Today we had to take Ollie (named Ollivander after the wandmaker in Harry Potter) to the vet. Ever since he was 6 months old, he’s had an occasional “dizzy spell” where he shakes, drools, and acts dizzy. They used to be about every 6 months. As he has aged, they’ve gotten more frequent. In the past month or two, he has been having them every other week. So we took a video of his “dizzy spell”, and friends online told us it was a seizure.
Ollie was very good at the vet’s office. He loved on the tech and on the vet, and didn’t even make a peep when two dogs in the waiting area sounded like they got in a fight (we were in an exam room). I think he was a bit nervous. We had to wait in the exam room for a while, so Brad took out his camera.
Brad got some great shots of Hestia in the foreground with Ollie and me in the background out of focus. They are really good pictures! He got a few of Ollie, and some of Hestia trying to calm Ollie down. It was so sweet how she helped her big brother.
I was anxious while we were in the room, when the vet was telling us all the things it could be. Brad had Hestia on his lap, so she was of no help. Ollie jumped right into service dog mode, leaning on me, shoving his head into my hands for grounding and deep pressure therapy. I think it made him feel proud to be working again!
The vet said Ollie was having seizures, and gave us a prescription that should help slow them down if not stop them. Ollie’s diagnosis is idiopathic epilepsy.
Here’s a link to all the pictures Brad kept (only 15):
I’m so glad they put him on something. Keep an eye on him and if you ever see it increasing time or frequency take him back to the vet to get his meds adjusted. Scratch Ollie for me!
Will do, thanks!
I’m sorry he has seizures but glad he has medicine now…..one of our dogs had seizures, but we never remembered to ask the vet about it, after a trip, where he stayed home as my I laws were supposed to be watching him, he wasn’t at home…..I always wondered if he had one and got hurt or something
Oh my! We will keep a close eye on him for sure.
I am glad you could get a diagnosis and meds for Ollie . I know it is a relief to put a name on it and get him some help. Give him hugs from us !
Ollie says thanks for the hugs!
My first cat, back in the 80’s, had epilepsy. He was on phenobarbital all his life. Required some adjusting now and then but for the most part was easy enough for us to take care of.
Good, I hope Ollie’s is as easily managed!
Hope the medications work. My new rescue has idiopathic head tremors which I’ve been told could turn into epilepsy… I have started her on low dose medical marihuana tincture and the tremors have slowed down greatly!
Thanks! If the med doesn’t work, we might try CBD oil instead.
Ollie man, Tao says two paws crossed on the new meds <3 oh, that Hestia IS a princess, truly! 😛 Hang in there, all y’all…
Hope the meds work for the silly man!!!!!
Hope the meds will set him right. It will be a relief to you to get this straightened out I’m sure. We are Keeping you all in thoughts.
Oh by the way, I love the title of this post.
Thanks for the thoughts! Brad came up with the title, he was really pleased with himself LOL!