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Hello, you are through to Dr Linda, a UK based vet.
I'm so sorry to hear this has happened to Ruby and understand you must be worried.
Has she ever had a fit before?
Is there any chance she got over-heated and had heat stroke today?
Has she had any access to toxins such as rat bait, lawn feed, weedkiller, grapes, human medicine or cleaning products?
I am unable to make calls but can continue talking via typing if that is ok.
Is there anything you specifically put in your garden that she could have gotten to today such as plant bulbs, weed killer, lawn feed etc?
Does she have any other symptoms when she is not fitting?
Does she feel warm?
Does she normally breathe fast or pant?
When an elderly dog has a seizure for the first time, there are several things that could be going on.
It is unlikely she has developed epilepsy at this age.
More commonly, we are dealing with something like:
If possible, because she had 2 fits and because she is breathing quickly, I would have her seen this evening.
It is important she is checked over and the vet may well advise some tests such as a blood and urine test. Treatment will depend on what is going on.
The vet may start her on anti-seizure medicine.
Importantly, they can also prescribe some rectal diazepam which can be given by yourself at home if she were to have any further fits. This is vital as if a fit goes untreated and doesn't stop, it can cause a dog to pass away.
Hello, this is just Dr Linda checking in to see how Ruby is doing this morning?
I'm glad she had a good night.
Please do feel free to keep me updated after her appointment today.