Before Christmas, I was working (a job I no longer am involved with) when my phone went off. I was being informed that Tank-n-Plank had what they believed was a seizure, and wanted to know what should be done. Needless to say, it was immediately decided to bring him into the vet. ASAP. Tank was at the vet next to my job (his old vet now) within 40 mins.
Upon arriving at the vet (I clocked out of work to deal with this as an emergency, and thankfully, that job understood about animals and believed in caring for your animals to the fullest), Tank was perky, but also a little mellow. They did an exam, asked questions, and determined that Tank most likely did have a seizure.
Now the question was… What caused it?
The day before Tank had taken Comfortis. It wasn’t the first time that he’s taken it, but he hadn’t taken it in a while (we used other medications). The day before, he had also been to training and his back legs gave out on him causing him to fall. He’d also been in a lot of pain prior to the days leading up to that.
The vet said while he could go for further testing, in the end, the results wouldn’t tell us much more than we already knew. He had had a seizure, he was recovering… But what did/does the future hold?
In all honesty, the seizure could have been a reaction to the medication. Comfortis has been shown to cause seizures in some dogs. It could be that he was in so much pain, that his body had absolutely no other way of coping (vets words), it could be a once in a lifetime occurrence to never take place again, or it could be the very beginning of something that could turn much more seizure over time.
As a precaution, Tank is now on anti-seizure medications. He takes Neurontin (Gabapentin) 2xs a day. 150mgs in the morning, 150mgs at night.
And we wait… Maybe nothing, maybe something… Better safe than sorry.