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My dog started shocking. It the first time happening.

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My dog started shocking.
It the first time happening.
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 2 months ago.

Hello, I'm Dr Gary. I've been practicing veterinary medicine since 2007. I look forward to helping with your questions/ concerns.

Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 2 months ago.

Did it look like she had a seizure?

Did she urinate or defecate during the episode?

After the shaking, was she panting or pacing or restless or wobbly?

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Customer: replied 2 months ago.
She is walking back and forward
Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 2 months ago.

Ok thanks.

In an older dog like this, seizures will usually point to a brain tumor. In younger dogs 1-5 years of age, epilepsy is more common. Once they're over 8, it's almost always due to some type of sctructural disease of the brain- usually a tumor.

The only way to diagnose a brain tumor is to MRI the head. If you want to go that route, then I would get a consult with a veterinary neurologist. Otherwise, many of these will be treated with steroids (Prednisone) and anti-seizure meds (Phenobarbital).

Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 2 months ago.

The prognosis is hard to determine. I have had some dogs live a good year or even 1 1/2 years with medical management. I have also seen some dogs where they die within days. My own personal dog died 5 days after the diagnosis was made. It really depends on how big the tumor is and how much of the brain is compressed and affected.

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Is that mean it sign of dying
Customer: replied 2 months ago.
I'm going bring her to hospital tomorrow
Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 2 months ago.

The seizures are a sign of brain compression/ pressure. The pacing and distress after a seizure is a post-ictal or after seizure sign. These are normal and they typically go away over an hour or two.

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
She isn't stopping pacing
Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 2 months ago.

It can take time for that to stop. Just try to re-assure her and comfort her.

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
In hours or so she will stop pacing
Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 2 months ago.

Most stop within a couple hours. I have seen some dogs stay in this post-ictal period for the better part of a day. Hopefully your girl will calm down within an hour or two.

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Do u think we will be ok to sleep.
Leave her alone with this condition.
Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 2 months ago.

Yeah, that should be ok. A nice quiet dark room with minimal stimulation is ideal.

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Thank you for your help.
I'm going to take her to vet tomorrow.
If we help again are u able to help.
Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 2 months ago.

Yup, if you need anything else you can post it on this thread and I'll get emailed to come back and respond.

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