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Xena had a small seizure 2- 3 weeks ago, that the vet thought was related to cleaning products I used in my house the day it happened. Basically she sat down hunched over and snapped her jaws like she was catching flies and drooled for about 15-30 seconds, then just sat and shook after it was over for about another 30 seconds. Then she snapped out of it and has been fine. I didn't clean anything today, and it happened AGAIN. I knew it was going to happen because she was acting really strange the minute before it happened, she sat down next to me as close as she could and shook, acting scared for no reason. Then she moved away from me and did it, exactly the same as last time and it lasted just as long as before. I'm calling the vet tomorrow but I've been looking online and distemper keeps popping up a LOT, it's making me pretty nervous.

I got her at 14 weeks, the woman gave me the empty bottles from the vaccines she'd already had but the vet started the whole set over again, since I guess we don't know 100% she actually got them. She's 9 months now, fully vaccinated for her age, is it possible she has distemper?? I feel like as much as we have been to the vet lately for her allergies and the last seizure surely the vets would have noticed something, anything. She doesn't have any other signs of distemper. I'm 99% sure she didn't get into anything poisonous, other than the seizure she's been acting completely normal, not lethargic, no vomiting, eating and drinking with no problems. I guess it COULD be epilepsy, but I always thought dogs with epilepsy only had the major full body seizures, not small ones like these. Here is a video I found that looks exactly like what she is doing, only hers was more violent-looking with more saliva and it lasted a little bit longer.


Like I said I'm calling the vet first thing tomorrow but does anyone have any thoughts on what this might be?
 

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Hope it goes well at the vet. Cleaning product seizure? That's a new one but I haven't had a dog experience seizures I hope they get to the bottom of it for you

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Sounds like epilepsy. I'd like to hear how this progresses, and what is prescribed.
I know it is very scary. I am so sorry.
 

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I am really sorry to hear this. Our female started taking seizures this June. Shes only a year and a half and since then she has had 7.. They just keep getting worse and we have had her to the vet twice now and with bloodwork and everything they can't determine why she takes them... I know sometimes they say they can be allergic to something in their food but not that we found... We're taking her to a different vet once we move in hopes they can put her on an anti seizure medication. But our vet told us after the first one she may never take another one again. I'm curious to hear what your vet says..
Keep us posted and good luck to ya.

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Well... Went to the vet yesterday, and they can't tell me anything, other than it's not distemper. They said epilepsy doesn't usually show this early but it's a possibility. They are starting her on a pretty low dose of phenobarbitol, and hopefully that's the end of it. They also want me to try to keep her as calm as I can when she wakes up or comes out of her crate since both seizures happened right after she was let out of her crate. They think a lot of excitement could be a trigger for her, like when she's let out.

Yeah, they did say that dogs having seizures due to chemicals in cleaning products has happened before, I'd never heard of it either but I did use a lot that day and she is pretty small even for a pit bull so I thought maybe the fumes were too much for her. But I didn't use anything this time so we know now there's something else going on.

I just can't believe the dog I got for free is costing me 10x more the amount in vet bills than my GSD that I paid 300 dollars for! But that's just another example of what happens when people don't spay and neuter and let their dogs have puppies with any old dog on the street... you get puppies with tons of medical issues.
 

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Xena had a grand mal seizure this afternoon, it was pretty scary. We called the vet and they said to watch her tonight and if she doesn't have another seizure just to drop her off there in the morning for them to monitor her for the day, and also wanted me to write down everything that happened and how she's acting after.
 

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Xena's tests have all come back normal, and the vet doesn't want to put her on phenobarbitol yet. She says Xena's quality of life is very good, but if she has another seizure within a month we will go ahead and start the medicine.
 

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She had another grand mal :( followed by a partial seizure. Looks like we will be talking about medication at the vet today. I feel terrible but after she was done seizing I had to go pick up ny boyfriend from work, I was gone 10 minutes and she chewed on her front legs so much she bled. I came home and about had a heart attack her chest was covered in blood from just the two tiny patches she chewed into her legs. I don't know if she did this because she itches or because she didn't know what she was doing but either way it was just awful.

I feel pretty down today I got my hopes up after the vet said she thought Xena was fine so I took this seizure pretty hard. I think it is just now finally hitting me that she might not ever get better.
 

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I hope so too. She's doing well today so I'm trying to think positive and remind myself there will be good days and bad days. :)
 

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She had one of her little "aftershock" seizures, as I call them, she froze when she was playing with Eko and kind of leaned back on her legs, like a play bow but only halfway down. Then she got that look on her face she gets before a seizure and her face got all twitchy, as soon as I stood up she was fine. Getting the blood test on her liver to start her meds on Friday.
 

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Ugh I am so sorry Sarah! That's so horrible and I can not imagine going through that with a little puppy. Good for you for trying to get tithe bottom if it. Makes you feel so helpless when they have no idea what is going on. Have you thought about seeking out a
Specialist in your area? Or another opinion from a different vet? Sucks to feel like you're starting over but your current vet should be able to give another all the results to make a second opinion. I just hope the meds help your pup. So sorry you are going through this.

http://www.helpfordogswithseizures.com

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Thank you :) it is really, really hard. Every time I hear a thump or any noise from her cage I start to panic :( But the vet is very optimistic that with meds she will live a good full life.

I would take her to another vet, but I can hardly afford these vets bills and this vet feels our time and money is better spent on treatment, since she said in her experience 95% of the time even when every test possible is run they never find a cause. That's hard in itself, because I can't help but rack my brain and go over everything I have ever done with her to think of some possible reason. Then again, she had a very rough first 14 weeks of life and I don't know what all happened to her in that time so it's possible it happened then or she was just born with it.

Thank you for the link as well :) I'll add that to my bookmarks for sure. I'm trying to learn all I can about it to help my baby.
 

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Oh wow, I didn't even see the clinical study on that link before I posted, that's something to think about. Thanks!
 

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Thank you! We are taking it one day at a time she is feeling good this morning :D So good she's rolling around on the bed being silly.
 

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Another update, we were not able to start her meds as soon as we wanted, and because of that about a week ago she had three seizures back to back, she scraped her gums so there was blood everywhere and during the last seizure there was a point where she stopped breathing. We took her to the vet ASAP, but the whole time my family was trying to prepare me for the worst because they felt like Xena would have to be put down. She is okay, vet said no need to put her down at this point, we started her meds that day and so far so good. The real test will be in a week when she is due for her next seizure.
 

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Xena has been on phenobarbitol since the first of November and has not had one seizure since then. She just had her blood tested and they said she is in the therapeutic range for the pheno so nothing needs to change. :) She recently had a very severe reaction to a flea bite and had to be put on prednisone and amoxicillin to treat it, and the side effects of both pheno and prednisone are losing bladder control, so you add that to her pre-existing bladder problems and since she started the prednisone she has had no bladder control whatsoever. We are hoping once we stop the prednisone that will slow down and we can try a pill to help her with that.
 
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