why does my dog only have seizures at night
Seizures while sleeping are actually pretty common - MANY dogs seize while sleeping. That in itself is not unusual. I know with my own dogs, the first seizure (of the usual cluster) starts 11pm to 3am - can't think of an exception right off hand. If the usual cluster follows, some are during daylight hours, but the dogs have been resting or sleeping generally. One of mine is under pretty good control and we can keep it at 1-3 seizures, the other guy is a toughie, and will have 4-7 no matter what (including sometimes when he's hospitalized). Often this means I'M tired as well, so I can't say that he may not have been standing up to start with, but I'm almost certain that he's sleeping or resting when he goes into another seizure.
These guys are on KBr and phenobarbital, and do have much better control than we got on pheno alone. Not perfect yet, but working on it! Dr Podell and Marsh at Ohio State University are very good with epilepsy, so I would suggest you go back there for another consult, and see if they can't help find a solution that will work for your little guy. Finding what works for any given individual can be difficult, and you may need to work though different dosages or even different medications with someone experienced in treating epileptics - if you can go to OH, you have some of the best right there.
We called the vet and they said its common for dogs to have one seizure and it never happen again. NEVER heard that before. No, it s NOT. We called the vet and they said its common for dogs to have one seizure and it never happen again. NEVER heard that before. No, it s NOT common. Each time a dog has a seizure, they become more wired to have another more frequently. The vet (along with most) will not want to prescribe medication if it s only happening 1-2 times a month BUT they should run tests to rule out causes of seizures. some are very simple tests and easy to treat. When no cause can be found it is called genetic or idiopathic epilepsy.
Some breeds are more prone than others, and it usually begins between 3-5 years old but can happen at any age. Seizures have triggers usually. These can be scents (candles, cleaners, potpourri), food, chemicals in food (like preservatives or dyes) or chemicals in cleaners or medications, stress, over excitement, and low blood sugar. Seizures usually happen late at night or very early morning. They put strain on the heart and re-wire the brain and can be deadly. A good yahoo group to join for more help and info is Please don t wait to find an experienced vet with this. he/she needs to rule out common causes before this gets worse. It may be that there s no cause and your dog will only have 2 seizures a month, or less, and have no medication or things can get much worse so don t wait.
Oh and seizures don t last 3 minutes unless they are multiple or grand mals they re called. one seizure will last under a minute. You may have seen post-ictal symptoms (post-ictal= the period of time right after a seizure). If this happens again, you can feed your dog plain vanilla ice cream or honey because always after a seizure blood sugar drops. Also during the seizure or right before you can put an ice pack between the shoulder blades, some owners say that helps. But bottom line is a vet needs to run tests before this dog dies.
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