If you are not able to record the event that is ok. Does your pet meet the seizure criteria of paddling, eyes twitching, sometimes loss of urination and feces, unaware of surroundings during the event, post-seizure pets will often have a drunken walk and are disoriented for 30 mins-1 hr as well. But the laying on the side and moving as if he is walking is a classic paddling motion that is seen with seizures.
Seizures in pets can be termed as idiopathic (most common cause where no underlying cause is found), or they can be related to a brain lesion (rule out with MRI or CT). It is important to get your pet some baseline bloodwork to rule out other less common metabolic reasons for seizures in dogs right away. Then once bloodwork has been reviewed the decision will be made whether this event meets the criteria to recommend starting your pet on anti-seizure medication to help manage his condition. Here is the criteria that every vet goes by:
Get pet started on anti-seizure medication if any of the following conditions applies:
1) Seizure lasted more than 2-3 minutes
2) More than 1 seizure occurs in a 30 day time frame
Seizures that meet this criteria putt he pet at risk for permanent brain damage and are considered uncontrolled seizures activity, which deems the pet a candidate for starting anti-seizure medication.
Is there anything else you would like to discuss at this time or any questions so far?
- Dr. H