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Had to share with you.

People thought I was crazy and nobody believed me. They thought it was a behavior issue. Well, this mom knew better.
Last night was the topper. For the third night in a row Gracie started licking plus chewing my baseboards. Well, she actually took her teeth and scraped the hair right off of her tail.

I knew this was not normal. She is in a veternary hospital right now and they are pretty sure she is taking seizures. They are doing a blood work up and I may have to see a neurologist.
If it weren't for me getting that video from Virginia's mom about Tinker, who knows what would have NOT happened.

I will let you know what happens.
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Mary
 

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So sorry to hear tha Gracie is not well /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/frown.gif , I hope they find that there is nothing wrong, or at least a mild, treatable issue....
Keeping all fingers and paws crossed for you...
 

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Poor baby, I'm sorry she's having such a tough time. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/frown.gif I hope the tests will indicate the proper treatment, and that she feels better and come home soon.
 

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Oh Eleanor, you might be right by maybe OCD.

We came home and she drank quite a bit of water, about 20 minutes later her throat started spazzing and she started to lick the carper again. I took her for a walk and all she wanted to do was snatch grass. She wouldn't even go to the bathroom.

I am feeling so helpless. They put her on Phenobaarbital but I don't know if it has to kick in or maybe this isn't what she needs.

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Mary,

I'm really glad that the video of Tinker helped you. I would recommend that you take your own video of Gracie (if necessary, borrow a digital camera with a video feature) to show to whomever you may consult with about it in the future.

I know you said the initial bloodwork showed nothing unusual. What about the bloodwork taken yesterday- did it show anything? On what basis did the vet hospital conclude that what was going on was seizure activity? Did Gracie lick and show symptoms while at the hospital? Did they do any other type of tests?

You still sound confused, and I don't blame you. We never knew for certain what we saw with Tinker either- and the "trance-like" component is very disturbing. You may not be familiar with his story, but in our case, Tinker is a dog who had back surgery in Feb.'05 for a ruptured disk. So, we were particularly sensitive to any neuro involvement.

While I'm not saying that Gracie's issues are the same as Tinker's, I would definitely recommend taking Gracie to a neurologist, just for peace of mind. A neurologist will recognize or rule out specific neuro symptoms much faster than the average vet or animal hospital.

I see that you are in the Philly area; the Univ. of Pennsylvania veterinary school would be a good place to start.

Good luck and please keep us posted.
 

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Mary, so sorry to hear about the problems with Gracie. Our first beagle, Bilbo, had seizures, at first not drastic ones. When she started them we would give her glucose powder, on our hands, for her to lick. She would lick like mad and the seizure would stop. Later she needed tablets, which helped for a while. Bilbo made it to 14 before dying of a massive seizure. It would be well worth contacting a specialist and the idea of filming her is good. Beagles are prone to seizures. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/frown.gif
 

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Hi,

I had gracie at 2 different vet emergency centers this weekend. Besides licking the carpets she has taken to chewing my baseboards and ripped a strip of hair off her tail with her teeth. Although she showed no symptoms while at emergency, they took blood work and put her on phenobarbitol.

I am changing vets. I talked to the new vet and am meeting with him tonight. He said to take her off the phenobarbitol that you wouldn't have a seizure and lick carpets, chew wood and her tail. He feels it may be anxiety. He wants her history and to observe her. I will let you know how things work out.

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Hi,

I changed Vets and he felt Gracie needed prozac plus changed her diet to fish/potato because of allergies.

It has been almost a week now and no episodes of licking. grass eating/throwing up or mutilating her tail and her allergies seem alot better although she smells like a fish. She loves the Omega 3 treats.

Gracie also sleeps with me now and the "Queen" has taken over the bed but seems alot happier.

Thank you for all your help.
 
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