And now Dooley has had another funny turn/ fit...

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Glenda
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And now Dooley has had another funny turn/ fit...

Post by Glenda » 09 Mar 2014, 20:26

The first one since last August :( :(

Had a lovely walk up the fields with the dogs and we'd been home for about an hour when he jerked very suddenly on his bed and started to shake for about 5 minutes. :( :( Chris and I knelt down with him, stroking him very gently and talking very calmly to him. When he got up he fell into one of the chairs on his way outside to be sick a couple of times.

He's had his tea and is on the sofa now and seems to be settled. I'm now wondering whether it has something to do with the weather? I do hope not with the summer ahead of us...

I feel so churned up....
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Post by Helen & Rigby » 09 Mar 2014, 21:49

I'm sorry I can't offer any advice, I just wanted to say, I'm so sorry to hear this. I have seen a person fit and it's very scary. I hope that he is ok and you get him all sorted. Sending a hug xx
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Post by Bid » 09 Mar 2014, 22:02

Oh bless - what a time you are having :( Sending hugs to Dooley & you
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Post by Douglas » 09 Mar 2014, 23:18

if he fits again try to keep him in the dark and turn off any television or radio so it is quiet and try not to stroke him as he may bite you.Its best to have him checked by a vet as well.
These tips came from a first aid course I have just done,hope they may be of some help to you.

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Post by swardie » 10 Mar 2014, 09:08

Sorry to hear about that. It must have been awful for you and your Dood! I haven't any experience on this, but I'm sure I read on a thread that a Dood had something similar, which might have been down to the hot weather!! Good luck anyway, and keep us posted. Xx

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Post by BEE BEE » 10 Mar 2014, 10:03

Do hope Dooley is ok. I know it's scary Bowie had a fit on Saturday. My vet told me to stroke him gently keep him calm and talk to him. Must agree to mention to your vet. We took Bowie but by the time we got him there he was fine so they don't know what caused it, I have now pinned it down to the hot weather. I have been using rock sulpher in his water to keep his body cool and also ice cubes in his water. Try to keep a note of what he was doing when it occurred weather conditions etc; Thats how I managed to pin down what I think has caused Bowies. Although I had not long said to hubby to put him in the van as he kept lying in the sun, I just was'nt quick enough.

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Post by Vincento » 10 Mar 2014, 14:06

Hi Glenda, Please try not to worry as our boy Vince has been having these type of fits as you describe for around the last two years. He is now nine. We of course worried like you are and spoke with our vet who immediately put our minds at ease (In fact he did not seem overly concerned at all).

I have posted before on this before and it always happens after he's been resting for sometime which could be inner ear, balance etc. I can confirm this after having to deal with a benign tumour in my own inner ear :( .
It has always been after resting (never when he is active) and no rhyme or reason as to time of year.

If it happens we always reassure him by getting him to stay still (this seems to stop him being sick) keep him calm and cover his eyes (his eyes are darting about?) he shivers/shakes a lot and looks really worried :?
If you saw him 5 minutes later you wouldn't believe me as to what had just happened :) .
After much discussion with our vet he told us to make a note of the date and if they were more frequent then go see him ....his idea of frequent is maybe two/three a month? I think that depends on the vet/dog.

Vince had one on the 4th Jan this year and others in June 2013/Mar 2013 and the first one was around Nov 2012 just to give you an idea. We don't worry so much now but just keep a note of it and it does seem fairly common after speaking with other people.

I hope this helps a little to reassure you ....Rae x
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Post by Glenda » 10 Mar 2014, 14:45

Thank you so much for your kind thoughts and valued advice. :D :D

We took Dooley to the vets several times last year and he was diagnosed with epilepsy after blood tests came back normal.

I'm just gutted for him... he looks so worried when it happens - like your lovely boy Vince, Rae?

I'm watching him like a hawk today... :roll:
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Post by iwantadog » 10 Mar 2014, 15:58

I belong to a canine epilepsy group on Facebook, there is talk of there of dogs having fits as the weather changes. Not sure about this myself, I have absolutely no idea what makes Murphy fit.

So glad he's ok now.
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Post by Vincento » 10 Mar 2014, 21:42

Glenda wrote:
We took Dooley to the vets several times last year and he was diagnosed with epilepsy after blood tests came back normal.
Hi Glenda, Re the epilepsy diagnosis I'm sorry to hear that. I think our vet did mention that to us but has always been very well to say the least casual about the fits and possible epilepsy (we've never had any tests done).
Has Dooley been given any drugs for it ? or are you just noting the dates like we are ?

Our vet also said that it may never get any worse than it is at the moment and just carry on as normal. We have got very good at spotting the symptoms just before hand although the first one happened at 3 am and Vince woke us up by falling around and being sick (we live in a bungalow so easier than a dog that's downstairs and you are upstairs).
Vince has never shown any aggression when having a fit but then he is not an aggressive dog I believe he knows we are trying help him through it. I must also add that our vet is excellent and we have put our trust in his opinion.
Good Luck to you and Dooley :)
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Re: And now Dooley has had another funny turn/ fit...

Post by Glenda » 10 Mar 2014, 22:48

Vincento wrote:
Glenda wrote:
We took Dooley to the vets several times last year and he was diagnosed with epilepsy after blood tests came back normal.
Hi Glenda, Re the epilepsy diagnosis I'm sorry to hear that. I think our vet did mention that to us but has always been very well to say the least casual about the fits and possible epilepsy (we've never had any tests done).
Has Dooley been given any drugs for it ? or are you just noting the dates like we are ?
Rae, our vets told us that unless he had fits on a regular basis ie 2 or more a month, that they didn't want to put him on meds because of the possible unpleasant side effects... and like you we have put our trust in them. I have noted each funny turn/fit and they have them logged on his records - apart from yesterday's as I haven't informed them yet. I'm back at the vets on Thursday with Deano and I'll ask them to log it then.

Our fur babies are such a worry aren't they!
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Post by PeggyS » 10 Mar 2014, 23:42

Hi all

Our vet said the same about not wanting to put Peggy on personality changing drugs if she didn't need them. We just make a note of date time like you lot.
Peggy seems to settle quickly after her turns and we are trying not to worry.

Love to all our funny little doodle friends

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Post by george-tambo » 11 Mar 2014, 08:14

Sorry to hear this and it is a worry, George had a fit a few wks go and then another last wk which wasn't as bad.he seems to be sick a little bit first then goes in to the fit, we have a book from the vet so we can log the date and how long it lasts, he's very reluctant to prescribe medication unless its really necessary due to the side effects. We were told to leave him alone just make sure he can't harm himself and there is no noise.

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Post by iwantadog » 11 Mar 2014, 08:52

Murphy got to the stage where he was fitting once a month and got very anxious, if I shouted at my kids he would cower, which he never did before, which is why we put him on medication.

He has been on a new drug called Pexion which has none of the liver damaging side effects. He was a bit wobbly on his feet for the first ten days or so, but is now back to his usual self with no anxious moments and is totally chilled!

I have also changed his food over to a raw diet, as people recommended a no grain diet, and I figured there were lots of additives and stuff in kibble, so the more natural the diet the better.
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