Dog with Late Onset Seizures
(Vineland, NJ USA)
I have an 18 year old miniature Daschund named Hazel, who has just presented with seizure activity. She had a seizure on Monday morning about 10am and one this evening about 7pm.
I have read that presentation this late in life is probably indicative of something other than the epilepsy that can be treated by potassium bromide or phenobarbital. I am wondering if some type of nutrient deficiency or perhaps a brain tumor.
Having visited my local vet last month for an “upper respiratory infection”, Hazel had some x-rays taken and there was no indication of tumor at that time. Hazel was placed on an antibiotic and Enalapril due to something they saw on the x-ray concerning her veins.
We have exhausted the supply of antibiotics, yet she still seems congested. We have been giving her Zyrtec for the congestion, also at the suggestion of the vet. There is a lot of mucus around her mouth during her seizures.
Obviously, I want these seizures to cease as quickly as possible especially due to her advanced age. Her seizures are typical except that she is extremely active AFTER the seizure. From everything I have read, this is unusual, as the activeness usually occurs pre-seizure.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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