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Why did my dog just have her very first seizure?

asked 2018-07-26 21:35:38 -0500

My dog just had a seizure for the very first time. A german shepherd/ greyhound mix. She is now 12. My parents went on a cruise and i’m watching the dogs, they have been gone for a week now. I do know that seizures can be caused by stress and my dog wouldn’t eat for the first 2 days unless I forced her too. It’s most likely because of old age but I just wanted some opinions on the stress causing it. Also, she started whimpering towards the end? Do dogs whimper because they are scared or because it caused it pain?

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You might want to check the dog food she's eating. Some brands have been know to cause seizures. Just the brand and take her to the vet asap.

Sara M.'s profile imageSara M. ( 2018-08-06 20:57:44 -0500 )edit

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answered 2018-07-27 13:35:26 -0500

You should take the dog to the vet for care, seizures are nothing to mess with or just let go. https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/hea...source=FB-keywee&utmmedium=SocialRetentionMarkets&kwp0=768242&kwp4=2982303&kwp1=1257576

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answered 2018-08-07 16:14:00 -0500

The AKC article posted is a good one. I work as nurse in a large 24 hour small animal (cat/dog) hospital and in my experience most seizures are not related to food/diet unless the animal is eating something completely inappropriate for their species. Some pets (and people) go through a post ictal phase immediately following a seizure, which can be whining, crying, stumbling or any combination of abnormal behaviors. This can last a few minutes to a few hours and varies with each case. If the seizure was a single event, you can take her to her regular veterinarian for the beginning workup. If there are multiple seizures in a short period, this is an emergency and the animal may need IV drugs to control the seizures. Multiple seizure events can cause brain damage. dangerously high body temperature and injuries from harm caused during convulsions.

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