our lab is a male 3 1/2 years old, last night we believe he had a seizure, we would appreciate any info you might have on something like this, he has always been in good health
Take him to a vet & get him checked out. It could be a seizure or any one of dozens of other problems. It's no use asking around on the net when no one knows anything about the history of the dog, its environment or any allergies he may have that could cause seizure like symptoms.
Only a vet can give you an ACCURATE diagnosis after extensive testing & treat him accordingly. You can't expect to be able to self diagnose him based on the opinions of strangers in cyber space.
He's at the right age for epilepsy to show up for the first time. However, there are MANY causes of seizures. The very least you need a complete blood panel done to determine if anything is going on with his various organs.
♣ Laura ♣
I agree with a blood panel. If you can video tape an episode it will help the vet. (but hoping it doesn't happen again).
As mentioned it could be a number of things.
Some dogs are intollerant to gluten and can have seizures from the gluten building up in the body/brain.
see www.dogtorj.com for more info on that.
Prayers for you in your worries. Please get him to a vet and keep us updated.
was there a recent change in your routine? My friend's lab had two seizures in his life...once when they were getting ready to move, and once when their first born child was brought home.
Get the panel done. You will have peace of mind from that.
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Ted has had seizures starting at about 2 years of age. From what I understand it is common. Of course take the others' advice and seek the counsel of your vet, but what we have learned is not to get excited, not to crowd him, and just observe and reassure him during the seizures. We've been asked to keep track of them - write down the dates and how long they occurred if possible.
To be on the safe side, I widely space his heart worm medication and Frontline. We also don't allow our cats to scratch on doors for long when they're shut in by accident. (In our case, this seemed to set Ted off - it was like he couldn't process the noise, and more than once it set a seizure off.)
There are certain behaviors that may give you clues of a pending seizure as well - clinginess, pacing, etc. For us, it's very hard to tell when one is coming, and what happens with Ted is one side of his body seems to become paralyzed and curls up under him. His head will quiver, and he seems quite out of it for about 2 minutes. Read up on it and don't despair. Just have him looked at and record everything. Long seizures can be dangerous. Ask your vet what constitutes a dangerous seizure.