My Pomeranian has Epilepsy, she was diagnosed with it when she was about 3 years old. There is nothing that makes you feel more helpless than watching an animal have a seizure. We also did everything we were not supposed to do.
That’s what happens when you panic. People that love their pets only want to comfort them in a time of crisis not realizing that they’re making things worse.
Epilepsy is common in people and animals but diagnosing and treating the problem isn’t that easy, specifically in animals. The cause of seizures in dogs can range from tumors, parasitic infection, head trauma to nutritional deficiencies and toxins (lead, moldy food, medications). A complete workup has to be done to rule out underlying causes before a Veterinarian can diagnose an animal with Epilepsy.
Once a diagnosis of Epilepsy is made early treatment is crucial. Each seizure an animal has increases the likelihood of more seizures and makes them harder to manage.
Seizures usually have phases. The Pre-ictal Phase happens before a seizure. Many dogs will exhibit behavior not normal to their usual demeanor. Some will pace, pant, bark at things that are not there, and show anxiety. Some see an “aura” that they bark at.
The time after a seizure is the Post-ictal phase and can last minutes to hours. They are usually disoriented and fatigued.
WHAT TO DO DURING A SEIZURE
There are a million and one opinions on what to do while your pet is having a seizure. It’s normal to want to comfort your pet. But it will only make things worse.
During a seizure, you need to allow your pet to have the seizure without interfering. Research shows that when a pet is stroked or held this actually prolongs the seizure and causes more seizures. There really is no logical reason why.
You can use a frozen bag of vegetables to cool down the head and back of the neck. Slide the frozen vegetables from the back of the head down the neck towards the spine. This usually stops the seizure and helps to prevent further seizures.
Daisy is my dog with Epilepsy. She’s older now and has been on Phenobarbital for years. It doesn’t work as well as it used too. Once in awhile she has a day where she will have several seizures. The only solutions we have found that work are the frozen vegetables and Klonopin. I came up with this solution and it works for us. She’s 12 years old and the Veterinarians are not really interested in the quality of life of an old Pomeranian. She was my mom’s dog and I love her, so I’m interested and I’ll do what it takes as long as she isn’t suffering. She loves to eat and plays with the Chihuahua so for now I think she’s still happy. I’ll be the first one to take the necessary steps if I think differently. I know my Dad won’t because he equates Daisy with my Mom which is kind of ridiculous considering my Mom never really liked animals she just thought Daisy was cute and would cheer her up. (Yes I do think my Mom was Bipolar) But that’s how my Dad thinks. They were made for each other that I know for sure. I’ll show you Daisy. I don’t think she’s a full Pomeranian, actually I’m pretty sure she isn’t but she’s beautiful anyway.