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Fri Nov 30, 2012, 10:06 PM

Horror show with my dog

Not sure what's going on, but he has episodes in which he hiccups, bites the air, spasms, licks the floor and generally acts manic. No vet has been able to diagnose him. The episodes used to be months apart, but have now occurred weekly. We have an appointment at Ohio State vet hospital on Monday. Happy thoughts appreciated.

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a la izquierda Nov 2012 OP
LiberalEsto Nov 2012 #1
a la izquierda Nov 2012 #4
LiberalEsto Dec 2012 #7
a la izquierda Dec 2012 #8
LiberalEsto Dec 2012 #10
a la izquierda Dec 2012 #11
Stinky The Clown Nov 2012 #2
a la izquierda Nov 2012 #3
Stinky The Clown Nov 2012 #5
a la izquierda Dec 2012 #9
TorchTheWitch Dec 2012 #6
Curmudgeoness Dec 2012 #12
a la izquierda Dec 2012 #13

Response to a la izquierda (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 10:15 PM

1. Seizures?

Have they checked for that?

Good luck with your dog.

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Response to LiberalEsto (Reply #1)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 10:35 PM

4. They will be, on the recommendation of our vet in OK.

We sent him a video. He thinks seizures too. But they just started in January when my husband and this dog moved from Oklahoma to Ohio.

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Response to a la izquierda (Reply #4)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 11:05 AM

7. It could even be something like a sensitivity to the carpet

or something else in your new home that triggers seizures. I've seen this mentioned in a pet column by Dr. Michael Fox, a British vet. The column appears in the Washington Post on Thursdays.

Here's his web site: http://drfoxvet.com/info/

http://drfoxvet.com/info/

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Response to LiberalEsto (Reply #7)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 12:22 PM

8. Well, here's the weird thing.

We've lived in two places in Ohio, one with carpet and one (currently) without. The frequency has increased- this is his third episode in as many weeks, and the second this week. The very first episode occurred within a few weeks of moving to Ohio.
Hopefully the Ohio State vets will know what's going on and can at least give him something to make him comfortable. Sometimes these episodes last hours.

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Response to a la izquierda (Reply #8)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 12:58 PM

10. Carpet is only one of many possible causes of allergy/sensitivity

It could be the material used to make the dog food bowl, if you bought a new one.

It could be paint, it could be an allergen in the air, a new piece of furniture, a new cleaning product, a new dog bed, something people are spraying on their lawns, or any number of things.

Look for anything that changed.

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Response to LiberalEsto (Reply #10)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 01:50 PM

11. It could very well be the actual environment.

I know that I've had horrendous allergies since moving to Ohio. Thanks for the suggestions!

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Response to a la izquierda (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 10:16 PM

2. Wow. Does the dog seem to be in distress at other times?

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Response to Stinky The Clown (Reply #2)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 10:33 PM

3. Nope, he's totally fine normally.

A playful little nut, actually.

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Response to a la izquierda (Reply #3)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 10:41 PM

5. Well, I;m glad for that. I wish you guys well!

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Response to Stinky The Clown (Reply #5)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 12:23 PM

9. Thanks...

hopefully this doesn't cost us an arm and a leg.

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Response to a la izquierda (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 02:06 AM

6. wow, that's scary

I wouldn't know what to make of that but it just has to be frightening to witness.

Best of luck at the vet, and I hope everything goes well.


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Response to a la izquierda (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 07:11 PM

12. A friend of mine had a dog do this exact same thing.

Freakishly, also in Ohio. The dog was diagnosed with seizures and is still on an anti-seizure med, which helped but did not stop them, it just lessened the frequency.

Good luck finding the cause. Great idea to have video of this sent to the vets.

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Response to a la izquierda (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 07:07 PM

13. Just got back from the doggie neurologist

and the verdict is focal seizures. He'll be on phenobarbital for the foreseeable future, but it doesn't appear that rumors are causing them.

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