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Hi, Everyone:
Does anyone out there have any experience with seizures in a Havanese? A puppy owner of mine reported that their 3 yrs. old Hav had a couple of episodes. The vet thinks it might be epilepsy and is treating her with medication. I advised them to check liver enzymes to be sure (both parents have normal labs and are in the Cornell study), and check to make sure she didn't get into any toxins - either food, such as grapes, onions, etc., or outside - such as a neighbor's lawn pesticides.
Any other thoughts/advice? Thanks!
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I don't have any advice. But I am sorry to hear that about this dog. I would get him to a specialist vet right away. I think there are many different things seizures can be caused from, just the same for humans.

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I know that low thyroid has been tied to seizures in some cases. Dr. Jean Dodds has been doing a study on this for years.

Blood tests are definitely in order, but I would look at external culprits first to rule them out.

I hope this little dog is okay!

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I'm sorry to hear about the seizures. I would just agree with everyone else to see a specialist and make sure they can actually find what is causing the seizures.


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Sorry to hear about this little girl, what about Hypoglycemia low blood sugar have they tested for that?

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They have to check the liver enzymes, including pre and post meal bile acids. Epilepsy is often treated with Phenobarbital in dogs and then the dog with livger disease goes down hill very quickly because it is metabolized in the liver. This particular dog may not have congenital liver disease because he is older, but he could still have acquired.

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My dog has had a few seizures

This is an old post I'm replying to, but I wanted to chime in. My almost-three-year-old Havanese has had two seizures that we know of, and possibly a few that occurred when I was not at home.

The first time she didn't recognize us, although we were just sitting around on a Sunday morning, and started barking at us like she was afraid. Then, after about a minute, she was OK. That was last summer, when she was 2.5 years old.

Then, about a month ago (six months after the first one), she had a full-on Grand Mal seizure. Very frightening. It lasted about a minute, maybe a bit more.

I had her blood work done, a few weeks after the Grand Mal seizure, and it came back all normal, so the vet suspects epilepsy, because she is so young. She suggested to wait and see when the next seizure happens, and assess at that point. If she has seizures every 3-4 months, or less frequently, there may be no need to treat her.

I'm thinking I may take her to an integrated East-West vet, where they can do MRIs to make sure she doesn't have a tumor, and give her acupuncture and herbs as well.

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This is an old post I'm replying to, but I wanted to chime in. My almost-three-year-old Havanese has had two seizures that we know of, and possibly a few that occurred when I was not at home.

The first time she didn't recognize us, although we were just sitting around on a Sunday morning, and started barking at us like she was afraid. Then, after about a minute, she was OK. That was last summer, when she was 2.5 years old.

Then, about a month ago (six months after the first one), she had a full-on Grand Mal seizure. Very frightening. It lasted about a minute, maybe a bit more.

I had her blood work done, a few weeks after the Grand Mal seizure, and it came back all normal, so the vet suspects epilepsy, because she is so young. She suggested to wait and see when the next seizure happens, and assess at that point. If she has seizures every 3-4 months, or less frequently, there may be no need to treat her.

I'm thinking I may take her to an integrated East-West vet, where they can do MRIs to make sure she doesn't have a tumor, and give her acupuncture and herbs as well.

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Jenny, my 4-yr old Coton recently had a couple of episodes. After liver/kidney/thyroid tests - that all came back clear - they believe the seizures were an allergic reaction to food (I was in the process of changing him over to Nature's Variety Kibble).

I was talking to an animal nutritionist and she said that rosemary frequently causes seizures in dogs & cats.

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Sadly, my not quite 2 years old Havanese, Bramble, very suddenly developed catastrophic seizures, which were caused by meningitis. It was all very traumatic, although on high dose phenobarbitol and prednisolone his symptoms were controlled for a few months. The pheno barb did cause liver damage and the vet had to change the anti seizure medication, but for quite some time he had to be on both, as they couldn't risk taking him off one, whilst waiting for the other to reach a therapeutic level. Unfortunately the seizures were so severe that it did cause brain damage and affect his personality and he was no longer the same little boy...he did show some aggression and forgot how to play, but he was still our little baby and not in pain. We did question the vet whether we should carry on, as his quality of life in terms of enjoyment wasn't the same, but because he was so young, they (and us) wanted to make doubly sure that it wasn't the side effects of the drugs ...On his final day he started to show seizure activity and symptoms of his meningitis returning..I rushed him to the emergency vet (who was also the specialist), but he had reached the point of no return and they had exhausted all possible
options...so we had to say our final goodbye to our adorable little boy....

Wow, sorry I have just written an essay...a hard one to write through tears ....

I hope your little ones will be as right as rain and lead a long and happy life...Bramble's story is a rare one!
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Ps forgot to say that the vets think that the underlying cause of the meningitis and seizures was a brain tumor..
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