Pls Help me figure out what's wrong with my dog

patrice607January 14, 2012

Our 3 year old Maltese has had several episodes where he gets stiff and is unable to walk. This has happened 6 times and lasts anywhere from 5 to 20 minutes.

Sometimes he looses control of his bowels. He is always alert, but seems scared and is trembling. We showed our vet a video and she thinks it's a gastrointestinal issue. We are very careful with his diet.

Any suggestions???

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Best suggestion: please get him to the vet on Monday.

Good luck. Hope he's OK.

    Bookmark   January 14, 2012 at 6:11PM
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Ginny McLean_Petite_Garden

Maltese dogs are prone to Epilepsy and Hydrocephalus. I suggest you get that little dog to another vet ASAP. :)

    Bookmark   January 14, 2012 at 7:39PM
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She already said she took the dog to the vet or showed the vet a video of the episode. Perhaps, just as with people, you may want to get a second opinion. Not all vets are created equal, it took three different vets before one diagnosed my dog's thyroid condition! To me it sounds like a seizure.

    Bookmark   January 14, 2012 at 10:38PM
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Can you share the video? I ask because when you say 'stiff and unable' to walk - that could also be a fear reaction. It would be helpful to have context as to when this happens and what you and he are doing when it occurs.

    Bookmark   January 15, 2012 at 12:31PM
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Have tick borne diseases been ruled out? 4DX will show if the dog has anaplasmosis; should find out immediately.

    Bookmark   January 16, 2012 at 4:34AM
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It sounds like a seizure, especially the loss of bowels.

Does he seem disorientated and very hungry and thirsty for a several minutes afterwards?

    Bookmark   January 16, 2012 at 10:24PM
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I absolutely agree this might be a seizure. Please look at the website for epi guardian angels. You can google it. There are many variations of a seizure and that specifically sounds like one of them.

Here is a link that might be useful: epi guardian angels website

    Bookmark   January 28, 2012 at 3:59AM
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Update on the dog?

    Bookmark   January 28, 2012 at 12:31PM
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Grand Mall Seizure to be exact! They do not Die from them and the are med's that will help control them. You need to go to a vet to get them. He will need to know how often they happen and how bad they are. Not easy to find the cause. But there might be a trigger that brings them on. What happens just before a Seizure? Keep a record of just before it happens.
This might help pinpoint the cause! Say calm if you can and don't grab the dog they can hurt you and not mean to. Hope this helps! Vet Tech Gayla

    Bookmark   January 29, 2012 at 12:22AM
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This sounds like a seizure disorder. I've had 2 dogs with it (both elderly, not maltese).

    Bookmark   February 2, 2012 at 9:28AM
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