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Old 09-23-2016, 01:57 AM
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Midgie had her second real seizure Sunday night. The first one occurred on June 30th, also a Sunday night and at the same time in the morning 3:30 am. My twins were spending the night at my dads due to me having to get up extra early (4 am) to go to work which is unusual. At first I thought she might be stressing about the girls not being home, but she doesn't like to be bothered by them. I realized that she must know that I have to leave early in the morning somehow.
Severe allergies and problems started with her around 3 years old and through the years I have ran her from one vet to another. Several of them had said that it might be neurological in which I thought they were crazy. She's a calm happy, playful pup that doesn't have any issues (I thought). I have come to the realization that these seizures might very well be STRESS-related. But now I think they may have been right and it's the root of all the issues that I thought were allergy related. She's had 4 of them (2 of them were mini seizures).
The first two mini seizures occurred when we walked through the front door of the vet office in December and then January. I call these mini cause while I was carrying her thru the door, she started acting like she was choking, whipping her head and foaming at the mouth a little. It lasted about 2 minutes. I know she stresses out when we go to the vet cause of all the vet visits throughout her life.
Someone said to me that I may be stressing out from having to get up early to go to work, but I don't think I'm stressing. If I am, she's picking up on it or she's just stressing cause I'm leaving, but she never has a problem when I leave at my average time 6-7 am. That's not to say she doesn't have any seizures when I'm not home--I don't know!
The last two seizures she had lasted about 2-3 minutes with her flailing on the floor, etc.
My question to anyone who is a vet or has experience with seizures is: Is there any kind of happy pill I could give her that's holistic. I've started playing soft music and giving B Complex vitamins daily and using Rescue Remedy when needed.
They say chis are very sensitive to stresses, but I never realized Midgie was so stressed until now. I don't understand why she's so stressed. I'm not sure if I'm stressing. I don't feel like I am and I wouldn't even know how to stop to make her comfortable. At least now, I think I've finally found the root cause of her problems and I'd like to find a way to maintain her health so she doesn't have any more seizures or they get any worse.
I had another early job scheduled for this Monday again, but I told my DM to take me off and she did.
Very worried about my girl, but I lay on the floor and give her lots of kisses and she loves me so much. I think part of that stress is separation anxiety. She spends the day in the bedroom until I get home. I know that another pup might help, but I think two dogs would be too much for me to handle and I feel guilty. I don't always work all week. On average, I only work Mon-Wed. and off Thurs. and Fri. We're a busy family always going, going, going. Karate, gymnastics, etc...
I'm really at a loss.... ??????????
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Old 09-23-2016, 04:37 AM
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I don't have much experience with seizures but I do work as a rehab trainer for Behaviour Vets. If you think it's stress related it may be worthwhile seeing a Veterinary Behaviourist. Some of the fiddles that show the dogs are uncomfortable are expressed as things that may look like allergy symptoms such as sneezing. My Chi that is on behaviour meds used to sneeze several times a day and now almost never sneezes.

In regards to the separation anxiety, most of the research shows that another dog doesn't help so you don't need to feel guilty about adding another dog. Good luck, this must be very stressful for you.
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Old 09-24-2016, 02:42 AM
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So talked to the vet today about possibly prescribing or giving advice on what to give/do for stress. She said she didn't believe that Midgie has neurological problems and I agree now that I know the signs of how a dog acts that has neurological problems. She recommended the adaptil collar that is infused with mother dog pheromones (Sp?) Upon doing research on the collar before purchasing, granted the majority of reviews were excellent, there were some concerning reviews of skin irritation, reactions, sickness with dogs that have sensitive skin and/or allergies. I decided to give the plugin starter kit a try that puts pheromones into the air. The pheromones are supposed to be odorless and comforting to most dogs imitating the mother dogs scents. Review have stated that after about 4-5 days they saw a noticeable difference in their pets. Can't wait to get and try. Will update on how well it works.
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Since she is in an enclosed room when you are gone, I think the diffuser is ideal for you. The collars have fragrance in them, which can be very irritating to people and dogs!


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Also look into these:

We use a lot of Earth Animal products:
Natural Anxiety Remedy For Dogs & Cats | Organic Herbal Remedy: Calm Down

and we use these treats at times
Calm Chicken Cutlet Treats | Earth Animal Treats and Chews | Treats | Earth Animal
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