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    6 yr old black female had a seizure today while hunting. Never happened before, itwas pretty scary

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    Hi I had a dog who had grand maul seizure's the vet put him on phenobarbitol and he was able to enjoy years of hunting. I had to retire him from field trials because the first bout caused brain damage it happened a week after he made the derby list but his prey drive kept him hunting for a few years go to your vet and see if you can get him on a preventive medicene routine. If you caught it with no damage she can probably enjoy a normal life. Good Luck! Ed K

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    <I'm not a vet, nor do I play one on TV.> 6 years is a little on the high side for idiopathic epilepsy to first express itself. Not out of range, but rarer than the norm. I'd have a complete check up by the vet. Also, had she had enough food and water? Excitement combined with low blood sugar and/or dehydration can trigger seizures.

    Good luck. Usually vets will recommend a lot of tests to rule out other possibilities before they give a diagnosis of epilepsy, and they will usually wait for a second or third seizure before they suggest meds, but if it was a major seizure, they might suggest meds right away. My poodle has been on phenobarb since he started having focal seizures when he was about 21 months old. He has an occasional break-through seizure every 6 months or so. Fortunately his are fairly minor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PalouseDogs View Post
    <I'm not a vet, nor do I play one on TV.> 6 years is a little on the high side for idiopathic epilepsy to first express itself. Not out of range, but rarer than the norm. I'd have a complete check up by the vet. Also, had she had enough food and water? Excitement combined with low blood sugar and/or dehydration can trigger seizures.

    Good luck. Usually vets will recommend a lot of tests to rule out other possibilities before they give a diagnosis of epilepsy, and they will usually wait for a second or third seizure before they suggest meds, but if it was a major seizure, they might suggest meds right away. My poodle has been on phenobarb since he started having focal seizures when he was about 21 months old. He has an occasional break-through seizure every 6 months or so. Fortunately his are fairly minor.
    kelly is correct. I would also make sure The vet pulls a complete thyroid test. Not just a T4. You definitely need a very thorough vet check at this point. The first time you see a seizure can be scary. I won't say you get used to it, but after a while at least you know what's happening. I had one that started having seizures after eating poisonous mushrooms in the kettle Moraine. The local vet knew all about the mushrooms. Ones outside of the kettles did not. Didn't keep her from having seizures. But she's medicated and has a great quality-of-life. Doesn't prevent her from doing a darn thing.

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    Seizures are very scary...... you feel so helpless. Unfortunately, "been there, done that". Callie, female golden I had for breeding had 2 grand mal seizures, had to spay her - tough decision. She had a very good life, no meds, had her CD, hunted, ran HRC and AKC hunt tests, she was ready for her HR and SH when she died. Lost Callie to hemangiosarcoma at 9 yrs 2 mos. Sending prayers and best wishes your way this holiday season. Hoping you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Good luck!

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    Thanks guys. Have a appt. with the vet tomorrow afternoon. She seems pretty normal today, no more tired than the next day after a hunt. Thinking of hunting her again in the morning. Yes or no?

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    Even though she would probably be fine, I'd wait to hear what the vet says. You just never know and even then...... no guarantees. Good luck!

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    Vet said it just happens to some dogs. Said to keep doing what I've been doing and if the seizures become frequent he would suggest meds. Hunter her the last 2 days with no issues

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    Quote Originally Posted by JusticeDog View Post
    kelly is correct. I would also make sure The vet pulls a complete thyroid test. Not just a T4. You definitely need a very thorough vet check at this point. The first time you see a seizure can be scary. I won't say you get used to it, but after a while at least you know what's happening. I had one that started having seizures after eating poisonous mushrooms in the kettle Moraine. The local vet knew all about the mushrooms. Ones outside of the kettles did not. Didn't keep her from having seizures. But she's medicated and has a great quality-of-life. Doesn't prevent her from doing a darn thing.

    good luck.
    For what it is worth I had a female Golden crop up with seizures around three years of age. Scary for sure. I changed her food to grain free. She never had a seizure again and lived to be a little past 13

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