Pillow Talk - Questions and Answers About Sleep

Questions and Answers About Sleep

my dog has seizurelike episodes during his sleep. He has done this twice in the past 2 months and he is 5 years old. He urinates when he goes into this seizure and doesn't have control of his legs. His movements are like a paddle or like he is trying to fight something off. He is a Shitzu dog. He doesn't have an appetite when he comes out of the seizure. He is exhausted. Since he has done this a couple of times and his blood work is normal and only when he is asleep, I don't think this is a normal seizure but some kind of disorder. I don't want to dope him up all the time when I think something else is causing this. Please help.

Views: 2770

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

You might try a holistic veterinarian for a different take on the situation. There are many that combine traditional with holistic practices.
my dog has the same condition. he started his first seizure only yesterday and had another one again today. he also had his episodes during his sleep. did you find out what's wrong with your dog? did you bring him to a vet? i might bring my dog to a vet tomorrow for a blood test and see what's going on. it hurts me to see him like this 2 days in a row. hope it doesn't occur again tomorrow. please let me know if you found out something. thanks and hope your dog is fine too. cheers.
I took him to the hospital the first time he had a seizure and his vitals were normal by the time I got there. The only thing we can figure, he received a pill to calm him the day before. The pill did not calm him only made him more aggressive. He took the pill to get his hair cut and ride in the car. The dr. had prescribed. I threw the pills away and don't remember the name but it is what vets prescribe for calming animals.
I have a chihuahua cross maltese, he is 9 years old and has had seizures since he was approx 1 year old, earlier when he was younger he had, had an accident in my garden where as he ran into a rose bush and a thorn pierced his eye, I took him to a vet and they sent me home with some ointment and antibiotics, but not until after the vet and I had, had an argument about the cause of the eye injury, he said it was caused by a cat, but my cat was like a ragdoll and would never even SHOW his nails...yet I had at the time lots of rose bushes in the yard (all the nasty roses bushes where removed immediately after) I can only guess as to whether this is even the cause anyway.....anyways continuing on......Casper my dog would only have the seizures when he was either asleep or had just woken up, its something I have simply lived with and now lately he wakes me up groaning as he starts shaking, this then progresses sometimes to a full blown seizure where his legs lock up under him and stretch out, then his whole body rocks from side to side with his face pushed down at an unnatural angle...its pretty scary, but I do advise others not to try and restrain or pick up any dog during these episodes as they can make the dogs seizures more prolonged, this I have found from experience with my dog, I simply make sure that my dog is safe and observe him all the while talking to him and stroking his fur.

The middle of the nights when it happens can be tiring, lucky he doesn't have them too often, sometimes going without an episode for months, over the years I have found that certain foods are a trigger, anything with chemicals, gravys are the worst, I keep him clear of anything with gravy, some sausages can cause them as well, its really trial and error, I have to advise if a dog suddenly starts having a seizure look first into a: have they eaten anything new? been in contact with any pesticides? has anyone new fed them recently? b: has the dog recently had an accident? if yes look into this further.

I hope my experience help's someone with there pet :)



Latest Activity

Dr. David O. Volpi posted a blog post

Understanding Sinusitis — A General Q&A

Do you or someone you know suffer from sinus problems? You’re not alone. Around 40 million people in the U.S. are affected by sinusitis every year, and 33 million cases of chronic sinusitis are reported annually to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.What is…See More
Jun 18
Dr. David O. Volpi posted a blog post

Family support increases CPAP therapy in patients, new study says

Attention families of people with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA): you can make a positive difference when it comes to your family member’s use of a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine to treat their OSA.According to…See More
Jun 9
Dr. David O. Volpi posted a blog post

New study says stress can worsen allergy symptoms

By David Volpi, M.D., P.C., F.A.C.S. As a practicing otolaryngology surgeon for more than twenty years at New York’s finest teaching hospitals, I’ve seen firsthand the effect that the mind can have on the body.  That’s why I wasn’t surprised to read a recent study claiming that persistent stress can worsen allergy symptoms.The study, which was published in the April issue of Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, the scientific journal of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and…See More
May 14
Dr. David O. Volpi posted a blog post

New study links sleep apnea with higher risk of osteoporosis

By David Volpi, M.D., P.C., F.A.C.S. Women and older Americans, take note. There’s new research showing that obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) may raise the risk of osteoporosis, particularly in women or older individuals.OSA is the most common form of sleep apnea and occurs when a person’s airway becomes blocked, causing repeated, brief interruptions in breathing during sleep. If it goes untreated, OSA can cause myriad health problems, including stroke, cardiovascular disease, heart attacks, and…See More
May 9
Dr. David O. Volpi posted a blog post

Poor sleep doubles risk of heart failure hospitalizations

If you or someone you love has a heart failure condition, not sleeping well can double the likelihood of being hospitalized, according to new research by the European Society of Cardiology.In April, the European Society of Cardiology presented a study at EuroHeartCare 2014 showing that poor sleep doubles hospitalizations in heart failure patients. EuroHeartCare is the official annual meeting of the Council on Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professions (CCNAP) of the European Society of…See More
Apr 11
Dr. David O. Volpi posted a blog post

Significant connection found between sleep apnea and diabetes

Written by David Volpi, M.D., P.C., F.A.C.S.It’s no secret that sleep apnea can lead to a long list of medical conditions, and worsen existing ones. Medical experts are now adding diabetes to the list. According to a new study published in February on the American Diabetes Association’s Diabetes Care website, sleep apnea can worsen Type 2 diabetes in some patients.Sleep apnea is a potentially life threatening sleep…See More
Mar 14
Dr. David O. Volpi posted a blog post

Can nasal surgery help CPAP therapy?

Written by David Volpi, M.D., P.C., F.A.C.S.This month’s blog is for anyone who has obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and is having trouble using—or refusing to use—a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine while sleeping.   CPAP machines help nighttime interrupted breathing by pumping a continuous flow of air into the nasal passages, keeping the airway open, and preventing or greatly reducing snoring and paused breathing. Still, many people are uncomfortable wearing the CPAP mask at…See More
Feb 14
Dr. David O. Volpi posted a blog post

Say Hello to the Neurostimulator—an Alternative to CPAP Machines

I’ve been a practicing ear, nose, and throat specialist for more than 20 years, and one thing I know for certain about my obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) patients is—they have to do the treatments in order to get better.The problem is that some OSA patients who would benefit from Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machines can’t or won’t use it because they find it uncomfortable, even though CPAPs have proven to be very effective in increasing oxygen flow and reducing apneic events that…See More
Jan 21

Sleep Foundation Tweets!



© 2014   Created by sleepfoundation.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service