Had an awful scare this morning...let me know if any other Husky parents have had this experience: Woke up to a loud triple bang...went down to the family room to check it out and heard my Huskies crying a low soulful cry...I knew in my heart something was wrong...when I got into the family room, I found my three-year-old stiff as board in his kennel, foaming mouth, eyes wide and glassy and pupils dilated. For a few seconds he sounded like he was sucking air through his foaming mouth, then the breathing stopped. I thought I lost him. I was terrified and kept calling his name and petting him...I saw a faint, very faint twitch in his eye and kept talking to him & then ran to grab a phone and called our emergency vet hospital. When I turned back around, he had somehow miraculously gotten himself up and was terribly disoriented, pupils still dilated, and no real control over his motor skills. We got him to the emergency room and after awhile started becoming more and more alert. They ran some blood tests, all of which came back fine. He was transferred to our regular vet hospital where our vet admitted him for the day to test him and keep him for more observations. Conclusion - a seizure of some sort, possibly epilepsy, which they say is prevalent in Huskies. Apparently, the banging I heard was him having his seizure, although it lasted about a few seconds...followed by the five minutes or so of the complete stiffness...it felt like an eternity of hell for me. They did a liver profile bloodtest, which came back fine. THANK GOD he was alright...I started out the day thinking I lost one of my precious "kids" and it truly was a miracle to see him up after seeing him so stiff and foaming. So scary. We are keeping a close eye on him and I have now have a baby monitor connected to their bedroom and a portable one for me! The vet said he may never have another seizure, or he could have more, we have to take it day-by-day for now.
"Husky had Another Seizure"
It hasn't even been two months yet, and my 3-year-old Siberian Husky had another seizure at 3AM...at least this time I knew what was happening and wasn't so freaked since that first scary one in January. I sat right down by him and kept talking to him and kept a cold pack on him. He's here with me right now - and just out of it for about a half-hour, less disoriented, but a bit agitated. I had a suspicion something wasn't right as he didn't eat much during the day (he's 94 pounds and almost NEVER turns down a meal!) and then he threw up at dinner time. I'm trying to see if there was a catalyst - he usually eats breakfast around 9, and we had a construction guy here at that time, so he and the rest of the Husky kids stayed in the house for the morning, and his breakfast was pushed off a couple hours...it was much warmer, almost 50 compared to the usual 17. I've been feeding him twice a day to keep his blood sugar levels even, so I don't know if having breakfast later threw him off, or being in longer than out, or the warmer weather, or the "excitement" of having a stranger working here...I know it's said there's not always a "reason," but after he rebounded from the first one in January, I was hoping he'd never have another...or at least not one for a long, long, long time. Ugh. My poor boy. The ice cream suggestion worked well, followed by water, and then he searched out his bowl for a little food. I cleaned him up from the seizure with bath wipes and water, and now he is lying here by me on his bed in the living room. Well, no more sleep for me today-I'm watching him very closely - and he just let out a big sigh, so he finally in a relaxed state. It was interesting to look back now as his "gal" and younger siblings were crying for him (his gal still is! I'll have to let her come by him now), and when he first came out of the seizure and was still in the stage of disorientation where he couldn't see yet, he went over to nuzzle his sweetie and let her know he was OK. Amazing. He is so wonderful...and he has so much heart and soul. I just hope and pray he does not have another seizure for quite some time.
ANOTHER Seizure for my Husky Boy 2:22 PM
3:15PM - another seizure...this one worse, but quicker. He’s throwing his head around, teeth clanging, etc...still waiting for vet call...beyond worried now...he's panting hard...I have cool packs on him...
March 7, 2009 - Saturday 7:30 PM
My boy's in the hospital now. His third seizure was bad-muscularly. Our vet had us bring him to the vet hospital at 4PM. Although it seemed to last a shorter amount of time, he's now moved into having "clusters" of seizures. They suspect epilepsy. He's staying for observation and if he has a fourth one, they will give him a shot to break the cycle, then we'll go for an MRI before starting a course of permanent treatment for the seizures. I'm hoping he does not have anymore tonight. I will be checking in with the hospital in awhile. Possible stress from construction & heat could have led to episodes. His sweetie and younger sibling sis really really miss him. So do I.
"My Boy's Back Home"
My boy's back home...disoriented and confused, but home. Had a follow-up with our vet today and they started him on meds - Phenobarbitol and Potassium Bromide. The intent is to start decreasing his Pheno in 30 days after the PB starts to kick in. Hopefully, this will control the seizures...
- Instructions in case of seizure.
- A journal that contains entries of each episode, length of seizure, medication, side effects, results, etc. It also lists my vet’s number as well as the emergency vet hospital.
- An instant ice pack. (In a pinch, anything frozen in freezer works – the first time I used packages of frozen veggies and a frozen loaf of bread. A small cost to toss them for the great effect it had).
- Alcohol swabs. (I personally use just ice packs as I try to keep the chemical-stuff at a minimum).
- Calming spray.
- Paper towels.
- Pet bath wipes.
- Chlorox wipes.
- Latex gloves.
- A portable bowl.
- A bottle of water.