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george-tambo
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Awful day

Post by george-tambo » 04 Feb 2014, 19:40

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We had an awful day on Sunday, we had to take George to the vets as he had a fit. This is him on his walk afterwards, he seems fine now so hoping it was just a one off.

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minkersmum
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Re: Awful day

Post by minkersmum » 04 Feb 2014, 19:41

Oh dear how frightening. :(

What did the vet think?

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Re: Awful day

Post by george-tambo » 04 Feb 2014, 19:49

He explained all about fits and said he is very reluctant to prescribe medication unless really necessary as sometimes the side effects out way the fit, he said just carry on as normal but if he has another within a short space of time he would do all the tests on him.

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Re: Awful day

Post by Clairejen » 04 Feb 2014, 20:09

Fits are scary things to watch, but more frightening for us than the dogs as they don't remember what has happened. Some dogs will have just one fit due to an infection or something, others have them more often. Your vet will be able to advise the best course of action if it happens again. They can be controlled, and you can often learn the pattern of what brings them on, trigger events, and avoid these as much as possible. Murphy has epilepsy, hopefully his mum will post here.
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Helen & Rigby
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Re: Awful day

Post by Helen & Rigby » 04 Feb 2014, 20:24

:cry: aw how frightening, I have witnessed a human fit, not nice. Hopefully it will have been a one off. Sending a hug x
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Re: Awful day

Post by Jay128 » 04 Feb 2014, 20:37

Hopefully this will turn out to be a one off for him, very scary for you.
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Re: Awful day

Post by Glenda » 04 Feb 2014, 21:41

Poor you... really not nice to see your dog have a fit - I also hope it was a one-off.
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Re: Awful day

Post by iwantadog » 04 Feb 2014, 21:42

I really hope this is a one off, but if it's not please don't worry, it's not the end of the world.

Murphy was diagnosed with epilepsy in October 2012. He had his first fit in the June. I was cycling and he was running alongside me and just suddenly collapsed, looked a bit spaced out and suddenly had a really big fit. I was absolutely petrified. He had had a spot on flea treatment in the morning, so both myself and the vet out it down to that.

He then had another fit in the October, this was when the vet said it was epilepsy. He had no more big fits, but lots of 'funny turns' where he couldn't stand up properly for about a minute the was ok again as if nothing had happened. Over Christmas 2012 he was very 'weird', he was cowering if I shouted at the kids and wouldn't come into our lounge at all, it was actually quite creepy, as he was really scared to come into the room.

He had another quite big fit in the January which is when our vet put him on Bromide. He had no side effects at all and no more fits. We were the told about a new medication called Pexion that had none of the side effects that Bromide does (it eventually damages the liver) so we swapped him onto this. He had one fit on the swap over and then nothing until this ?January. My understanding is that none of the meds cure epilepsy, but control it.

Murphy has gone from having lots of funny turns and about one fit a month to having two the whole of last year since being on the meds.

It is very upsetting to see them fit, but as my vet says to me 'it won't kill them and they are unaware of what happens'. It takes me far longer to get over him having a fit than it does him, and even now if he moves in a funny way I think here we go again...

Please feel free to PM me if you want any more information, there is also a very helpful canine epilepsy group on Facebook for further support and advice.


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george-tambo
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Re: Awful day

Post by george-tambo » 04 Feb 2014, 22:52

Sorry to hear that murphy suffers with epilepsy. It was very scary, I feel like there's a black cloud hanging over me. I've been doing loads of research since it happened and everything I have read so far is what the vet explained to us.

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Re: Awful day

Post by PeggyS » 05 Feb 2014, 01:10

Sorry to hear about the fit. Its frightening at the time but they soon seem to recover. Peggy has had 4 little fits lasting a couple of minutes. She usually is going from fast asleep to running to the door just before them. The vet said the same as yours and at the moment she seems ok.
Try not to worry too much. Welcome to the labradoodle 'fit club' xxx

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Re: Awful day

Post by MandyG » 05 Feb 2014, 10:05

Sending warm licks and hugs from me and Phoebe. So frightening when our furry loves are ill and we don't know why. Wish they could talk and tell us what they feel. But encouraging posts from others about how fits can be controlled so think positive and let us know how you get on.
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Re: Awful day

Post by stout » 05 Feb 2014, 18:47

How awful. Stout sends doodle licks and please pass on a hug from Michelle & I.

Hope it's an isolated fit and that's the end of it.
Cheers,

Chris, Michelle & Stout

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Re: Awful day

Post by julieju » 08 Feb 2014, 00:16

Really hope this was a one off for George. Sending a big doodle hug from his brother xxx
Julie and Aero xx

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