Dogs and seizures

United States
July 6, 2009 11:39am CST
I have a 7 year old black lab/beagle mix and a couple of years ago he started having seizures. The first time nearly scared the life out of me, I had no idea what was going on. He didn't have one for quite a while but since then seems to have them with more frequency. We asked the vet about it and they just told us that some dogs are prone to seizures and we can't really medicate him because there is no real consistency to his having them. During the seizure we just hold him, pet him, and kind of talk him through it. After the seizure it's almost like he doesn't know where he is, and almost seems blind, and his back legs don't work quite right for a few minutes. Also, for the rest of the day you can bet he's going to be glued to us. I just feel so bad for him, but this seems to be the only thing going on and I can't tell if he's in pain or anything during it. I don't want him to suffer, but I also don't want to have him put down if this is not a life threatening thing. Anyone else experienced this with their dogs? What do you do?
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5 responses
• United States
7 Jul 09
I would get a second opinion.
• United States
7 Jul 09
thanks for the input everyone!!! I'm going to be looking into making a vet appointment for him with a different vet. He had 3 seizures back to back last night, we could tell before he even had it that he was going to because of how his eyes looked. this was probably the worse and all together lasted about 10 minutes.
@debny711 (265)
• United States
7 Jul 09
I have a cocker spaniel and he is 15 years old. He started having seizures about 6 months ago. Vet says its because of his age and he was given medication. Maybe you should go for a second opinion.
• United States
7 Jul 09
My beagle used to have seizures , and we found that if he was well hydrated, he would have fewer seizures. It's a sad thing to see your dog go through. Good luck.
@jillmalitz (5132)
• United States
6 Jul 09
I had a dog who had seizures. The vet said she had epilepsy and gave her medicine. As long as you make sure your dog doesn't get hurt it should not be a problem. Best thing is to discuss with your vet. My dog lived to be 14 so it should not affect the quality of life for your dog, but do have it checked.
@jessi0887 (2794)
• United States
6 Jul 09
My granma's dog recently suffered a seizure. Her dog is around 13 to fifteen years old from what the vet said. The vet said the seizure was from old age and that he probably didn't have real long left. Its real sad.