Meghane - your thoughts please!
Our 20 month old Golden had a seizure last monday night, followed by more Tuesday night. That night he had them approximately every 3 to 4 hours throughout the night, then another one around noon the next day at the Vets office, for a total of 8 seizures. Wednesday night we took him to Virginia to ICU and he had one more not long after we left him. He then went 24 hours and we have brought him home and so far no more.
When we left the emergency care unit in Va., the doctor there recommended we not start him on phenobarb because he's so young and could go a long period without having anymore seizures. We were uncomfortable with that advice but decided we'd discuss it with our Vet. I called and she definitely wanted him on the phenobarb so we started it last night.
I don't have many questions concerning his seizures or even if we should have started the phenobarb, but would like to know your take on it. But, I do have questions regarding his behavior. He is just acting so strange. He won't eat his dog food so I'm having to cook chicken and rice for him. I mixed that with some of his kibble and he spit the kibble out and ate the rest. He acts like his has forgotten all his manners, wanting to take food out of our hands or off the table, and trying to get in the trash. When he first came home (Thursday night) we're not even sure if he knew his name or was aware of who we were. At that point it had been 36 hours since he had been given any kind of meds(phenobarb and valium). He has seemed somewhat better about his name and recognizing us, but he's just a different dog. He was always sort of a "human hog" wanting all the attention and butting his way in when one of the other dogs were getting attention. Now, he doesn't give it any notice. He also is acting like he's unsure on how to maneuver the steps. Almost like he isn't sure how to work his legs to go up and down... mostly down. Also, it seems he can't get in the car by himself. DH has to put him in. He doesn't know to move out of your way when underfoot. You know how it is with several dogs and working around the house. They're always doing that fancy footwork to stay out of the way. He doesn't even respond when you tell him to move. It's like he's clueless to how life used to be.
About a month ago, we decided he was a big boy and didn't have to sleep in the crate anymore. There was a couple of times after that I have tried to put him in and of course he barked like crazy to get out. Now since he's been home, we've been crating him and he sleeps through the night, not one bark. It's just odd behavior to me after being allowed to sleep free with the other two dogs.
I realize that he has been through quite a lot over this last week but we never really got a definitive answer on if this is totally normal behavior.
If you could give your thoughts on this, it would be greatly appreciated.