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Question by LaBonte1818@aol.com
Submitted on 8/18/2003
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My daughter has a Boston Terrier and we think she has had a couple of seizures.  She gets real disoriented and falls over.  I told her she definitely needed to take her to a vet.  She told me this one was worse than the other one that I had witnessed.  Please give us some insight on this.  Thank you

Answer by michele
Submitted on 10/2/2003
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hi i have a boston mix female and she is epileptic also. the vet says they are more scary than they are harmful. my dog normally has them in the car. they have gotten to the point where she howls and has even urinated, and lots of foaming at the mouth.  we did put my dog on meds. the vet also said it was common in bostons. i have a pure breed boston and he has never had one. i hope this has helped.


Answer by cheryl
Submitted on 11/22/2003
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I've owned Bostons for several years. I used to breed them. I've owned six of them, and have never had any with seizures. I don't know how common it is.


Answer by Spiker
Submitted on 1/21/2004
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My little Boston had one very recently I think and I was completely freaking out. We were walking down to the beach and he started to get disoriented and fell over and was foaming at the mouth and caughed up yellow stuff. It scared me pretty bad. He was totally fine 2 minutes later after he just sat there for awhile.


Answer by cheerchikmr
Submitted on 4/26/2004
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My boston is about 6 years old and has started to have seizures as of about 3 months ago. they aren't all the time but they are about ever 3-4 weeks. i haven't taken her to the vets yet even though i should. I'm very scared too because her father died of a tumor and her mom died of cushings disease. i know that this is going to be expensive but she is my little girl.


Answer by Sarah
Submitted on 5/13/2004
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I have a 6 month old boston.  I had to bring her to the vet recently because she was throwing up a lot, she is fine now, but the vet wanted to keep her overnight becuase she told me that seizures are very common in Bostons.  


Answer by Terri
Submitted on 8/16/2004
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I have a 4yr old Boston.  He recently had a seizure.  I thought it was perhaps because he was playing hard and got over-heated (it was a hot day), but maybe this is not so after reading these responses.  


Answer by Stephanie
Submitted on 8/25/2004
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Question for anyone that knows.  Recently, our Boston terrier started having whole body spams when he starts to sleep.  They are very rhythmic and makes the whole bed shake.  We try to wake him up- it seems that he does, but he will continue to shake.  SO we took him for a walk, thinking it was just a muscle spasm or something.  When back he did fine, but once he started to relax again, same thing happened.  Although, this time it was mainly his head that continued to jerk back and forth.  He kept tilting it back further and further.  Has anyone ever seen this in their boston/dog?  If so, what was it?  We took him to our vet, but he said he wasn't sure what was going on.  Help! Thanks!


Answer by Kristen
Submitted on 11/9/2004
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I have a Boston and he is about 7 years old and he has now had 3 seizures in about 2 months. The vet says that this is common with this breed. However, it can be very scary when it happens.


Answer by Chance
Submitted on 12/25/2004
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My Boston died last Jan 2004. For three mo the doctor treated him for ear infection. But the final outcome after one final seizure was death.Autopsy found a large tumor in the lower rt side of his skull.We now know why some times he looked and acted mixed up and confused. He was six yrs old and we miss his little face and his love.


Answer by Backbee
Submitted on 1/14/2005
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Our Boston had a seizure recently and it was very freightening for my wife and child. It lasted for several min. and after a visit to the vet we were no more informed than before we went. I have had Boston's going back to 1963. Our first Boston had several averaging about one a month for years and he lived a wonderful life until age 13. I agree with the other posting that they are probably more freightening than harmful.


Answer by Ace
Submitted on 2/7/2005
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Our Boston Terrier (female-spayed) is eight and has been expereincing seizures for approximately two years.  Recently the vet has prescribed phenabarbatol, we give it to her in her food.  It does help, but we had to increase her dosage to one gram a day.


Answer by Matt
Submitted on 2/24/2005
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My little Boston Emma was diagnosed with Pug Encephalitis in May after having several months of on-and-off seizures. Her treatment was costly but we would have given our right arms to keep her with us a little longer. I'm a jouranlist and author and I wrote about Emma on my website. Her story might be enlightening for you: http://www.wateringholebook.com/emma.htm


Answer by Tracy
Submitted on 8/9/2005
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Dogs can have seizures sometimes. Here is a website for the owners of dogs with Seizures even if you have a daughter with a dog who has seizures you should look at this site. This is the site http://www.pethealthcare.net/html/body_seizures_in_dogs.html.


Answer by KayKay101
Submitted on 11/4/2005
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Well one day I was researching over the internet because I had heard that boston terriers can have seizures.  I came across this web site that said something about they can have seizures because they are a smaller dog,  it also said that you should take them to the vet because it could be something.  My dog has not had this problem yet and he is 4 yrs.old!


Answer by Christina
Submitted on 1/26/2006
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I have a 6 year old boston and she has begun to have seizures as well. She does have them quite often now, as much as two or three a week and then sometimes none at all. I have spent over $1500 on her already and she has been put on Bromide, the human medication. I'm not sure if it is helped or not but diet has to be regulated now since the medication makes her eat more. She is my baby so I will do what needs to be done. Just a word of advise for those dealing with it, make sure to elevate your dog inverted (mouth down) so that the airway is left open, the phlem can be hard to get out on thier own.


Answer by Kfaye
Submitted on 2/1/2006
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I had a 1 yr old Boston female that was fine until yesterday. I came home from work and she was frozen on her back shaking and foaming at the mouth There was Urine and poop all over.  We rushed her to animal care and they said she was fine.  We got home and she had three more seizers over night.  This moring we had her put to sleep.  She had gone blind and lost all sense of balance.  She didnt even know who we were she tried to bite us and would not stop growling.  I recommend you try to get her looked at and do what you can.  Thanks


Answer by Funkedog
Submitted on 4/17/2006
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My boston is 5 years old and just last month had his first seizure.  He had his first 2 seizures in one day and then just had one tonite at 9:00pm for the 3rd time.  His legs give out and he shakes.  My vet did not tell me this was common in Bostons.  It is scary but this website does help calm me down.  I'll keep checking back.
Good Luck.


Answer by Marti
Submitted on 7/8/2006
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My Boston cannot put her nose out of the car for air at all or she has a seizure.  She had one tonight and it scared me so bad, I swear she didn't breathe for a couple mins and she peed all over me.  Lots of foaming and she was almost in a back-bend.  I hope it is only the air up the nose thing, she's my baby!!!


Answer by mary
Submitted on 7/11/2006
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I have a boston for about one year and a half  now and after I applied and over the counter flee drop he had a seizure 4 hours later.  But then 4 weeks later he had another seizure and I had not used the flee drops.  Also, both of these seizures took place while riding in the car.  Could there be some connection here?  


Answer by Gary
Submitted on 4/17/2007
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Seizures are common in all breeds, My female Boston Terrier began having them about six months ago and they are very scary especially if you've never seen one. From my research I've it seems seizures are more common in pure breed dogs than mixed breed but it really doesn't matter because a seazure is a seazure. I would suggest keeping a schedule of how often the seizures occur and seeing your vet because depending on how often they occur, the vet may want to run test.  Our little Boston has them about once every six weeks.


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