Pomeranians and Seizures

By on January 21, 2013

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 MommyDaisy, 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. HerPomeranian seizures 4 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.

Daisy and Boo!

Daisy and Boo!

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

Daisy & Cocoa

Daisy & Cocoa

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

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Best Friends

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!

   
Candace says:

I have a Pom mix with Finnish Spitz. He is 6 years old. His name is Kody. I adopted him a year ago. Recently I noticed some nights when he sleeps with me I wake up to his body hitting my leg. I pick him up and rub his legs. If I out him in the floor his body is stiff but he rolls or throw is body back and forth. He recently just had this episode that lasted longer than any other time. Normally if I talk to him and rub his legs he snaps out if it. But this time I think I panicked and it was longer. I thought maybe they were muscle spasms since his legs lock up. But when he uses the bathroom on himself and stares blankly while swaying his head back and forth I’m not sure what it is. It’s frustrating to see my dog like this. I started crying because I didn’t know how to help him.

Pommy Mommy says:

It sounds like a seizure. I would take him to the Vet and talk to him/her about the episodes. It sounds exactly what my Shieka went through.

Jeni says:

I have a 5 year old female Pom. She had a shot of Cortisone about a month ago after she injured her back leg. Since then she has had these “episodes”…she gets very stiff, her whole body. She shakes, either will hold up her right front paw or loses use of her back legs. She looks like she is going to fall over or wobbly. She has never fell down during this…she has not drooled, deficated, eyes rolled back or urinated during this. She has had 6 of these, 2 back to back just last night!!! I don’t know what this is but am calling my vet this morning. Can anyone help

Pommy Mommy says:

It sounds like a small seizure.

Michelle says:

I have a 4 year old Pom (which I got from a friend/breeder), no history of it in his bloodline and from all tests we’ve done – nothing out of the ordinary. I first started trying herbal remedies, changing his diet, Chinese medication, etc but nothing was working. Ultimately I was looking to find an answer but some sort of natural way. In the end we started Zonisamide which is a newer seizure medicine on the market (originally made for people and now available for vets — without some of the long term side affects of Phenobarbitol). It’s been three months and we’ve only witnessed one seizure (which is a huge improvement as at one point he was having them about 3x a week — all very mild but seizures none the less). Happy to have found an answer and haven’t noticed it affect his personality, appetite or anything negatively!

Kristen Nicole says:

My beautiful princess Missy had her first seizure this past wed:(….My grandma …put her down :( I am so angry and hurt. For myself but mostly for Missy! I feel my Grandma didn’t give her a fighting chance. Yes she was 18 years old but it was her only one. Do you guys feel medicine could have saved her life. I feel bad for my pom pom she had a strong will to live. My grandma took that right from her. I am so angry with my grandma and trying not to hate her. But knowing what Missy wanted n feeling very strongly she would be fine this moment had my Grandma not taken her life. Please shareyour thoughts.
Thank you
Kristen Nicole

Pommy Mommy says:

I don’t have all the facts so I personally don’t feel I have the right to judge anyone for what they do. I know that if it were my Pomeranian I would have tried the medicinal route first before euthanasing my furry baby.

Vanessa says:

My baby Scooby is 12 1/2 yrs old & just had his 1st seizure this past Wednesday when I got home from work, he was normal when I got home from work excited to see & greet me and then while talking to my fiance he was plopped on the floor on his side paddling/running with his feet but not moving to get up, of course not knowing my fiance picked him up, my baby was dazed I held him in my arms as his eyes moved around and he came too. He was pretty restless that night the next day he was very lethargic, I call his vet & they said he should be fine just to take notes on how long they last and/or if they increase that it happens. My pom has a low thyroid diagnosed when he was 6 years old & has to take meds for that once a day for the rest of his life. Well he had another seizure last night but this time he snapped out of it quickly in 45 mins or so he was back to himself & happy barking etc., should I be taking him to his Dr or to another I’m afraid they’re going to tell me the same thing again of just keep track of them?

Pommy Mommy says:

I would take him to another Vet that specializes in small breed seizures. Ask around the other Veterinarians to see if they have had experience with Pomeranians and seizures. Many Vets haven’t so they just tell you to watch them until it becomes bad. Our Shieka had a heart murmur and seizures. It was very difficult to watch but was managed with small does of Phenobarbital.

Anna says:

We got our first pom in 1994. She was 10 weeks old. The first issue we had with her was colitis. We discovered it when we were trying to crate train her. She wouldn’t be in the crate long before she would poo and it would be loose and slimey with signs of blood. Once the vet determined that it was chronic, he put her on prescription R/D long term and a nasty orange pill (I can’t remember it was called). It’s a good thing she really enjoyed eating, cause R/D doesn’t have much taste. Now there are sensitive stomach dog foods that are a little more appealing than R/D. (Yes, I’ve tasted just about all of them — I never give my babies anything that I don’t taste just so I know what it’s like). Eating was her passion. When she was about three years old she started having seizures. They started off as small tremors (shaking almost as if she were cold). I noticed it once or twice over about a week. It only lasted a minute or so and then one day she had one after the other after the other with little time between them. I took her to our vet and after some tests he determined that she was having seizures and that she also had a thyroid problem. We added two more pills to our daily regimen. Her seizure medication was phenobarbital. Because it is known to cause liver problems, she had blood tests every 3 months for the rest of her life. She would have seizures randomly for the remainder of her life. She was the princess and probably as spoiled as any other dog. She had a large vocabulary and anytime we didn’t want her to know what we were saying we would spell (w-a-l-k; e-a-t; c-o-o-k-i-e; r-i-d-e). Next to food; ride was her favorite. When she was 12 years old she started getting these tiny bumps on her head. So tiny that I thought it was dirt or sand but then realized that they were itty bitty pimple-like bumps. They would come and go and then come again — only 1 or 2 at a time. Something told me to have it checked out. When I talked to the vet about it, he didn’t let on that he really thought it was anything, but he did say that he wanted to draw some blood and send it out for some testing. I was at work when he called to say that he had the results and wanted me to come in to pick up some medication. When I got to his office he gave me the worst news ever. My T-Dog had a form of Lukemia — Epitheliotropic Lymphosarcoma. Our baby had cancer. I was devastated. As it turned out, our vet had been pretty sure all along that he knew what the diagnosis was going to be. He had been treating another dog for the same disease. That dog lost his battle shortly after our Tasha was diagnosed. I cried for days. And so we added more pills and some salves to her daily regimen. As her disease worsened, the sores got bigger and covered more of her body. In the spring of 2006 the vet recommended shaving her to allow medication to better reach her skin. We agreed. She realized she had lost her hair and was very depressed for the first week. After that she always wanted to wear her clothes. It was as if she was embarrassed — but you could tell she sure felt pretty when she had on a frilly dress. It didn’t help much, but at least we were able to see how the disease was progressing. She gradually got weaker and weaker and her quality of life started to decrease rapidly. On 1 Nov 06 (one year and 3 days after we received that terrible news) we made the hardest decision of our lives and so Miss T passed over the Rainbow Bridge. Our vet would later tell us that she had survived with the disease longer than any other recorded case that he had been able to find. I cried for weeks (literally). I still cry when I sit down and re-live the whole story. I didn’t want another, because I didn’t ever want that feeling again. One day, after almost 4 months, I could hear her talking to me about a promise I had made her. I promised her that I would honor her by helping other special needs babies. I started looking and found a little girl (a pom mix) that was born with a deformed leg and needed very expensive surgery to have it fixed. I filled out an adoption application and sent it in and waited and waited to hear back — but nothing. So the next Saturday I showed up at their adoption event. I found the lady that I had sent the application to. She remembered my application and my story, but said that the dog I was interested in had already been adopted. But she had a Pomeranian that was being dropped off at the event that day. She hadn’t seem him and didn’t know anything about him but had agreed to take him from another rescue organization. She said she would give us first option to take him if we were interested. I agreed to wait for him to arrive. This was about 1030 in the morning. At about 3:30 that afternoon BamBam arrived — another special needs pom. He was beautiful. Since that warm 24th day of February 2007, when BamBam came home to his forever home, I have continued to honor the promise that I made to my first furchild that I loved sooo much. Including BamBam, I have now rescued and personally been a pommy mom to 8 poms/pom-x and one odd-ball chi-x that I knew probably wouldn’t be able to find a forever home very easily. Currently we have 5 dogs (three small poms — one that may be mixed with a little bit of Peke; a really big pom that’s definitely mixed with something — some speculate American Eskimo; and a very strange Chi/Dachsand/JackRussell mix). Feel free to visit my website — it’s currently quite a bit out of date as I’ve been tied up over the past year with work and dogs and my first grandson. I’m now at a point that I can get back to the website and get it updated with all of my babies. Feel free to visit often. There should be updates in the next couple of weeks.

I love the PommyMommy site. I love to look at all the beautiful pictures and it’s great to know that there are other folks out there who have experienced many of the same things that we have. At the time we were dealing with seizures, there weren’t many resources available that dealt with canine seizures and it was even harder to find resources that dealt with the type of cancer Tasha-Dog had. Keep up the good — I learn something new every time I visit your pages. May God Bless you.

Cathy says:

My 10 year old Pomeranian has had frequent seizures since she was 6 years old. Recently, I have been giving her 20 mg. of coenzyme Q10 and 100 mg. of sockeye salmon oil on 2 tablespoons of ice cream every morning. She has not had another tremor or seizure since. Her collapsed trachea honking cough has cleared up also.

Maria says:

I am interested in learning more about your remedy and how you found it. My Pom has been ill with no diagnosis all summer. She was good and normal for 4 weeks and then had a bad seizure 2 nights ago. She was sent home on phenobarbitol and can barely walk. When she barks at the cat she whimpers in pain afterward. She also has collapsing trachea but vet doesn’t seem to know about what that is.

Leigh Ann says:

My Pom, Rocky has seizures. My vet’s office switched our monthly treatment from Frontline Plus to Certifect. He seemed fine when I put it on him in the morning, but when I got home early afternoon he was wet. It was urine which I thought was odd, but gave him a bath and put him on the couch beside me. An hour or so later, he got stiff, his head arched backwards and he started yelping and urinating. I thought it was a seizure and took him to the vet. They said they didn’t think it was and sent me home. He started having one right after another just after the vet’s office closed so we took him to the Emergency Vet with the Certifect box in hand. I had been researching seizures and Certifect from the time I got home from my vet. Convinced the amitraz in the Certifect was Rocky’s problem they gave him another bath in dish washing detergent and put him on IV overnight. He had liver problems among other things afterward in addition to the seizures. It took months to get his bloodwork back to normal (it had been perfect less than a month before this all began). He still has seizures and he’s on twice daily doses of gabapentin. It seems to do pretty good most of the time. I wish I had never given him that first dose of Certifect. His health has been dramatically changed since that day. He is my sweetie and I will spoil him rotten and spend whatever it costs. I cherish every day I have with him! <3

Traci says:

I had a pom named Boomer he was the sweetest dog. Loved watching puppy bowl and he would tap you on shoulder to be let under blankets. One day my husband and mom noticed he had a small seizure stopped and was fine. A couple of months went by and he had another one. This time to be safe we took him for tests. They ran test after test. Sent him to specialist who did more tests. They found nothing. Several thousands later and no clue why he came home. Couple of days later the one seizure turned into a couple in one day. Vet gave him meds. Next day at emergency dog er we had to leave him over night to be observed because they continued. He was ok that night and we brought him home. And he started again. The vet gave us shots to give him and we brought him home again . That night I stayed up holding him because he had not one not 2 but 30 total . As morning came I was tired and very sad because I knew this was not a way for my sweet angel to live. My husband and I both agreed that he should be allowed to go run free on the rainbow bridge that day. I cried while at the er when we were told he was ready to be seen. I held my little angle for last time as he crossed the bridge . I still think of him and cry now and then but I know no dog should ever go through that ever. His collar is on a stuffed dog my husband got me that he fel in love with. And every night I tell Boomer I love him before I go to sleep. Several years later I saw on website something about water on brain. Having a new pom I asked vet about it and she agreed it could have been what Boomer had. Least now I know the signs. And I think a little of Boomers soul is in Smokey my new baby.

Marilyrosie says:

I also have poms. have had since 1996 when we took in a dog that no one wanted. As he got older around 6-7 he stated having seizures our vet ran tests and said he had Cushings synddrome. Also out other pom later had the same thing. so both were on medication I think Lycoderm? not sure since it’s been awhile. they both died last year, one was 14 and the other with cushings also had congestive heart failure and was 13 when he died. Since then I have some young poms. So their are all causes of seizures. Did some reading on Cushings in dogs, it’s very interesting. thanks

Denise says:

My pom is now 13years old I adopted her when she was 6 she was used as a breeding dog then dumped when she could not have pups anymore….she is and has been VERY skiddish…she still has fears of everything except me….she started getting seizures about 4 years ago…she would only have them about every 3 or 4 months for a long time til last year and then she had 2 maybe 3 a month….she is now taking phenobar…one tab a day…we just put her on it 2 weeks ago we are going to see how it goes and have a blood test run in 2 more weeks…..I just love her to death……i now have a 5 month old pom I hope she does not go through the same…..

I love your blog !!

Brenda says:

I have a rescue exbreeder that I obtained 4yrs. ago. Was never told she had seizures. Just that her last litter was a c-section & had to be spayed. The first time it happened I didn’t realize what was going on. But the second one there was no doubt. She is on phenobarbitol 2x a day to control them. If stressed will have a seizure, but otherwise does just fine. Between her & my other pom, they are what got me into rescue. Both were bad experience & led to my doing more research. I joined a rescue and helped save, foster & transport many rescues since then. Seizures are nothing to be left unattended to & back yard breeder, puppy mill babies, etc. need that watchful eye for problems. I hate to think if my MIssi & few other fosters were left in these circumstances, how their lives would end. You can live and them as well, long happy lives with the right medication to control seizures. I urge anyone not to let that stop them from adopting a rescue.

ROBIN says:

I lived with a seizure dog Maggie a cocker spaniel for 13 years. It started when she was 3. Meds kept her seizures down to a minimum but they eventually took their toll and I had to put her down. I created this site to keep track of the events so I could convey the information to my vet.
Anyone is welcome to use the site if needed.

I had a little boy chip, who was my heart soul and best friend. When he was five he started having seizures. The first time was Scarry, when he became stir, fell to floor and pupils large I called my vet who told me it was a seizure and to just sit with him and talk soothing to him which I did a few minutes later he was fine. I took him in next day and he was diagnosed with epilepsy and was put on meds. He only had one very few and mostly if he got stressed over something. He lived to be 16 years old when he died in my arms of old age. I miss him so much. My little girl Haley was just diagnosed with Cushing’s and is on meds she is 6 six now.

Karen says:

My mom and I had a pomeranian; she was the love of my life, but as she got older she would have what we thought to be seizures. She would have them in her sleep, where she would make this high pitch squeel, and stop breathing. She would also wet herself; thankully once we blew hard into her mouth she would start breathing and slowly come out of it.

Cree says:

My pom, Jamaica has seizures. He was on meds but the seizures continued. I thought he was about to die the way he was acting on the meds.

I took him off the meds, and he still has seizures sometimes, but now he acts like a happy dog, not so sluggish and drug out that he can barely walk.

It’s so scary when they have one. There’s nothing you can do but love them through it, unfortunately.

Was nice to hear others speak of the same issue.

Keep up the great work!

Brittney says:

I am a pommy mommy to a male Pomeranian, Achilles who is now 2 years old. He also has episodes of seizures. It first started when he was only a few months old I got done taking him for a walk and went to set him down on the ground and he collapsed and started yelping. I was frantic and had no idea what I was supposed to do. I picked him up and rushed upstairs to my husband. We coddled him and he came out of it. He was sluggish and disoriented for a couple of minutes and then fell asleep. I thought I had dropped him from when I put him down. It all happened so fast I was in a state of shock, so I didn’t know it was a seizure that first time. A about 5 months later we had a get together at my house and one of our friends fed Achilles wheat thins. I didn’t see how much he gave him but it wasn’t unusual for us to give him a treat here and there of something. Nothing big though. Well I guess I underestimated how much. He started walking funny and looked really sleepy. We all were laughing cause we thought he was just fighting sleep because he was interested in everyone at the house. Then he flipped on his back and went straight as a board and started yipping really loud again. We rushed him to the urgent care vet and the vet diagnosed him with an allergy to wheat and basically that’s what caused the seizures. We were really careful what we bought as dog food and what he was capable of getting into. (We have another dog, a husky, who is sneaky and can get food down for the both of them.) He’s had a few mini episodes here and there when he gets into our other dogs food from time to time. But they haven’t been anything like the first couple. I never knew dogs would go into seizures if they were fed something they were allergic too. I wanted to share to make sure people understand what harm comes from feeding dogs human food.

Pommy Mommy says:

Thanks Brittney! That’s great info. Glad you have his seizures under control! Thanks for sharing.