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Exclamation Golden Retriever Seizure & Hind Leg Weakness

I have an 8 year old, male Golden Retriever that began collapsing when walking and now his hind legs are very weak an he can not stand up on his own or walk for more than 5 minutes.

He also started having small tremors with his head but last night he had a bad seizure that tensed all of his muscles and rolled his eyes back in his head, he eventually came out of it and looked confused but then would not stop panting and trying to walk in circles for hours. I stayed up with him for 4 or 5 hours until 4am until he finally fell asleep.

During the day he is still alert and appears happy and constantly wagging his tail.

We've been through many blood tests, urine tests and he's seen a neurologist but they have not been able to come up with a diagnosis yet. This has been going on for about 6 months now. We are being to fear it could be a brain tumor.

Has anyone seen this before or been in this situation? Is there any hope in treatment or any other possibilities of what could be causing this?

I've heard hind leg weakness is a side affect of drugs that treat seizures but we haven't even started him on any drug for seizures yet.
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I have no advice for your but I am so sorry you are going through all this. Oh and welcome to the forum. Hopefully someone will have some suggestions for you.
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Welcome and I am sorry you had to find us due to your boys problems. Reading your post, I felt you were me talking about my Beau. He was 10 when he started having seizures. His are full grand mal seizures where he is laying on the floor eyes rolled back, running in place and loses his bladder and drooling. It is very hard to watch him and like you had all kinds of tests run. The only test we did not have run was a MRI but our vet feels that it is a brain tumor. His seizures have gotten stronger but with the phenobarbital they have lessned in number but not severity. He has lost alot of his mobility in his back legs and now wears a harness. Without it he couldnt get up by himself. It has been a lifesaver for him and me. The vet said the muscle loss is caused more by the seizures than the phenobarbital because it started not long after he started the seizures. He has also lost alot of his vision. His thyroid was low and now with the thyroid meds gotten better. Alot of the thyroid tests run by the vet are not the full panel and that is the best to diagnose it. Goldens will be low with thyroid even if their test shows low normal and need suppliments. I had my test sent to Jean Dodd who is a leading authority on thryoid testing and can help your vet to get the right dose of meds including the phenobarbital.
Here are a couple of websites that were a life saver for me.
http://www.canine-epilepsy-guardian-...CanineEpil.htm This one has tons of information on causes, what to do and things to help improve their life. The pacing and panting were greatly helped with giving him a couple of tablespoons of natural vanilla to help get their blood sugar back in line. And now Beau goes back to sleep in less than an hour after the ice cream.
http://www.itsfortheanimals.com/HEMOPET.HTM How to get a blood test done by Jean Dodd and some other articles.
For the harness http://helpemup.com/
If you have any more questions or just need to talk you can PM me. It is hard to watch, but it can be helped.

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The vet just gave us some very strong steroids to start him on and phenobarbital to stop the seizures.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9C_SqivONro

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Thank you, that was helpful, I will look at those sites. Best of luck to you and Beau.
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My Sam too had seizures and weakness in his back legs. He started having them at age 6 and was put on pheno. He didn't start to show weakness in his back legs until 4 years later, at age 10. I don't know if the weakness was related to the seizures or pheno, but the pheno did not cause Sam to become drowsy, as it does in some animals. Right after his 12th birthday I started using a harness to help him climb stairs. He never needed help getting up though, just the stairs. A brain tumor was not suspected in Sam's case and his thyroid was not an issue either. We never did figure out what caused Sam's seizures. Luckily, he never had one when he was alone. He could sense them coming on and would run to me and collapse. They lasted about a minute. He would lose his bladder and then come out of it in a hyper state, very puppy like and excited. We started keeping bath towels around for an easy grab to throw under him when his bladder went. Fortunately, the last year and a half of his life he didn't have any seizures. I was worried what the strain would do to him. Good luck with your boy. I hope he's fine and the seizures are easily controlled.
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I watched the video of your pup. His look like some of the little ones that Beau has. Just that staring off and shaking alittle. Beau has some of those some days and then large ones seperately. The only difference is that Beau will be staring up at you when it happens.

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I watched the video of your pup. His look like some of the little ones that Beau has. Just that staring off and shaking alittle. Beau has some of those some days and then large ones seperately. The only difference is that Beau will be staring up at you when it happens.
Does he have a lot of trouble walking? The main problem is he can hardly move anymore, the seizures might be able to be controlled but unfortunately his legs are so weak I try to take him out for a few minutes but its very difficult for him to even stand to go to the bathroom.
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Yes Beau has alot of weakness in his back legs. That is why I got him the harness, it helps to hold him up and keep him steady without putting alot of strain. There are days he cant even get up without me helping up and will stay in one place until me or my husband can help him up. The price of the harness is totally worth.

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