Dog Veterinary

Ask a dog vet and get answers to your dog health questions

Ask a Dog Veterinarian,
Get an Answer ASAP!

This answer was rated:

My dog, a 8 year old English dog mix is having seizures,

My dog, a 8...

My dog, a 8 year old English Bull dog mix is having seizures, they have been in increasing frequency and duration, and her last a particularly bad one, left her in a long post ictal period (days) and some vision impairment, thought she may have had a stroke? But got home after work and she is fine, now running and jumping as usual

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. Seizures always look scary. Let's get you talking to the Veterinarian. What is the dog's name and age?

Scarlette, and she is 65lbs

Veterinarian's Assistant: How old is Scarlette?

She is 8

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Scarlette?

She has congenital hip dysplasia and is on anti-inflammatory for that

Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Answered in 11 minutes by:
3/9/2018
Dr. John
Dr. John, Texas Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 12,225
Experience: Over 14 years of clinical veterinary experience
Verified

Hello. Thanks for writing in. My name is***** and I would be happy to help you. I AM NOT SET UP TO MAKE PHONE CALLS, BUT I WOULD BE HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS YOU HAVE ONLINE. THE WEBSITE SENDS THE REQUESTS; NOT MYSELF. In order to give an informative and concise answer, it may take a few minutes before I respond back to you, so don't be alarmed if you don't hear back immediately. If you have not responded back in 10 minutes, it may be a longer before I can get back to you. I do have a couple more questions, though, to see if I can better assess your situation.

How long have the seizures been going on for?

How often are they happening?

When was the last time she had routine blood work done?

Is she on any other medication?

Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
The seizures have been going on a couple years, they started out as sort of a "night terror", but now realize they are seizures. They started off infrequently, less than 1/month. they have been increasing in intensity and duration the past 6months. she has routine blood work every 6months as she is on Carprofen for her hip dysplasia

Thanks for the information. The most common cause of seizures in dogs is idiopathic (no known cause) epilepsy. Usually that manifests between 1-4 years of age. If seizures start later, it could still possibly be that, but I would be concerned that something else is going on, especially if the seizures all of a sudden increase in frequency, duration or severity; or if the post ictal phase lasts a long time. If this increase in seizures started after the last set of blood work, I would definitely recheck that and even consider a bile acids to further check liver function. I would also consider a tick panel, a protozoal panel and a fungal panel (if common in your area) to look for any of these infectious agents because they can cause inflammation around the brain. Sometimes an MRI and spinal tap are necessary to rule out a brain tumor or an immune mediated encephalitis. Costs can be prohibitive for some with a big work up, so if that is not an option, then I will usually start on anti-seizure medications as long as the blood work is normal. Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns. Sorry about the wait. Hope this helps.

My goal is to make sure that you get all your question answered and all the information you need. I sincerely ***** ***** I have helped you, and that I have earned my 5 star rating today! Please remember to rate my service by selecting the 5 stars at the top of the screen (rating me now does not close your question). We can continue here until you are satisfied, simply use the reply box and let me know. Thank you!. Realize that our conversation is not intended to diagnose or treat a condition. There has to be a valid veterinary-client-patient relationship established with an exam, according to law. You should always follow up with your vet.

Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
they have been increasing, and the post ictal period lasted 2 days with vision impairment. And yes, the MRI in California would be around 3grand, so no that's not an option. There is a study at UC Davis on brain tumors in dogs, but you have to a diagnosis. How do you have a diagnosis without a MRI? I appreciate your response.

You are welcome. Unfortunately, you cannot get a confirmed diagnosis without an MRI. Evaluating spinal fluid from a spinal tap may reveal some cancer cells, but lack of cells doesn't rule out a tumor. Let me know if you have any other concerns.

My goal is to make sure that you get all your question answered and all the information you need. I sincerely ***** ***** I have helped you, and that I have earned my 5 star rating today! Please remember to rate my service by selecting the 5 stars at the top of the screen (rating me now does not close your question). We can continue here until you are satisfied, simply use the reply box and let me know. Thank you!. Realize that our conversation is not intended to diagnose or treat a condition. There has to be a valid veterinary-client-patient relationship established with an exam, according to law. You should always follow up with your vet.

Dr. John
Dr. John, Texas Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 12,225
Experience: Over 14 years of clinical veterinary experience
Verified
Dr. John and 87 other Dog Veterinary Specialists are ready to help you
Ask your own question now
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
Dr. John
Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
HI, thanks for your follow up email. Scarlette is doing better, my vet started her on Phenobarital, all the blood work including infectious work up was normal. Scarlette is a little sleepy, but hasn't had any new seizures this week. I deferred to MRI, LP due to cost. She seems happy and comfortable and she should get used to the med and be less sleepy over time my vet said. But thanks!
Katie

Your welcome. Thanks for the update. Glad she is doing better. Let me know if you have any other concerns.

Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Was this answer helpful?

How JustAnswer works

step-image
Describe your issueThe assistant will guide you
step-image
Chat 1:1 with a dog veterinarianLicensed Experts are available 24/7
step-image
100% satisfaction guaranteeGet all the answers you need
Ask Dr. John Your Own Question
Dr. John
Dr. John
Dr. John, Texas Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 12,225
12,225 Satisfied Customers
Experience: Over 14 years of clinical veterinary experience

Dr. John is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

It was so professional, so personally concerned (as we were) and you answered all of our questions. George and I are so happy that I found "JustAnswer" on my Google search -- you are now in my "Favorites" list! And, yes we do love our kitty - she makes our life complete!

Bev & GeorgeBoca Raton, FL

Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help.

Mary C.Freshfield, Liverpool, UK

This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!!

AlexLos Angeles, CA

Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult.

GPHesperia, CA

I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion.

JustinKernersville, NC

Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around.

EstherWoodstock, NY

Thank you so much for taking your time and knowledge to support my concerns. Not only did you answer my questions, you even took it a step further with replying with more pertinent information I needed to know.

RobinElkton, Maryland

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Dr. Debbie

Dr. Debbie

Dog Veterinarian

904 satisfied customers

Companion animal veterinarian practicing for over 10 years.

Dr. Andy

Dr. Andy

Medical Director

16,416 satisfied customers

UC Davis graduate, emphasis in dermatology, internal medicine, pain management

Dr Scott Nimmo

Dr Scott Nimmo

Dog Veterinarian

10,633 satisfied customers

BVMS, MRCVS. { Glasgow UK }

Dr. Gary

Dr. Gary

Dog Veterinarian

10,086 satisfied customers

DVM, Emergency Veterinarian, BS (Physiology)

Dr. Bruce

Dr. Bruce

Veterinarian

9,682 satisfied customers

15 years of experience as a small animal veterinarian

Dr. Scott

Dr. Scott

Veterinarian

9,615 satisfied customers

15 years of small animal, equine and pocket pet medicine and surgery.

Rebecca

Rebecca

Dog Veterinarian

8,719 satisfied customers

More than 30 years of companion animal practice.

< Previous | Next >

Related Dog Veterinary Questions
I have an English bulldog, she is almost 6. Lately she has
I have an English bulldog, she is almost 6. Lately she has had these episodes that last about 10 minutes. Where she is shaking while she is walking and she can't keep her hind legs underneath her. Dur… read more
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
Veterinarian
DVM
3 satisfied customers
1. What is the best way to treat a cocker spaniel that has
1. What is the best way to treat a cocker spaniel that has seizures about every 30 to 90 days? She shakes and can not move for about 2 to 4 minutes.= and then gets up and wants to play or eat. 2. Is t… read more
Dr. Scarlett
Dr. Scarlett
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
2,225 satisfied customers
Hi! My dog, Dakota (8 yr old female, golden retriever mixed
Hi! My dog, Dakota (8 yr old female, golden retriever mixed breed, about 80 lbs) showed atypical symptoms last night of a seizure-like action in her lower jaw accompanied by a clicking (teeth hitting?… read more
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
Veterinarian
DVM
3 satisfied customers
Our 3 year old labrador has just had his 2nd fit. Both times,
Our 3 year old labrador has just had his 2nd fit. Both times, after coming out of the siezure his eyes are very glassy and he has growled at us for about 5 minutes, appearing to be frightened of, or n… read more
Dr. Gary
Dr. Gary
Dog Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
10,086 satisfied customers
My 8 year old English bulldog has had 2 seizures that lasted
My 8 year old English bulldog has had 2 seizures that lasted about 45 sec each in the past 3 hours. He got very disoriented right after. He also peed while seizing. He has a worried look on his face a… read more
Dr. Gary
Dr. Gary
Dog Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
10,086 satisfied customers
I have a 10 yr old bouvier that is has had a rough summer.
I have a 10 yr old bouvier bitch that is has had a rough summer. At the beginning of the summer, she got a urinary tract infection. The doctor put her on bactrim which cleared up the infection but sta… read more
Dr. Scarlett
Dr. Scarlett
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
2,225 satisfied customers
I have a 2yr old toy poodle, Bichon mix. She is having spells
I have a 2yr old toy poodle, Bichon mix. She is having spells about every two weeks, where she begins to shake and cannot walk on her front legs. The spells last anywhere from 10s to 2min and have bee… read more
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
Veterinarian
DVM
3 satisfied customers
I have a large mixed breed dog. She is approx. 5 years old.
I have a large mixed breed dog. She is approx. 5 years old. Today she started with fast panting breaths, her left ear is folded back and won't go back to it's normal position, even when I move it myse… read more
DrRalston
DrRalston
Associate Veterinarian, NBVME & CSBVM
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
1,770 satisfied customers
I have a Shih Tzu, male 4 years old. He just started with this
I have a Shih Tzu, male 4 years old. He just started with this intermittent trembling (about 3 weeks now) that I just brushed off as nerves (although its really not like him to be nervous), but he has… read more
Dr. Scarlett
Dr. Scarlett
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
2,225 satisfied customers
This morning at about 11 00 am I had gone to let out my Black
This morning at about 11:00 am I had gone to let out my Black Lab/Collie mix out as usual from the garage were she sleeps. As soon as she stood up she was wobbling around and was having difficulty in … read more
Dr. Lee
Dr. Lee
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
4,959 satisfied customers
yesterday my dog started to shake really bad and couldnt stand,
yesterday my dog started to shake really bad and couldnt stand, he kept falling,hes only done this one time when he ate chocolate, but this time i didnt see him eat anything and his eyed are still dil… read more
Dr. Gary
Dr. Gary
Dog Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
10,086 satisfied customers
My six year old English setter, has been having seizures.
My six year old English setter, has been having seizures. The vision in her left eye is severely restricted. Also a loss of coordination and strength in her left rear leg. She seems a circle to her ri… read more
Dr. Drew
Dr. Drew
Emergency/Critical Care Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
9,712 satisfied customers
my Golden Ret., age 6, has balance issues if she sits on her
my Golden Ret., age 6, has balance issues if she sits on her left haunch. She seems to get "trapped" and flails from side to side to "right herself"...sometimes she wimpers when this happens. She also… read more
Dr. Scarlett
Dr. Scarlett
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
2,225 satisfied customers
dog: my 9 month..left when she is walking or running..crooked
When I walk behind my 9 month old dog, I notice her rearend is not anywhere close to being aligned with the front shoulders. It swings way to the left when she is walking or running. She looks crooked… read more
Dr. Scarlett
Dr. Scarlett
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
2,225 satisfied customers
pit bull: Limping..breakfast..leash..he gingerly goes about walking
my 8 mos. old pit bull has been Limping all of a sudden, He just started after breakfast 5 days ago. it wasn't during any exercise or strenuous activity although I take him on frequent jogs off leash … read more
Dr. Scarlett
Dr. Scarlett
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
2,225 satisfied customers
I have heard that there is a supplement that can help with
I have heard that there is a supplement that can help with the post ictus stage of a seizure. I have a 7 year old basset that is being treated foe seizures but the post ictus is the most trying for us… read more
Dr. Andy
Dr. Andy
Medical Director
Doctoral Degree
16,416 satisfied customers
I have a english staffordshire terrier mix 10 month old puppy
I have a english staffordshire terrier mix 10 month old puppy who is periodically limping on her r back leg. There is no injury to the foot that I can see. Any suggestions please… read more
LSU-Vet
LSU-Vet
Small Animal Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
392 satisfied customers
puppy: old female who has had seizure disorder..6 months old..pink
I Have a 5 to 6 yr. old female who has had seizure disorder since she was a puppy 6 months old. She is currently taking phobarbital 30mg 1/2gr 1 tablet twice daily, soloxine 0.2mg pink 1 tablet twice … read more
Dr. Marie
Dr. Marie
Small Animal Veterinarian
DVM (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine)
1,135 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x