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    Unhappy Seizures in Bostons

    I'm very glad I chanced upon this forum. I am very scared and nervous and looking for any insight into this problem that I can find. First, a little history, I have owned 4 Boston Terriors over a span of the last 12 years. My first male was my baby. 2.5 years ago on a Sunday without any prior problems, he had a Grand Mal Seizure. I lasted about 2 minutes and scared me to death. I am an intensive care nurse but when its your animal you can't think straight. Make a long story short I pulled out all the stops. We did countless amounts of bloodwork and went so for as to get a CT scan of his head to diagnose something, anything. Nothing came back positive. Within two weeks gradually he lost all of his motor control, could not sleep, and began to walk in circles. We treated him impirically with steroids, antibiotics, anti seizure, and sedatives. Sadly, I was forced to have him put to sleep just 11 days after the first seizure. I was, and still am devastated that a cause was never found. He was 9 years old and had never been sick a day in his life. Fast forward to yesterday, again a Sunday, and to my unbelieivable astonishment my 8 year old male (whom I still call my "puppy" although he is a large 39 pound boy), woke up at 4:30 in the am having a Grand Mal Seizure last approx. 3 minutes. Now you can see my dilemma. These dogs are not related, my "puppy" is also healthy and large, although not fat. I dont know where to turn. I refused to feed my other dogs the same food as I did my first male, on the chance that it was something in his food. We live on 6 acres and these dogs are mostly in door dogs. If there is anyone that has had a similar experience, please drop me a note. Click here to enlarge

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    Wow! Your story is so much like mine! I also have had several Boston's through the years, 5 in the last 22 years. 5 years ago I had an 8 yr old Boston that was fine, showing no signs of health issues, then one day when she was chasing a tennis ball she fell then got back up and shook it off. I sat puzzled for a second and said to my self, "was that or wasn't it?" I took her to the vets the next day saying that I thought she may have had a seizure and the lady had no clue. I asked where a specialist was, and about an hour away I took her for an MRI (very expensive! but at that time I could afford it). The day that I took her to the specialist she had just started walking in circles so the vet knew even before doing the MRI that it was a brain tumor. They sent me home with anti-seizure meds and as expected the seizures started. I was to call them each time she had one and they would simply tell me how much to up the dosage. That day she was having a seizure every few hrs but by the next day it was every hr and I had no choice but to have her put to sleep. At the time we had a 4 yr old Boston, so we decided a few months later to get her a buddy. Twister was born 5 years ago this coming Valentine's day. My son woke me up at 4 am last Friday (the 13th) and said that he thought Twister had a seizure and there was a huge puddle of liquid from her mouth. She was walking around and recovering when I got to her. I woke up at 1 am the next morning because I could hear her making noises in the kitchen. Sure enough, it had been a seizure because she was having one when I heard her. I pet her and waited for the seizure to be over with, which was only a couple minutes from the time that I got to her. I did some research to try and find the cause. One thing that I read was that if they go too long between meals it can trigger one. I feed my girls twice a day, both dogs are at a very good weight and really don't get that much. The night of the second seizure I gave Twister some pasta before I went to bed. She didn't have one that night, so I did that again for a few nights, and she hasn't had another. The food may have absolutely nothing to do with it but I have decided to split their breakfast into breakfast and lunch, then give the normal amount for dinner, then a snack at night. I also spoke with a vet that's a friend of my mother's and she pretty much said what I had read, that most seizures are idiopathic and some of the causes. She suggested that I get some blood work done at some point to rule out the liver, kidneys or thyroid, but also said that those were most likely not an issue at all since she is eating and drinking. She also said that if it was a brain tumor the seizures would not have stopped at two. She told me that thunderstorms can trigger seizures in some dogs. She even sees a dog that has one if it eats anything with red dye. As with you, I really have no idea what the cause is. It's hard to say what triggered Twister to have a seizure two days in a row and not one in the 5 days since then. Time will tell I guess.....I still can't believe that our stories are so similar! I'm sorry to read that you have and are also experiencing this.

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    Hi, I replied to this post, telling you that my story is very similar. Somehow it never made it through. If this one does I will try again.

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    Hi there. I have an eight year old boston. She was has always been very health until two months ago when she got her first seizure. Brought her to the vet and blood tests were done to rule out other causes, they didn't find anything and said she has epilepsy. She was put on potassium bromide and phenobarbital. She had a few more seizures and they increased the dosage. After about a week or so on the higher dosage she started getting seizures again. Called the vet and they added Valium to her meds. She was good for a week or so and she started getting mild seizures. She can stand during them but foams at the mouth and run into the corners or closets. She acts like she is starving and dying of thirst. She has difficulty walking for periods through out the day. The vet said they weren't sure what was going on and referred us to an euro specialist, were pretty sure it's a brain tumor given her symptoms and the breed. This came out of the blue and my family is devastated. She has been having accidents in the house for the past couple weeks and that is very unlike her. The combination of drugs side effects and seizures is breaking our hearts and we're thinking we have to put her down soonClick here to enlarge So sorry to hear about your boston!

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    I haven't visited the forum in a few weeks. I had a female Boston girl that I found walking in the middle of the streets. It was winter and she was skin and bones, so I scooped her up and took her home. I found out who she belonged to, but they didn't want her anymore, so she became my first Boston girl...I already had two Boston boys. No one knew how old she was, but her face was white with age, and the vet said she was at least 10 or 11. She could barely stand and didn't have much hair. I spent the next two years getting her in a better physical state, and she did really well. About 2 1/2 years later, I got up one morning...the first day of my vacation from work...and she followed me very, very closely and constantly kept her nose on the back of my leg if I stood still for any length of time and she was panting. I had no idea why, so I went out to mow the lawn, and took her out too, hoping she would maybe work off some of this 'anxiety'. We were out in the July heat for about an hour, and as soon as I finished the lawn and we headed toward the house, she rolled over in the driveway and had a seizure. I felt such panic. I didn't know what to do, so I turned her onto her belly and knelt beside her and talked to her and petted her. I rushed her to the vet, and they kept her for a couple of days. They never really knew for sure what caused it, and she came home after her two day stay at the vets office. She was not the same girl she had been before. She searched the whole house like it was her first time there, and she never took naps in her kennel, which she used to love. She also used to eat ice cubes, but would not do that anymore either. Otherwise, she recovered fairly well. About three months later, I was at work one night and my wife called and said she was having another seizure. The seizures kept on for over 30 minutes, and she was not strong enough to hold on anymore. I lost her that night when I was not with her. I wish I hadn't kept her out in the heat with me that one day, but I didn't know. I don't know if she had epilepsy or not, but I know watching them seize is awful. Please update as new things arise. Wishing you much luck in finding out what is going on with your puppy.

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    I am going through this right now. I lost my 13 year old boston in July, she had seizures her whole life but the last year she was having grand mals and that is how we lost her. Now my 10 year old boston had a grand mal today and is at the vets right now. She just started having seizures a few months ago. Not sure what will end up happening. I am worried and feel so bad for her. I know I may lose her.

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    So sorry to hear about you sweet girlsClick here to enlarge. Wondering what if anything you found out with the visit to the veterinarian?? I am happy to report my "puppy" as I call him (he's almost 8) has not had another seizure to date. The only thing I have changed has been taking the "Canned food" out of the equation. My husband was convinced (although I am not) that even feeding the canned food in very small amounts daily was the the cause of the seizures, and subsequent death of my first boy. I am willing to try anything to keep Jaco seizure free at this point. Thank you for your response and I hope you are at home right now with your babyClick here to enlarge

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    We got our Gracie home. She is not herself, she is also wobbly, the vet thinks its the medication. She is just not acting like she usually does. I guess we will go day by day and hope she improves and gets stronger everyday. She is such a sweet dog, its so hard to watch her go through this.

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    We had 2 boston terriers. they were brothers. Rocky and Rosco. Rosco had epilepsy. He would have moderate seizures from a fairly young age. he live to be 11 years old. It was terribly sad, but we knew when the time came, that it was time. Rocky never was the same after. It has been over 2 years. Last week rocky had a seizure at age 13. First one he ever had. We noticed the 2 days proceeding that he had relieved himself in the house. He never once did that. We had so many tests done over the past few months for him. He walked around the house in a daze for about 30 minutes after the first seizure. then he had a massive one. We rushed him to the hospital, but he never responded. He did have a 3rd but they were able to sedate him. This is more common in bostons (and some other breeds) than it should be. It seems for vanity's sake our poor animals end up suffering. All of this breeding to make the dogs perfect. I feel we need to move past that. My opinion. I am obviously hurting right now. If you notice your boston (or any dog for that matter) start to aimlessly walking around the house for long periods of time - it seems this is a big warning sign. They act aloof and will tend to ignore you. I was told it is called "the walk". Both of our dogs did that. For rocky it was a brain tumor. We fed them the very best of the very best foods. We spared nothing when it came to them. This is not your fault when this happens. Talk to your baby and give all the comfort you can. put an ice pack on his/her back and neck. If they overheat, they have no chance. This is so important. We got rocky's ashes back yesterday. He is now beside his brother once again. Damn I miss him so much. The doctor said the last seizure was really bad. when the doctors say that, you know its really bad. Sometimes you have to love them enough to let them go. As long as they have a quality of life - let them have it and spend every moment you can with them. Tell them how much you love them. They understand.

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