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Paula

My boy Zekey, a Sheba Inu has had seizures for 4-5 years. He is now 8 years old. I believe it is food related. I use to give him strawberry yogurt only to find out that most pink/red foods contain a beetle (also in red food coloring and most ketchup) which has been known to cause seizures. Sometimes if I'm snacking on things like packaged popcorn and happen to drop 1 or 2 pcs. on the floor he can be pretty quick in grabbing them. When this happens, I can usually be sure that he will have a seizure within 12 hours.
—Guest Paula

poor ruby

we got a new pom its just 53 days old,and suddenly she is attacked with seizures it has taken me soo long to know abt problem of exactly n its late night dont know what to do??? but unable to see that baby in such situation its really breaking my heart into pieces
—Guest kiran

Seizures in Dog

Did any of you give your pets Frontline Plus before they had a seizure? This flea and tick stuff is known to cause seizures in dogs and cats. Of course your vet won't tell you that because they sell it. I had experience with seizures in our 6 yr old Aussie. He is now on Phenobarbitol and had another seizure today. The vet didn't call me back as to what they are going to do. However the attendant did mention potassium bromide. This is an expensive drug.
—macass50

Dog seizures

My 3yr French mastiff has suffered seizures since he was 10mths last month he had 10 in 36hrs then again last week.He is now on pexion does anyone know if this works?Its new and not that widely tested from what I can find out.
—Guest Ringworm

Sam first time seizures 10yrs

First I would like to express my sympathy to all who deal with this scary and often unexplained occurrence. It is truly awful and stressful. My beautiful, intelligent dog Sam, who has just turned 10, was a stray, scrawny puppy when he followed me home all those years ago. Despite having a rough start (likely bred for fighting, and possibly beaten), he landed on Easy Street when he found me and my family, because we love him so much. He is smart, obedient, clever, and is such a physical comedian. He talks to you, asks questions. He is respected. And tonight he had two major seizures and is now at the emergency vet overnight. I know, we are lucky to have such facilities nearby, and they are not too expensive. But that doesn't stop me feeling completely helpless. It is so scary seeing your beloved pet in such a state, I hope that you all find the strength you need to cope with this distressing situation, and I anxiously await news of my friend.
—Guest Stephanie

Stress Siezure?

My boy cat has seperation anxiety for me. I was away for 1 week. Came home and had small fire in my house. I was very nervous. Fire dept had me get cats out. Boy cat stressed and scratched/bit me when trying to get him out. I left again next day for 2 day business trip. Came home and during the night Boy cat had a seizure. He is almost 5 with no seizure history. I think it's stress related - Miss momma, momma appears (in his eyes) to attack him, Momma leaves again. Momma comes back and I think he overloaded. Vet agrees. I am keeping a journal and trying to keep him as stress free as possible hoping there will be no recurrence.
—Guest Carol

Kitten with seizures

We rescued an abandoned kitten about a month ago. She is def the runt of the litter, but seemed healthy otherwise. We then took in another rescue to keep her company a few days later and at about a week, I witnessed the 1st episode. I had no clue what was wrong with "kitty". She had her claws deep into the carpet, was convulsing, and appeared to be kicking herself around in circles on her side. I thought the other kitten had hurt her. So I helped her claws out, but they didn't retract at all. She appeared to be paralyzed after the episode stopped...just staring blank in the distance for about a half hr and then she returned to her healthy playful self. It has been about a month now & I have seen her have these episodes 5 more times. I then realized she was having seizures. They seem to only happen at night. I'm a stay at home mom...so I think I would hear her during the day. She cries so loud after them. And her noises during are enough that they have woken me from sleep before.
—Guest Cindi

Diet is important!

My shepherd mix started having seizures at 2, often several each week. We had him on phenobarb which didn't seem to make any difference at all. Took him to several vets, including a naturopathic one ($700!) who said diet didn't matter. After some research, I put him on grain-free food and kept him completely off any table food. At this point, unless he gets into grain, he has no seizures. When he does have one, they are always grand mal and he must have Valium or he won't come out of it. He is almost 7, and on no drugs. He has a few other triggers, such as topical flea treatments and vaccinations when given all together. Diet, however, made the primary difference for him.
—Guest Kathleen

Coco/ Lhasa apso

My wee girl had 3 this week lasting about 3-5 mins, back legs collapsed, then front paw twisted? Rushed her to vet today! Got all blood tests, came back clear? Vet is bemused with her? She's only 5- she's now on two half Epiphen each day, just hope it doesn't happen too frequently.
—Guest Janey

my 5 month old kitten has seizures

the guy across the street from us dont believe in fixing his cats so they are over populating 13 kittens and 1 momma showed up on our porch one night and one of the kittens only had one eye i fell in love with her so tiny and sad looking so i took her in and soon found out she has seizures she has one about every week or so i have took her to several vets the first one tryed to get blood work but couldnt :( they put her on ClindaCure it seems to help her ALOT she barely has them when she is on this antibiotic the vet and i dont know why this helps her and i can not afford to get her an MRI done so im just kinda dealing with the fact that she is gonna have them about once every month or two. Its realy scary to see a baby kitten 5 months old have a seizure but im just thankful she is in my care and not out on the streets!!!
—Guest Rhonda conley

daphnie

My 2yr old english bulldog started to have seizures abut 5mo. ago, started with one a week, vet put her on levetiracetam, she went to every two weeks, then she had to have ACL repaired, she had two the day after surgery, used valumn, went 5 weeks, had two in one day, put her on gabapentin she went another 5 weeks and had a cluster which was one an hour for 4 hrs, and then one in the pm, so she is now on zonisamide, we are on 3 wks, fingers crossed, I will let the group know what happens next! I think stress, lack of exercise, but according to all I have read ther is no real cause.
—Daphnienme

daphnie

My 2yr old english bulldog started to have seizures abut 5mo. ago, started with one a week, vet put her on levetiracetam, she went to every two weeks, then she had to have ACL repaired, she had two the day after surgery, used valumn, went 5 weeks, had two in one day, put her on gabapentin she went another 5 weeks and had a cluster which was one an hour for 4 hrs, and then one in the pm, so she is now on zonisamide, we are on 3 wks, fingers crossed, I will let the group know what happens next! I think stress, lack of exercise, but according to all I have read ther is no real cause.
—Daphnienme

living with seizures

We have a 6 year old Chocolate Lab who started having seizures at the beginning of this year shortly after we got him. The previous owners said he had never had one before. His last seizure was clusters and over all lasted about 3 1/2 hours. He is now on phenobarbital 97.2 mg twice daily. He has trouble walking, falls sometimes and just not himself. He is my 10 year old sons dog but a part of the family to us all. Praying and having faith our vet finds a treatment that works.
—Guest Amanda MC

Annie with Seizues

My Golden Retriever Annie started having seizures at about 1 1/2 years old. She went on Phenabarbatol at 2/day at 64.8 mg but now at 5 she is having at least 4/month, every two weeks. Today, I am starting her on Zonisamide to see if that helps. She has seizures which take 1 hour to recoup. She walks into walls etc. Very sad to watch. I will add my comments in several weeks to see how the Zonisamide works.
—Guest Annie

Sawyer has Seizures

My family recently adopted a 3 month old kitten from the shelter. His name is Sawyer and he was surrendered by his previous owners because he had a seizure. We brought him home thinking the seizure was a one-time thing, as he had not had one at the shelter. It has been almost a week now, and last night he had two seizure about an hour apart. He had another one this morning as well. He urinates when he has seizures and it can be quite frightening. We are taking him to the vet to find out what to do.
—Guest Gabby A. Wills

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