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Old 11-27-2014, 12:25 PM
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My dog has started having seizures

Hi. I have a 2 year old male pit who had his first seizure 3weeks ago. It was out of the blue, while he was sleeping, grand mal. He was fine after and his vet said we should just watch him to see if he has anymore before doing anything else as far as testing or meds go. So, last night he had another one. And then a second this morning. Both while sleeping, grand mal. He's fine once he comes out of them, but it's heartbreaking and horrifying to watch. They last about 1 minute to 1.15.
I am writing in hopes of getting some help trying to figure out what could be causing them. I have my suspicions it's the flea/heart guard meds. He was on heart guard and frontline plus for all his life, until he had the first one 3 weeks ago and I read that frontline could cause them. So we switched to what my other three take, advantage multi. last night he had his first dose....so I am completely wanting to blame the chemicals, and the internet is not helping their case much, but I just don't know. We were trying to think of things that might have triggered them. Like we ran the vaccuum for a long period last night. We ran the dishwasher too. We also did a ton of laundry. He doesn't really like the sounds of any of those things.
I just am looking for advice, info, help. As of right now, I want to take him off all meds and let him live without the poisons in his body. But being in the south I know he needs them.
Help.
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Old 11-27-2014, 01:35 PM
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I have heard a lot more bad things about advantage then frontline. But what you need to do is read all food and treat bags and make sure there is no dyes coloring or BHA/BHT in the food. My cat got seizures from the coloring in cat food. I put him on natural food and they went away.
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I'm sorry your dog is having seizures. If the seizures start to follow one after another your dog needs to get to an emergency clinic ASAP.

I've owned two dogs that had idiopathic epilepsy. Many times a reason or cause is never found. One of my dogs had to be euthanized because his seizures were not able to be controlled. The other dog lived a full life on meds that controlled her seizures well.

Phenobarbital is usually the drug of choice. Potassium bromide can sometimes be used and that's what we transitioned my dog to after about three months on the Pheno.

Keep a journal of how often and how long the seizures last. I hope you can see your vet soon to report that he's had another seizure. Best of luck to you. I know how scary this can be.

I rarely rely on information randomly posted on the internet for medical information unless it's a site that's associated with a university or other reliable site. Random strangers assigning causes can be very inaccurate and even dangerous if it causes people to make decisions based on bad information. Not saying that you are doing that so please don't take offense.
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You can always play with giving him a natural diet (maybe look into raw feeding) and limiting chemicals as much as possible. That's always a good thing to do.

However, there may not be a solid cause. It's pretty common for seizures to start around age two, just due to genetics. That's when my dog started getting them.

Maybe your vet can give you advice on medications. Sending good thoughts your way. Seizures can be very scary.
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Had to Speak

I know this is a week old, but I was wondering if you've found out anything about your boy? I hope it's a simple explanation and simple to get help for.

Please let us know how he's doing.

Thanks!

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