8 Year Old Red Dobie Having Seizures!

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Hello All, My 110 Lb. big red Dobie boy Raptor is such a love and always there with me. Day before yesterday he jumped off the bed and ended up on his side with rear legs kicking wildly. Happened again last night but all four legs kicking madly. It goes away right after that and he seems fine again but has intermittent accelerated breathing. I am taking him in on Monday to our wonderful local vet here in El Cajon California. I read on line that canine epilepsy could be the issue at play here. Any thoughts or similar experience with anyone...? I appreciate anything you have. Thanks for being there, Morgan and "Rappy Doo!"

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Hi Morgan, I do not have experience with a Dobie having seizures but owned a shepherd who had a very serious seizure late one night. He had to be taken in for emergency treatment because he continued to seize and collapsed. I can't speculate that Raptor had a seizure since our case was so bad and I don't want to scare you but this could be serious and if you can get him in to see a vet soon it would be best. We almost lost our dog but he pulled through and was on medication and never had another one. Keep us updated.

Cyndy and Loki

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Geez.   Yea.  I'd be taking him to the vet.   Sounds worrisome.  

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I had a whippet that had seizures regularly and my chihuahua is a seizure dog; the whippet started getting them at 13 years old when they turned into granmal seizures I had to say good bye as he would have a 5 minute seizure then sleep for 13 hours or more no quality of life that way......the chi on the other hand is alert when he has his he stiffens up and "seizes" his toes curl under and his legs begin to curl, he can't walk or do anything he just wants to be held until it passes, he will lick excessively during it but you can tell he is in and out of it, they last sometimes a minute other times as long as 5 minutes or more but once he comes out of it he is tired for a few hours but more or less ok, he is not on meds neither was the whippet because they told me that seizure meds has such serious side effects that unless the seizures were really long and frequent that it was better to let them go through it than medicate. It's the lesser of two evils......I hope this was a weird fluke of some sort and not something he will be doing regularly sometimes that happens.....I will wait for an update.....but don't be surprised if the vet doesn't want to medicate immediately......I also had a cat with seizures for a year his turned out to be a brain tumor so there are reasons that an animal will suddenly begin seizure activity, let the vet check him thoroughly to rule out things like a tumor.......

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Hi! I just adopted a 9 year old red dobe yesterday, and last night she did some weird neck spasm thing that looks kind of like a seizure, and lasted 15 minutes. and then she did it again today.

They said it was because she is stressed in a new environment and that she did it when she first got to her foster people (before me), but then it went away. The foster people said they heard it was common in older dobermans.

So I am also wondering if it is a trend in the breed, or just red dobes, or no trend?

sorry to hear about the other seizure experiences! It was really freaky and all I could do for her was hold her jaw so she didnt bite her tongue, and pet her.

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I posted on the other thread about this, if they already said what I did about the new environment  causing this it sounds like a seizure caused by too much stimulation - what my vet explained to me about all my seizure animals was this - the brain can short circuit with too much stimulation, as the case of my whippet he suffered an injury to his shoulder that caused his brain to lower it's seizure threshold for some reason, he was 13 years old, and according to the vet in older dogs any injury can lower the threshold to the brain for seizure activity, then when my whippet was exposed to sunlight it caused too much stimulation to his brain causing it to misfire and the result were granmal seizures......so it sounds like she may have a low seizure threshold for some reason and the stimulation to the brain of new surroundings and sounds is causing the misfire and once she is adjusted that would explain why it subsides......I would have the vet check her carefully and if you can video tape the event with your phone and show the vet, the vet can tell alot about what it is by watching it in process instead of being told.....you have my sympathies as it is a scary event to witness and you feel so helpless.....

I have dealt with seizures that were full blown paralysis with arched back, unconscious, with involuntary screaming and urinating on themselves to the mild ones of fully alert but trembling and unable to walk but can still crawl....there are so many types of seizures that's why it is important to video it if possible, some require meds others you watch and document and only medicate when it begins to be regular and longer......

Ruse - I think you also posted in Doberman Talk and what you are talking about is head tremors which are not a big deal - but they do freak you out until you realize that they do no harm.