not do something to stop them, they may become so frequent you may lose the opportunity to stop them at all and that would be very bad. Never heard/seen of any diet that has any effect on the average seizure- what age is your dog? Seizures that start at a young age tend to be epilepsy, while those that start at an advanced age are more likely something physically wrong with the brain (tumor most often, but granulomas, meningitis, inflammation and other physical problems higher on the list than epilepsy. Epileptic seizures tend to be more sensitive to medications that are for stopping seizure activity.. some seizure meds are pretty inexpensive. STill worth getting an opinion from your vet.
lzrddr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2015, 12:14 AM
  #5
Senior Member
 
Rain's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Texas
Posts: 10,646
Mentioned: 359 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Please get your dog to the vet to find out what is causing the seizures. You need to figure out what is causing them so that you can determine how best to treat them.
MrsCunningham likes this.
Rain is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2015, 08:32 AM
  #6
Senior Member
 
jaragr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 103
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by lzrddr View Post
frequency of seizures is even more of a concern than severity, though both are important concerns… once a month is far too often… the problem with frequent seizures is they lead to more seizures (priming the brain to do it again and again)… if you do not do something to stop them, they may become so frequent you may lose the opportunity to stop them at all and that would be very bad. Never heard/seen of any diet that has any effect on the average seizure- what age is your dog? Seizures that start at a young age tend to be epilepsy, while those that start at an advanced age are more likely something physically wrong with the brain (tumor most often, but granulomas, meningitis, inflammation and other physical problems higher on the list than epilepsy. Epileptic seizures tend to be more sensitive to medications that are for stopping seizure activity.. some seizure meds are pretty inexpensive. STill worth getting an opinion from your vet.
My dog is 11 years old. His first seizure was April 2013 (that we know of). He went over 2 years without, and is now having a seizure about every three weeks.
jaragr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-03-2015, 07:30 PM
  #7
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Posts: 368
Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
That unfortunately makes brain tumor much higher on the list. if seizures every three weeks it is pretty important to stop those soon before they become more frequent. See your vet as soon as possible!
lzrddr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-29-2015, 12:46 AM
  #8
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2015
Posts: 4
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Make sure your vet checks your dog's heart. Our dog had what looked like grand mal seizures but ended up being convulsive syncope from a heart arrhythmia. It's both the severity and frequency that is a concern for seizures. A vet visit would be a good idea as meds can be very helpful for seizures
always boxers is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-01-2015, 07:55 AM
  #9
Senior Member
 
jaragr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 103
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Heart? That never even crossed my mind. We started feeding him at night as well as his usual feeding time in hopes it's his blood sugar. But that didn't work. I'd read horror stories about the side effects of meds, so we are at a point where we don't know what is best for him. The ice pack on the small of his back shortened the seizure a lot, so we always have that on hand. He is so anxious and so disoriented after it happens. It just breaks our hearts.
jaragr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-01-2015, 09:32 AM
  #10
Senior Member
 
Tickle's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: mid-Michigan
Posts: 632
Mentioned: 192 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Veterinary care is a must as Rain stated.

An excellent book is "Canine Epilepsy" by Caroline Levin, but should in no way substitute for working with your vet to find out if the epilepsy is idiopathic or related to some other condition.
Tickle is offline   Reply With Quote
Dog Stairs - Dog Steps - Quality Pet Products
Reply



Thread Tools
Display Modes

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Is my dog having seizures? mandafay Dog Health 4 10-12-2015 11:44 PM


Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:29 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL2
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.1.0 (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd. Runs best on HiVelocity Hosting.