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My 3 1/2 year old Hav Charlie woke up this morning, made on our carpet right in front of us, which seemed odd and proceeded to have a seizure out of the blue. This NEVER happened before and , needless to say, we were terrified. He was flailing and stiff when I went to pick him up. He was shaken up afterwards, but now he's fine. What could have caused this? Has anyone else experienced this? I took him to the vet and his reflexes and coordination are fine. They are running bloodwork to check for anything obvious. If anyone has experience with this I would appreciate any information that you have.
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It happened to Milo back in the late fall as I recall. It was terrifying. I thought he was dying. I took him to the emergency vet because it was in the evening (of course). They ran blood work and nothing alarming was going on. The vet there told me that he probably had a seizure disorder. I will tell you I had a poodle with a seizure disorder and his didn't show up till about the same age. BTW, Milo just turned four, so the age of onset would have been the same.

Milo has had two more after that, months apart. I thought I caused the first one because I gave him a little piece of my bialy (which had onions - I'd forgotten). I know the terror, but hang in there. Keep us posted.

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I am waiting for the blood test results. I hope they don't find anything. I thought it was usually older dogs that got seizures. My gardener came yesterday so I thought maybe he got some chemicals on his paws and ingested them. I did wipe his paws after the walk and I tried to keep him off my yard. The vet didn't think it was that. It was very scary and I felt so bad for him. He was shaking afterward and didn't know what happened. In the meantime, my older dog, a collie/retriever mix who is 12 had emergency surgery for a spleen tumor 3 weeks ago. Pathology was inconclusive but it might have been cancer.
We will have to wait to see how she is over the next few months. Then this with Charlie which came so unexpectedly.
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This has been 15 years maybe longer but I used to have collies...male and female...my male started having seizures after he turned 3..my vet Dr. Giraurto in FL at the time told me it was really common in males between the ages of 3 and 7 and there were meds but unless they became really bad the side effects of the meds were bad ..more so than the seizures...because we lived in S FL he said the only thing we needed to be careful of was that there was no way he could fall in the pool if he started having a seizure......Cody had them on and off over the next few years ...very infrequently and nothing I could figure out that triggered them...that said I KNOW it is a horrible thing to watch and very frightening until you know what is going on....after that all I did was sit with him and pet him and talk to him until it was over.....hope that makes you feel a little better............
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I have seen this a few times at the vet clinic I work at (emergencies that have come in). The outcome has varied just as widely as the dog breeds themselves.

Hopefully,you will not have any more seizures....(this has happened before too) and everything will turn out okay.

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Thanks. I have read that you just need to hold them and remain calm until it's over. I suppose I will feel better if the blood work is normal.
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How frightening! I hope everything comes back ok for Charlie and this is a one time thing. I hope your older dog is ok too. You've had a rough couple of weeks.

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I'm so sorry you're going through all of this. As far as the seizures go, I do hold him in my arms and pet him and talk to him quietly, telling him it will all be over soon and he'll be fine. Thank God, so far we haven't had many.

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My elderly Lhasa Apsos both started having seizures at about 15 (they were related).looking back, they both started walking in circles for a few weeks before the seizures started. The Vets, including a Veterinary Neurologist, told us that the likely cause was a benign meningioma, a brain tumor.

Did your dog exhibit any symptoms besides defecating prior to seizing?

I know how terrifying it can feel. You feel so helpless, too. Best of luck to you and your pup.

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I am so sorry for you and Charlie. I am sure that was so scary.

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