Pomeranians and Seizures
Is your Pomeranian showing signs of seizures? Or maybe you’re thinking of adopting a Pomeranian that has seizures and you’re not exactly sure if you’re ready for the responsibility of taking care of a Pommy that has them.
Today on Pommy Mommy, Lupe is sharing her Pomeranian Daisy’s history with seizures. She’s here to talk to you about how she found out Daisy was having seizures and what her vet did to treat them. Lupe is a nurse, and Pommy Mommy of two sweet Pomeranians Daisy and Cocoa.
Let’s see what Lupe has to say:
Daisy came into our lives in 2009 when my coworker at the time said her parents who owned her were unable to take care of her and were looking for a new home for her.
Daisy was an outside dog so I don’t know if she had seizures when she was living with them but I noticed after having her for about four months she had an episode where she acted strange. Her pupils were very large and she started swaying side to side and then crouched down and was trembling. This didn’t last very long maybe a couple of minutes and my husband and I thought she was spooked by something. A couple of months later this happened again but this time one side of her body stiffened andshe had tremors all over which lasted a little longer. We notified our vet and she ran lab work such as a CBC, electrolytes, and thyroid tests to see if anything abnormal was causing them. It turns out her lab work was fine and there was nothing indicating what the cause was.
At the time she was prescribed a medication called Ativan as needed for seizures. Since her seizures
didn’t last very long and she had a couple of episodes, our vet wanted to hold off on prescribing a scheduled medication.
As time went on, Daisy started to have more frequent seizures and they lasted longer up to 5 minutes. We started to know
when she would go into one because her pupils would become enlarged and her whole body would stiffen and tremor.
We knew when her episodes were over when her tremors would stop, Daisy would throw up, and she would start to walk
like nothing happened. Our vet then decided to start her on a medication called Phenobarbitol scheduled twice a day. With
Phenobarbitol, the vet will follow up with lab work to see if her levels of medication are therapeutic.
Important things to keep in mind with dogs with seizures is to document what they look like, how long they last, and when they happen.
There’s not much you can do while they are having a seizure but to protect them. Luckily I’m a nurse and have worked with people with seizures before so I knew what to tell the vet. Still with my background, it can be a scary and emotional thing to go through because
you feel bad for them. I was afraid that starting medications would change Daisy’s personality but we noticed she tends to
get sleepy easier. It was important to start her on a schedule medication because the risk of her going into status epilepticus
was too high. Status epilepticus is when someone goes into nonstop seizure activity which can be life threatening. Even
after several checkups with the vet, she has no identifiable cause for her seizures. Examples of causes are brain tumors, metabolic
problems such as low blood sugar, etc.
Even though Daisy has to be on medication twice a day for the rest of her life, she is still a happy Pomeranian! She is still able to live a normal life with her sister Cocoa. We don’t know what we would do without our Daisy!