Diabetes in dogs seizures

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Thanks - I've heard about muscular problems, seizures and other things that happen to Cushings dogs and would appreciate hearing others' stories for what to watch out for as he approaches his 15th birthday.
He had a terrible life but became a sweet, loving, but needy companion. In Jan. while at the vet for yearly exam he had 2 seizures. The gave him Valium intravenously and kept him for several hours. When we brought him home he paced and was very anxious. Eventually settled down. A week ago he had another seizure at home. It was awful. Thrashing, convulsing, drooling, urinating, whining. Lasted at least 5 minutes. Then he tried to get up, stumbled and fell into walls, etc.
There are other causes for sudden seizures in dogs, when there is no epilepsy history. Stress can be one cause (??) Has he been unduly stressed? Dehydration can be another....kidney failure and Diabetes can all cause seizures. But then again, the bloodwork would have shown if those things were happening to him. Another cause can be Cushing's Disease. But usually the dog displays other symptoms such as hair loss, great thirst, great hunger, and a pot-belly.
I will lose awareness for a split second, and usually drop whatever is in my hands (usually a bowl of cereal or the dogs food). If I have one during conversation, I will forget what I was talking. My wife describes them as, my eyes blinking, and my head will shake depending on how 'big' it is. She also says that they can be effected by my sleep pattern. Anytime I go to bed late and get up late.....I scared my parents at the table once, but dropping my fork, then dropping my glass of milk.
We have had very good results avoiding seizures and eliminating the need for phenobarbital in many of our canine epileptic patients using a natural, patented dog vitamin supplement along with an organic or home made dog diet. Should this be of interest, feel free to follow up with me.
Headaches/migraines, dizziness, seizures, nausea, numbness, muscle spasms, weight gain, rashes, depression, fatigue, irritability, tachycardia, insomnia, vision problems, hearing loss, heart palpitations, breathing difficulties, anxiety attacks, slurred speech, loss of taste, tinnitus, vertigo, memory loss, and joint pain.
I am losing my personality, I used to be very bubbly, happy and life loving but now I am having so many of these attacks that I'm either 'in' an attack, just had an attack or worried about the possibility of taking one. They all start the same way, last the same amount of time - more or less and make me feel the same type of things.
) We eventually got though it (with the help of snacks), but rest assured, our dogs are not living in sin. ) Now, it IS crowded in the kennel with the two of them, though for the most part, they've been able to work-it-out so that both of them can lay down in there. So anyway, they share a kennel at night and things, for the most part, have gone well.
I take phenergan myself for constant nausea, and discovered late in the game that dogs can also take phenergan. It didn't work quite as well as the reglan, but at that point we tried anything we could get our hands on. Over the counter Dramamine for motion sickness can be tried as it is metabolized in the liver - got that info from an ER vet nearby.
I am a 33 year old female who's mother was also given *Bendectin*. I have battled many health problems over the years, and also have a deformed foot. My Right foot is wider then the left by great amounts, my second and third toes are postioned in the V shape pulling away from one another a little more everyday. The third toe is my Turtle :) as I call him...(The large cushion of fatty tissue sits on top like a turtle shell) I started calling it my turtle as a way of dealing with deformity.
Please be more specific about your pet's symptoms and laboratory results, in order for us to help you more specifically. In general, dogs with Cushing's disease drink, urinate, eat and pant excessively, and are prone to developing skin and urinary tract infections and diabetes, some may have seizures. Labwork often shows elevated liver enzymes, and specific blood testing (such as an ACTH stimulation test or Low Dose Dexamethasone Suppression test) can confirm Cushing's disease in 90% of cases.
I don't have allergies of any kind and I'm in excellent health and I can learn to live with the smell of fresh baked bread in my nostrils.. I mean it could be owrse.. still I think I should get someone to check this out especially as I read about Phantom smells being a possible side efect of brain tumors...
About 48 hours ago, I noticed this heat sensation in my left shin. At first I thought I was standing too close to a heat vent in the floor at work! It is a warm, sort of tingly sensation that lasts 5 seconds and occurs, I don't know, 10 times throughout the day. I wonder if I slept on the leg funny?? Stress?? I am 43 and in reasonably good health but seem to be a hypochondriac (spelling?) at times.
Generally vets take a blood and urine panel and analyze it to rule out metabolic canine disorders that may be the cause of the seizures such as kidney problems or diabetes for example. When dogs seizure at intervals of less than 30 days, vets usually begin them on an anti-epileptic medication like phenobarbital. Review your dogs diet. Blue Buffalo dog food and many pet foods others have been recalled for various reasons.
We went to the 24-hour clinic and carried him in, and I read a little book aloud while we waited for the vet. (The book involved forever dogs and their guardian angels.) It took only two apparently painless shots, and then he was gone. Django never had any traumas, he had very graceful manners, and his only bad behavior was barking at our very annoying neighbor and that if outside, he peed on whatever he could lift his leg on. (No more boy dogs for me!
We took him to the vets that day and he had a blood test done aswell as the retraction in his pupils tested- one pupil doesnt retract at all. We get the results on monday but I was wondering whether anyone can give me any info on what can cause this very sudden and distressful change in sight. P.
Right now there are service dogs provided for people suffering from autism, seizures, diabetes, blindness, deafness, allergies, asthma, depression, and the newest ones of all: endometriosis. I'm sure we'll see even more types of dogs as time goes and people are more aware of what service dogs can do. Maybe we'll even start to see even more service cats? I've heard of them, although they are more rare that dogs.
Your chi is definitely having seizures. You'll need to have your vet examine him to determine WHY they're happening. If no cause is evident, then it's called "idiopathic" epilepsy, which only means they don't know why these misfires happen in the brain. Seizures can usually be well-controlled with medication like phenobarbitol, so make sure you talk to your vet about it. Our neighbor has a huge labrador retreiver who has had seizures most of his life.
We've kept a close eye on her and tried researching seizures in dogs. We're not 100% sure if this was a seizure because we read after a seizure, dogs act tired and confused, even as if they were sedated, while Suzu ran around franticly, running between the couch and the wall (very tight spaces) and out the other side of the couch, viciously and i mean VICIOUSLY digging at the floor, couch, blankets and other things. This is all VERY unusual for her.
Sounds like a curious mix of symptoms, but I'm thinking there may have been several things going on there, including the possibility of diabetes (seizures are not uncommon in seriously ill diabetic dogs). Diabetes can also affect both the liver and more so the kidneys over a period of time and when maybe the symptoms haven't been obvious, therefore appropriate treatment isn't given early enough. The reverse can also be the case ...
It sounds like she is having seizures - in other words, epilepsy. Epilepsy in dogs can usually be well-managed with phenobarbital pills. It can take some time to get the dosage just right, so try to be patient. I know how scary seizures are to the person who is watching. There is nothing you can do to stop them. If you can, time the episodes and let your vet know the duration.
When she came to us, she was about 6 months old and was dumped, or ran off, near a heavy equipment yard in a rural area northwest of Houston. My horse trainer's husband found her and brought her to the barn where I boarded my horse. We had been keeping an eye out for another rescue dog as a companion for our other mutt, Travis. Chica fit the bill. We figured a lot of food, vet care, and TLC would result in another "perfect" mutt just like Travis was. Wrong!
We took Precious the Animal Humane Society this afternoon to have him put to sleep. He had diabetes and very bad arthritis in his front feet. We have 3 cats and this is one more thing that I love that FIBRO. has taken from me. And I just could not handle keeping up with all the cleaning the litter boxes and vacuum the carpet from the their litter everywhere. I was so sore yesterday I just sat in the room and just cried because I knew what I had to do.
We are currently going through somewhat of hard times and me and mom together only have about 400 bucks in the bank currently and research shows that the testing to find the cause of the seizures can range up in the thousands. However, in a few weeks when we get our taxes back, we're planning on taking her for the testing with that money. We do however believe it is diabetes and not epilepsy as she acts very droopy and out of energy for 1 - 5 days before a seizure, as if her blood sugar is low.
Fish (raw, canned or cooked) If fed exclusively or in high amounts can result in a thiamine (a B vitamin) deficiency leading to loss of appetite, seizures, and in severe cases, death. Grapes, raisins and currants Contain an unknown toxin, which can damage the kidneys. Human vitamin supplements containing iron Can damage the lining of the digestive system and be toxic to the other organs including the liver and kidneys.
The MRI anesthesia caused him to start chaining again (apparently this is a common reaction in dogs with seizures) and it took several more hours to control this. He's been given 8 weeks to live if we give him steroids. Radiation therapy was offered as another option, which we are choosing to decline. Tomorrow (Dec. 5) we get to take him home. We'll give him the steroids, as I understand they can work wonders, albeit temporary ones.
5 injection (migraine *as needed), 40mg Relpax tablets (migraine *as needed), 250mg Topamax tablets (seizures/migraines), 400mg Dilantin capsules (seizures), 500mg Keppra (seizures), 48mg caplets (constipation), 34 grams Gycolax powder (constipation), 150mg Lyrica (leg pain and tingling - I was just started on this about 1 week ago when this new pain started.).
My first ferret, Ozzie died about three years ago. He only had seizures, so I don't think it is the same. Ozzie only had diabetes... That's what caused the seizures and in the long run.. his death.
Falling and hitting her head can cause the brain to swell like your vet said, which in turn can cause seizures. However there can be many other possibilities. She needs to be taken back to the vet and be evaluated for a while, especially since if she isn't getting any better.
I was just curious. I know they have dogs for diabetes and such to sense when your blood sugar is off. I have heard of dogs for allergies too. So can you train a dog to sense an MS attack or fatigue?? I really would like to have a little stress relieving companion that is not a pain in the hiney like the cat I rescued. Don't get me wrong he is a great cat, but he is still a pain. If you have a dog or have looked into this I would love to hear what you have learned.
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