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    know what this could be.....we have a JRT female, not sure of her age because she is a rescue so to speak. From the people who knew her when she was younger, we hear that she is anywhere from 12-16 years old. We think she might be closer to 15 or 16. Anyway, a couple of months ago i looked down at her and she was on the ground, lying on her side having what i thought was a seizure. She wasn't shaking though but she pooped and then started barking while lying on her side, when she got up seemed disoriented (this lasted less than a minute)so i brought her to work with me and she was okay after awhile. Then the other day, she came in after going outside to go to the bathroom and started walking sideways for a couple of steps then she fell over and did the same thing she did the first time except that she didn't poop or bark. I literally thought she was dead both times. This time it lasted about 15 minutes. Shen she "came out of it" she was breathing heavily but seemed "fine". I just let her take it easy and let her decide what she wanted to. After awhile i took her for a ride in the car which she loves and all was fine. I looked up seizures in dogs on the internet and the information all said that the dogs shake uncontrollably during a seizure and she did not do that. it wasn't a stroke either because she wasn't paralyzed. Do any of you have any suggestions? I've been told that if i take her to the vet there's really not alot they can do unless they see her having one and i don't think it's possible toget her to the vet in enough time since these things don't last long at all.

  • #2
    Like people, there are many different types of seizures. Sounds like a classical non-tremor seizure to me. However, there are other causes for generalized collapses as well.

    I would talk to your vet, some anti-epileptic drugs can help dogs with seizure disorders. They can also check for respiratory related bradycardia and other cardiac issues causing collapse.

    Not sure who told you not to go to the vet, but they can certainly do a physical exam - things you may not be able to pick up on, but your vet may, are bradycardia, VPCs, other cardiac diseases, potential brain tumor and nerve defecits.


    • #3
      Definitely go to the vet for a work up.

      Not all seizures are grand mals. Some can be as subtle as just staring off into space for a few seconds. A vet could give you more info
      Charlie Brown (1994 bay TB X gelding)
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      • #4
        The dog needs to see a vet for a checkup, and complete blood workup.
        It could have been a seizure, or even heart failure. I had a Cocker that had Congestive heart failure, and she would "pass out" and poop if she exercised/got excited.


        • #5
          My little rat terrier at two started to have seizures, but hers were just stopping, maybe with a leg mid air, stuck at an odd angle and not being able to move.
          Then she would be fine.

          Our vet sent videos to a specialist and seizures is what those were called.

          After a thorough check up, to be sure there was no other, like liver problems or such, she was put on medication.
          After two more years, the medication was tapered off and she has not had any more problems, but all medical literature indicates they will be eventually back some time, when she ages.
          She had her 7th birthday yesterday and still no seizures, for now.

          At your dog's age, her seizures may be secondary to some other problem, like organ failure, so do get her checked over carefully.

          If they indeed are seizures, medication will keep her from having more, if they are happening often enough to concern your vet, as seizures can cause brain damage.

          We had a rottie that started having very intense, grand mal seizures and medication could not quite control them.
          She had a massive one that killed her, a few months after they started.

          Sounds like your dog is having small ones, but better get her checked over asap, just in case there is other going on.


          • #6
            They could be seizures or cardio events. He needs to see a vet.