Epilepsy or DCM?

General questions about tests and procedures for diagnosing canine epilepsy. Please note that we cannot make a diagnosis or interpret specific test results via this forum - please consult your veterinarian for specific advice for your individual pet.

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Aiko
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Epilepsy or DCM?

Post by Aiko » Tue Oct 18, 2016 11:02 am

My male doberman, who will be eight in November, had serious episode (only to my knowledge) yesterday afternoon. It lasted about five minutes. He was calmly lying down with our other dog and suddenly started thrashing. Legs were ridged but moving, overall trembling, drooling, peed and came out of it terrified. We took him to the vet and are awaiting results. They took blood, urine and six radiographs of his heart. The radiographs were sent off to a specialist for review. Yesterday the Vet thought DCM or Epilepsy. He administered .6 of Butorphenol and sent Aiko home. Last night he did not want to drink or eat and was very disoriented.

This morning he went for a walk, drank and ate his breakfast. He is acting basically normal, but seems withdrawn/concerned and very quiet. We have another Vet appointment later today.

Due to his breed and age, I'm very concerned and want to be prepared for the Vet visit.

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Re: Epilepsy or DCM?

Post by ShilohsMom » Wed Oct 19, 2016 8:01 am

I'm so sorry to hear that you all are going through this. The waiting for answers (sometimes that never get answered) can be so difficult. Usually when a dog starts having seizures after the age of 5 or 6 there is an underlying cause and hope that you're able to get answers today.

Having a seizure plus anti-seizure meds can leave a dog feeling the way you described and the effects will usually wear out in 1-3 days depending on the seizure(s). When Shiloh would cluster he'd have that post ictal behavior for days. If he only had the one he was usually good to go relatively quickly.

Please keep us posted.
Colleen, Rylie, Sophie & angels Izzie & Shiloh
DOB: 11/11/05
First seizure: 07/28//10
Last seizure: 06/27/16

Aiko
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Re: Epilepsy or DCM?

Post by Aiko » Wed Oct 19, 2016 6:00 pm

Thank you, ShilohsMom. The Vet did not feel the tests showed anything conclusive. She did not think it was his heart. They do not treat a single seizure if it is the dog's first one. I've contacted the breeder to get more info on the bitch and Aiko's littermates, and to see if I can get hold of the stud dog's owner. It's very troubling as I do not want my dog to suffer.

ShilohsMom
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Re: Epilepsy or DCM?

Post by ShilohsMom » Thu Oct 20, 2016 10:10 am

Must of been a relief to hear it doesn't look like a heart issue. Hopefully the seizure will be a rare occurance and he won't have another. They can live long happy lives with siezures. Shiloh had seizures for six years and he had more good days then bad and was still able to do the things he enjoyed. The seizures don't have to define or limit.
Colleen, Rylie, Sophie & angels Izzie & Shiloh
DOB: 11/11/05
First seizure: 07/28//10
Last seizure: 06/27/16

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