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    Bella had 2 x siezures this morning. Blood work OK, valium in my bathroom cabinet. Any thoughts? She is 4 in April
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    I have a skin baby with Epilepsy.. not sure how similar the conditions are from human to dogs though, but I am happy to answer any questions.

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    Apparently it occurs in varying degrees? From hard core to the occassional siezure, is that right? WHat restrictions does it put on her life. Is weight a problem (she is over weight) Does it shorten her life? Does it make her prone to anything else?
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    Shar is she having Grand Mal Seizures? or the other one??? (sorry its late i should be in bed and can't remember the name)

    I have heard it is treatable and some dogs live until a ripe old age without it effecting their day to day life. Do you have an idea what triggered the seizure???
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    Anne has dog with epilepsy...she might be able to help you Amanda

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    There are different areas of the brain which trigger different types of seizures.
    Basically epilepsy is brain damage, but seizures aren't always epilepsy.. diabetics can have seizures when their blood sugar levels become too low.
    If Bella's blood work was normal then it means it is more likely her brain causing it.. so her weight doesn't really factor in.
    Some things will trigger a seizure and if you can figure out what her triggers are, then you can reduce the occurrence of them happening.

    Do you remember what she was doing before it happened? did she eat fish before it? Was she very excited? Were there lights flashing?
    Those are the sorts of things you look out for to figure out her triggers.

    How long did her seizure last and what happened during it?

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    Epilepsy is a bitch because you can't really say this happens, then this happens, then this happens

    I do know that many animals and peiople have triggers - hot weather, over excitement, flashing lights, etc

    Some seizures are worse than others. They can cause brain damage and paralysis if severe enough but more often than not they just leave teh sufferer confused and wetting their pants - literally - you can lose bladder and bowel control during a seizure.

    I would be asking the vet about tumours as well - they can cause seizures - a CT scan is your best option and if youre going down to SAEC they will cost you a bundle but look after you beautifully - they took care of me~!!

    Bella does need to shed a few pounds - dont we all? but I dont think it is related

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    give the silly bitch a cuddle for me - um and Bella too

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    Quote Originally Posted by Netty View Post
    Shar is she having Grand Mal Seizures? or the other one??? (sorry its late i should be in bed and can't remember the name)

    I have heard it is treatable and some dogs live until a ripe old age without it effecting their day to day life. Do you have an idea what triggered the seizure???
    LOL you emailed me an hour ago that you were going to bed!!!

    No idea what kind, won't do an MRI until/unless she has another. No idea what triggered it, she was laying on the bed with me and just went off twice, very scary
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    Quote Originally Posted by puggerup View Post
    There are different areas of the brain which trigger different types of seizures.
    Basically epilepsy is brain damage, but seizures aren't always epilepsy.. diabetics can have seizures when their blood sugar levels become too low.
    If Bella's blood work was normal then it means it is more likely her brain causing it.. so her weight doesn't really factor in.
    Some things will trigger a seizure and if you can figure out what her triggers are, then you can reduce the occurrence of them happening.

    Do you remember what she was doing before it happened? did she eat fish before it? Was she very excited? Were there lights flashing?
    Those are the sorts of things you look out for to figure out her triggers.

    How long did her seizure last and what happened during it?
    She had chicken necks for breakfast. No flashing lights, not excited, just laying around with me. 1st lasted about 45 secs, the 2nd a couple of minutes. She started shaking uncontrollably, like my mother does with MS, not violently, just uncontrollably
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