Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Barking Wednesday ~ Dog Seizures

Thanks for joining me for my Barking Wednesday post.  
Each week I post a topic about my favorite guy...Kingers and his friends.  
All kinds of stuff....products - homemade treat recipes - info I have learned over the years, etc.  Info I think is helpful in making sure that every dog lives a fantastic life.

Today's topic is Dog Seizures. The week before Christmas on a Monday morning at about 2:30am Kingers had his first seizure.  He was sleeping in bed with me and he started to shake. I woke up and he was having a seizure.  It lasted less than 5 minutes (felt like hours). When the shaking stopped he seemed disoriented. Then he started panting and walking around. He went outside to the bathroom then continued to walk inside the house.  The walking and panting lasted quite a while.  I immediately called the vet when they opened at 8am. 
Knowing nothing about Dog Seizures when Kingers was out of danger I immediately went to the web for info.  A seizure is a sudden surge of electrical activity in the brain. Seizures are not a disease in themselves, they are a symptom of many different disorders that affect the brain WebMD Dog Seizures has very good info about dog seizures.
At 8:30 we were at the vet's office.  They took blood to check for liver, kidney, thyroid and numerous other diseases.  His blood work came back a little high for liver test but not out of the park high.  The vet stated that he may never have another seizure.

But the seizure activity did not stopped.  On Tuesday morning at 5:26am he had another seizure.  This time right away I looked at the clock. The seizure lasted 1 minute. He also came out of the seizure very fast. It took him about 1 minute to come out of the seizure. I can not explain how long one minute is when something you love is in distress. One minute seems like forever.

When I called the vet so we can start him on medicine. The vet told me since his liver results were a bit high he would really like for us to do a more detailed liver blood test to rule out liver disease. This test would take about 4 hours in the office. So I scheduled the test for Wednesday. Results came back on Thursday - no liver disease. So we started him on PHENOBARBITAL (PB).  So far so good.  Vet told me to expect King to be a little laid back - maybe even dizzy.  Unsure why Kingers is having seizure..the only way to maybe find out for sure is a MRI.  I do not think that is something we want for Kingers. It is very expensive $3,000.00  and when we did find out the Vet explained that many things can not be corrected.  Also, treatment would probably be the same as we are treating Kingers now. Kings age is working against him. He is 10 1/2 years old. A time in Kingers life with many things can start to happen to his health. As  his MOM  I want to make sure that he lives the highest quality of life ~ pain and stress free. 

I know this will be a lot of trial and error finding the right dose to stop the seizures and not alter his behavior. But we are ready for the task. 

One thing I have learned about Kingers having a seizure is "I should NOT panic". The 1st seizure I panicked.  Yep..PANICKED! The next one I stayed calm checked the clock right away to record the length of the seizure. I held onto Kingers and rubbed his head.  I hope my calmness made his experience a little better. I know keeping  calm helped me a great deal. I also learned that King having a seizure does not mean he is dying or going to die soon.  It means that he is having issues and with proper care and treatment I can make sure that he maintains his high quality of life.  When his issues get to the point that his quality of life is questioned then I will have to make some very serious and painful decisions. Until then I am going to continue to enjoy every day I spend with him. 


  1. I am so glad he has not had seizures since! Hope it stays that way!

  2. I am sure that your clamness helped him!

  3. Aww - my daughter has seizures and I know they are scary! Poor fellow. Hope he is able to stay seziure free.

  4. Poor baby. My bunny sometimes has seizures, and all you can do is hold her and stay as calm as possible. I know it can be scary, but you did a great job by taking him to get help!