Sep 2, 2011

Did my dog have a seizure?

Yesterday, my puppy (ok, he's 3 years old, but he'll always be my 'puppy') was acting a little bit off. Something about his usual peppy step was just a little slower than usual.

While taking a short break from tug-of-war with his brother, he did something very odd:
Puppy started to shake. His eyes rolled up into his head and moved about in a flickering sort of motion. It lasted only seconds and afterwards he seemed back to normal.

We lost our senior dog, Elliott, three years ago to a brain tumour (somewhat common in Boston Terriers), so this development has Brilliant Hubby and I both a little freaked out and worried about Puppy's life span.

From everything I've read online, it seems that there isn't much a vet can do about a single seizure, so many recommend watchful waiting to see if it happens again.

Today Puppy seems to be his playful, happy, boisterous self. 

Has anyone had this happen with their dog? What did you do?


  1. Hope all is well. I have no experience with dogs, but I know that I get completely freaked out when anything goes wrong with my kittens.

  2. I think a lot of dogs have seizures, and just like in people it can happen for a variety of reasons. On the bad end of the spectrum was my parents' dog William who died of status epilepticus when he was 3. I don't think it's always this bad though. He took phenobarbital.

  3. I hope everything will be ok. I only have birds. Blessings.