Stuff Happens


We didn’t know it then but when George was about a year old he did something very strange.

He turned into a U. And he tried a and failed to walk in that configuration. He hadn’t squealed or made any sound that would say he had been hurt or bitten or anything. His head just swung towards his tail and stayed there.

I grabbed him. He was ridged. I was running to the car with him intent on getting him to a vet when he looked up at me, licked my nose and wiggled to get down. I set him down and he ran to his ball and brought it back to me.

He wanted to play.

The entire incident lasted, maybe 20 seconds.

He was fine. And though we puzzled about it, we let it go and forgot it.

Then, a few months later he went through his ‘aggressive’ stage. He wanted to keep his ball and would growl if you tried to take it. Or he would start a snarling match with Gracie.

Each time we use the ‘Cesar’ move of putting him on his side and placing a hand over his head and neck and holding him on the ground until he calmed down. This seemed to work very well and the ‘aggression’ stopped.

I put the word aggression in quotes because there was not biting or attempt to bite. Snarling and growling and an aggressive stance but no biting. It turns out that our dogs have very soft mouths. I refer you back to Gracie’s exploits with the lizard. (https://muellermusings.com/2019/07/01/by-jove-i-think-she-got-one/)

Then on September 30, 2019, George had a grand mal seizure. All I could do was keeping on the floor, pet him and talk to him. It seemed to last forever. It started with him turning into a U. Just like before.

And just like before, he snapped out of it and wanted to play.

But two days ago he was startled by Gracie and went into the ‘aggression’ we had seen before. Only this time, he appeared to be unable to see or hear. I held him in the Cesar hold for a good two minutes. He remained somewhat disoriented and afraid to come into or go out of the house.

Off to the vet. STAT.

Turns out that the ‘aggression’ is a symptom that a seizure has occurred or is occurring. It has to do with the dog’s inability to perceive. Like George appearing to not see or hear.

It is not a tumor. It is idiopathic. And he does need medication.

Lots of dogs live with seizures of all kinds. They can be managed.

And that is what we are doing.

Managing

A little peanut butter, a tiny little pill every 12 hours.

He is still, and always will be, my baby George.

 

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14 comments

  1. I am so sorry he is going thru all of this. I know it makes it very difficult for you. We love them but we can’t always make them better. That’s so frustrating. Hang in there. You’re loving him and he can count on that. Hopefully, you’ve found the solution for him. You’re doing good, Gizzy. 🤗

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  2. Aww. Poor puppy. Lucky for him you caught that and are managing it ❤️

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  3. How frightening. I’m glad George has you looking out for him, Gael.

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  4. Oh, that’s quite disturbing, but I think George is wonderfully fortunate, to have such loving human’s looking after him…xxx

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  5. Our cat was diagnosed diabetic a week ago. The complicating factor is his hair trigger flight response which makes it a challenge to administer insulin. And yesterday he had to go to the vet because the new food caused constipation. He still isn’t over that yet but once he is, it will be back to figuring out how to give insulin. He is even more unhappy with me now for taking him to the vet. I appreciate the challenge you’re having with George.

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  6. How frightening for you and George. So glad you were able to find a way to manage seizures so he can continue to be happy George and chase his ball.

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  7. I’m sure your love and care will see George through this, Gael. Take care 😊

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  8. Awe. Love him. and you.

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  9. As soon as I read “rigid” my brain went to “seizure.” Hank had similar seizures–rigid, not seeing, not breathing–absent aggression. It was absolutely terrifying at first. He never needed medication, but had them every now and then for the rest of his life; they started when he was around 2, so it was 11 years of it. The upside, those seizures generally aren’t painful at all.

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  10. That must have been scary.  So sorry the little guy, and you,  have to deal with it.  I’m glad they have meds to manage it.   

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  11. Thanks, Thump! I was thinking about Hank when I wrote it!

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  12. I hope he will be okay thank goodness he has a great fur-mommy.

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  13. I hope he will be okay thank goodness he has a great fur-mommy.

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