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I have a 14 year old chihuahua and today she has had 2 fits

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Hi I have a 14 year old chihuahua and today she has had 2 fits with foam coming from her mouth .
JA: Hi there. The Expert will know how to help with the foam. When did the unknown-word last see a vet? Is she taking any medications?
Customer: 2 years ago .no medication
JA: What's the unknown-word's name?
Customer: Ruby
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know?
Customer: No shes been healthy up until now
Submitted: 21 days ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 21 days ago.

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?

Customer: replied 21 days ago.
No never had a fit before .I'm in the middle of doing my garden .she is out there all the time
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 21 days ago.

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?

Customer: replied 21 days ago.
No I haven't used anything like that .she is asleep but breathing very quickly .like panting
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 21 days ago.

Thank you.

Does she feel warm?

Does she normally breathe fast or pant?

Customer: replied 21 days ago.
Not really .shes normal tempetature
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 21 days ago.

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:

  • A brain tumour

  • An infection in the central nervous system

  • Liver or Kidney disease

  • Toxin ingestion (more common in younger dogs)

  • Heat stroke

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.

Customer: replied 21 days ago.
Ok thank you for your help I'll get her straight to the vet in the morning
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 20 days ago.

Hello, this is just Dr Linda checking in to see how Ruby is doing this morning?

Customer: replied 20 days ago.
Hi there she is in great form this morning she hasnt had any more fits ,she had 3 in total yesterday each one not as bad as the one before,, her appetite and drinking are great
Customer: replied 20 days ago.
Each fit she had was about 3 hours apart ,none since 11pm last night
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 20 days ago.

I'm glad she had a good night.

Please do feel free to keep me updated after her appointment today.