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#1 beej

 

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        Posted 17 October 2007 - 02:29 PM

My dog which as you all know, we got a dog from ppl we never met. He is 3 and something real crazy happened today. He was laying down and all the sudden he seemed to seize up and couldnt move.... his entire body was shaking but from his tail to his head he could not move. He was responsive to his name, comands and his eyes were responsive to my movement. He was drooling and I opened his mouth to make sure he wasnt choking or swallowing his tounge..... I dont know what that was. He was breathing irregularly and now he is fine like it never happened.

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        Posted 17 October 2007 - 03:29 PM

I am so sorry, that had to be extremly heartbreaking. I have some friends who have a lab mix and he also has gone thru the same thing. They had taken him to the vet and they were stumped, blood work and a bunch of tests later. They were told to watch him closely and if it continued that he would have to be on meds for seizures. They found out that the neighbors had been throwing bones over the fence to him during the day while they were at work. Since talking to them the seizures have now stopped. I would make an appointment ASAP to have him checked out. It will be peace of mind. Good Luck!
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        Posted 17 October 2007 - 04:30 PM

Oh my gosh! How frightening!
I second the vet visit.
Let us know how it goes.

poor baby. I bet that scared him too!
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        Posted 17 October 2007 - 10:11 PM

QUOTE (Rileys Mom @ Oct 17 2007, 03:29 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I am so sorry, that had to be extremly heartbreaking. I have some friends who have a lab mix and he also has gone thru the same thing. They had taken him to the vet and they were stumped, blood work and a bunch of tests later. They were told to watch him closely and if it continued that he would have to be on meds for seizures. They found out that the neighbors had been throwing bones over the fence to him during the day while they were at work. Since talking to them the seizures have now stopped. I would make an appointment ASAP to have him checked out. It will be peace of mind. Good Luck!



Thank you very much... it was the scariest thing ever. The vet said the same thing, to watch over him and keep a good eye out for anything out of the ordinary. So if it happens again we have to go to the vet and deal with the meds.

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        Posted 18 October 2007 - 07:58 AM

The same thing happened to one of my Lab’s…I know it scares the heck out of you! I would definitely get your Lab check out to make sure it is not anything serious. Some Labs just have seizures from all of the over breeding and popularity of the number 1 dog in USA. They call it idiotic seizures-what it means it happens for no real reason…..my guess it has something to do with the dog-genetic general. Definitely get you Lab check out to make sure that there is nothing serious going. Also, the can put labs on no seizures medicines.

Please keep us posted and best of luck!!!

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        Posted 19 October 2007 - 11:29 PM

QUOTE (proline @ Oct 18 2007, 07:58 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
The same thing happened to one of my Lab’s…I know it scares the heck out of you! I would definitely get your Lab check out to make sure it is not anything serious. Some Labs just have seizures from all of the over breeding and popularity of the number 1 dog in USA. They call it idiotic seizures-what it means it happens for no real reason…..my guess it has something to do with the dog-genetic general. Definitely get you Lab check out to make sure that there is nothing serious going. Also, the can put labs on no seizures medicines.

Please keep us posted and best of luck!!!



Again thank you all so much.... We are having vet troubles, his old vet is over 2 hrs away. And they are sending his medical history so a vet here will take us. We have to wait, but as soon as we get the info we will take him and I will update all of you.

Thank you so much!

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        Posted 07 November 2007 - 11:06 AM

HI, sounds like your dog has IDIOPATHIC EPILEPSY.. make a note of exactly when the seizures occur, what happens and how long they last. you need to be very exact on the timing, dont just guess.
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        Posted 13 November 2007 - 07:23 PM

QUOTE (mica @ Nov 7 2007, 11:06 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
HI, sounds like your dog has IDIOPATHIC EPILEPSY.. make a note of exactly when the seizures occur, what happens and how long they last. you need to be very exact on the timing, dont just guess.



according to his medical records from his previous owners he has never had a seizre before.... eversince that one time, he hasnt had one... he seems to be just fine and is his old self. however at night he does shake alot... he always has.

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        Posted 14 November 2007 - 05:07 AM

QUOTE (beej @ Nov 14 2007, 12:23 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
according to his medical records from his previous owners he has never had a seizre before.... eversince that one time, he hasnt had one... he seems to be just fine and is his old self. however at night he does shake alot... he always has.

Seizures are strange things.. a dog could have one.. then never have another one for months, even years, but be assured.. he would have another. It's also a progressive disease.. means it does get worse with time, at three he's still young so it may well be Epilepsy. The drooling is normal during a seizure. What do you mean by he shakes at night?
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        Posted 01 February 2008 - 11:12 AM

My lab was having seizures, frequently. I switched to Innova food from Nutro and he hasn't seized since. It was recommended to me from another lab owner whos dog had seizures. She told me it had something to do with the sugar content. I am still not 100% confident that my boy won't seize again but he hasn't since and it's been 2 months since i switched food. It's a bit more expensive and sometimes hard to find but I will try every option before i put him on seizure meds. Hope this helps...

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        Posted 01 February 2008 - 11:29 PM

Pete,

You are from the old site aren't you? I distinctly remember your avatar pic. I just loved that picture.

What were you feeding your lab before you change?
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        Posted 05 February 2008 - 12:56 PM

QUOTE (KarenM @ Feb 2 2008, 12:29 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Pete,

You are from the old site aren't you? I distinctly remember your avatar pic. I just loved that picture.

What were you feeding your lab before you change?


Karen,

Yes, I am from the old site. I have had Ca$h on Nutro since he was a pup. I just switched over to Innova 2 months ago. Ca$h would seizure at least once, maybe twice a month, he now has not had a seizure in 2 months. I just hope that the recommendation from another lab owner is true. They told me that most dog foods have too much sugar and that was what was throwing their dog into seizures. I am not saying this is why for Ca$h, but so far so good.

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        Posted 20 May 2008 - 10:04 PM

Make sure that your dog is not eating on any plants in the yard. I have two Labs and shortly after we moved into this house one began to have violent seizures. Then a few weeks later the second lab started the same thing.
Finally one day I caught one of the labs chewing on the leaves of a bush next to the back door of our house. I think the plant is a Japanese Boxwood or similar. We dug up the plants and moved them to the front of the house which is outside of our fenceline. That was 4 years ago and the dogs have never had a seizure again.

Usually vets want you to track the seizures for 30 days. If you have more than one seizure in this period they'll probably start meds. There are tons of resources and support groups on the Internet for canine epilepsy.



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        Posted 21 May 2008 - 10:45 PM

And in addition things like Grapes and Raisins can cause seizures in Lab type dogs. My yellow lab had this happen after eating a bunch of grapes. (Which are fun to watch catch in mid air) No more grapes or outdoor plants and no more seizures.

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        Posted 24 June 2008 - 06:34 AM

My 11 month old just had a seizure this morning. I woke up to him in his crate lying down "paddling" with his legs and foaming at the mouth. He did not lose control of his bowels. When he stopped he seemed angry and growled (which never happens) and after a minute or two wanted to play fetch and was back to normal. I read that stressful events can lead to seizures. During the day today, he was lying on the air conditioning vent to keep cool and got his dog tag caught and started running around hysterically until I caught him to get him loose. He seemed normal for the rest of the day after this though. I plan to call my vet when they open. Anyone have any other advice for me? This was probably the scariest thing I've ever seen and am very worried about Baxter.

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        Posted 24 June 2008 - 03:26 PM

Hello
I have a 6yo lab mix - rescue dog. He had his first seizure at age 4. We took him to the vet who did a complete exam and ran blood tests. The tests were to find out if there was a medical reason for the seizure or if he had eaten something to cause the seizure. Nothing was found, so he was diagnosed with epilepsy. He is now on phenobarbital and
After his first episode, he growled and was a little aggressive, he just could not recall who we were and where he was. Since then, he just is in a daze for a while after - post-ictal phase. It is normal and will pass.
Just write down the time and duration of each seizure and keep track. The vet may prescribe phenobarbital or another drug to assist in controlling the seizures.


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        Posted 04 July 2008 - 12:03 AM

OK, here is some reading for you.....


http://www.canine-epilepsy.net/basics/basics_index.html

When your dog has a seizure, just clear the area around him. If you have another animal remove them from the area. And NEVER put your fingers in or near the mouth of a seizing dog. They can easily take a finger off your hand! Remember that while having a seizure they are not in control of their bodies.

Phenobarbitol is kind of an old treatment for canine epilepsy. It is very hard on a dog's liver. There are supplements that you can get at a health food store to protect your dogs liver. I forgot what it's called. But look around at some Canine Epilepsy websites. But most people can get good seizure control a lot of the times to the point where your dog won't have seizures.

When a dog that has canine epilepsy the other dogs in the litter should be spayed/neutered as epilepsy usually is an inherited disease. But then again, it can also be the result of an head injury too. I have noted that recently Labs have seen an increase in epilepsy. A lot of this I believe is caused by careless breeding and the mentality "Hey! I've got a lab, you've got a lab... let's put them together and MAKE SOME MONEY!"

Usually the way a veterinarian handles epilepsy is that if a dog has more than one seizure a month, then it needs treatment. All dogs have what's known as a seizure threshold. Keeping your dog seizure free keeps the threshold up higher. With each seizure the threshold lowers itself. So if a dog continues to have seizures, it becomes easier for your dog to have another one in the future.

Please keep us posted on your progress.




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