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Old 05-19-2015, 03:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
 

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Unhappy Seizures - A Common Thing? Any advice/stories appreciated.

I recently rescued a Pit Bull puppy literally off the streets, cleaned him up, updated shots, neutered - the works. A month later, in the middle of the night he had his first seizure and about 2 more followed. We took him directly to the vet and again 2 more seizures while being checked out.

I was told this is a common thing and can be controlled through medication - Ok Fine. I've never had to deal with seizures in my dogs and my husband and I ABSOLUTELY REFUSE to give up on him. My greatest fear is that we're keeping this pup alive for our own selfishness because we want him, but, I'll never live with myself if he's suffering daily.

He is our second Pit Bull and I'll never own another breed again. I know we're going to have to live with this until he passes but I'm completely freaked - I need advice! I'm practically afraid to leave the house.

- Experiences on calming a seizing dog?
- Diets?
- Training Exercises?
- Knowing when enough is enough and its time to euthanize?

I'm open to anything. My heart is broken.
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Old 05-20-2015, 07:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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really sorry to hear about this. hope you and the pup are holding up okay.
cause of the seizures would determine a course of action but without history on the unknown pup's parents, there are like a thousand possibilities.
seizures in the first couple months are usually caused by congenital defect or neurological disorder. highly unlikely that treatment is possible in either scenario.
the pup may have been exposed to environmental toxins (like pesticides or strong household cleaners). if you think that's possible, you should do some spring cleaning and throw out anything that falls in that category.
there are a few nutrient deficiencies that may cause seizures. but if he's been on a decent food for the last month, it's unlikely. so prescribing a diet probably wouldn't help.
and there's always the chance of head trauma. if the pup was injured and has brain swelling or cerebral hemorrhage.
... like i said. alot of possibilities.
my best guess based on age and the fact he was abandoned on the street, a congenital condition resulting from poor fetal development (maybe mom was malnourished during pregnancy), incomplete formation organs and neural connections, maybe even respiratory defect that lowers blood oxygen supply to brain.
i would take honest look at his quality of life. if you think he's getting better and will make progress, you can stick it out (and bless your heart if you do). if his pain and discomfort causes him/you to live in fear of the next episode, you might consider euthanasia. shortening life can be considered a way of improving the quality of that life by taking pain away. physical and emotional. either way, you deserve a high five.
that's a tough situation. good luck.
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Old 05-31-2015, 07:04 PM   #3 (permalink)
 
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My in-laws had a Pom with a seizure disorder.

it was controlled by medication...and honestly...in the grand scheme of things - it wasn't a big deal.

They did realize that excitement/activity/a lot of stimulation was a trigger for their dog - so when they had family get togethers they made sure to give her space and a quiet place to escape to.

I was present on a couple of occasions when she had a seizure (before they got it managed - and even after she would still have the occasional seizure - but not enough to negatively impact quality of life to any significance) and just gently held her or stayed by her side, you know doing the typical comforting/supportive thing that I think crosses species.

The good news - she was a happy little dog who lived to be as old as dirt.

I think the common sense approach would be to get the pup stabilized as best as possible on meds and then assess - I don't think you can make a decision without atempting to treat - if you are willing.

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