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DreamWalker 04-17-2006 12:58 PM

Hey, this is Devon checking in with my Bonnie-Belle.
I'd just like to get this out in the open while its still fresh in my mind. I can't say for sure if this is actually a seizure, which is why I'm asking around for opinions. We've taken Bonnie to the vet before about it, but the vet didn't really know what to do since it was my mom who took her and she's only seen one of these... fits.
I've also looked it up over the internet to see if it could lend me any ideas, but so far it hasn't come up with anything very helpful than what we're already doing. I've been marking these events down on the calendar just like most of the sites and the vet told me to do, but this Easter Weekend, she has had two of these strange occurences.
It starts off with a strange stare into nothing (usually a few seconds) before she'll start to try walking around. She seems like she's stepping on burning embers or something from the way she lifts up her feet, and when she puts them down, its often in a way that makes it look like she's going to trip over them. She moves a lot slower than she does (she's normally very energetic and jumpy), and she will take a few steps as if she's trying to move around in a circle. Her head will tilt down, as if she's trying to see her neck, and by then someone has started to give her attention. I always get her to stop trying to walk around, and then get her to lie down (I don't know if that's best, but I know that she could easily hurt herself if she kept moving), and then she starts shaking. It's not violent shaking, but she looks petrified at what her body is doing. Usually this entire fit doesn't last more than a minute, but this morning it lasted for more than two.
The past two experiences of this have been in the morning, but sometimes they're in the middle of the day or even later in the day, approaching night time.
She doesn't ever lose consciousness, but she doesn't look like she knows what's going on. She doesn't drool, nor does she clench her jaws shut. I try my best to comfort her while she's in this state, but there's nothing that I seem to be able to do.
Thank you for reading this, I hope someone can make something of it. I'm planning another vet trip, but while I wait for my parents to get home, I'm putting down all the details that I can.

retriever crazy 04-17-2006 01:17 PM

its good that you are taking her to the vet. i know golden retrievers are known for seizers. let us know what you find out when you get home from the vet

lassie 04-18-2006 02:22 AM

Yes good luck to you.

3 goldens 04-19-2006 11:22 PM

That really does sound like some kind of seizure to me. But then, the one time I thought my golden girl KayCee was having one, it turned out to be a vertigo episode brought on by inner ear infection. I hope you can get to the bottom of the problem soon, poor girl.

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