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2 yr old lab having seizures

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I no there is a lot of dog loving hunters on this forum I'm asking for advice

 

My 2yr old yellow lab has had 2 seizures and we had her blood tested at the local MSPCA and results showed she was a healthy dog outside of being 5 lbs overweight. Now forgive me if i am sounding dumb but they recommended a prescription from a local pharmacy to get for her? My wife took all info from them and they where suppose to get back to us when the prescription is ready. Found out today 1 other pup out of litter has had one also 9 totaled out off litter.

Why I am asking for help not only the whole family scared but my 12yr old son has lost interest in school and in sports since seeing this.

 

Is this comen? Should I take her off island to a different hospital? I have seen this in 1 off are beagles when I was rabbit hunting with my father back in the 70s but she was 14. We always had dogs and this is the first Ive seen as just a puppy

Need any advice or anything I'm sick to death every time i come home for lunch scared to find her just lying on the floor (don't want to write it)

Thanks for helping Chuck

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I think you need to get a second opinion.

 

Seizures in any dog can be a lifelong condition, or they can also be isolated episodes, happening once or twice, then never happening again.

I once had a lab which had occasional seizures when she was young, that eventually totally went away when she turned 5.

However, these can be very dangerous events, and a specialist will help narrow things down, and let a better handle on things.

 

Was the medicine prescribed phenobarbitol by chance?

 

Good luck.

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Sorry to hear about this Chuck .... I had a Cocker Spaniel that had seizures a few years back. He would have them kind of infrequently but when he did he would curl up like a "C" shape and have breathing issues. Many people said to stay away cause he may bite during the seizure but I would hold/hug him and it seemed to help him thru them. He also had an enlarged heart which eventually lead to irregular heart beat. I am not sure if the seizures were related to the heart issues but it may be something that you can ask your vet. I am really sorry for your puppy problems. I wish you the Best Good Luck with her .... Ray

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Yes it was I coudnt pronounce or spell it but thats it sappose to put in her food. Now this happened last fri and still have not heard back with numorous calls. Are vet whom does not work in hospital has been off island since thanksgiven and not due back till the 10th. Is there a place on cape or boston? I cant wait she is family and i will do anything right now

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Sorry to hear about this Chuck .... I had a Cocker Spaniel that had seizures a few years back. He would have them kind of infrequently but when he did he would curl up like a "C" shape and have breathing issues. Many people said to stay away cause he may bite during the seizure but I would hold/hug him and it seemed to help him thru them. He also had an enlarged heart which eventually lead to irregular heart beat. I am not sure if the seizures were related to the heart issues but it may be something that you can ask your vet. I am really sorry for your puppy problems. I wish you the Best Good Luck with her .... Ray

 

Thats what i did and talked to her Didnt no anything else to do

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I'm pretty sure you're going to need to take the dog to a neurologist. Two I'd recommend are:

Cape Cod Veterinary Specialists at trhe foot of the Bourne Bridge, or South Shore Animal Hospital in Weymouth.

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Bob thank you just showed my wife and she told me it was one of the two hospitals u mentioned that saved her bosses dogs life.

She was already getting advice also

I will be making calls tommorow to see when I can get her in.

I will post how it all works out and I am praying its good

Thanks again guys not only a fishing forum but any kind of questions on here and you find real honest and sincere men and woman its a great place to be involved in I feel a little better

Thanks for this Tim and thanks Bob G and Ray for your quick support Happy Holidays Guys

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I've been with two of my dogs when they've had seizures and they've been a couple of the most traumatic experiences I can think of. Mine were both on the older side and thankfully they were infrequent, but I remember that feeling in my stomach every time I saw them chasing things in their sleep. I can understand how your son would be having a hard time.... there's just something about our critters that gets us somewhere thats hard to explain to non-dog people..

I hope these are bizarre isolated incidents and its smooth sailing from now on for all of you.

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Island lucker, and everyone else with the same problem with there pets. I myself have seizures and it sucks, it's like waking up with a hangover, and I don't even drink. The bad part for me, is it seems to be worse for the people around me. Your dog will be fine after its over, then you should hold him and put him at ease. I hope my dog don't have them, but your pup will be fine. And by the way, alot of people having them, can't even be told by the doctors why or what is causing them. Good luck

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I had a young English Setter with them. They were very infrequent, vet suggested just keeping his head and legs clear of anything that might hurt him, and if they got more frequent they'd try the pheno. It'd been over a month since his last one when he had a biggie that he didn't make it through. Was not something I'd want to go through again. I feel for you, and hope the seizures just go away on their own.



 



 


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We had a retriever that had "grand mall" seizures, it was aform of epilepsy. The wiring is bad in his head. nothing you can do about it really. There are depressants that can be given orally and daily. Phenobarbital I believe it was. these seizures are quite common in larger breed dogs, some have said its due to over breeding and incest causing really dirty bloodlines. not sure.

 

our retriever seem to have them when ever there was a big drop or rise in barometric pressure (before a big rain or snow storm) and the start of the full moon. I would suggest marking the day and maybe the time on a calendar to be able " predict " when to double up on his medicine. it's not a pleasant site these grand malls, luckily we never had the dog have one at the top of the stairs for example. I do believe the stress of these seizures shortened the life of the dog- he died of natural causes at the age of 8 or 9

 

I am not a vet but have spoken to enough of them about our dogs issues with seizures. it highly unlikely they'll go away.

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My golden retriever had seizures for her 12 years. They occurred about twice or three time a year. They did not affect her health or cause any lasting problems. We tried medication a few times, but it made her dopey and did not stop the seizures. After the seizures ended, she seemed normal after the post ichtal period. There was no rhyme nor reason we could come up with. Night time on our bed, day time running in the park, riding in the car, sitting on the back porch. Rain, shine, snow, and all seasons. If you are with the dog, just tell her/him that they are ok, pet them and keep them as still as possible. Our dog did not defecate, urinate or vomit, so the vet thought they were not overly serious. I thought differently since it seemed like she was not breathing, went all contorted, and really quivered. I did not like going through it and would not wish it on any dog.

 

Good Luck and sorry to hear about your dog.

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Thanks guys for all your support for an update we got a second opinion here and the same answer as I read here not uncomman but could be somthing in her brain so we have set up appt to get her checked and examined off island. That will occure Jan in the meantime are local vet returned and has her on phenabrbs and he has stopped by for visits a few times and is giving her a litle extra attention to ease the kids minds a bit. I know what alot of you guys are saying and if I was in my 20s with no family I would just ride this out but since I have been a dad I will always go the extra mile for my family

even if there is no answer. she is another child to me I love dogs. My 1st lived to the age of 14 and she was put to sleep in my arms I cry as I write this The vet told me to stay in lobby and I told them if i cant be with her I would do it myself. Ill be ******ed if i would let 14yrs go with out me saying goodbye in my arms I loved that dog.

So there may be no answer too it, but in my heart the answer is going to anyleanths I can !!!! And right now she is just that 2 yr old pup and has not had another episode my son is back to playing hockey and grades are coming back up

 

Had to end on happy note

Wish everyone a Happy Holiday and a safe holiday

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