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A very worried golden owner

Hey everyone,

Yesterday my beloved 21mth old golden, Rosie had a seizure. It occured when we were making a fuss of her outside of my work place. She was happy and had been perfectly normal before it happened, just excited to see us. She then stretched out her front legs, collapsed and had a grand mal seizure. Thankfully it lasted under 30 seconds, though they were the longest 30 seconds I have experienced! She is fine now, recovered extremely quickly and no sign of any since. I have been on the phone to her breeder who reports last summer she heard of another pup in the litter had a seizure and she was going to phone them tomorrow to find out whether it developed into epilepsy or not. She is the world to me and I am heart broken. I know this may be the only one she ever has but it is much more likely this is going to develop into epilepsy. Thankfully she is fully insured so any tests or meds required she will have but I am looking for some info or reassurance from others who's dogs started so young. I am actually a vet but all that does is make me worry about the worst case scenario! I know about all the meds, tests required but I am worrying about how early she has started all this. She is my first golden retriever and she drives me nuts sometimes but she is one of my best friends. Why do we have them????!! They give us so much worry!!!! :-(

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Old 01-28-2012, 05:27 PM
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No wisdom here... we've been thru hip displasia, lymphoma, bloat, dog attack, and hemangiosarcoma, but no seizures.....

How very lucky is your Rosie to have a Vet for a Mom.....
Sending you thoughts and prayers for this to be an isolated one time event... xo
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My golden Finn has mild idiopathic epilepsy. I know how you feel. At first, I was panicked beyond belief. I insisted on everything from a lead level test to blaming puppyhood flagyl doses. However, I did get used to coping with it, and it is manageable. It is the adjustment/diagnosis period that is scary. Deep sleep can lower seizure threshold and then a huge blast of excitement can trigger a seizure. There are lots of reasons for seizures besides epilepsy, but if a littermate has them, then it makes sense. Finn has them in his line, way back. He does not take daily medication, but he has emergency Diastat( rectal valium). If you can get some valium from the vet, it can stop a seizure in its tracks. The problem is seizures can snowball, with each making the next more likely.
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My previous golden had one seizure at about the same age as your dog. He never had another seizure in his life and never needed meds for it. I hope you are as lucky.
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Similar to the poster above, our first golden, Hannah, had two seizures in the course of her lifetime. Both were terrifying to watch but were the only two she ever had. She had one at 4.5 years and the next one at 7. We never put her on any meds and it never amounted to much for her. I know how worried we were though and can appreciate how upset you must be .
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I am hoping and praying it will just be the one as well but it's the not knowing that's worrying me :-( I have diazepam with me and Rosie at all times since yesterday so at least I will be prepared if she has a longer one.

A very stressful 24hrs, I feel exhausted!!!! :-(
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Welcome to the Forum and welcome to our growing seizure community. There are a lot of people here who have experience with seizures.

This thread has a lot of basic information, learned from many GRF members, that can be helpful when you're first learning about all of this: http://www.goldenretrieverforum.com/...formation.html (Seizures 101: Basic Information).

Please keep us posted. We care.

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I have known many dogs thru the years that have a seizure or two and never have other ones. As everyone has mentioned, stress can factor into it... Usually epilepsy shows up in the 3-6 year age range. And of course, it is epilepsy when everything else gets ruled in or out. I have had client's dogs seizure when coming thru the front door at work or when they are on the exam table. A couple years ago, a client of mine, took her dog for a walk one day at 5 PM... He had a seizure(he was about eight or nine years old). The next day, she took him for a walk at 5 PM again, he had another seizure. My solution was to stop the 5 PM walks(just joking). In any case, he is eleven now, and hasn't had any more seizures.
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i just wanted to chime in and say that we wishing you and Rosie all the very best. I am glad to hear that she recovered quickly.

The unknown can be very overwhelming and stressful so our thoughts are with you.
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I can't think of a better place to be than living with a vet. Hope it never happens again !!
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