"He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion." ~ Unknown

Grand Mal (?) – 4/15/14

Around 7am-ish this morning Topaz had a seizure.

I can’t report very much about it because I wasn’t in the room when it happened. Here’s what I know, though.

I was in the shower and a very waggy-tailed Topaz came into the bathroom. Not necessarily weird, but he stayed in there for a while just wagging his tail.

Let me back up, actually… last night around 1:00 am or so he was freaking out. Our carbon monoxide detector was dying (did you know those things have a shelf life?) and it had been beeping either the day before or a couple days before and when it happened both dogs freaked out and ran to go outside. Understandable, loud beeping noises usually freak out Onyx but Topaz is usually ok with them.

Anyway, so he freaked out a little last night. Like he COULD NOT get close enough to me. He was trying to climb on the pillow. I let him out and then back in and pet him a bit and then he moved back to his spot on the bed.

I didn’t even think about it really. He was asleep when I went to get in the shower…nothing unusual.

So back to the shower and him outside being all waggy. I didn’t really notice him being any different acting, however, at that time I was concerned with getting ready and out the door because in Southeast Michigan we got hit with 3 inches of snow the DAY after it was 70, sunny and beautiful.

When I went in the bedroom to get ready that is when I saw the puddle of urine on the bed and other wet spots. (from drooling, foaming…etc)

I feel horrible that he had to go through a seizure alone. He could have fallen off the bed during the seizure or even while stumbling around after.

Thankfully, he made it to me and I took care of giving him his post-seizure cocktail.

Unfortunately, I needed to leave shortly after I gave him his meds and ice cream but luckily my husband is home all day to keep an eye on him.

I don’t know if he was vocal. I do know he peed himself and from the look of my sheets he also foamed. He is doing well though and like I said, was a smiley, waggy boy right afterwards. He went out with no issue and stayed out while I was getting ready.

Triggers? Who knows. I was off work for a while due to some fractured ribs and just went back to work this week…maybe the stress of that? Or there has been some wonky weather. Totally crazy. 70 one day and then snowing and freezing the next. Literally. We went from 70 degrees and sunny to 3 inches and scraping ice off the car.

Ridiculous, Mother Nature. Just ridiculous.

We also had that weird moon thing going on last night. Blood Moon. Not that I’ve noticed the moon has a lot to do with his seizures, but I know it can be a trigger for some dogs.

So who knows? We reset the clock to zero…and we move on.

86 days in between seizures.

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