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Has anyones furry friend displayed this sort of behavior before?

asked 2018-08-09 10:42:01 -0500

I realize this is a question I need to address with a vet but I would like to ask fellow dog-owners experience for similar incidences. Plus, just a side note: the first time this happened to my dog, I took him to the vet ASAP and all they did was take his temperature and tell me he is most likely exhausted.

First let me give you my dogs history. His mother is a Toy poodle and his father is a Miniature poodle. He is approx.. 6 months old. I’ve had him for 4 months now. He is currently 2.7 lbs last time he was at the vet and checked. I live by myself with no other pets so he doesn’t have any fur buddies. He has however been going to doggy daycare for the past 1.5 months, 5X a week, while im at work, so for 9.5 hrs a day. He spends most the weekend with me catching up on sleep.

He exhibits 2 types of strange behavior. First, he started occasionally having these “coughing/sneezing” fits. Coughing/sneezing doesn’t best describe it though. I honestly don’t know how to describe it unless you see it for yourself. But the first time it happened I thought for sure he was choking as he was chewing on his bone. The fit included clear mucus coming from his nose. It sounded as if he was trying to clear his nose or throat from mucus or flem or a foreign object. (I know now that he was not choking as it has happened several more times without him being in contact with anything.) During his fit he also drags his body along the ground or couch or bed (where ever he is)… but he does it in quite a frenzy and panic. He is basically trying to rub his face on anything he can get a hold of. This behavior has happened a handful of times now.

The second behavior is new. It has only happened twice. Started about a month ago. But what it seems like to me is he suffers from a seizure. Basically, the distinct action that happens here is that he falls over on his side and his entire body just goes stiff!!! Like his legs and arms are stick straight and stiff. He almost falls over in a stiff state basically.

Yesterday evening, both these events happened one after another. I noticed he had a choking frenzy, mucus gushing from his nose and then he fell over stiff. I stayed by his side to comfort him but gave him space to come to. He was down for 5 seconds or less. Than he began to fight with the couch dragging his face on the surface and otherwise seeming quite exhausted and sleepy.

Like I said, first time he fell over, I quickly rushed him to the vet. They were in the process of closing within 30min of my arrival so they ... (more)

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answered 2018-08-09 21:14:09 -0500

What scary thing for you two to go through! I agree this sounds like a seizure. It's difficult to say for sure, but this is troubling behavior that should be (thoroughly) evaluated by your veterinarian as soon as possible. Poodles do seem to have a high incidence of epilepsy, and 6 months to 1 year is a common age for seizures to first appear. It's possible these episodes could become more frequent or severe as your pup grows older, so be sure to keep a close eye on him for the moment. Note anything out of the ordinary that happens before, after, or during these episodes, and share this with the Vet. It's extremely important to note if the seizures become more frequent or start to go on longer (I recommend timing them if you can). The sneezing fits (and the seizures) could be due to a tooth or nasal infection, or even a nasal tumor, so do insist that the Vet thoroughly examines your pup's mouth and nose to rule out the possibility of secondary epilepsy. This is all worst case scenario, but it's better to be safe than sorry. Epilepsy can be difficult to diagnose depending on the cause, so don't be afraid to get a second opinion from a different veterinarian if you get the runaround again. Best of luck with your little one! Hopefully it's all a false alarm.

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answered 2018-08-10 00:13:13 -0500

Sounds like a syncope case. Severe coughing will cause it. https://www.petplace.com/article/dogs...

Find a real good vet, the vet you visited should have told you more, so I would not work with them. Good luck.

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