This beauty is Zena, a 2 year-old boxer who recently gave her mom a scare. Zena started stumbling, falling over, was shaking and had a high temperature. Her mom knew she had to get her into the vet right away.
While at the vet’s office, Zena was not acting anything like she was at home, but her mom felt she was still not back to her normal self; so the clinic kept her for a few hours. After giving her fluids and her showing signs of improvement, they called her mom to tell her she could pick her up. Once Zena saw her mom, she got super excited and her earlier symptoms happened again, making the vet diagnose her with seizures.
Seizures can be somewhat challenging to spot in a dog. At first glance for someone who has never had a pup go through it, a seizure could look like your pet is a little hyperactive or may be acting abnormally, but there are specific signs to look for including: collapsing, jerking, stiffening, muscle twitching, loss of consciousness, drooling, chomping, tongue chewing, or foaming at the mouth. WebMD also mentioned that: Sometimes dogs can fall to the side and make paddling motions with their legs. They sometimes poop or pee during the seizure. Some dogs may look dazed, seem unsteady or confused, or stare off into space before a seizure. Afterward, your dog may be disoriented, wobbly, or temporarily blind. He may walk in circles and bump into things. He might have a lot of drool on his chin and could be bleeding in his mouth if he bit himself. He may try to hide.
Seizures can be caused by:
· Eating poison
· Electrolyte problems
· Head injury
· Liver disease
· Low or high blood sugar
· Kidney disease
Zena’s mom is a single mom with two young children. She’s working hard, but knew she couldn’t afford this visit at the moment, so she applied to Fur Kids Foundation to help. We are happy to report that Zena’s seizures stopped, and while the vet isn’t sure why she had them to begin with, they suspect she may have gotten into something that was causing them. But, we do know that Zena sure is happy to be at home with her mom.
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