I think my dog had a sizure. 3 min or less. He 14 and a half he seem disoriented

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Customer: Hi I think my dog had a sizure
JA: Hi there. I'll do all I can to help. I know how frightening seizures can be. Were you able to get a sense of how long the episode lasted?
Customer: 3 min or less
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Customer: he 14 and a half he seem disoriented
Answered by DrNickiDVM in 1 min 1 year ago
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Hello, my name is***** and I'm an emergency veterinarian. I'm here to provide you with excellent service. Kindly allow me a moment to review your question.

Thank you for your patience! I’m very sorry to hear you are experiencing these issues, but I appreciate you reaching out to us for assistance. Hopefully we can get this resolved quickly. I’m so sorry your dog is not well. You must be so worried. I have a few questions I will ask below that will help me to understand what could be going on with him.

  • What is your dog's name?
  • Has he ever had this type of episode in the past?
  • How many times did it happen?
  • Can you describe what happened?

Please be aware I am a licensed veterinarian, but I am not your pet’s veterinarian and cannot examine your pet, so I cannot legally provide you with any specific veterinary medical advice such as diagnosis or prescribing medication. However, I can generally speak to help you understand resources that may help you and advise you to seek medical attention.

His name is Simba
This is the first time
We just got back from a walk
He started pacing like he didn't know which way to go
Then he callapsed and seized
Whole body shaking
We held as still as we could so he would hit his head

Aw, I'm sorry. Did he do fine on the walk?

he was good
Did his business as normal

Was he laying down, unconscious? Is it hot where you are? What breed is Simba?

He is conscious now but was disoriented and could not stand
He is a Lab and retriever cross

Aw, poor thing. Is he still out of it? Did he seem to favor one side?

Has he been healthy?

last vet check said he is a healthy old boy
He is currently walking around he favors one side
But we believe it's his eye sight
He walks against furniture
He is also drinking a lot right now

How long ago did this happen?

Did he have any bloodwork done?

Not long before I message your site
No ....no bloodwork
Seizure almost looked epileptic

Sure, they can get epilepsy, for sure.

But there are many causes of seizures, including organ failure (like liver or kidney), brain tumor, those kinds of things. In a 14 year old dog, epilepsy is much less likely and the other things need to be sought.

Did his vision seem normal before the episode?

cuz one eye is less open than the other for a year
Vet said his site was deteriorating

He he had that assessed by the vet, in terms of whether the bigger one could be glaucoma?

It was suggested but he has always had larger eyes

The smaller one is the abnormal one then?

You don't think his vision is worse now then, after the episode?

Is he still favoring one side? Is that the side that is pressing against furniture? Is it his head only, or his whole body?

Unfortunately I could not afford the testing needed to confirm this
Whole body against the furniture...can't tell right now if it worse
Right side against the furniture which is the normal eye

Sure, I understand. The question will be

1. will he go back to normal soon?

2. will he do this again (more than 2 in a 24 hour period is dangerous, if these are seizures)

3. if there is an underlying problem that can be treated, you may miss the window to treat it successfully.

Would you want me to give you a list of financing options so you can get him some help?

Sure it wouldn't hurt

Sure, one moment.

For low cost veterinary care, you may be able to search for Affordable Vet Care, Low Cost Vet Care, Spay and Neuter Clinic, ASPCA, those sorts of things. Although they may not have timely vet appointments available.

If you are planning on going somewhere, make sure they accept anything if you are going to be applying for it, before you apply.

*The last two are grants your vet can apply for but your pet has to already have a diagnosis meaning he has had an exam and are currently under care at that hospital.

If finances are tight, I would highly recommend looking into both financial aid and financing options. Organizations like these make it possible for owners to fund an expensive procedure even if they cannot personally afford it at that time. With financing, you pay the amount back to the financing company BUT with financial aid the bill is paid for and you are NOT expected to pay the amount back. I also want to mention that many of the companies listed below work primarily with cats and dogs but will also consider helping exotics and pocket pets, as well, depending on need. If you don’t need the links now, it may be beneficial to keep them for the future and for other pets in the household. Here are some links to get you started:

3 options for financing include www.carecredit.com, www.scratchpay.com and www.vetbilling.com. The first two companies have low interest APR rates (starting at 5%) and allow you to pay for a vet bill over 6-24 months. The last company offer a billing option for veterinary clients through automatic bank account drafting on a predetermined date at the time of service. Care Credit checks your credit but Scratch Pay only performs a soft inquiry (will not affect your credit score), making it a good choice for owners who may have been declined for Care Credit in the past.

1) Red Rover: https://redrover.org/relief/

2) Best friends: http://bestfriends.org/resources/financial-aid-pets

3) AVMA: https://www.avma.org/public/YourVet/Pages/Financial-assistance-for-veterinary-care-costs.aspx

4) HSUS: http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/trouble_affording_veterinary_care.html ro https://www.humanesociety.org/resources/are-you-having-trouble-affording-your-pet

5) PAWS: https://www.paws.org/cats-and-dogs/other-services/help-with-veterinary-bills/

6) Your dogs friend: http://yourdogsfriend.org/we-recommend/need-help-paying-vet-bills/

7) AFRP: https://www.animalfriendsrescue.org/financialassistance.html

8) Friends of pets: http://friendsofpets.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/FinAsstGuide201708.pdf

9) Speaking for Spot: http://speakingforspot.com/?p=Financial%20Assistance%20for%20Veterinary%20Care

10) Rainbows Bridge: https://www.rainbowsbridge.com/New_Beginnings/Pets_in_Need/Financial_Help.htm
11) AHF: https://www.animalhealthfoundation.net/index.html
12) Paws 4 a cure: http://www.paws4acure.org/askforhelp.php
13) O&B: http://www.onyxandbreezy.org/grant-application.html
14) Mosby: https://www.themosbyfoundation.org/apply-for-assistance/
15) BDF: http://www.browndogfoundation.org/process
16) Waggle: https://waggle.org/who-we-are/how-we-work/ (this company helps with veterinary-specific crowdfunding to their database of donors)

17) Go Fund Me: https://www.gofundme.com/c/blog/help-with-vet-bills

18) The Pet Fund: https://www.thepetfund.com/

If you are a veteran or active-duty, consider VETERAN PET FINANCIAL HELP available here:




Plus, there are these to consider once they are in the care of a vet:

https://redrover.org/2020/07/08/coronavirus-covid19/ (to help if affected by Corona)


Thank you

You're welcome. Is there anything else I can help you with this afternoon?

Not at the moment

You're welcome. I am happy to help. I hope Simba is feeling better soon. I sure wish you both all the best. I am available if you have follow-up questions so do not hesitate. Thanks for using our service.

Dr. Nicki

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