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My dog may have just had a seizure. She is 15 mos old, in

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My dog may have just had a seizure. She is 15 mos old, in her 2nd heat cycle, and has mated. She suddenly fell over and was unresponsive and shaking. What can I do? Should I look to abort her pups? Does this mean she will pass this on genetically?
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 11 months ago.
Hello, I'm Dr Gary. I've been practicing veterinary medicine since 2007. I look forward to helping with your questions/ concerns.

It does sound like that was a seizure. In a dog this age, the most common cause of seizures is epilepsy. Epilepsy is common in many breeds and usually presents in the 1-5 year age range. A seizure will have a typical look. They will fall over and lose consciousness. They will shake and often either urinate or defecate. This lasts ~ 60 seconds. They will then have a period where they are stressed, pacing, panting and uncoordinated for minutes to hours after

Epilepsy is a genetic disease in dogs, so I would not recommend breeding her. Sometimes it can be hormone driven, so spaying is not a bad idea as that can sometimes prevent further seizures in the future.

I hope this helps, let me know if you have any other questions.
Customer: replied 11 months ago.

Thank you for your quick response. I'm hoping it really wasn't a "canned" reply.

My doggied really didn't have any of the symptoms described. Only that she fell over and then was "weird" for less than a minute. She didn't present with any of the after affects you mentioned. No pacing, panting, uncoordinated...... etc.


 


I own both of her parents and have never seen this behavior in either.


 


From my quick research, seizures don't seem to have any definitive tests. Could this possibly be from a pregnancy?


 


I am a responsible breeder and have never seen this behavior in any of my doggies. What do you recommend about aborting, spaying, wait and see.... etc.?

Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 11 months ago.
If she was not having seizure activity and she didn't urinate/ defecate or have those "post-ictal" signs, then I don't think I'd call it a seizure. We can also see something called syncope where a dog passes out. There are a number of reasons why this can happen.

If it wasn't a true seizure, then I wouldn't get too worried about the potential puppies. I'd probably just put it on a calender so that you know if it happens again and how long the period was between them.

I would go the wait and see approach for now.
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Customer: replied 11 months ago.

Thank you so much for your answer. I am familiar with syncope. I work in human medicine and didn't even give that a thought.


 


I guess I get a little over-worried with my doggies. I may be a breeder. but, my doggies are my pets first.


 


God bless you and all you do with the animals.


 


Cindi

Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 11 months ago.
You're very welcome. Happy to help Cindi.

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