We had quite the scare last week when our dog, Gypsy, had a seizure. I had never seen a seizure in a dog before and naturally it scared the hell out of me.
For the past few months I noticed when she would be watching me in the kitchen she would sometimes have what I can best describe as head tremors. They would last less than a minute and I could distract her with a treat and they would usually stop. Ryan made the observation that they only seemed to happen right after exercise.
Last Wednesday we exercised her like we usually do by throwing her ball up and down the stairs for a few minutes. And since it was a nice day we decided to take her for a walk which took approximately twenty minutes. When we got home I went on the back deck to do some planting and Gypsy followed me out as she likes to lie in the sun. I heard a thud behind me and turned around to see her on the ground. Her toes were curled in and her jaw was clenched tight as she was shaking uncontrollably. The seizure lasted only a couple of minutes, even though it seemed like forever. Afterward she was up and walking around like nothing happened. We took her to the Vet ER that night to make sure she was okay. They did blood tests and said that she probably has epilepsy.
The next day we took her to our regular vet for a follow-up. She said that there is a condition among some labs where they can have seizures after they are over-exercised or over-heated. However, the only way to check for this is to get a rectal temperature while she is having the seizure, as dogs with this condition have a very high fever while suffering one. She couldn’t think of anything else that would cause the seizure, and she was hesitant to caul Gypsy an epileptic dog since she is almost six years old (usually epilepsy appears earlier).
Luckily, she hasn’t had an episode since that night. In the mean time we’ll have to be very careful about how much we play ball or how far and long we walk. She’s happy to be getting much more attention and to be even more lazy.