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My dog had a seizure 5hrs agoJA:...

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18 Jun 2021

My dog had a seizure 5hrs ago
JA: I'll do all I can to help. I know how frightening seizures can be. Were you able to get a sense of how long the episode lasted?
Customer: Maybe 2min Then he went bewildered I finally calmed him down he laid down then he had another small one just now but seems okay again and I’m worried there’s no emergency vet within 70 miles of here
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know before I connect you? Rest assured that they'll be able to help you.
Customer: No, he’s had no symptoms was inside all day don’t believe he got intro anything so I have no idea what’s wrong
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18 Jun 2021

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Dog Veterinarian's response
18 Jun 2021
Dr-C
Dr-C

Thank you for reaching out to Just Answer. This is Dr. C and I have extensive experience as an ER veterinarian. I know how important your pet is to you and I appreciate you entrusting me as part of their care team. The phone call prompt (for an extra fee) is automatically generated by the website so feel free to decline. I cannot make a diagnosis or prescribe medications without an exam, but I can make my best recommendations based on the information you give me.

It will take me a number of minutes to type out a response to your question since I try to be very thorough in my recommendations based on your unique issues, so please bear with me.

18 Jun 2021
Dog Veterinarian's response
18 Jun 2021
Dr-C
Dr-C

May I ask some questions so I can best help you?

How old is he?

What type of dog?

Are his gums nice and pink?

18 Jun 2021
Customer reply
18 Jun 2021
He’s 1yr old, cane corso
18 Jun 2021
Dog Veterinarian's response
18 Jun 2021
Dr-C
Dr-C

Seizures can be very hard to watch for the owner. They usually consist of paddling the legs, gnashing the teeth, and the eyes oftentimes roll into the head or twitch back and forth. Fortunately the pet is usually not aware of what is going on during the seizure, but they can feel strange and uneasy immediately before the seizure and they can be sedate or wobbly afterwards.

Is this what you saw with him?

18 Jun 2021
Customer reply
18 Jun 2021
Yes
18 Jun 2021
Customer reply
18 Jun 2021
I cannot see his gums currently
18 Jun 2021
Customer reply
18 Jun 2021
He finally calmed down
18 Jun 2021
Customer reply
18 Jun 2021
This was the 2nd one in 5hrs
18 Jun 2021
Customer reply
18 Jun 2021
His gums are pink
18 Jun 2021
Dog Veterinarian's response
18 Jun 2021
Dr-C
Dr-C

If he has had just one seizure at home it is possible to monitor and discuss this issue with your veterinarian at a scheduled appointment. Depending on how frequent the seizures are or how bad they are you may not want to start treatment since seizures cannot be cured, just controlled, and the pet needs to be on seizure medication once they start for the rest of their life. The common treatments for seizures long-term are drugs like Keppra, zonisdamde or phenobarbital.

Having a consultation with a veterinary neurologist to help properly diagnose the issue with an MRI to make sure the treatment is most ideal for the patient is highly recommended.

The concern I have with him is he has now had several seizures in just a few hours so that is concerning that something more serious is going on and the seizures may start to amp up. Getting him to an ER for bloodwork, and exam and a seizure watch is highly recommended, especially since you live so far away from the nearest ER hospital. If a seizure is lasting more than a few minutes it can cause damage, and there are not ways to stop it without injectable medications a vet has access to.

At home if the seizure lasts more than 3 minutes or if he has more than one seizure in a 24 hour period he should ideally be seen by an emergency veterinarian. They will likely recommend a seizure watch in clinic and to start on injectable seizure medications if the seizures continue.

There is no treatment at home for seizures. Some people give CBD oil, but it tends to not be very efficacious and I cannot give you a dose since it has not been fully studied and every product is different.

If the seizure is lasting longer than 3 minutes you absolutely should get him to a vet as soon as possible. In the meantime keep him on the floor in a warm dry place away from anything he can hurt himself on, do not put anything in his mouth (especially your fingers), keep him away from other pets and children afterwards since they can feel strange and might not be themselves (some dogs are wobbly and even blind right after a seizure), and if he is continuously seizing you can put cool (not cold) water on his belly and paws to help keep him cool.

The biggest concerns for seizures lasting a long time are the pet becoming dangerously overheated, having electrolytes that become severely deranged (abnormal) and further brain damage occurring which can make seizures worse in the future.

18 Jun 2021
Dog Veterinarian's response
18 Jun 2021
Dr-C
Dr-C

The most common cause of seizures in puppies is a congenital issue (something they were born with) like a liver malformation or fluid in the brain. The most common cause of seizures in a young dog is epilepsy (no known cause, just a brain malfunction) or potentially a toxin they got into. The most common cause of seizures in older dogs are brain tumors or liver failure. Any age group could potentially have any of these issues unfortunately. Low blood sugar is also a possible cause of seizures in dogs, but you would notice lethargy in the dog before the seizure started.

18 Jun 2021
Customer reply
18 Jun 2021
He’s always mellow
18 Jun 2021
Dog Veterinarian's response
18 Jun 2021
Dr-C
Dr-C

I would be most worried about a congenital issue or a toxin with him, but he would need a veterinary neurologist work up to properly diagnose anything that is going on with the brain.

18 Jun 2021
Customer reply
18 Jun 2021
I see
18 Jun 2021
Customer reply
18 Jun 2021
Will be okay until the morning when they open?
18 Jun 2021
Dog Veterinarian's response
18 Jun 2021
Dr-C
Dr-C

If he does not have another seizure he is fine to wait, my concern is if he has a seizure that will not stop you are over an hour away from the vet clinic, and since he has already had two seizures it is possible the issue will escalate.

18 Jun 2021
Dog Veterinarian's response
18 Jun 2021
Dr-C
Dr-C

If you want to wait to have him seen at his vet in the morning just keep him calm and quiet in a confined area he cannot hurt himself and keep a close eye on him in case he has another seizure.

18 Jun 2021
Dog Veterinarian's response
18 Jun 2021
Dr-C
Dr-C

If he does have another seizure then a trip to the ER is highly recommended since repeated seizures can start to affect the brain.

18 Jun 2021
Dog Veterinarian's response
18 Jun 2021
Dr-C
Dr-C

Have I answered your question? If any part of my response is unclear, please let me know. It’s my goal to deliver excellent service, so please let me know if there is anything more I can do. I would love to explain anything further that seems confusing or doesn't make sense to help ease your mind. Thank you for using our site. I also can continue to answer any further questions you might have over the next few days here on this chat thread. I hope he goes seizure free from here on out! I will be thinking about him.

18 Jun 2021
Customer reply
18 Jun 2021
It was 5hrs in between the 2 he had
18 Jun 2021
Customer reply
18 Jun 2021
He’s calm now and the vet opens in 5hrs
18 Jun 2021
Dog Veterinarian's response
18 Jun 2021
Dr-C
Dr-C

That is good that he seems to be resting. Hopefully that was the last seizure for a while.

18 Jun 2021
Customer reply
18 Jun 2021
Thank you he’s drinking water and just waking around but I’m hoping he will be okay till they open
18 Jun 2021
Customer reply
18 Jun 2021
He has no history and all just started 6hrs ago
18 Jun 2021
Customer reply
18 Jun 2021
I’m afraid the heat and dehydration may have gotten to him
18 Jun 2021
Customer reply
18 Jun 2021
But again he’s in the house
18 Jun 2021
Dog Veterinarian's response
18 Jun 2021
Dr-C
Dr-C

Heat stroke can cause seizures, but the dog would also have other internal organ damage and be really, really sick (unable to stand, bloody diarrhea, unresponsive etc). It sounds like he is mostly indoors so this is unlikely the cause.

Dr-C
Dr-C
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