Gran Mal Seizures.

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Paddicake77
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   Posted 8/4/2014 6:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey everyone,
I am a frequent visitor to the anxiety forum. I have been a member on here for a while. My question involves my dog, but I know seizures in animals and people are similar. Can anyone tell me what it is like for you when you have a grand mal seizure? My English Mastiff will soon be 8, and has had seizures since he was 3 1/2.. he takes phenobarbital, 5 1/2 tabs daily. He doesn't always have grand mals, but he does have rough seizures even when they aren't grand mals. Yes he has been diagnosed with seizures, but the vet doesn't know what caused it. We have been dealing with this, like I said since he was 3, so the seizures don't bother me much anymore. What bothers me more now, is that when he does land he hits hard, and smacks his head sometimes. He fell wrong on the tiled floor and did the splits, and was in pain. Now he is 195lbs, and it is no easy task to get him up. Plus they are proned to hip dysplasia anyway. This many years of seizures has taken it's toll on his body. I have been contiplating the idea of putting him down. I do not want to, trust me, because it breaks my heart. It also breaks my heart to think of him in pain. He takes longer to come out of the seizures these days. He had a month of no seizures and then had 6 last night in a 24 hour period. Since he is a dog, I cannot ask him how he feels ya know. Was hoping if someone can tell me, are you in pain afterwards? What does it feel like before a seizure, or after? The are more frequent now when he has them, and they used to be maybe 1 a day. Each year has gotten worse. Thank you all in advance.

Paddicake77
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   Posted 8/5/2014 8:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Could someone plz tell me what they experience so I know the next step for my dog? The vet said today that we can add another med to help?
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Thundercloud
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   Posted 8/5/2014 9:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there Paddicake,

I'm so sorry your English Mastiff is having seizures, I know how hard it is to see.

I'm not sure yet if I'm actually having seizures...going to have tests...but, my old Boxer had seizures, I'd ask your vet a lot of questions about this, ours knew a lot about them and from our description of what our Boxer had been doing, said he'd been having small one for years, we just did not know, he'd stare in to space to begin with then started falling and becoming disorientated later on.

As the vet...it is so difficult when this is happening but hopefully he/she can give you answers.

Paddicake77
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   Posted 8/5/2014 9:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you hes had them for over 4 years so it's not new. I just wish I knew how he felt and if he's suffering. She is going to try another med along with his phenobarbital. I've just been concerned because when he has them they are getting worse. If I knew how they affected him I could weigh the option of putting him down. He's almost 8 and that's aged for a mastiff. Thank you for your advice.
" I am thankful for each and everyday I get to spend with my daughter"
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