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We are just back from the vet and overall, everything looks good, but at 4:00 AM Sunday morning, Quinn had a seizure. He was on our bed; it woke us up and sent Gracie running for cover. The convulsions were strong, and he foamed and drooled heavily, but he didn't lose bowel or bladder control, and it lasted only about a minute. He was of course quite confused and a bit dazed for awhile afterwards, but he rebounded quickly and was acting completely normal by mid-morning.

The blood-work didn't show anything alarming and all vitals are normal. HOWEVER, he does now test positive for the tick born disease, anaplasmosis, so he is now on a course of antibiotics. Those ticks!! While this can lead to seizures, he hasn't had it long enough and his platelet level isn't low enough for that to be the case.

We now just have to keep tabs and track any future seizures. If they are infrequent and of short duration, we will do nothing beyond the monitoring. There is also the possibility that this was isolated. I will pray for that.  

We were at the vet for over 2 hours and I think he loved every minute of it. He got oohhhed and aahhhed over and got lots of pets and even a couple of hugs and kisses! Now he is sacked out, just exhausted from his big adventure. He is such a good, sweet boy. I hope in the long run, this turns out to be next to nothing.

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Comment by Lois - Izzi on February 20, 2016 at 6:20pm

diet and meds for now...  rerun all test in March  and go from there...   Has been fairly good day, but at the moment he is hiding in a powder room... 

Comment by Beverly and Eli on February 20, 2016 at 4:15pm

Oh Lois, poor Charlie. Hope he continues to improve. Keep us posted.

Comment by CJ, Gracie, and Quinn on February 20, 2016 at 3:56pm

Oh, I am so sorry to hear this Lois, but glad that he has rebounded a bit. Does the vet think this is something you can control with diet and meds? Sending hugs to you and to Charlie.

Comment by Lois - Izzi on February 20, 2016 at 2:45pm

Charlie (the cocker) is not doing well either..  Two weeks ago I spent most of Saturday at an emergency vet care..  All diagnostics show Kidney failure....  Both Charlie and Izzi are only 3.5 yrs.     Repeated test 10days later .... personal vet care believes this may be a liver problem as he is not digesting Protein ...  He was on Renal (prescription food).... and bottles of meds..   Now on homemade ground beef and rice...   with  liver meds and retention meds for fluids that surrounds all his organs.   ...  He has improved greatly, light in his eyes again  and hunts critters... but not as he once did....  He is much to young for these issues.      Quality of life is becoming foremost in out mind..       

Comment by Harrison, Brodie & Kris on February 18, 2016 at 12:00am

Oh Quinn, we are so sorry. It is such a scary thing to witness. Brodie had seizure over a month ago and thank God not another one. His blood work came back perfect as well. The vet mentioned to us that it could have been an isolated incident. He may have eaten a big (totally possible) or possible stung by a bee. We watch him very closely. Brodie's seizure sounds like it was just like Quinn's. Brodie was super thirsty for a few days afterwards. We attempted token him quiet which was next to impossible... We are sorry that you are going through this and will keep you close in our hearts.. Praying it is an isolated event. 

Comment by CJ, Gracie, and Quinn on February 16, 2016 at 9:40am

Thanks everyone for your support and kinds words. It's been 48 hours now with no repeat, and although that doesn't mean it was an isolated incident, it is comforting. The anaplasmosis may or may not disappear. Our dog before Gracie had it and remained positive after her initial course of Doxy. It then becomes a monitor situation and the recommendation is to retreat only if the dog becomes symptomatic. It is extremely rare to have anaplasmosis cause a seizure and then I think it's only in advanced cases. A couple of things tell me that we caught this very early--Quinn tested negative in August and in Dec., I found a dead but engorged deer tick on Quinn. I didn't dose the pups with Nexgard in Dec. because we don't usually have a tick problem in the winter. As it has turned out, this winter is not the norm, and I'm guessing that one nasty tick was the culprit. The ticks here are awful. Gracie also tests with a very low level of Lyme. This happened even though she was given the Lyme vaccine AND we were diligent with monthly applications of Frontline. It was the failure of Frontline that led us to Nexgard. BTW, Quinn has also been vaccinated. Even though the vaccine is not 100%, our vet feels that it helps to keep the disease at bay. I am starting to think however that I will not repeat the vaccine in the spring. I don't like any vaccines and this one seems like it can come off the list.

On a very happy note--today is a SNOWDAY!! We had a couple of inches of snow last night, it then turned to sleet, and then to freezing rain. We are warming up and headed toward just plain rain, but not soon enough for the roads to be clear, so NO SCHOOL TODAY :) This is especially nice because my husband is off from work tomorrow and so now will have 4 full days of keeping an eye on Quinn 24/7. I like that.

Dianne, I agree, I hope Quinn mimics your sister's bull mastiff. And Jan, I didn't have Gracie with me yesterday. I'm not leaning toward testing her at this time because we already know she has Lyme, I haven't found any other ticks besides the one on Quinn, and I went back to using the Nexgard after finding the tick on Quinn. As long as she doesn't show any symptoms, I will stick to the yearly schedule of rescreening her in the spring. 

Comment by Beverly and Eli on February 16, 2016 at 7:31am

Oh that's awful but I am hoping that this is an isolated incident and all is well. I can't imagine what his life was like before he came to you but I"m so glad he did. We had an older Golden many years ago who had a huge seizure one afternoon. Scared our other dog and the cat. Amazing how they sense something is really wrong. Let's hope this is the end of the seizures, although I'm sure he loved his vet visit.

Comment by Jan, Lily & Nessy on February 16, 2016 at 12:12am

Poor Quinn.  What a scary thing to have happen.  I'm with everyone else hoping the antibiotics do the trick.

Did you have to have Gracie screened too?

Comment by Dianne and Dulcie on February 15, 2016 at 10:39pm

Oh, I hope all turns out okay!  My sister's 120 lb. bull mastiff had a seizure like that - I was there and it scared us to death! He never had another one, though, so I will pray for the same thing for Quinn!

Comment by Claudette & Rollie on February 15, 2016 at 8:24pm
I am so sorry to hear this...I hope he does better

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