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 7 year-old Husky started having seizures last May - total…

My 7 year-old Husky...

My 7 year-old Husky started having seizures last May - total of 5 since then months apart... seems to be related when she gets stressed like going in the car and in a new situation/place, however the last one 2 weeks ago she woke up in the night. Vet wants to put her on Phenobarb ,,,, I have been doing some research and wondering if it is diet related... also the food she has been on had rosemary extract along with a coat supplement oil of which I have stopped both

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 Husky's name?

Sasha - husky/white shepherd mix - 7 years old

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

We adopted her when she was 7 months old.... our other dog passed away 15 months ago who she was very attached too... also my daughters golden retriever was staying with us last summer while they were on vacation and she was very attached to him too - he collapsed and died right in front of her in our back yard suddenly - think probably had an undiagnosed heart condition

Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Answered in 7 minutes by:
3/24/2018
Rebecca
Rebecca, Dog Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 18,048
Experience: More than 30 years of companion animal practice.
Verified

Thank you for using Just Answer. My name is Rebecca; I am a veterinarian. Please give me a moment to type my answer.

Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question

I am sorry to hear Sasha has been having seizures. When seizures occur in older dogs, it is not epilepsy. It could be diet, hypothyroidism, liver disease, high blood pressure, heart disease, low blood sugar, and (sorry but it has to be on the list), a brain tumor or other neurologic disease.

Usually I start with a diet change, physical exam, check the blood pressure, and do some basic blood work. If all that is normal, the next step would be an MRI and a spinal tap, but that starts to get expensive and many dog owners do not want to go that far. That is the point where I see if anti seizure medication helps or not.

Usually I start with zonisamide or levaciracetam (Keppra) as an anti seizure medication.

Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Almost all dog foods have lots of ingredients including rosemary extract... would a raw diet be of benefit?

The only diet I saw that stopped seizures in one dog was a wheat free diet, or gluten free diet.

You could try the raw diet to see if that helps and avoid gluten.

Only a small percentage of dogs with seizures stop having seizures with a diet change; more often there is some underlying physical reason.

Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
The weird thing about her seizures.... she had her first one when we walked into a no kill shelter (they asked us to bring her) to meet a new dog we were adopting and fell down and had a seizure. The I took her to the vet the next day to be evaluated and as soon as we walked in the front door of the office she had a seizure....every seizure has been stress related except the one two weeks age. She never had problems going to the Vet in the past up until last May

If it is stress related, it could be high blood pressure, or neurological, or a heart problem.

Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
OK thanks... so I need to take her in to have her blood pressure checked then (I feel another seizure coming),,, The vet talked to me on the phone and called in a Rx for phenobarb... I have not started yet... I had a golden retriever for 16 years that had been on Phenobarb since age 2 and had a few liver issues
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
even with the Phenobarb being therapeutic, she still had seizures

You are welcome. I usually run tests before starting a dog on phenobarb. I usually do not use phenobarbital as the first drug for a dog with seizures; there are newer drugs that may be safer and more effective.

Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question

Please let me know how he is doing and if you have more questions.

Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question

Kindly consider rating my answer to notify the website I am assisting you; you can always get back to me with questions and updates after rating.​

Rebecca
Rebecca, Dog Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 18,048
Experience: More than 30 years of companion animal practice.
Verified
Rebecca and 87 other Dog Veterinary Specialists are ready to help you
Ask your own question now
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Thank you.... thinking about going to see a holistic vet in the area. I am finished - thanks for the chat!

Thanks for the great rating!

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 Rebecca Your Own Question
Rebecca
Rebecca
Rebecca, Dog Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 18,048
18,048 Satisfied Customers
Experience: More than 30 years of companion animal practice.

Rebecca 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

16,499 satisfied customers

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

Dr Scott Nimmo

Dr Scott Nimmo

Dog Veterinarian

10,818 satisfied customers

BVMS, MRCVS. { Glasgow UK }

Dr. Gary

Dr. Gary

Dog Veterinarian

10,089 satisfied customers

DVM, Emergency Veterinarian, BS (Physiology)

Dr. Bruce

Dr. Bruce

Veterinarian

9,808 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

18,048 satisfied customers

More than 30 years of companion animal practice.

< Previous | Next >

Related Dog Veterinary Questions
We have a 10 year old Husky who has what looks to me like an
We have a 10 year old Husky who has what looks to me like an abcess or cyst on her back right paw... … read more
DocPaul
DocPaul
Doctoral Degree
718 satisfied customers
Our female husky has been coughing up foam, she is
our female husky has been coughing up foam, she is lethargic, she just got back from being boarded with other dogs, had been vaccinated for bordella, … read more
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy
Veterinary Nurse
Associate Degree
11,217 satisfied customers
My german shep losing weight on rear despite eating well and
my german shep losing weight on rear despite eating well and bouncing around … read more
Sarah Snow
Sarah Snow
485 satisfied customers
I have a 4 year old German Shepherd. She was diagnosed with
I have a 4 year old German Shepherd. She was diagnosed with anasplasmosis a couple of years ago and underwent treatment for that. Since then she has had the antibiotics for this at least twice as the … read more
Katie Volat
Katie Volat
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
256 satisfied customers
My dog's right third eyelid is looking red and swollen
My dog's right third eyelid is looking red and swollen and the iris does not look the same as her left eye. We are unsure if this is conjunctivitis and can be left alone for tonight or if this is an e… read more
Dr. Stacy
Dr. Stacy
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
651 satisfied customers
My 4 YO female beagle came into estrus about 2 months ago.
My 4 YO female beagle came into estrus about 2 months ago. Although I tried to keep her separated from my male beagles, I found her tied together with one of them, an 11 month old. She is now showing … read more
Dr. Ann M.
Dr. Ann M.
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
1,594 satisfied customers
We rescued our Golden Retriever, Bella, almost three years
We rescued our Golden Retriever, Bella, almost three years ago. Since that time we have boarded her a few times. The longest being 9 days last summer when we went on vacation. We are leaving the count… read more
Dr. Jay Mawhinney
Dr. Jay Mawhinney
Emergency Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
1,684 satisfied customers
I and my siberian huskey recently moved to Texas and currently
I and my siberian huskey recently moved to Texas and currently reside at brother's home with his two dog's. We have been here several months now and just recently my dog has started to eat one of the … read more
Rebecca
Rebecca
Dog Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
18,048 satisfied customers
Our daughter was given a Toy Poodle 12 years ago. Fifi has
Our daughter was given a Toy Poodle 12 years ago. Fifi has lived in our home all her life with my husband,myself, my daughter (when not in college) + a 7 year old Maltese. For the last year + 1/2 our … read more
Dr. John
Dr. John
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
5,053 satisfied customers
lab/husky/shepherd: old cross..swollen..tennis ball in her mouth)
I have a 2 year old cross (lab/husky/shepherd). Yesterday it vomited, not thinking much of it until this morning when she woke up and had very swollen jaws (like she has a tennis ball in her mouth) an… read more
Denise Colgrove
Denise Colgrove
Relief veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
6,383 satisfied customers
We have 2 jack Russel X Chihuahua 1year and 2 months old. There
We have 2 jack Russel X Chihuahua 1year and 2 months old. There names are XXXXX XXXXX Chanel. Purchase from a Pet Shop, they were only 6 weeks old. Done all their Vacination and also have done pre pup… read more
Dr. Kim Lewis
Dr. Kim Lewis
Comprehensive, advanced general practice
Doctoral Degree
289 satisfied customers
My 10-year old Yorkie, Sasha, has developed a cough which is
My 10-year old Yorkie, Sasha, has developed a cough which is becoming consistently worse. Last night she couldn't sleep and was up and down with intermitent coughing. I believe it may be a collapsed t… read more
Dr. Scott
Dr. Scott
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
9,615 satisfied customers
I had a 31/2 year old black lab that lost her play mate golden
I had a 31/2 year old black lab that lost her play mate golden retriever. She wasn't the same since then a few months later she had a seizure in our kitchen when she got up in the morning the vet gave… read more
Dr. Dave
Dr. Dave
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
3,213 satisfied customers
I have a 2 1/2 year old Siberian Husky and a 7 1/2 year old
I have a 2 1/2 year old Siberian Husky and a 7 1/2 year old cat. We've had the Husky for almost a year now and kept the dog and cat seperated by a sliding glass door until just recently. Now we let th… read more
vetmom4
vetmom4
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
976 satisfied customers
dogs: neutered; the female (his mother) is going in to get spayed
I am trying to help an elderly woman in East Oakland, CA. She is 86 and in a wheelchair; however her grandchildren keep dumping dogs on her. I've gotten the male dog border collie mix neutered; the fe… read more
BestFriendsVet
BestFriendsVet
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
375 satisfied customers
my dog always exhibited stress while riding in a car.......car
my dog always exhibited stress while riding in a car.......car sickness in the beginning when we brought him home. An 8 year old healthy golden retriever, he would not sit or lay down while the car wa… read more
DrChristineM
DrChristineM
Associate Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
1,872 satisfied customers
Dear Friends, Our ten year old shepherd/husky/greyhound
Dear Friends, Our ten year old shepherd/husky/greyhound spayed female (who has always been the picture of health) was apparently stung by a wasp or bee or some other unidentified stinging insect a wee… read more
Dr. Scott
Dr. Scott
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
9,615 satisfied customers
mixed breed: 13 year old..lb..scratching and chewing until she bleeds
My 13 year old 40 lb mixed breed has skin problems, supposedly allergies. She has bouts of scratching and chewing until she bleeds, gets staph infections and is miserable, mostly in the summer months.… read more
Dr. Suze
Dr. Suze
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
568 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