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This week we had to face hard facts and put down our sweet old pug, Jojo. We have a lovely vet who makes house calls, so Monday was the day. It was a hard weekend prior and an even harder morning. She may no longer be in our arms, but she will be in our hearts forever.

Two hours before the vet was due to arrive Navy had a seizure. He was eating his morning meal when he stepped away from his bowl, sat down and kind of curled forward like he was in great pain. He turned his head to look at me (you know the look: "help me!"). I went to him and had my hands on him trying to figure out what was wrong, if maybe he had food stuck in his throat. He was very stiff. Then his back legs began to stretch out in an odd way and I realized he was having a seizure. I helped him to lay down and covered him with a blanket. I turned the lights off and asked my family to be quiet to try to reduce his neural stimulation. I kept one hand on him. The seizure lasted about 2 minutes, then he lay still under the blanket for 15 minutes, then he got up. He was a little wonky for another 30 minutes.

This was Navy's second seizure that I know of. His first was four years ago. At that time I took him to the vet for a full work up. It essentially came down to this: if he begins having frequent seizures we can begin medicating him, but if they only happen occasionally it is best not to medicate. I was taught to reduce environmental stimulation during a seizure, including covering him with a blanket.

I don't know if the high emotions of the day triggered him. I honestly have not been able to find any similarities between the lead up to his first seizure and his second. I hope he never has another, but I realize that might be wishful thinking. He has been fine since. A bit more clingy, but with the loss of Jojo that may have happened anyway. I have been watching him closely wondering if he has been having smaller seizures that I just haven't been noticing. So far, no evidence of that.

PF has been a very helpful resource as I have done searches here regarding seizures and read many stories of others who have experienced similar or worse things. One thing I've learned is that there is some evidence that immediately putting a bag of ice on the dog's back during a seizure can lessen the length of the seizure and quicken the recovery time. I have one ready to go in case of future events.

Thanks for listening, PF friends! Navy is about 10 years old now. I am hopeful he will make it to 20. He agrees that 20 sounds good :angel2:
 

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Oh no, dear Newport, hard times indeed. I’m so sorry you had to your pug Jojo to sleep. Always a difficult and very sad decision. You may be right that the high emotions might have triggered a seizure in Navy adding to your stress.

I hope Navy continues to be healthy and live a full and healthy life.
 
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I am sorry for the loss of your pug, dojo. It is always a difficult time and I guess it makes it more difficult with navy having that seizure. Hopefully it was due to all the emotions and who knows what dogs actually feel maybe he felt the loss of dojo too or just knew it was mojo's time. Healing thoughts and prayers.
 

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I am sorry for the loss of your dear Jojo. He will be forever in your hearts.

As for seizures, it’s possible Navy only has them very randomly. My dear Tamara (R.I.P.) had them sometimes. In her 14 years, we only witnessed 2 or 3, but she must have had more, we weren’t home during the day. She didn’t seem to suffer after them, she just needed to rest.

I wish you and Navy the best.
 

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Thank you all for your kind words. Jojo was a dear girl who loved everyone, and especially doted on my husband. We will miss her.

About Navy, it helps to hear others have loved dogs with only occasional seizures. It’s good to know it doesn’t have to get worse.
 

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I'm so sorry for your loss of Jojo, Newport :'( Pugs hold a very special place in my heart. Such sweet dogs. And I'm also sorry about Navy's seizure. Maizie may or may not have had a seizure a few months ago and it was super scary to watch. And then just waiting to see if she has another was/is stressful. But it's true, dogs with seizures can live very full, happy lives. My sister's Chihuahua is still going strong at around 11 and our family Maltese/Poodle lived to 16 with full blown epilepsy. So, I expect Navy to live to 20 :)
 

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Newport so sorry for your loss and I unfortunately have experience with seizures. My Dalmatian started with them at 4 and we lost him to it at the end. Of course I also put myself through a crash course of seizures. I can second every single thing you have said. Yes to the light blanket over the headand the quietness and turning off all lights. Also no touching. Yes also to the icepacks on the back. I used to take them to sleep with me on the bedside table to have them handy in case my Ollie had one at night. Also medication is something you want to avoid as long as possible. Since my boy had really bad clusters of grand mals I did not have a choice. I hope the frequency of your dog's episodes remains little and so sorry you have have to go through this.
 

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I'm sorry for the tough decision. I had to put down my border collie last year. Never easy.

As for Navy, try taking a refrigerator magnet (the strongest one you have) and stroke him with it three times, from the top of his head to the base of his tail.
 

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I am so sorry for your loss, Newport. It’s never easy to say goodbye to a beloved dog. They always stay in your heart. I still miss my Scottie, and it’s been almost six years! As to seizures, there was an insert in Poodle Variety on some interesting ongoing research studies, specifically relating to seizures in poodles. Buck has not had a single seizure on a Keppra regimen.
 

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I am so sorry for your loss. It certainly does hit us hard. I had to take Raven to the vet today for an injury to her front paw and they put us the room I was in when I lost my wonderful collie girl 5 years ago and those feeling started to wash over me again. Hoping your Navy continues to do well.
 

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Oh Newport, I am so very sorry for your loss :( I am glad that your sweet dog got to cross the bridge in a familiar environment.

From my perspective, it could be that Navy sensed something was about to happen with Jojo, and this might have triggered the seizure. When my family had to put Gracie down in December, it was very clear that Miracle knew something was wrong with her and this stressed her out, which changed Miracle's behavior for a brief time. It's great that you knew how to handle the seizure and followed specific protocol. Hoping the best for Navy in the future.
 

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I am so very sorry to hear about the loss of your sweet baby. That is never an easy decision to make. It is possible that the stress in the house may have had something to do with the seizure in your other kiddo.

My Iris had one seizure in her life and it was during a time of extreme stress over the impending loss of my Mother who was in hospice care at home. Iris never had another seizure. Our vet told me his 2 1/2 yr old lab would have one every 4-6 weeks and because they were no more frequent he chose not to medicate for them because of the side effects from the medication. His boy lived a good long life and his seizures never got more frequent nor any worse in intensity.

I hope Navy does well, and again, I am so sorry for your loss.
 

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Thank you all for your loving support, and for sharing your personal stories. It really helps to hear about your diverse journeys through these same murky waters. PF is a pretty wonderful place filled with wonderful people!
 
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