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Woke up at 127 am to a gagging sound. We jumped outta bed and Mizu was gagging like he was going to throw up. He didn't realy throw anything up. Seconds after Mizu ran around the room..I said mizu, mizu..what's wrong? I thought maybe he had to go potty and right after i said that he sat and stood up and was very rigid and fell to is right and began to have generalized shaking, foaming at the mouth, etc. The episode seemed like 10 minutes long but really was 30-60 seconds. My first reaction following the seizure was to reach over and touch him and mizu bit my finger and he cried...he is fine now 3hours later. I ran to the ER just to make sure I didn't need a tetnas shot or anything else. I was sent home w/neosporin. So nothing major for me. I am just so worried and very scared. I work in a few hours but I just can't leave him all alone. SO looks like we will be visiting the vet this morning.
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First, when it comes to seizures, don't panic and document everything: symptoms, time started, duration, severity. If it lasts more that 10 minutes, get to a vet fast.

Otherwise you are doing what you should.
 

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The vet should be able to run some tests and identify a seizure disorder. If so, it can be managed with medication. Good luck and please report back with what the vet says.
 

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There has been quite a bit written on BW about seizures. Our first beagle suffered from them. At the beginning we found glucose powder helped stop a seizure, dont know why, but as soon as Bilbo began nodding her head we offered her the palm of our hand with glucose and she would lick it like mad. gradually though the seizures got worse and she was put on medication. We found that if she got exhausted a fit was likely, so carried her about in a rucksack. Bilbo had a massive seizure one night and we rushed her to the vets, where he put her to sleep, aged 14.
As joe says, make a note of what happens. Do go to the vets for further advice. thinking of you.
 

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As Joe posted, don't panic and keep a detailed account of the duration, severity, etc., of seizures. Our vet found my account of Spook's seizures very helpful. If Mizu should have cluster seizures (one following another) get him to the vet immediately.

You can find wonderful information and support at:
http://www.canine-epilepsy-guardian-angels.com/

If Mizu should have to be medicated, don't be alarmed. Phenobarbitol keeps Spook's seizures under control, and he lives a normal, happy doggy life.

Please keep us posted.
 

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Hey everyone!!! So we came back from the vet & was told Mizu has epilepsy. They did blood test on him which all came out normal. Since this was his first episode she did not want to place him on meds just yet. If he were to have 2 more then he will be started on phenobarbital. I was told if he continues to seize for more then 2 minutes to take him to the hospital right away.

What's funny is that I see pediatric patients w/ epilepsy & when my patient has a seizure I know what to do so quick. This morning I just froze and really freaked out. I didn't know what to do, I just wanted to grab Mizu and hug him.

Any how has anyone heard of Scullcap & Valerian tablets ? They are herbal tablets for dogs with epilepsy. A friend of mine mentioned it to me instead of placing Mizu on medication that has side effects.
 

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I am sorry to hear that Mizu has had a seizure. The best thing you can do is to go to the epi-angels website that Sandy posted and read, read, read. I, too, had experience with children who had seizures but completely froze when my Maggie had her first seizure which was just the tonic phase of a grand mal -- she fell over, unconscious, with all her limbs completely rigid. I was convinced she had had a heart attack! She has since had the more traditional grand mal seizures and, unfortunately, had cluster seizures last month.
As you will see on the website, there are alternative prescription medicines to phenobarbital. I honestly wouldn't feel comfortable treating seizures with herbal therapy but that is a personal choice.
 

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In way of encouragement, I will tell you that Spook has had no side effects from Phenobarbitol. His vet checks his phenobarbitol levels every six months to be sure that everything's okay. We've been able to lower his original dosage, and he's doing fine on the smaller dose. That's a relief to me since I like to medicate only as much as needed. Hopefully, he'll continue to do well on the smaller amount.

Like Judy, I'd be hesitant to treat his seizures with something that's not a proven medication
 

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We had Daisy on Phenobarbitol for a little while. We didn't know what her episodes were/are so the vet at the time suggested trying Pheno. From what she said there is a low chance of side effects. She did check the levels after Daisy was on it for a while and would have continued to do so regularly if it had actually helped her. Turns out she isn't having seizures so we took her off of it, but I've heard of many people who use that for their dogs with no problems. Good luck!
 

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Just wanted to say thanks to everyone's reply to Mizu's seizure & for the links to the websites.
Thanks !!!!
hugs..
jenny C & mizu
 
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