Dog Health Questions? Ask a Dog Vet for Answers ASAP
Sorry to hear about this concern.
Seizures are generally caused by:
1. Intra-cranial disease (something inside the head including infections, inflammatory conditions, and cancer)
2. Extra-cranial disease (anything outside of the head including organ problems like liver disease, infections, electrolyte abnormalities that can be caused by endocrine disease like Addison's, cancer)
3. Epilepsy (When there is no known cause despite all possible screenings tests including MRI and testing CSF fluid for abnormalities). Epilepsy "usually" has an onset of around 2-5 or 6 years of age, although it can start earlier or later.
Unfortunately, due to age, I do not believe this is epilepsy related.
So, what is the cause?
Well, got to do at least some basic testing to at least narrow down if we think this issue is in the head, or if there is a organ problem, infection, inflammatory condition as the root cause that can be helped.
Generally, vets will not jump to recommending a MRI.
We start with a basic blood and urine test.
What can tests tell you:
CBC (complete blood count)
. A life-long medication like Phenobarbital or Potassium Bromide is considered when:
The seizures last for 4-5 minutes or longer, causing increased concern for brain injury
If they occur in clusters
If they are increasing in frequency
Definitely, talk with your vet about also starting medication since the seizure events appear to be getting worse.
Last thing you want is to get stuck in a situation when the seizure is not stopping and it causes brain injury.
Better to treat more proactively.
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May I be of any further help?
They don't occur in clusters...not often (it has been months). The next step will have to be blood work, etc because this time it was alot longer and harsh.
That is good.
Yes, blood testing for sure.
Thanks for your help!
Medication still might become a situation soon, but the doctor will want the blood test first before starting any medicine.
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