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Our dog has a grand mal seizure about every 13 weeks. Usually they occur in the middle of the night when he is sound asleep. From the time it begins, until he is on his feet stumbling around, it's around 6 minutes. The last 2 times, he had a seizure, then about 6 hours later he had another one. This happened a week ago, and the 2nd one was more intense than the first. The paddling was harder, and he looked as though he was eating the carpet. We hold an ice bag on his back the whole time, and since he is 14 and can't hear much, we don't talk to him during the episodes like we used to. I honestly cannot bear to watch it, and he is SO confused for several hours. This last time he was walking into things, and in to corners. It was different than usual, took a long time to get back to normal. Will this get worse? What does this to to his quality of life? The seizure itself may not be painful for him, but the recovery sure is hard on him.
He is NOT on meds as they are 3 months apart so far. I have read that vets don't medicate if it doesn't happen more than once a month. He is 14! Hate to put him on drugs. I don't know what to do. Wonder if the meds would make him feel worse than he already does.
Because of his age you may want to look into CBD oil. There are many many brands so I would talk to your vet to get their input about which one would be best. Or you may want to look into rectal Valium to break the clusters. I don't think they have to be on a primary anti seizure drug to use it. That would be another thing to talk to your vet about. He'll still be a little groggy for a day but it's better than him going into status and it could very well keep more than one seizure from happening.
CBD oil is something you get from the vet? This time he went 10 weeks instead of 13. Last night was pretty intense, and took awhile before he could walk without falling down. His back legs are weak anyway. Ugh, it's a hard thing to deal with. Then you can't sleep because you're expecting the 2nd one. He had not been thru a 2nd one by the time I left for work, so it had been 8 hours by then.