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Readers Respond: Living with a dog or cat who has seizures

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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

No help for miniture poodle

My little miniature started seizing last year for the first time. She was 11 years old. The vet checked her and could find no reason for the seizures. He put her on phenobarb which helped for over a year. Then just last week Friday night 10 pm she started seizing. There are no emergency vets in our town we have to go 150 miles away. One vet I called said she would give her a shot but no gaurantes it would work and I neede 400 dollars up front. Well I don't have that kind of money so my daughter and I layed with her all night and she had over 100 seizures in a 10 hour period. I took her to my vet as they opened their doors the next morning and had to put her down. Her little brain was gone I loved my babvby girl so very much. How I wish we had an affordable night time vet in our town
—Guest Mary

dog with seizures

Last Tuesday our three year old german shepard began to have seizures. After the fourth seizure, he was taken to the emergency room vet. Within a 12 hour period he had 15 seizures. He was picked up the next morning and taken to his usual vet, where he stayed for four days. On Monday morning, the vet's office called to notify us that the dog had passed away. He had to be kept heavily sedated. Everytime they would attempt to wean him from the drugs, he would begin to have uncontrollable seizures. An autopsy was inconclusive. Now we are without our puppy, and we will never know why.
—Guest Louise

Seizure started about 6mnths ago

My 11yr old pit bull started having seizures 6 months ago everything from mild to full on. Most of the time, its seems to be from being a little to active, over exicitement, heat, ect. There has been no resent trauma prior to this. I cant afford vet. The only thing that helps is to keep him calm and greatly reduce his activity's. A friend told me that she has grande Mal seizures and pot "greatly" controlled them for her. So I started giving him eatable marijuana, and was surprised at just how well it has worked. But am looking for a better solution. any suggestions, I cant stand not being able to help. I need help, any suggestion's ?
—Guest Brian Briggs

pstevenson

2 1/2 yr old Shetland Sheep Dog on zonisimide is brushed every 3 to 4 days. Shedding now occurs in clumps. Anyone else have this problem?
—Guest pstevenson

Sam Dog

Our dog Sam (6 yr old German Shepard) had a seizure a year ago- rushed to the vet and all labs checked out fine. 9 mo later he had a 8min long (cluster) seizure. Started pheno per our vet due to the length of the seizure. Immediately we noticed ataxia (walking like he was drunk) we were told it would get better. 2 months later his ataxia is worse, he is becoming incontinent, lethargic, lost his appetite. We are staring to decrease his pheno today, but has ANYONE seen this? Our vet says he has never seen pheno make a dog worse, so he says its probably a brain tumor, doesn't want further testing until he is off pheno...looking for another opinion, but devastated right now. Sam has always been so active and happy...we want him to be able to be himself no matter how long we may get to have him.
—Guest Annie

Learning to Live Life with Seizures

Atfer 1 year of my pitbull mix Bella is Suddenly Started having Seizure The First one came on July First it was 7am and my husband and I wer asleep She was Curled up in between us Suddenly out of a dead sleep she begins to shake , My husband and I jump up and begin to try to calm her not sure what exactly is happening , The Seizure lasted about 1 min. But honestly felt Longer , The next night she had another this one was less Intense . Now 8 days later she has had another and my vet finally said bring her in, They have put her on Meds after blood work which came back Fine . It now Begins the process of learning to live with them, I am doing lots of Research and anyone having Tips are more then welcome as I want her to be comfortable and For us to not be so scared , Its Scary in those few moments our Dog is our baby , I hate seeing this it breaks my heart to not be able to help her and take it away .
—Guest Melissa

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