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Gracie had two seizures this morning, one just before 8am, the other just after 10am.

Oh my - how long did they last? I haven't had to deal with the clusters yet. I don't know what I will do if faced with that. Our dog freezes too - then the lip comes up and the teeth are bared while he's turning. Then the same thing you said, he collapses, paddles, pees and drools a lot! It sure is a mess to clean up. So sorry for Gracie.
 

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Fortunately, they don't last long. From the time I hear the thump when she falls over to the time the paddling stops it's generally 90 seconds to maybe 2 or 3 minutes.

Mostly there is a puddle, though this morning after a few minutes after the first seizure she defecated in the living room. I tried to get her to go out in the yard prior to this, but I think she was still a little out of it and didn't want to go down the stairs. There was more urine after the second seizure, but no defecation afterwards. She seems fine now. After the first seizure she seemed nervous and clingy, but now she's relaxed. I hope that's it for today.

The vet gave me Phenobarbital and told me to give her a half pill if she has a seizure within a few days after have an initial one, so I did that. Perhaps that is what is making her sleepy. Of course, all of my dogs are hounds, and they're napping most of the time anyhow.
 

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one thing about seizures is that they prime the brain to have more seizures (vicious circle thing)... so not treating cluster seizures can be a big mistake, ensuring your pet will have more and more seizures down the road. A single occurrence is one thing, but cluster episodes should really always be treated, and I strongly recommend continuing the treatment indefinitely. You may be more afraid of the meds than the seizures, but I urge you to start thinking the other way around. Few things are more heartbreaking than having a pet suffer more and more seizures to the point you (and your pet) cannot tolerate them anymore and euthanasia becomes the only realistic solution.
 

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I'll be taking all three of my hounds to the vet next week for their yearly physicals. We will definitely discuss different treatment options for Gracie's epilepsy. My vet was reluctant to put her on medication initially due to possible damage to the liver, but now that Gracie is older and there's been an uptick in the frequency of seizures she might advise differently.
 
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