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Hi, my friend has a pure-bred chesapeake bay retriever, 4 years old, which has recently started having seizures or something of the kind. She was at my house one day about 2 or 3 weeks ago with the dog and as they were walking home, the dog started twitching and couldn't walk...she ran back to my house which was when I saw him, he was drooling all over the place and couldn't regain control of his legs. Eventually a friend came by and picked her and the dog up and later he was doing better...

Well last night she called me in tears saying he had had another seizure. They don't have money to get him to a vet and I'm really worried that if it's something serious, they're going to have to put him down...and that'd be absolutely heartbreaking. :(

I'm wondering if anybody here can give some ideas as to what could be causing these episodes? I don't know necessarily that it is seizures he's having but that's what it looks like to me...or a stroke, I'm not sure. I'd really appreciate any help on this situation.

(Ftw I'm pretty sure that he's had all his shots and all that - she takes good care of that dog...)
 

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I'm sorry, but the dog needs to see a vet, seizures or not, loss of muscle control needs to be seen by a vet.

Maybe they can work something out with a vet and do payments or something.
 

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What exactly is the dog doing when the attacks happen? My puppy is an epileptic and has Grand Mal seizures. Right now he is on 2 medications and they only cost $25.00 for both.
I found a website that is tremindous help to me. It is about dogs with seizures and epilepsy.
My vet doesnt have any hope for my puppy....But thats his opinion. I have done so much research and I have not crossed one article about putting your dog to sleep b.c of seizures, unless they have distemper....and that I dont know anything about.
If they do get the opportunity to see a vet, dont be discouraged if the dog has epilepsy, there is hope!
Check out the website, it really helped me! Im praying for them!

www.purelypets.com
(naturally treating epilepsy and seizures disorders)

Hope it helps!

Oh and when the dog is having a seizure, put a icepack on his back. It reduces the seizures and reduces the recovery time after! It really works!
 

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Well she said that she was just walking with him by her side and then next thing she knows he fell over as if he tripped on something, and wasn't able to get back up...then she noticed that its legs were twitching...that's pretty much what I had noticed when I got there - he was trying to walk by that point but couldn't coordinate his legs for awhile. He was also drooling considerably when this happened, which he was also doing before they had left (we were having dinner). By the time her friend came to pick them up, the dog was doing considerably better (able to stand and walk carefully, etc.)

I know that the natural move would be to get him to a vet but unfortunately that's not my choice. I'm obviously not a veterinarian myself so I'm just saying what it looked like to me, like either a seizure or a stroke of some kind. At the time we assumed maybe he just ate something bad and it had to pass through his system, but now last night (3 weeks after that incident) it apparently happened again.

Thanks LibertiSmith for your tips thus far. Anything else is definitely appreciated people.


Here's a pic of him for you guys
 

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Oh he is beautiful! Just from my experiences with my dog it sounds like he had Grand Mal seizures. Less severe seizures, the dog will usually just snap his jaw like he is chewing gum. Mic, my pup, falls over on his side, shakes horribly, drools, and makes me the most horrible sounds. After the attack, he would walk around lost, run into walls, howl, and then sleep. Since being on his medication he has had 3 seizures. The vet increase his dosage on both. Then I found that site and almost everything on that list of Triggering Seizures, I did....not anymore tho....we changed our lives dramatically but its all good! Mics life means more to me than candles lol! All you can do is hope and pray (if you do :D). When we started putting the icepack on his back, his seizures went from 5 mins to less than 1 and the post attack went from 30-45 mins to less that 5.....

Ill help anyone as much as I can! Good luck and God Bless :)
 

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I think the only thing that your friend can do is get the dog to a vet. maybe borrow money from someone, there may be services that would loan money for vet bills. Where I am there is petcard and they will approve a loan within minutes. My brother had a lab with epilepsy and the only thing that can control it is medication. And a good diet. It sounds like seizures but if they don't get them under control, they will occur more often and you don't want to see that. My brother and sister-in-law spent $300 a month on medication plus bloodwork eveyr other month. He was on phenobarbitol and potassium bromide but he started losing the use of his hind legs. They took him to a specialist who said it was the combination of drugs and the phenobarb was damaging his liver. So they changed him to Keppra, which I understand is a last resort drug but very expensive.

I'm not trying to scare you but your friend wants to get these episodes under control. I think at low dosages, the meds are not expensive. I mean, it's your friend's choice and no one will berate her for her choice as it is a hard one, financially and emotionally.
 

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Mkay, well I'll be sure to pass this info on to her :) I feel bad to see her and Drake (his name) going through this so I'm willing to do whatever I can to help her out. Wish I could help financially, maybe if this job comes in within the next few days I can...but in any case at least now I have some sound advice to present.

Thanks all :) I'll check in for new posts to this thread often too...
 

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And sometimes seizures can be the cause of low blood sugar. A friend of mine had a dog that would have seizures, and they would give her 1 tbsp of honey during the attack. She says it stopped the seizing.
Seizures can be a very scary thing, but sometimes, its not always due to epilepsy. Im not a vet and I strongly suggest that they take him and I know it is hard to pay vet bills when you are on a low income, like me :D
But until they can go, these are some things they can try. It wouldn't hurt! If their dog is eatting a dog food that has BHA & BHT, then they need to find something else. BHA & BHT cause seizures in dogs with epilepsy. Epi dogs can't have the artifical flavorings.
 

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(Drakes Owner) First off i want to thank everyone who is trying to help. :p he is a very sweet dog and i would rather not have to put him down, it would break my heart. Anyways, My father is trying some beef hearts and liver. he eats tons of grass so i think its a nutrition problem...so we are trying the Beef first and hoping it works if not...i don't know our next step...

Again thank you everyone. xD
 

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Hope your dog is doing better & I hope you find something that works. Seizures are scary and very hard to deal with. I have heard that raw diet is really great for dogs! Hope everything gets better for you and him!
 
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