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Hello, I'm Dr Gary. I've been practicing veterinary medicine since 2007. I look forward to helping with your questions/ concerns.
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?
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).
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.
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.
It can take time for that to stop. Just try to re-assure her and comfort her.
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.
Yeah, that should be ok. A nice quiet dark room with minimal stimulation is ideal.
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