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Hi Carol, I'm so sorry that Beau (and you) are going through this. We have dealt with seizures for many years in 2 different dogs. It is no fun. It does sound to me like a type of seizure. Not the textbook "grand mal" type, but still it is abnormal brain activity, and can be called a seizure.
We have found that our golden's seizures are definitely linked to low thryroid. Since we have had her on thyroid medicine, the seizures have stopped. She is also on phenobarbital. Once you get Beau's thyroid medicine figured out, I'll bet the seizures get much better.
One important thing that our vet prescribed for us to give to Annie was Valium. If we see a seizure coming on (sometimes we noticed a clingy behavior in her), we would give Valium by mouth. If a seizure already happened, we could give her liquid valium rectally. She had 3 major clusters in one day and we never want that to happen again.
I would ask your vet about keeping at least the Valium tablets on hand for just a situation like last night. After the first episode, it would appropriate to give Beau a dose and that would probably prevent or diminish the other episodes.
I might add that we eventually switched veterinarians. The new doctor is younger and much more creative and aggressive about finding the solutions. We love him! Our vet of many years (we also like a lot) just didn't have the enthusiasm to find a solution. Our dogs are so important to us (like your are) I kept searching for answers.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and Beau.
Annie--in our hearts and minds and memories forever (2002-2012)
The great pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too. Samuel Butler