Friday, July 5, 2013

Fur Real

I don't talk much about Rocky, our black lab, on the blog, so I decided he needed some love and attention today, especially in light of what happened to him a few days ago. 
 
 
But let me back up and first tell you a bit about the Rockster. He is actually our first "baby"; we got him when I was about 6 or 7 months pregnant with Dom.  He was such a sweet and playful puppy. And very loving.  Especially with Charlie - that is HIS dog. We named him Rocky because even at 6 weeks old, his paws were ENORMOUS.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Obviously as we had the boys, and both work full-time, our poor pup doesn't get as much attention as he used to.  So we've been trying to make sure he gets some solid quality time with us every single day.  The kids love chasing him around and "accidentally" dropping food on the floor for him to eat.
 
 
Anyway, a few nights ago, we could hear him thrashing around downstairs. At first, I just thought maybe he was chasing one of his toys around.  And then when I heard Charlie yell for me in a panic, I ran downstairs, thinking maybe somebody was trying to break into the house, or something. When I got down there, I could see Charlie holding down Rocky.  Rocky's eyes were kind of rolled back in his head and he was thrashing around and knocking his head onto the floor with so much force. It was really scary, and I thank God that Charlie was there with me because I was just frozen in place and didn't know what to do.
 
 
After a minute or so, he stopped thrashing, but then he wasn't able to walk.  He'd try to stand and just collapse back down onto his blanket.  We also noticed that he lost control of his bowels and pooped all over the place while this was going on.
 
 
About 5 minutes later, he was just fine, back to his old self, able to walk with no problem. Charlie and I looked at each other and said, "oh my goodness, I think he just had a seizure."  That was such a scary experience because nothing like that has ever happened with him before. And obviously, he can't talk and tell us if he is feeling funny or whatever.  We're gonna take him to the vet and see if they have any recommendations or can diagnose him. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Has this ever happened to your fur baby?  Did you feel as helpless as I did??
 
 
 
 
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13 comments:

  1. Poor Rocky! That sounds exactly like a seizure. I dated a guy whose dog was epileptic, and was able to control it with medication (though she still had occasional seizures). He definitely needs to get in to see the vet though- hope he's ok!

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  2. :( Poor Rocky! I know I tweeted you about this but Emma has seizures quite often. She was diagnosed with canine epilepsy 4 years ago and is on medication for the rest of her life.

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  3. My Chihuahua has seizures every once and awhile. Hers last for about 3 minutes but she doesn't lose control of her bowels. The best thing to do is hold them, talk calmly, and stay as calm as possible. Which I know is really hard to do but they feed off what you are feeling and staying calm and being close to them will help them get out of one faster. My dog has been to the vet for her seizures, has had complete bloodwork checks done and physical exam and nothing is at all different than any other healthy dog. So she isn't being treated because they are so scarce and there is no direct cause. Sounds like Rocky has a worse case though...but good thing is there are meds that can help him!

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  4. Oh my..I hope he is okay. We have never had this happen but I hope he is alright. I would for sure take him to the vet for that.

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  5. Poor Rocky! One of my friends runs a lab rescue, and she has said that it's something she has seen in several of the dogs she has rescued, and it can sometimes be hard to diagnose the actual cause of the seizures. I sincerely hope this is a one-time only event, and that he's okay!

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  6. that would definitely freak me out. I hope he's ok!

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  7. girl our boston terrier has ear problems and he does something that makes me think it's a seizure but the vet said things are fine with him. clearly they are dumb as dirt. a dog shouldnt do what he does at least once a month depending on how bad his ears are. we think it's either ear mites or inner ear problems. we just hold him and rub him and pet him and let him know we are there and that it'll be ok.

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  8. Oh my gosh Mia that's so scary, I hope the vet is able to give him something to help prevent it from happening in the future. Give Rocky some tummy rubs for me!

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  9. This happened with my pup, it ended up being a heart issue. Take him in soon so they can give him the right medicine!!

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  10. We had an epileptic cat several years ago, but hers was severe, and we had to put her down. So yeah its scary!
    hopefully this was a one time thing! Keep me posted! Poor puppy!

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  11. omg i would freak out if this happened to kina! thank gosh charlie was there. i know my cousin's dog had something similar happen (but it was in correlation with old age) and now has a lot of trouble walking on his hind legs. i hope rocky gets better or at leased diagnosed properly soon! xoxo

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  12. Awe what a sweet lovely boy! We have a dog too, and he's our first baby. It was the best decision that we adopted him before having any kids. Sofia loves him and he's really good with her. I would totally freak out and get scared too, if Dallas had a seizure. I even hated when we were out of town and my in-laws had to take him to the vet because he cut his ear. I hope that Rocky is okay!

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