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Question by audrie
Submitted on 10/11/2003
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Are Chihuahua's prone to seizures?  If so, is there a way to help or prevent this?


Answer by chimama
Submitted on 10/13/2003
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Chihuahuas are not known to be prone to seizures any more than other breeds, except, chihuahuas have a greater tendency towards 'water on the brain'.  This is often seen as wandering eyes, they don't track with each other, they will be cross-eyed or look out the far corner of each eye.  This cannot be corrected, it is brain damage, the only way to prevent it is through careful breeding.  The pups usually don't live long and often are euthanized humanely, as they are not enjoying a good quality of life.  Sad, but true, sometimes the kindest thing to do is to help a very sick animal to die peacefully and without pain.

Any chihuahua you purchase should have been thoroughly checked out by a vet first.  A  reputable breeder will allow you to return a puppy within the next few days if your veterinarian finds any problems.  This is why I stress reputable and really insist that you should minimally meet the dog first, even better see the parents and if possible the whole litter and any pups from previous litters by that mother dog.

 

Answer by Chelsey
Submitted on 2/3/2004
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This dosen't answer any questions because I am very concerned with my 2 year old female applehead chihuahua. She has had about 4 seizures but not consistant. I am now concerned about the health issue of water on the brain. My chihuahua has very watery eyes, but I that watery eyes were a trait assoicated with the chihuahua breed. Please Help!!!!! I really need to know what i should do to save my precious chihuahua.

 

Answer by Ireneeeee
Submitted on 2/5/2004
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Hey Chelsey,
My smooth coat Robert passed away in 96 after he started having seizures. I was told it was epilipsy(spell) I spent well over 1500$ in one month in vet bills trying to find out what it was and he eventually passed from the seizures.   Robert would be ok one minute and then literally fall over on his side and pee on himself  and lay motionless and I would have to rub sugar on his gums (per vet orders) Epilipsy is hard to diagnose so it was to late for him.  I know there are pills I could have given him had we known earlier.  Good luck and God bless yoour little one.

 

Answer by prancersmommy
Submitted on 2/6/2004
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As per my chihuahuas vet, they are geneticaly predisposed to having seizures, and they typically start having them around 2 years old, which mine did. The drug of choice for Chi's is phenobarbital. Prancer is on 30 milligrams of phenobarbitol twice a day and that manages his seizures quite nicely. The only time he has a seizure is when he misses 2 doses in a row, so I am sure to always give him his medicine without fail! Once they are diagnosed with Epilepsy, most chihuahua'swill require daily medication, without meds and continued seizures, they will surely go into whats called status epilepticus and that is fatal if not treated immediatly!
The good news is, they can live happy and normal lives with medication and proper veterinary care.

Prancers Mommy

 

Answer by Amy
Submitted on 2/10/2004
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I have been dealing with chihuahuas for quite some time now -  the seizures can be curbed.  I believe it is a lack of calcium in the little dog.  I have experienced a handful of seizures and found the solution of one tums crushed into beef baby food or any soft substance of food.  This came to me after a vet visit from the dr himslf.  We tend to give it to her every month or so.  she is an applehead and is 2 pounds.  

 

Answer by eBANQ
Submitted on 4/9/2004
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Last night my adorable toy chihuahua Casper (4 mo old) suddenly wouldn't wake from a nap, and was so lethargic and non-cognitive of anything (eyes rolled back in his little head).  I did the wrong thing and PANICKED, at which time Casper began "screaming" in a shrill voice.

I have to be honest: A day earlier I was taking a neuro pain threshold management pharmaceutical called Neurontin, and the corner of my eye thought it saw a stray capsule fall.  I proceeded to analyze the area thoroughly and found no capsule (assumed I just "thought" I saw one fall to the floor erroneously out of my peripheral vision.

So last night after experiencing Casper's sudden lathargic and quite odd mannerism surfaced I immediately rushed to the animal emergentcare.

He went through a "screaming" episode when the vet examined his condition, but then they sedated him.

5 hours later (at 1 a.m.) the emergencare vet informed me via telephone Casper had become alert, was eating, defacating and eliminating urine whilst displaying an overall normal presence.  He said I can pick him up a 7:00 a.m., so we are to assume he's recovered from a blood-curdling episode in less than 16 hrs and is coming home "biz-as-usual".

My question is this: With the understanding that Neurontin contraindication notes indicate the drug causes temporary non-fatal reactions resembling some described as characteristically epileptic: Is it probable that he is epileptic and the vet can control it pharmacologically, or should I put significant attention into determining if he may have swallowed a Neurontin cap?

He appeared to hardly be breathing on the trip to the hospital, and he regularly "hacks" as if he's trying to get a piece of hair off the back of his tongue. I dont know if that means beans or if it means he's just eating cat hair off the floor cause he seems to suck up just about any small object off carpet like an arrdvark (BTW: is that normal?).

Any feedback is appreciated.  GOOD forum! Props to you all. ~Sondra Brown ebanq@verizon.net

 

Answer by shawn
Submitted on 4/16/2004
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My chihuahua ia 9 yrs old. She has had seizures for several yrs. MY vet gave me valume to give her once a week or give her one if there is alot of people at my  house and she has done fine. I wasnt sure about giving her the phenabarbritol so i went with the valume. This bothers me very bad her name is lilbit and she's like my 5th child. We really love her alot and I dont know what I would do without her. She acts like she's human.

 

Answer by Crystal
Submitted on 4/27/2004
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My Chi had a seizure yesterday.  My vet told me they are prone to hypoglycemia.  Low blood sugar if they dont eat regularly.  He gave him a shot of Dextrose and he was fine after he ate.  He just told me they play so hard they sometimes forget to eat.  or dont eat enough.

 

Answer by tiki's mom
Submitted on 5/4/2004
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My baby is 14 months old.  She had two seizures about a week apart when she was 6 months old.  The vet told me to neuter her because it was probably a hormonal problem.  I did that and no more seizures.  She has had 2 seizures in the last three days.  All four seizures have occurred upon waking, the first two after she got up and the last two while still in bed...the last one appeared as though she were stretching and then went into the seizure.  She also has been coughing and I know that chi's are prone to tracheal collapse...i'm wondering if this or another trait with malformed bones in the neck could be causing her problems...her blood work is fine...sugar a little high but the vet thinks this could have been stress.  She also has open fontanels but never a head injury or water on the brain.  I'm so worried about her...she is my world...any answers would help me and my vet figure out where to turn for tests.  thanks

 

Answer by chimama
Submitted on 5/7/2004
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Sondra,

If the problem has not recurred, then likely he got hold of a stray capsule.  As you already know, if it's on the floor, it's theirs, especially if Momma has eaten them too.  Chihuahuas can be prone to seizures, it's a genetic problem, so dogs with this problem should not be bred.  If your vet has given you a medication that is working, don't worry about whether it's Valium or Neurontin or Prozac or Tums or sugar water.  

The veterinarian should be trusted, they're the one with the medical degree.  Tiki'smom, take your baby back to the vet, something else is going on.  Describe specifically the circumstances surrounding the seizures, time of day, activity level of dog, last feed, etc.  

General answer to several questions:

Both my chi's occasionally hack, sometimes it's fur from the floor, other times it's excitement.  A way to stop the hacking is to pick the dog up, speak soothingly to her and put your fingers over her nostrils so she has to breathe through her mouth.  That opens the trachea and stops the spasms.  It sounds cruel, it isn't, many people have used this technique.  If this doesn't stop the hacking, then you may indeed have a dog with a weak trachea.  Best thing is change to a halter instead of a collar and seek options from a vet who specializes in toy breeds and/or chihuahuas.

 

Answer by jaime
Submitted on 5/22/2004
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Hi, my chi is 3 1/2 months old and one minute she'll be fine and the next she can barely walk! She's completely alert, but it's like her legs become stiff and very weak. She does this on and off through out the day! We had all the test run for hypo. but she's fine. Please Help! does anyone know anything about this? PLEASE let me know. thanks, jaime

 

Answer by Selva
Submitted on 6/28/2004
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Two weeks ago Wednesday I adopted a lovely little Chihuahua form a woman who was about to turn him into the pound because he pooped in the house.  She told me she had him for about 2 1/2 years and had acquired him when she found him in the street and his original owners (who reportedly had him for about 4 or 5 years) did not want him back.  He was a bit stumbly on his feet but generally fine.  I had read that Chi's have delicate blood-sugar and have been careful to feed him several times a day.  A week ago yesterday he had a couple of small seizures (a minute or so in duration) but soon he went into a seizure and did not come out and we rushed him to the emergency clinic.  The has him on phenobarbital twice a day and so far it seems this is keeping the seizures down.  I suspect he is still having small seizures as he continues to have periods where he is dazed and stumbly and trembly in him sleep.  I am trying to decide what is best for this dog.  What advice or information do you have for me as I am trying to make this very difficult decision regarding this precious life?

 

Answer by LilTrixter
Submitted on 7/1/2004
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Hello.  I adopted a beautiful little girl on Sunday named gracie.  I think she is too young to be away from Mama yet but she is flourishing.  One problem we seem to be having is she does these weird things in her sleep that scare me.  Her whole body will do like a spasm and you will hear a little "yip" when she is sleeping.  It has happened twice since i've had her.  i didn't get her from a breeder, she was just from a house that had too many chihuahuas (I didnt know there was such a thing) but alas 10 dogs was too many.

 

Answer by chimama
Submitted on 7/2/2004
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LilTrixster,

Nothing to worry about, she's dreaming.  Both my little girls do that, in addition my older but smaller chi snores on occasion.  Yes, snores, loud enough to make me wonder what that noise was, until I checked.  Who would have guessed such a big noise could come out of such a little dog?

I recommend the book Chihuahuas for Dummies, the best book I have on the care and maintenance of these adorable furry little creatures.

 

Answer by KI-KI
Submitted on 7/8/2004
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I HAD A 1 YR OLD CHI HIS NAME WAS ROSCO AND ONE DAY HE STARTED HAVING SEIZURES AND THE VET GAVE HIM VALIUM AND IT HELPED FOR A FEW HOURS , BUT THEN HE BECAME UNSTABLE;E AGAIN AND STARTED SEIZIN AGAIN, AND EVEN TALLY DIED THE NEXT DAY AT THE HOSPITAL. THE VET SAID THAT CHI'S ARE VERY PRONE TO SEIZURES.

 

Answer by Gipper
Submitted on 7/10/2004
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My 13 week male chihuahua had a seizure today.  We took him to the emergency vet and all blood work came back normal.  I desperately need advice!!! This is the first chihuahua pet for us.  His blood sugar was normal and he always has food and water available to him.  HELP!!! :-(

 

Answer by Peggy
Submitted on 7/13/2004
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I have a 7 week old chihuhua female. She had been seen at 6wks by our new vet. This morning I found her frothing at the mouth and shaking her head furiously. She was otherwise alert and not in a "seizure" stance. Vet gave her a shot of valium and that helped immediately. Called my old vet and she said that they are in fact prone to seizures and to watch her closely. Im wondering if anyone had any experience like mine and what you found know. Thanks.

 

Answer by LilTrixter
Submitted on 7/17/2004
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I purchased Chihuahuas for dummies.  It is full of so much information.  Thanks for the tip

 

Answer by klvwc
Submitted on 9/22/2004
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My 4 years old Chi started having a hard time
waking up. One morning she had a seizure.
Luckliy we have a top neurologist an hour away. M.R.I.,spinal tap and blood tests were normal.He said because of breeding, Chi's are
prone to seizures in their sleep before the age of 3.This is missed by alot of owners
because they happen in their sleep.I can't tell you how many Chi owners find their dog
dead when they try to wake them in the morning. PADDLING is never normal! She was diagnosied with encepthlitis. Isabel takes a small does of phenabartol 2X daily. It has been over a year since her last seizure.
Bottom line, seizures can be caused by several different resons. Don't give up.

 

Answer by Choco's mommy
Submitted on 10/27/2004
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My 16 wk old male has had 3 seizure like episodes since we took him home 5 weeks ago.  After over 1,000 dollars in emergency vet care including x-rays and blood work, the only thing we have found out is that he "might" have a "touch" of pneumonia.  He is on his second round of Clavamox (antibiotic)and just had another episode last night.  Since the vets cannot tell us anything, we kept him home and this morning he was back to being himself.  I am afraid if these continue, they might possibly cause his death. He is like my second child.  With all tests coming back with normal results, what is a mother to do?  Please help!!

 

Answer by Mr. T
Submitted on 11/7/2004
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What does my dog have.

 

Answer by Mr. T
Submitted on 11/7/2004
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My dog has had 2 seizures. The first time I took him to the Vet. They didn't know why he had it.  The second time it was late at night. I just talk to him and held him and it didn't last as long as the first one.  I don't know what to do sence the Vet. didn't do anything the first time I didn't think he could help the second time. Please Help!!

 

Answer by Erin
Submitted on 11/21/2004
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This is not an answer, just another seizure story.  In late July we found a skinny, unfixed stray Chi in our yard.  After 2 months of no responses to ads, we named him Flaco and brought him to the vet for shots.  The vet said he had very dirty teeth and that would cause his glands to swell.  The next day his behavior changed from submissive to very irrational & aggressive.  Within a month he had his first apparent seizure. That was in September and now it's mid-November.   Two nights ago he suddenly stiffened, fell over and would have fallen off the couch if I hadn't caught him.  The seizure lasted about 5 minutes and was very alarming.  His claws were totally extended, he was trembling violently, his saucer-like, watery eyes were wide open and he couldn't move at all.  We really though this was the end!  
I called the emergency vet and she said it could be several things: epilepsy, a brain tumor, or swollen glands pressing on nerves or something like that.  I'll be making a teeth-cleaning appointment and maybe this will help eliminate the seizures and perhaps even some of that aggressiveness which may be caused by discomfort....?  I'll keep y'all updated.  Good luck to all.

 

Answer by lovemyginger
Submitted on 11/23/2004
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Peggy,  I realize it's been a few months since your posting.  How is your little one?  My Ginger is 2 mos old and just had a few seizures in a 36 hr. window.  The first signs were her foaming at the mouth and licking it up.  She seemed normal and continued playing...so I dismissed the signs.  The next day she had a seizure.  She began licking rapidly, salivating.  She tilted her head back and tipped over on her side and yelped.  She also urinated and defecated.  Her seizure lasted just a few minutes, right before coming out of it, she aimlessly trotted around the house. The seizure lasted a few minutes, but she kept salivating on the sides of her mouth.  I was worried and took her into the emergency vet.  She seemed alert as the vet started to examine her.  All her tests came back normal, except her sugar and liver level were a little higher.  My vet said it might be from stress and post-seizure symptoms.  He kept her overnight for further examination.  When I came to pick her up at 11:30am the next day, she seized again and the vet witnessed it.  He confirmed that they were seizures and the cause is still yet unknown.  She had another seizure after I took her home around 1pm, same reaction as the two before.  I'm keeping a log of what she eats, her surroundings, and frequency of the seizures.  For the time being, she's on phenobarbital.  She's also taking antibiotics just in case it's just parasites not found in tests.  I'm hoping it is just something sporadic and isn't long term.  I hate to see her go through those seizures.  If anyone else has comments through experience, I would love to hear them.

Thanks!  

 

Answer by SOUL
Submitted on 12/2/2004
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My Chi had a seizure last night and now this makes two of my babies that suffer from seizures.  The vet told me today, which I already knew because of my other dog, that there is basically nothing you can do to help them.  Phenobarb can temporarily help, but you have to watch your fingers and make sure that once you get it into their mouths, that they do not choke on it.  Not to mention, that once you start phenbarb, you have to keep giving it to them, as it is not somthing that you give them and then take them off whenever.  It's serious.  My Dachshund is eleven and has been suffering from seizures for the last 8 years and is on Phenbarb.  It's hard.  My Chi, well, like I said it was his first seizure last night, and all I could do was sit and hold him and talk to him.  It broke my heart.  My conclusion, is that one should never panic.  The dog needs your comfort, not panic.  Spending loads of money, will not stop nature.  All you can do is pray and love them with all you have with the time you have with them.  That is a conservative, clean, honest, experienced answer for all of you CHI parents.  God Bless.

 

Answer by stacy
Submitted on 12/20/2004
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I have an almost 3 year old long haired chihuahua.  I have never seen another like him.  I've had him since he was 8 weeks old. His name is spanky.  He is a very smart dog. There is one thing he does that I can't understand. He climbs on my boyfriend and starts digging into his arm with both his paws. He keeps doing it.  I wonder why he does it.  He looks so funny when he does it.  He has a hard looking stare on his cute little face as he digs.  

 

Answer by Nicole Marie
Submitted on 12/21/2004
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My chihuahua had a seizure this morning at 7:44. He has had one more besides this one and it has been exactly a year since the last one he had. He seems perfectly fine now, he's acting like his old self. We got him from the pound 3years ago and they tried to contact the owner to get any info on him but the owner would not give up anything. We love him dearly, he is my baby.

 

Answer by lilydancer
Submitted on 1/12/2005
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I have a 3 year old chi , who has also had several seizures. he runs over to me, then becomes stiff with his legs over his head. After a time, his legs relax, however his head bobs around and he looks dazes for several minutes. i hold him and talk gently to him. When he comes out of them he is fine.   Scary at the time.....

 

Answer by chi lover
Submitted on 1/16/2005
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My chi Quinn has just turned 2 but he had seizures after he turned on e. I took somoenes advice and rubbed sugar on his gums it seemed to help.Thank you for your advice

 

Answer by Chihuahua-mama
Submitted on 1/30/2005
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I have three long haired Chi's that are 5 and 6 years old.  None exhibited any problems until this weekend.  One had a seizure and the other is coughing.  I suspect that the cough maybe tracheal weakness because her breathing sounds like that of someone who has bronchitis.  The seizure may not been the first since I remember odd behavior about a month ago.   What are remedies for tracheal weakness/collapse?  How can I determine what is causing the seizures?

 

Answer by James Steve
Submitted on 3/8/2005
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Our 10 year old Chihuahua had a terrible seizure today.  She has had mild ones occassionally for the last few months but today she completely quit breathing for a minute or so and I was certain she was dead.  After giving her a few "rescue breaths" via the mouth she slowly came back around and after about 10 minutes was actually able to walk again.  Now, just a few hours later she seems fine other than being tired.  I'm taking her to the vet tomorrow, thanks for this forum I learned a lot reading over other people's experiences.

 

Answer by chihuahua
Submitted on 4/12/2005
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why does my chihuahua sometimes have breathing difficulties and make funny choking like noises mostly occurs from tension around neck but ive noticed that it still breaths in a difficult manner at other times.. whenever this happens i massage its neck and sooth the area i believe causes this to happen even his stomach.

 

Answer by I DONT KNOW WHAT TO DO!
Submitted on 4/17/2005
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i just got a new 10 month old chi male from the humane socitey about 2 days ago. i have noticed that he coughs alot and may be getting my other chi which is a 4 month old female sick too. i dont know what to do and i cant afford to take him to the vet if its really expensive. Is this something i should really worry about our could it just be a cold that they will get over?

 

Answer by Lettie
Submitted on 5/9/2005
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I myself have a 7 year old female Chihuahua dog and she started having seizures when she was 1 year old.  Her seizures have been getting worst.  Just this passed sat. she stop breathing for about a min.  We thought she was dead.  It's begining to scare me because I am so attached to her.  She is under medication but it does not seem to work anymore...Any advice?!

 

Answer by sophie's mum
Submitted on 6/22/2005
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I have an adorable 6yr old long haired chihuahua. Just in the last year she has had 4 seizure which last about 5 minutes. As soon as she comes out of the seizure I give her a few drops of Bach Rescue remedy in some milk. I think rescue remedy works well to calm her down and it is less intense than valium. When ever she seems stressed, rescue remedy works well.

 

Answer by gilligan
Submitted on 6/25/2005
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My little Gilligan has been having seizures for about six months...stupdily i didn't take him in to the vet till this a.m.  The vet said it seems like he might be epileptic...I will find out Monday...he had about four this year but yesterday he had two...I can't tell you how foolish I was to wait thinking he was okay...he was given phenobarbitol and for now he is safe...I thought he was just over excited because he always goes crazy when I get home from work.  I just didn't notice.  If this happens to anyone else please take your baby to the vet...

 

Answer by Chuey's Mom  *‹*
Submitted on 7/5/2005
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Hi,
I just bought a tea cup chi and we have only had him for a few days and we are already having problems with him.  He had a seizure last night.  We gave him Karo Syrup and he stopped and seemed fine, but he doesn't want to eat.  I have been giving him pedialite to keep him hydrated.  What kind of food do they like.  I bought pedigree puppy can food.  Is there something else better out there?
I would appreciate any help.
Dee Dee  *‹*

 

Answer by Lacey
Submitted on 7/11/2005
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i have a chi/61/2 years old.  she started having siezures about 1 year ago, and they were controlled with phenabarbital, and it seemed to help, then she had a massive seizure, 15 in 4 days she was in the E.R vet the whole time, and they finally got then to stop and also prescribed her potasium bromide, so now she is taking the two drugs together.  after those last seizures, she has not been herself.  she has forgot all commands and is just not the same dog, it is very hard to explain.  slowly but surely she gets alittle better everyday.  but the phenabarbital is causing severe liver damage.  be careful with that,and have thier liver checked reg. if they take phena.  we love angel, and they are the best dogs.  i have spent thousads of dollars trying to get her well, and there is not a price that i wouldn't pay to make her better.  thanks for all the advise

 

Answer by chalupa
Submitted on 7/25/2005
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hello,

I recently purchased an 8 week old toy chihuahua for my little girl and "Chalupa" started having seziures yesterday and then one today.  Yesterday's experience was totally frightening, so I googled for help and sure enough I read that one should feed him some sugar immediately and after that, make sure the puppy has enough food every 2 or 3 hours.  Today she had another one, but this time I reacted calmly and she seems to be sleeping it off right now, nevertheless, it is a frightening experience.  Here's what I do, I soak my hands with water and poke the sugar jar enough so that the tip of my finger has sugar, I force her little mouth open and insert my finger in her mouth and she'll start munching at that sugar and it seems to do just fine, no medication and no valume, just make sure to feed her after that.  Good luck!

 

Answer by dream_seeker180
Submitted on 8/7/2005
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My daughter gave us 2 applehead chi's. one was bigger than the other but we figured he was the runt and so cute anyways. 3 nights ago he had a violent attack and frothed at the mouth. he came out of it with sugar water. the next day it happened again. last night was the final night for our sweet puppy. the other is healthy but yes chi's are very prone to these seizures and symptoms mustn't be dismissed as minor. thank you all for your answers.

 

Answer by Noodleheadpig
Submitted on 8/20/2005
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My Chi, PigPig had a seizure today.  She's about 2.5 years old and never had any serious health concerns-- cherry eye and a clipped toenail or two-- and I came home today-- normal routine, excitement.  I dialed the phone and looked down to say hello to her and she fell over and started seizing.  She came out of it pretty quick-- 20 seconds and I believe it was related to blood sugar. I was gone for about 6 hours and she had food down from the morning.  It didn't appear that she had really eaten any of it.

I think the change in activity and missed breakfast just sent her over the edge.  She immediately drank a spot of water and ate her dinner about an hour later.  She's sleeping next to me now.

God bless the chi.

 

Answer by kay
Submitted on 8/26/2005
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i have a questions is it normal when a chihuahua has a seiz ures that it will pant and start to breeth deeply

 

Answer by cricket's mama
Submitted on 8/28/2005
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My soon to be 8 year old chi has been having seizures for about 5 years now. She leans on the wall or furniture to get to someone. They generally last about 5 minutes of holding her in my lap the about a 1/2 hour nap. Medications work great for this. MY trouble with this young girl is that she is allergic to grass. Generic chlortrimetron and/or benadryl usually does the trick. Any better that doesn't make her so drowsy would be great!

 

Answer by angi
Submitted on 9/27/2005
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I am sorry to hear so many of you are having these problems. my little chi died at 6 years old from a severe seizure about 7 years ago.tablets controlled the fits for about 4 years but she entered a fit one day she couldn't come out of. she was on a type of vallium medication which if she missed even one dose she would have a fit. it was very heartbreaking. the little chi's are far more prone to have problems (she was very small) which is why breeders are so against all the 'teacup' nonsense at the moment. a very small chi is never as strong as a normal sized one and will always have more problems.


the 'hacking up' thing is normal and most chihuahuas do it. Chimomma is right a way to stop it is to cover the nostrils for a few seconds, but i prefer the other method which is to stroke the front of the neck downwards until it passes. it is not dangerous and all my chihuahuas have always done this. my chi pip lived until he was 17 and did it almost every time he got excited.

 

Answer by sprout
Submitted on 10/29/2005
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i have a 7 week old chihuahua...this morning she had a seizure in bed, and i was hoping to find answers too.  i'mgonna get that book though, cause i know nothing about chihuahuas...she was a way early christmas present.

 

Answer by Hugo's mama
Submitted on 10/29/2005
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I have a 13 week old long coat chihuahua. This is my very first puppy. He's been with me for 6 weeks now. Today, he had two seizures less than an hour apart. Both times happened when he was sleeping on my lap like he always does. He jumped up and started foaming in his mouth and twitching his body. He also lost control and went poopoo on the carpet and collapsed on it. He didn't close his eyes, but looked so out of it. I took him to the vet and they are running some tests right now and told me that they were going to watch  him over night. I'll get the results tomorrow and I am very worried. What could have possibly caused this?

 

Answer by Logi
Submitted on 11/2/2005
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My parents chihuahua has siezures.... It's really upsetting... I thought she had quit having them when I moved out, but now I find out that she is having them again.  The vet says it's hypoglycemia and my parents accept that and give her syrup per the vet everytime she has one.  She's 11 years old and has had them ever since I could remember.  She gets along fine and is spoiled to death.  The one problem we have is she doesn't like to eat.  We think we find a good dog food because she will eat it for a while, then she quits, so we switch and she eats it, then it's all over again.  She's the older of three.  I think that is her problem, she's spoiled to death.  She was my grandmothers before she passed.  

 

Answer by kristin
Submitted on 11/10/2005
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my chihuahua frappy has had about 5 seizures in the past 8 months, after rushing him to the pet ER every time, my regular vet ran blood test. it came back that he has a bad liver, the breeder we bought him from obviously doing something wrong. anyways, he is on a liquid medicine two times a day, it has definetly helped but he had another seizure two days ago. it is the hardest thing when you love your dog so much to see him on the floor shaking like that. anyways-  good luck everyone

 

Answer by madmandy
Submitted on 12/18/2005
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I had a chihuahua for 10years which suffered from epilepsy. they started off one every so often, then he had 9 in one day he was finally put on phenobarbital then changed to mysiline, as long as he had his tablet he was fine he also had a heart murmur, he had the grand Mal type of epilepsy, although it was scary to see him fit he came out of them as right as rain and continued as nothing had happened.

 

Answer by ashleigh
Submitted on 12/23/2005
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hiya i have just brought a chihuahua puppy, he is 2 weeks old buy i will be getting him in about 5 weeks, i am really scarred that he is going to get this water to the brain, how do you stopp this from hapening.

please write back ashleigh

 

Answer by jen
Submitted on 1/10/2006
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I have a chi she is two yrs old and she just had a seizure yesterday i don't know what to do being that was the first time. Can
someone help!!!!

 

Answer by Lynn
Submitted on 1/29/2006
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We adopted a Chihuahua 3 years ago; she's probably about 5 now and weighs about 6 lbs. We've witnessed her have about 4 seizures the entire time we've owned her. It usually happens if she gets excited (food on the BBQ, other dogs barking, or the family talking loudly). During the seizure she is despondent, breathes normally, her pupils become dilated but are equal--she becomes rigid, and her balance "is off"--the episode can last over a minute. Should she have a CT scan? Do you think this warrants daily medication? Do seizures generally get worse or more frequent if she's not medicated? It seems that each vet has a different opinion. Thanks for any information.

 

Answer by donna
Submitted on 3/19/2006
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my little man Gez suffers from epilepsy-he takes phenobarbtone twice daily. Chihuauas suffer from hypoglycemia(as I do myself)-I just leave food out all day so he takes when he wants. Always keep glucose in the cupboard-if they become lethargic rub some on the gums. It soon perks them up

 

Answer by Santana
Submitted on 3/30/2006
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I have a 3 year old chi. and I have never seen her go into such a state before.  She is a beautiful little girl and yesterday while we were playing outside, she just suddenly fell over.  She went stiff and her jaws locked on her.  I don't know what to do with her.  It scares me so much that I might lose her.

 

Answer by Margam Eye
Submitted on 4/5/2006
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I didn't realise that the breed could have so many health problems - walking disaster! No wonder the owners are all stressed out!

 

Answer by tediah@yahoo.com
Submitted on 4/7/2006
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Our little Panini is has just turned two.  She was a rescue mission just over a year ago and was punted around  and tossed about in the breeders care!  Sadly this has given her a bit of suspected shaken baby syndrome and she has a unique personallity.  
About a 1.5 months ago Panini had a grand mal seizure and whent throught the whole unballance think in the first few seconds which made our little apple head rock forward onto her front legs and then convulse with yelps and crying for under thirty seconds.  We suspected that it may have been an alergic reaction to something she snarfled up from the floor.  a few days ago she had another seizure which also lasted under thirty seconds.  I think it is a result of her previous home and mal treatment but if anyone could offer any advice please email me @ my emial addi  We are taking her to the vet this coming week but in the mean time any extra infor would be a big help!
THANKS!
tediah

 

Answer by Genevieve
Submitted on 4/18/2006
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I have a lovely little chi called mitzy, we think she is about 6 years old.  She was a lost dog and came to us through a vet whose sister found her... she is a short hair and behaves like a human... hates to be put on a dog lead...and loves driving in the car...

We have had her for about two years now, and she seemed to have a little seizure about once every six months...  About a year and a half ago we got a mini fox terrier puppy (Toby)... who is full of beans and always ready to play...

Mitzy has started having seizures more regularly.  The seizures seem to last between 1 and five minutes.  Her eyes are not dazed and she seems very conscious that something is happening beyond her control.  The seizures are like spasms that work their way through her entire body.  I have taken her to the vet and they say it is not possible to tell what is wrong without a series of very expensive tests.... which I would do, but I worry about putting her on medication when she is such a bright and alert little princess....

Can anyone help with natural therapy recommendations? ...

These fits do not seem like epileptic attacks, because she never loses eye contact with me during one, but she is very distressed while in the middle of one.  She never urinates during one, but once she threw up, during an episode, but only that once.

 

Answer by Niko's-mommy
Submitted on 4/19/2006
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My poor little Niko seemed to have a seizure early in the morning while we were sleeping. He is almost 4 years old and around 5am I heard a muffled screaming coming from under Niko's blanket and when I ran to see what happened (within seconds of hearing him) he was in a stretched out type seizure pose, crying.  It lasted for about 15-20 seconds and he urinated during this strange episode.  He was wobbly for a few minutes after and seemed to be warm (well, warmer than usual)I just tried to relax him and when he was able to stand and walk he followed me and I gave him some water.  I could tell he was scared and so was I... Normally he would look to me for reassurance, but he just went to lay on our couch and seemed to want to comfort himself, and I could see he wanted to tend to  me but was just tired and scared. His vet appointment is in an hour and hope he is going to find an answer. I think I am more afraid of no answer. He is a bubble top and his soft spot (fontanel) is fairly large but he only weighs 4 lbs. We love little Niko so much and would really like to know how to help him. I don't want to say he has been unhealthy, because he is a very active, loving, fast-on-his-feet member of my family. Please someone, help with my concerns for my little guy. Thank you for caring.  

 

Answer by purpleshammrock
Submitted on 5/3/2006
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My Chihuahua (6lbs), 2 yrs old has been having something that looks like a seizure. His body would be shaking and all his paws would curl and be stiff and couldnít stand on his own. His eyes seem to be looking at me, but not moving around. So I rubbed his body, arms and legs for about half an hour and he seems to be fine. I was really scared, when he has this and he has about 3-4 of this kind of seizures in a year. The vet said itís common and not to worry. Iím really scared when he has one of this episode and from what Iíve noticed he seems to be having this when the weather is cold. He does wear sweaters. Yesterday it was hot so I removed one of his sweaters, but this morning the weather changed to cold so thatís when he had his seizure.  Also, he eats a lot, but I donít see him getting fat, heís just regular size not fat or skinny. Does anyone know if this is normal in certain Chihuahuas?

 

Answer by ralphy
Submitted on 5/16/2006
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I took my dog to the vet today for having a seizure.  He is almost eight months old.  Is it possible for my dog to survive his constant seizures?  If it is, how expensive is the medicine?

 

Answer by ConcernedChiLover
Submitted on 5/21/2006
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This doesn't answer any questions, but my 2yr old chihuahua had a seizure about 30 minutes ago, this is not her first one but probably her 6th...I cant take her to the vet because I cant afford it and all I know to do is give her corn syrup to help raise her blood sugar back up. The seizures are beginning to last longer and I'm afraid I'm going to lose her unless something can be done soon. Anyone have some suggestions on what I can do?

 

Answer by JoSpencer
Submitted on 6/1/2006
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ALL Chihuahua's hack - their uvula is slightly too long.

 

Answer by Bo_baker
Submitted on 6/2/2006
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chimama is an idiot who shouldn't be spouting off with misinformation and half-witted answers.

 

Answer by yuki
Submitted on 6/6/2006
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I have a 6 month old chihuahua and last month, one of his eye was stuck to the outer corner.  1 week later, it popped back to normal and then he started to squint both eyes.  I thought it was cuz of allergies but it got worse so I took him to the vet and they prescribed antibiotics and and ointment for his eyes. It's been a week now and his eye's are still squinting but now he's not acting normal.  At first he could still jump on my bed and lay cuz it's a really low bed but now he can't jump up at all.  He will lay   on his pillow all day and cry and whine alot unless he's sleeping which he does alot lately too.  I think he had a seizure the other day cuz when I was trying to give him his meds, he bent his body back and squealed for a minute or so and wouldn't move at all.  I didn't know what happened but now that I read all the comments above, i think he did have a seizure.  Also, he hasn't been eating his regular food.  I'm buying him canned food now so it's easier for him to eat but he still doesn't eat very much.  The doctor says he thinks it's neurological and I haven't taken him to a specialist yet.  Does anyone know what these symtoms may be????

 

Answer by P.Rooney
Submitted on 6/12/2006
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Thanks for all the information. I believe my dog just had a seizure and what you said has made me feel better.

 

Answer by charlene
Submitted on 6/17/2006
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OK is it normal for a chihuahua to have watery eyes?

 

Answer by Tequila's mommy
Submitted on 6/21/2006
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I have a 3 lb 3 year old "apple head" chi that just had her second seizure this morning.  Just like the first time, I found her on the floor (not in her crate or on something soft like the blanket that was laying on right next to her.  Both time she was shaking furiously, but looked normal.  When I picked her up, her legs were limp.  I tried to get her to stand on them, but she collapsed like Bambi on ice.  Both times it lasted about ten minutes.  When it was over, she was just fine, like nothing happened...The first time I rushed her to the vet, and they gave me nothing - no answers.  Just that some dogs have these.  They might have one in a lifetime, one a year or one every day.  If it gets that bad they said  there is medication to put her on - thanks a lot $400 later.  I wonder if she's seizing when I'm not home, so I'm worried.
My sister also had a chi that ended up passing away with terrible seizures.
I've been told to just hold her, love her and help her feel safe during the seizure.
She's laying in her "sunny spot" by the front door right now, and resting as usual.
Good luck to all out there with little sweeties like mine.


 

Answer by bullittsmom
Submitted on 6/24/2006
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I am very concerned my baby is going to be one next month and i have never had this problem until now . His eyes are very watery and it gets to the point that he scratchs them so much that he cuts himself,the vet checked it and said it was normal there was no infection but i wonder if i could help him with wipes or anything. please help

 

Answer by pete
Submitted on 7/1/2006
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To all the people who think they might have a chi-chi with blood sugar probs.  Remember it can go both ways.  Just because you always make food available does not mean they know when to stop.  They may be over feeding.  As for all the people putting their doggies on meds.  Thats disgusting.  I can't believe these "vets" are scamming you so much.  No dog will ever need drugs.  The only exception being in an operation where pain killers and sedatives are required.  Valium etc are for humans and even for them its bad.  Please think twice before you do that to your dog.
-=Pete=-

 

Answer by mandi
Submitted on 7/4/2006
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jaime,

my dog had a heat stroke about a week ago and i realized thats the same thing that happened to my dog, the vet told me she has to stay in air conditioning for 3 months because if her {{my dog}} temp goes up she will have another one, i think that u should look into this one, i got scared when it happened and after all of that has happened, her legs will stay in a weird way because her nerves were damaged, u should go see a vet!!!!!! email me adersnie@hotmail.com

 

Answer by Britt
Submitted on 7/10/2006
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hi my name is brittany and i have Japanese chin that has seizures and i was told do not put them on medicine it would kill them faster. in my option i know when it is time to put him down because of the seizure's. i was told to keep an eye on them and watch how many the having them and the length of them. he is my baby i love him wit a my heart and is time is not near yet when is i know the Good lord will take him to a better place free from pain.

 

Answer by Chris
Submitted on 7/19/2006
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This isn't so much an answer as a question. My Chihuahua Eddy was just acting funny and I'm not sure if it was a seizure or what. He got off the bed and went and stood by the door (this is normal he just wanted to go out and wander the hallway) but suddenly he started shaking. He could stand fine, but it seemed to be mainly in his hindquarters that he couldn't control muscle movement very well and he was shaking quite a bit. He was obviously uncomfortable and confused. I picked him up carefully and set him on the bed. I tried to soothe him by speaking to him in a calm voice and petting him and after a few seconds the shaking subsided and now he's fine. The whole episode didn't last any more than a minute or two and he maintained consciousness the entire time. What do you think it was and what should I do?

 

Answer by sera
Submitted on 8/4/2006
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i have had this chi for 4 years one day i let her inside and she was all sorts of messed up i didn't know if she was having a heat stroke or what so i took her to the vet the vet told me she wasen'thaving a heat stroke she was having seizures well he sent me home saying there was nothing that they could do about it and they continued to get worse no she is having them all the time and she isn't eating now and the vet sugested to put her down and i don't have the heart to do it he refuses to do blood work and say'sit would be a waist of money my ? is what should i do i love this dog dearly i coulden'temagine life without her plz someone help!!!!!

 

Answer by Chloe24
Submitted on 9/11/2006
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Hello I'm I had a chihuahua, he was about the cutes thing I have ever since in my life he was giving to my husband like in June the 4th I loved him so much.  On August the 26 of 2006, night he got a seizure I didn't know what to do I paniced and started cry so much for him I understand that I only had for a couple of months but I fell in love with him and he passed away on Sunday morning and I can't handle the situation that he is gone and really miss him sometimes when I'm sitting on the couch I can hear him and I go to my room and start crying I don't really know why I fell this way maybe for the fact that he was like my baby and he was taken away from me.  His name was BUBBLES who I miss very much.

 

Answer by Lynn
Submitted on 9/19/2006
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I worked for a vet for many years and most seizures in Chihuahuas and other small breed dogs are from low blood sugar, if you don't like the meds prescribed or can't afford them you can give 1 to 1 1/2 cc of caro syurp by mouth. It will stop the seizure if it is sugar related, after the seizure has stopped and the puppy is relaxed make sure you feed him, keep him warm and he should go to sleep.  It's a quick fix until you can call or go to your vet. I have a 7 week old baby who has seizures related to low blood sugar.

 

Answer by Pat
Submitted on 9/19/2006
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As a vet tech for a number of years, there's not much (usually) to worry about with seizures that are not frequent or debilitating. Chihuahuas and several other breeds have been bred down to be what they are today, this sometimes leads to small "short circuits". Have your dogs sugar checked as diabetes due to their tiny size can be a problem as can over heating. I keep food and water accessable to mine at all times, and keep their room cool when I am not at home. Diabetes can be treated but also tends to get worse with age, they are very much like humans in this respect.

 

Answer by Poochy
Submitted on 11/3/2006
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I have enjoyed reading all of the comments and stories about Chihuahua'sand seizures.

I have a five pound gray female chihuahua who has had seizures several times a year for the past ten or twelve years with no complications. Last Sunday morning I heard her rustling violently on my bed and she was having seizures continuously. They would stop for thirty seconds or so and she would tense up and start again. When she started opening and closing her little mouth I knew that she was in status epilepticus. It was four in the morning, so I rushed to the nearest emergency vet. By this time she had been in SE for about an hour. The vet gave her intravenous Valium immediately and the seizure activity stopped; but after about ten or fifteen minutes they started again. After 7.5 mg of Valium the seizures finally stopped.

Poochy is not on 8 mg of phenobarbital or two cc'sliquid daily. She does not like medicine, but I quickly found that just skipping a day of the medicine will start the seizures back. She recovered well with no apparent brain damage.

Keep your chihuahua on the phenobarbital as prescribed and if the seizures start again, call your vet immediately to have the dosage increased. My little chihuahua is on her starting dose of 8 mg per day, every morning. She will eventually have to have that increased as her liver will adjust to the dosage and it will not be enough.

 

Answer by stacy
Submitted on 11/10/2006
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I have a 1 year old Applehead Chihuahua names Roxy. She is the light of my life, like a child to me. But she has had seizures since she was 4 months old. When she goes through an "episode" she begins to shake and wobble like shes drunk. She cant stand up for long before falling over. The last time that she did that her breathing became very shallow, I thought I was going to loose her. Please, I need advice on whats really the best thing to do, ecspecially when she IS going through one.
I.E. how to make her comfortable, what I can do to help her, and is she in any discomfort?

 

Answer by SHHil
Submitted on 1/21/2007
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We have 7 small long coat Chihuahuas of which one is a tiny teacup. Initially, we were told to never give them Milk. One vet even told us they had no ability to digest milk.

Our female (now 2 years old) has had about 7 seizures  which lasted about 1-3 min. each, and they continued from the time we picked her up at 7 weeks, and lasted over a year and a half, until we started feeding her whole organic milk.  

I was a foods major in college, and we tried to follow the Vet's and breeder's instructions exactly. They told us to never give them milk, they said the dogs would be sick or develop diarrhea.  We fed our Puppies primarily Puppy Eucanuba which we believed to be excellent except for the occasional seizures.

Last June, our female had 4 very healthy long haired Chihuahua puppies weighing 3 oz, 4 oz, and 5 oz.. When the puppies were only 3 1/2 weeks old, the Mother dog literally collapsed one night. We rushed her to the dog hospital and it was discovered that her calcium level was dangerously low, only 4.0 instead of where it should have been between 7 and 11. As soon as she received intravenous calcium she got better immediately.
We were told we had to try to wean the puppies immediately, and the puppies hated the puppy formula and refused to eat.
After the puppies refused to eat any puppy formula in 24 hours, I went to the store and bought the best organic whole milk (Promise Land, here in Texas).
For the puppies, we made a soupy mixture of the whole organic milk, a little pre-moistened mush Puppy Eucanuba (which we used a little hot water and let it stand for a half hour so it was really soft) and two tablespoons of strained Gerber baby food Turkey, with a couple of drops of Cod Liver Oil. The puppies loved it, the older dogs loved it, and none of our Chihuahua puppies and dogs have not had any other seizures. Our puppies are very healthy and none have had seizures. No one has developed diarrhea.
In fact, they love to just drink the whole milk plain. We still only give small amounts of milk so they eat more Eucanuba.

We were warned to not use 2% or low fat because some animals develop digestive problems from the processing of removing the fat.

The whole milk worked for us, and it may work for others.  Also, our Vet was surprised at how quickly our puppies fontanels closed up -- they closed in record time also.

We believe that for us, the seizures may be from lack of calcium! L-Tryptophan is an amino acid recommended to address seizures in small dogs; therefore, because Turkey contains such high amounts of L-Tryptophan, rather than giving just the amino acid, we gave the puppies initially strained turkey and now we supplement their food occasionally with small pieces of roasted turkey.  
So far, no seizures with the puppies and they are 9 months old, and no one else has had seizures after we started giving them milk. Check with your vet first, and if you do decide to try whole milk, only give a teaspoon first and wait a day to see any reaction. Then, if it goes well, add a bit more each day until you are comfortable that there are no allergic reactions.

For us, we believe that a percentage of the seizures of little dogs may be due to lack of calcium and we feel that so long as the dogs tolerate milk, and love it, that the natural food is better than any pills and/or injections.


 

Answer by Teri
Submitted on 1/21/2007
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My chihuahua that I found three months ago has been having seizures since I found him and my vet said that he will be okay to just watch him and treat him like my family does for me when I have my seizures. I just know that I am scared to death because I adore CHANCE and I have another chihuahua named HERBIE and I got him through the rescue service. But he doesn't have seizures like chance does.

 

Answer by shannon
Submitted on 2/11/2007
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When I brought my Chi home two years ago he got so agitated and scared that he bagan frothing at the mouth. I attributed his severe reaction to the car ride as hypoglycemia. When I got home I gave him a dose of Nutrical and he snapped right out of his frenzy. Of course I had to soothe him and love him. I have found that when he has ingested something that is not good for his delicate digestive tract he will quiver while resting. But then he has moments when he is dreaming as well that bring on his motions. However, "Bruiser" doesn't shake as often as most people think of Chihuahua's. He only shakes when cold, excited, or in pain. Things I have learned while rearing Bruiser that I feel compelled to pass on...
1. Do not allow your loved one to pitter patter across a freshly mopped floor. The chemicals take about an hour to seep into their little paws and they become ferociously sick.
2. Do not feed them infant Tylenol no matter what you read on the internet. If you think he or she has a fever, fill your kitchen sink with tepid water..slightly warm (which is rather chilling for a small dog). Sit the dog in the sink up to his/her belly for about five minutes or for as long as you can suffer those sad eyes. Do this on and off until fever breaks. Also, during this terrible time feed the little one water through a syringe as they will be too weak to help themselves to their bowl. It's imperative to keep them hydrated always even when healthy.
3. Keep "Nutrical" on hand for those sick times or for dogs who get lethargic. If that is out of your budget buy a bottle of Kayro syrup. One quick syringe of Kayro into the back of their throat should help give them energy.
4. Be sure to rinse rinse and rinse during bath time. They will always lick their paws or their ...parts. ;) Soap in digestive tract=diarehea
5. Do not bother with bug sprays. Live with the nasty bug or you just might kill your beloved. Don't put "OFF" on your skin either. Chi's love to lick and you'll never see it coming.
6. You like using bleach as a household cleaner? Forgeddaboutit! It'll put your dog down for days. The fumes are too much for a Chi. And while you're cleaning take a guess where they wanna be. Lock em up and they cry...you know that won't last long.
7. They like apples. Who'd a thought?
8. Take bones (real bones) away when they start to splinter. Don't risk it.
9. "Bonez" do not digest in their delicate digestive tracts. Don't bother buying them.
10. They love tuna! Their breath wreeeeaks after however.
11. Invest in blankets. The softer the better. Chihuahua's can't live happily without them. I have a gazillion thanks to Bruiser.
12. Advantix helps with their allergies during the summer. You think you're curing fleas but actually all you are doing is helping with their allergies. Especially short haired breeds as the fleas don't seem to like my Chichi. Also Benadryl at .05 ml doses when itchy eyes and ears become a problem.
13. Ear mites- you can hardly see them but they sure do love a Chi's ears. Don't buy the dog variety. It burns they're ears especially after they have been digging at them. Try coating the inside of their ears with olive oil. That will smother the little buggers that are attacking him/her and allows your dog the peace you want for them. It works every time. Never use a holistic treatment. The sulfur in the holistic treatment will make your little one nauseous.
15. Chi's aren't big fans of pools or bath tubs. It's best to bathe in a sink with a hose where you can be right up close to them.
16. Save bits of your chicken/beef/pork off to the side before cooking. Cook up some for them without any spices. So healthy! Instead of processed treats you can save those bits in the fridge and he/she can feast all week.

Hope some of this helps.

 

Answer by RamseysMom
Submitted on 3/6/2007
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My nearly 2-yr old, 4-lb chihuahua has been having "quiver" episodes for about a month now. It appears as if he's cold and shivering, but temperature is definitely not the problem. Episodes used to last about 10-15 minutes, occur maybe once a week at most, and made my dog lethargic. He would just curl up on a pillow when they happened and look sad. He never collapsed, never had his eyes roll back, never lost control, and never had any of the other more serious effects of seizures I read about above.

However, he has become progressively worse over the last two weeks. His episodes now last for an hour and and the shaking has intensified significantly. Instead of being lethargic now, he frantically runs around the house from person to person, not knowing what to do, all the while shaking. Has anyone ever experienced this?

 

Answer by Wendy Green
Submitted on 3/14/2007
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I have an 8 year old Applehead chihuahua. About 3 years ago she had a head injury(she has an open fontanel). I believe she jumped up under my computer chair and hit her head on the end of a screw while "squabbling" for a piece of popcorn with my other dog. Her head swelled up and she had her first seizure-took her to the Vet immediately and she almost did not survive! When I got her back she would have a seizure approx. once every month-not enough to put her on medication. After about a year she was having her usual seizure and would NOT come out of it(status epilepticus). Rushed to the VET and now she is on 3 doses a day of 6 ml phenobarbital-2 doses a day of 1cc potassium bromide and denosyl and marin to support her liver as the phenobarbital will destroy her liver over time.  Her dosages have had to be increased(phenobarbitol) over time and the meds cause some bloating BUT that's nothing compared to how she was before the medications. Her quality of life is GOOD right now . When I am not home she sleeps in a playpen so she can't get hurt. I have to be home a lot to care for her but thank goodness I am able to! She is SO worth it!
There certainly is HOPE for chihuahua'living with epilepsy. It did take me about a year to get the dosages just right because she is so small-she used to weigh 3.5-4 pounds but now because of the bloating she weighs 5 pounds.  By the way I give her all LIQUID medications as for her they are more easily assimilated into her bloodstream. I hope this information might help someone!!!  

 

Answer by Sandy
Submitted on 3/16/2007
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My Chi was about 1 year 11 months and one night exactly one month ago,  she just started  having this seizure so I rushed her to the ER and she wouldn't wake up from it. I had to put her to sleep cuz the vet said that if she survived, it would cost from 5k to 10k and even after that, that she might have brain damage. The vet couldn't figure out what happened. After reading this, I believe that she died from the inheritance neurological problems that chis have. It is very sad. I thought that chis had a long life span.

 

Answer by val
Submitted on 3/27/2007
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I have a 8 months female chihuahua.  she has been very healthy but two weeks ago she started to have some seizures. I went to emergency room and they believed she had a liver disease but her vet told me she was poisoned by something which could be bugs poison or cleaning stuffs.  She was fine five days until today.  After her bath she had another seizure.  She is very healthy.  She has 6 pounds.  I love her. Please help.

 

Answer by val
Submitted on 3/27/2007
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I have a 8 months female chihuahua.  she has been very healthy but two weeks ago she started to have some seizures. I went to emergency room and they believed she had a liver disease but her vet told me she was poisoned by something which could be bugs poison or cleaning stuffs.  She was fine five days until today.  After her bath she had another seizure.  She is very healthy.  She has 6 pounds.  I love her. Please help.

 

Answer by CJ
Submitted on 3/28/2007
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My 8 year old chihuahua has been having some seizures lately, and they are very scary.  She draws her head up against her back and shakes.  Her eyes will sometimes twitch as well.  She had her worst seizure this morning (I am waiting for the vet to open so I can take her ASAP).  She sleeps with me in my bed, and she woke me up jerking really hard, and she had very shallow - almost undetectable breathing.  The last time I took her to the vet, the vet tested her blood sugar, and it was very low.  She's been eating good this time though, so I don't know what's going on.  I too was told to rub glucose jelly on her gums to help with blood sugar.  Seizures are very scary things, but the most important thing you can do is to comfort them while you wait for professional help.  Good luck with all your chihuahuas, and thank you for all your advice.

 

Answer by florence
Submitted on 3/29/2007
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I have had chihauhaus all my life and I am 53 so thats a long time...seizures were always a problem and three years ago I lost my one chihauhau because she had so many seizures that she had strokes and died...it was horrible and I thought something has to be in regard to their shots they have cause it always happened after wards with so many of my dogs. So after sassy died I stopped having them have the rabies shot cause the vet said it is hard on the little guys and they are a low risk dog for rabies and sure enough I have four chi's now and they are three years old and under and not one time have they had a seizure.

 

Answer by crystal
Submitted on 4/1/2007
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OMG, I had no idea this was so common. My little chihuahua, Samson, had two seizures within 20 min yesterday. He's about two years old. This has never happened to our otherwise healthy little boy. One minute he was fine and the next he was whimpering, stammering and drooling profusely. Samson is the closest thing to a child we have and we love him soooo much.
Most his blood work has come back and is fine, and the Vet expects the rest to come back similar. He's gonna send us home with Valium and possibly some phenobarbital I suppose.
Samson means the world to us... we'd do anything for him, we just don't know what the right thing to do is.

 

Answer by bymmie
Submitted on 4/28/2007
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i have a 7 year old chihahua and we has had epilipsy for about 2 years he has been on phenabrbritol since the vet told us he had epilipsy he started out on 16 mg one time a day about 6 months ago he started having them again and the vet put him on 16 mg twice a day and today he had two very bad seizers and the vet druged him up and told me the phenabarbritol was not working again and his body needed more so know he is on 24 mg twice a day i cant lose him can some one please tell me what to do so he doesnt have seizers anymore it is killing me to see him like this !!!!!

 

Answer by jess
Submitted on 6/29/2007
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my chihuahua cuervo likes to squirm in my hands and one day actually fell out and i think bumped his head on the ground and began to have a seizure. a couple of seconds later he was fine and showed no signs of being hurt. that was a few months ago when he was about 6 months old. he is now a year old and had another one when he ran into a wall while playing. has anyone else had this problem and know what is wrong?

 

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