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Our yellow lab just had a seizure. It's the first that we know of, and it lasted almost 10 minutes. I'm going to be taking her to the vet for an emergency visit in the morning. This really scares me because we had to have our big Rotty put down in Oct because of liver cancer. And, the last dog that I had that had seizures, they couldn't get them under control and I ended up having to have him put down. I just don't think my nerves can handle losing another member of my family this quick.

Please pray for her.
 

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my heart goes out to you.. my dogs were put down with in 3 months of each other. keep strong that is all you can do, you both will be in my thought.
 

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Our yellow lab just had a seizure. It's the first that we know of, and it lasted almost 10 minutes. I'm going to be taking her to the vet for an emergency visit in the morning. This really scares me because we had to have our big Rotty put down in Oct because of liver cancer. And, the last dog that I had that had seizures, they couldn't get them under control and I ended up having to have him put down. I just don't think my nerves can handle losing another member of my family this quick.

Please pray for her.
Don't expect the worst just yet. A LOT of things can cause seizures that are very benign. Our dog also had a seizure(a very long one as well), and took to the vets. As it turned out, it had to do with the dog food we were feeding him, which was grocery store bought. As it turns out, if you do your research, you will see vet monitored dog food is actually the same price(for the most part), as what you would spend at walmart or anywhere else.

Dog food that is sold outside of vet clinics does not have to be monitored or tested, which means it's not controlled. So who knows what they are eating, which for most dogs is not an issue and then for some it is.

Rocky had been fed the same thing for years, but that given bag of food, there was a change or something that was more different than usual.

I went all the way up to contacting the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association to get some answers and was told you should really never feed your dog anything that is not vet bought.



ONLY buy vet monitored dog food.
Rocky has been seizure free since.
 

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Agree. Food/food allergies is one of the biggest reasons for seizures in pets (among other conditions). So, while I understand your fear based on past experiences, don't think the worse. It may just require a simple dietary change.

It may also be that he was goofing around and ran into a wall or slipped and hit his head, or, or, or...

Thinking good thoughts for you.
 

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Thank you guys so much for the good thoughts! I REALLY do appreciate them.

We've been feeding her Pedigree since she turned a year old, and she's 5 now. I did notice that they changed the looks of the food a few months ago. But the vet told me that Pedigree would be fine. According to what he said, it's one of the better brands. But, she's going in at 1:50 tomorrow afternoon for a full blood work-up and overall checkup. He wasn't in today. I'll post an update when we get back tomorrow night.
 

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Pedigree really is not that great of dog food. Most of the store brand dog foods are crap. We've changed to a raw meat diet for ours.

We had a little dog who would hunt and eat bees, who had seizures pretty often from being stung so much - thankfully, there were more shrews than bees when we moved, and she stopped having seizures.
 

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You just reminded me. When his mom came this past weekend, she brought some chicken livers that she had boiled just for the dogs. She mixes it in with the hard food. Well, our little ****zu ate it Sunday morning, got sick, poo'd in the house (for the first time ever), then wouldn't eat Sunday night or Monday. I called my little sis, who asked me to take her back in Nov, and asked what kind of food she really really liked so I could try it. I got her some of the semi-soft food in the pouches, and she has started eating again. She's going to the vet tomorrow also. She's somewhere between 10 and 13. I think her little teeth are giving her problems.

Well, I guess we'll be buying the stuff from the vets office from now on. I just want my "children" happy and healthy.
 

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Thank you guys so much for the good thoughts! I REALLY do appreciate them.

We've been feeding her Pedigree since she turned a year old, and she's 5 now. I did notice that they changed the looks of the food a few months ago. But the vet told me that Pedigree would be fine. According to what he said, it's one of the better brands. But, she's going in at 1:50 tomorrow afternoon for a full blood work-up and overall checkup. He wasn't in today. I'll post an update when we get back tomorrow night.
What is in Pedigree? Read the ingredient list. The most common allergens are corn, wheat, yeast, soy, beef, chicken, preservatives and other chemicals you can't spell or pronounce.

It's possible to feed an allergen to your pet for years and everything seem to be fine and then one day, whamo, there's a problem. The body can only take so much.
 

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I just hope that their bodies haven't taken too much. I'm praying that we've caught everything with both dogs early enough to fix whatever is wrong.
 

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Our old dog has had two or three seizures, and she's still hanging on with a grim determination! Hers are simply an age thing as far as I know, they affected her mobility for a while but getting her chiropractored has also worked wonders.
 

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We've been feeding her Pedigree since she turned a year old, and she's 5 now.
Unfortunately as much as it might considered a "name brand" dog food company, they are just as bad as any of the not as used or well recognized dog food companies on the market that are sold in general grocery stores. She might have been fine for years eating this food, but the company itself has not guidelines or laws they have to follow when producing the food. That means that they could have very well changed the dosing of some of the ingredients or just getting worst quality animal byproduct.

Please keep us posted on what happens. I hope you guys are doing ok.
Here is a good read for those of you who have some free time(it's very long). A very interesting read: What’s Really in Pet Food
 

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The first ingredient in pedigree is Whole Grain Corn. Any grains in general are bad for dogs - and corn particularly so. It can actually cause their stomach to twist - and I'm not making this up either, I was listening in on a pet nutritionist. The same goes for cats.

Our vet's office has science diet - and you couldn't PAY me to use that crap either.

Felidae and Canidae are AWESOME foods - but they are expensive.
 

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The first ingredient in pedigree is Whole Grain Corn. Any grains in general are bad for dogs - and corn particularly so. It can actually cause their stomach to twist - and I'm not making this up either, I was listening in on a pet nutritionist. The same goes for cats.

Our vet's office has science diet - and you couldn't PAY me to use that crap either.

Felidae and Canidae are AWESOME foods - but they are expensive.

Yep, I don't like to see corn or wheat, wheat middlings etc... listed on a dog or cat food. Big time allergens. And now with soy being so popular...don't like seeing that one listed either as it's also often an allergen.

Cheap fillers and while some dogs and cats can do fine on them, many do not and become sick; skin problems, behavior issues, cancer, seizures and on and on...
 

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Pedigree is made by the Waltham Company, and the Waltham Company, in the UK, along with Purina, in the US, together pioneered the field of nutritional research in pets. The actual Waltham label pet foods, sold only as specialty diets in vet clinics, is a great pet food. Pedigree is their grocery store, lower end label. It's actually an okay diet for your average dog with no special nutritional needs or problems, it's certainly vastly better than kibbles and bits or ol roy or something along those lines. But if you have a dog with any allergies, or dogs that work particuarly hard, it doesn't do the trick.

I agree with PaintsPwn, for a packaged food you are going to be best off with Canidae. You out to look into raw diets though - it might surprise you how easily and affordably it can be managed. My dogs have a weird allergy - they can digest RAW chicken proteins just fine with absolutely no problem at all. Give them a packaged brand dog food though, containing even the tiniest amount of chicken protein, and they break out terribly. It has to do with the way chicken is processed/cooked that causes an allergic response. I use a raw diet with my collies when they are working or breeding, and generally either Canidae or EaglePack Holistic with my pet dogs or when my collies are not being worked or parenting.

(I worked as a pet nutritional counselor for five years.)

I hope all turns out well, Charlii - I know you've had a rough time! *big hugs* you know you can mssg me anytime. Keep me posted!
 

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Thank you all again for all the well wishes. Belle had a full work-up today. Nothing was out of whack. She weighs in at 80#'s, and he said that it was a perfect weight for her. He could feel and count her ribs without being able to actually see them. Nothing abnormal showed up in the blood work (YAAYYYYY!!). All the enzyme counts were good; and as far as the seizures, he told me to watch her closely. If she has another seizure within a month, I'm supposed to take her back in. He also told me to keep a written record of the seizures, which I started as soon as she came out of it that night. I did ask him about the food. He said that it was totally up to me, that her teeth look exceptionally white for her age (5 yrs), with not build up whatsoever. I am going to look into the Canidae though. Do I buy it online, is it sold in feed stores, or do I need to find a vet that carries it?
 

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Charlicata - you should look at pet stores. I know Pet Supplies Plus carries it, but I have no idea whatsoever how popular that chain is... If you find a feed store, they should be able to order it for you. Canidae with shipping online for such a big dog would cost some serious dough!
 

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And thank you Indy. I feel very thankful and lucky that Rosie is ok after her ordeal. Now I'm thankful that so far Belle isn't having to take a daily medication for the seizures. That will only happen if she starts having them on a regular basis.

In other words, I'm trying really hard to focus on the good things. Even when sometimes it seems it's one step forward and two steps back. I appreciate everyone on here so much.
 

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Glad to hear everything turned out ok. If you make a visit at your local vet clinic, they will be able to tell you food will work best for your dog. There are all sorts of great dog foods that are regularly monitored and you know you can feed with safety in mind.

Good luck with everything.
 

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Help!

I was just about to post a thread until I found this one..

My chihuhua just had a seizure. This is her second one that we know of.. the first one was about six months ago. She may of had one when we weren't home though.. anyways not sure what we should do? She is about five years old and has been on the same food since she was a puppy. My mom cooks up chicken and rice to mix in the dry food. Anyone have any advice?
 

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I'm sorry about the seizure. Our yellow lab started having them 3 years ago and when she hit 4 in 24 hours, we couldn't handle it anymore. Her last one had her plow through the dining table and jump onto the kitchen counter. It was just too much for us. We never did figure out why she was having them. It's horrible to watch.

As for the nutrition, like everyone has said, Pedigree isn't that great. We actually feed our dogs (Labs) Enhance Hunters Edge, which is cheaper than Purina Pro Plan (which is what our pro trainer feeds all his), but nutritionally equivalent. It's only available around here at our feed store. It is one of 3 different brands by Arkat. Even though the protein:fat ratio is a little less than we were feeding with the PPPerformance, we actually feed less. Granted, our dogs are hunt test dogs, so they work harder than the average pet, but it made their coats look better, and their energy levels haven't dimished any.
 
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