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HELP-head seizures and shaking

barbieo95
October 13th, 2004, 10:12 AM
I am quite concerned about my dog. He is about 3.5 year old and is a hound/mastiff mix (with a lot of other breeds too, I'm sure.) Last night for the second time in 2 weeks, Chester has had some kind of seizures. Both times, they occured after he was in a deep sleep. Got up and stretched as normal, then his head (only his head) starts to "jitter" and shake. However, his eyes seem to stay focused and he is not disoriented. The shaking lasted about 1-2 minutes and then he was fine. During the shaking, he was responsive and was able to walk and respond to simple commands. He has not been tested for Lyme disease this year, it this a possible symptom? Or is there something else wrong, like a pinched nerve when he stretches? Overall he seems fine, happy and healthy, but it make me extremely nervous when he was having the "fit". What do you reccomend? Thanks in advance for your time and advice.

Sincerely,
Barbie A Ouellette

lilith_rizel
October 13th, 2004, 10:18 AM
I would atleast talk to your vet. I may be nothing, and it may be something. Who knows.

barbieo95
October 13th, 2004, 10:22 AM
I do plan on checking with a vet, but that is part of the problem. I just recently moved here and am having a difficult time getting any good vet recomendations. So, I do realize that that is something I should do, but was hoping I could get some insight from others here. Thanks for the reply!!

~B

lilith_rizel
October 13th, 2004, 10:36 AM
I know how that is. We are looking for a good vet her too. We have lived here about 4 months, and still haven't found one we like. Good luck with your search. If it helps any, see if you can find info on vets in your area on the internet. Best of luck! :) Please keep me posted on what happens ok.

mastifflover
October 13th, 2004, 11:04 AM
Barbieo95 where are you located.Maybe we could help to find you a vet in your area. Because I would definitley have him checked out it could be nothing it could be a form of epilipsey which is not as bad as it sounds. I had a Bloodhound with epilipsy and he was fine 1 pill a day. By the way welcome to the board I hope we can help

barbieo95
October 13th, 2004, 11:13 AM
Thanks everyone for being so nice and friendly. I've been looking for an animal forum for some time now. We used to have one at the University I previously worked at, and I have missed it's convience and help, tremendously. I'm located in Portland, Maine. I've been trying to contact my old vet to see if they have any reccomendations in this area, but the secretary says they don't do that kind of thing. And I've only found good cat vets, but not any outstanding dog vets. Please any help would be appreciated. All in all, Chester seems fine and is normal (well he is never really normal, quite the nut actually :) ) it just makes ME really nervous and concerned. I wicked appreciate all the help....this place is awesome!!

~B

ps. Are there any other kinds of symptoms or things I should maybe keep and eye out for?

mastifflover
October 13th, 2004, 11:31 AM
I would contact the University in your area and maybe they could make a recommendation. I would start calling vets and speaking to them and see if they treat a lot of large breeds that is what you need because for instance Mastiffs need a different anesthetic than other dogs, so since your dog has mastiff in him it would be a factor in surgery. If you see people in your area with dogs ask who they use if somebody has a great vet they will tell you they will also tell you who not to use sometimes this is the best way of finding a vet. As they say word of mouth is the best and worst advertising. Let people know that you are new to the area check the dog parks for peoples opinions.

lezzpezz
October 13th, 2004, 11:39 AM
Hi there. I have a 5 year old Pyrenese who has Grand Mal, Tonic/clonic seizures, (yup...the works!) and these also tend to occur during sleep and last for about 10 minutes or more if not treated immediately, which I do. Why these always happen on a weekend between 2 and 6 in the morning when only the emergency vet clinic is open is beyond me! I guess Rosie likes the more expensive treatment!! The key here is that this is a condition that is treatable and your dog can live a fairly normal and happy life, with medication, (mine is on phenobarbitol 2x daily). Like Mastifflover said, it's not as bad as it sounds.

"IF" your dog is indeed experiencing seizures, it is very important to treat these immediately, as each time a seizure occurs, so does a little more brain damage.

Seizures take on many forms and varying degrees. I talk to Rosie during hers and she seems to respond eventually. She is totally disoriented when she has them and we must be right beside her so she doesn't fall down some stairs, bump around and hurt herself etc. The sound of our voices seems to soothe here re-entry into reality. She will wag her tail and sniff about clumsily, and seems to feel comforted with us there, even though she can't see us during the "re-entry" phase.

If you live in Canada you can try to contact the Canadian Veterinarian Association and perhaps they can recommend a good vet near you:

Canadian Veterinary Medical Association
339 Booth Street
Ottawa, ON
K1R 7K1
Tel: (613) 236-1162
Fax: (613) 236-9681
Email:info@canadianveterinarians.net

I also found for you a neat synopsis of seizures in dogs at the following site:
http://www.italiangreyhound.org/seizure.html

I hope this is helpful, and I also hope that the condition you're describing pans out to be a simple curable condition and not necessarily epilepsy! I just wanted to share with you what I have experienced. Take care :o

lilith_rizel
October 13th, 2004, 11:42 AM
Portland, Maine? I live on the east coast too. I live in Fort Meade, Maryland. It is about 20 minutes from Baltimore and D.C. I will see if I can find a list of vets in your area. I found one for my area online. It came with a list of vets and phone #'s. I will see what I can find you. I don't really have anything better to do anyways, being a housewife, and sitting at home all day. LOL

lilith_rizel
October 13th, 2004, 11:47 AM
http://animal-hospitals.abeautifulurn.com/portland-pet-hospitals.html

http://www.portlandvetspecialists.com/


This may help.

krdahmer
October 13th, 2004, 12:13 PM
Thanks everyone for being so nice and friendly. I've been looking for an animal forum for some time now. We used to have one at the University I previously worked at, and I have missed it's convience and help, tremendously. I'm located in Portland, Maine. I've been trying to contact my old vet to see if they have any reccomendations in this area, but the secretary says they don't do that kind of thing. And I've only found good cat vets, but not any outstanding dog vets. Please any help would be appreciated. All in all, Chester seems fine and is normal (well he is never really normal, quite the nut actually :) ) it just makes ME really nervous and concerned. I wicked appreciate all the help....this place is awesome!!

~B

ps. Are there any other kinds of symptoms or things I should maybe keep and eye out for?

I'm not a dog owner, but just an idea on how to find a good dog vet...I would assume that there are Obedience schools listed in the phone book, maybe they could point you in the direction of a good vet (they usually have dogs themselves). And as for your pup, I hope it is nothing too serious and that you find an answer soon! :)

barbieo95
October 13th, 2004, 01:09 PM
Thanks again for all of the info.

I actually work in a facility that does some R & D work for several different things, including some animal stuff, and I just got a great reccomendation for a modern animal hospital right near my house. I was also told that thus far, the problem doesn't seem to be anything to be seriously concerned about, yet if it is some kind of neurological problem, that it could potentially progress if I don't have him checked. I will call the vet later today and see what they reccomend. I'll keep you all posted, hopefully Chester will be fine. I think it bothers me more than him at this time. Thanks for all the great info links too.

~B

lezzpezz
October 13th, 2004, 03:13 PM
I wish you and Chester the best of luck! Please keep us informed as to the outcome. My fingers are crossed!

chico2
October 13th, 2004, 05:16 PM
Welcome to the Forum Barbie95,I am sure Chester will be fine,epilepsy is not a death-sentence,I know,one of my sons is epileptic.
My cat also had seizures a couple of times,but we figured out it was about the same time as he got his vaccinations and he has a bad reaction to them.
Lets us know how Chesteris doing,ok :D