Rough Ending to a Long Week

Posted: March 1, 2013 in The Dogs
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Our nearly 3 year old Rat Terrier gave us quite the scare yesterday. Around 5:30 in the morning, I felt Java (who likes to sleep under the covers with my Fiance, April) stumble into me. I was 90% asleep still, but I grabbed her instead of letting her jump off the bed like she normally does when she gets too hot. I can’t explain it, but something in how she moved just felt off. When she continued to lean towards going off the bed I let her jump. She landed on her feet, then stumbled sideways into the closet door, hitting it with her right side. From here, she staggered around the room and ran into the dresser, again with her right side.

By now, it was apparent that this was more than a sleepy dog being clumsy, so we switched on the light. She had made her way across the bedroom to where our other dog, a chocolate lab named Benny, sleeps. It became apparent she had lost bladder control on the way there. She then turned, and stumbled sideways to the right, and hit the sliding glass door. The best way to describe how she was moving was like someone that is so drunk they can barely stand…. staggering and falling to one-side  While April started to clean the small mess up, I let Java out. She appeared to move more normally outside, though this may be because there was less obstacles she had to negotiate.  When she came back in, she laid down between April and I on the bed, and seemed to be ready to go back to sleep.  A few minutes later, she started stirring. At first, since I had been petting her lower end, I thought she was just moving. However April, who had been petting her head, realized that her neck was spasming.

I got up again, and switched on the light. Java tried to stand, but by this point her whole front half of her body (maybe more, I only noticed the front) was twitching. She tried to stand, but couldn’t. It was like she was reaching out with her right foot, but was unable to do anything more with it.  April ran out to the living room to look up the number for the Emergency Vet. Java was struggling to move, so I picked her up, and put her in my lap on the floor, where I pet her head. She had been drooling all over the bed, and now was continuing to drool excessively, and her mouth started to slightly foam. She never lost consciousness, and the seizures slowly subsided.

By the time April came back into the room, Java’s seizure had stopped, and she was just laying in my lap. April informed me that the only Emergency Vet that was open was downtown, and that they would transfer all animals to other vets at 8 am. Since it was now a little after six, and our normal vet opened at 7, we decided to wait and head there for when they opened.

Between 5 and 10 minutes later, Java was back to her normal self. Upon arrival at the vet, we were informed that we need to wait until all the surgical patients arriving needed to be checked in first (I think part of this was that she was acting completely normal so it was not an emergency situation). Java acted excited and occasionally barked at every one that entered, which is basically her normal self.

When the vet saw us, he did some basic tests. Based on her age, he suspected she had epilepsy. He found no indication of other brain issues, no indication of toxins (since she snapped out of the seizures on her own) and said she appeared in otherwise good health. He ordered blood tests to look for other causes, but felt that it was an idiopathic seizure.

Meanwhile, Java is back to her normal self completely. She even seemed extra energy yesterday. Hopefully it doesn’t happen again anytime soon!

A photo of Java from Summer 2011

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