Dog Fancying

DelilahWatching your beloved dog having a seizure is no fun. But that’s precisely what happened at our house yesterday afternoon. I was standing near Delilah on the driveway as she suddenly shot down and went into convulsions. It only lasted a few minutes but it felt like an hour as she stiffened up and thrashed about.

I tended to her as Bryna called the vet. I actually picked her up — no mean feat — and carried her to the back yard because she was uncontrollably banging her head on the pavement. She eventually came out of it as I sat with her and calmed her down. And then she was fine for the rest of the day — back to her usual self. We, however, were not fine for the rest of the day, which we spent observing her with shot nerves.

Bryna took Delilah to the vet today and everything looks normal. Some dogs evidently develop a form of epilepsy between the ages of two and five (she’s four). When and whether she has another seizure will determine the treatment plan. If it’s in six months to a year there’s no reason to put her on medication; if it’s relatively soon we’ll have to look into this.

We have friends who jokingly say that all their pets (and they have many) are Christian Scientists. In other words they refuse to pay boatloads of cash to the vet to extend the lives of their animals. Which sounds cruel until you get the bill from the vet for doggie chemo. But holding Delilah in my arms while she was convulsing made me want to do almost anything to keep her healthy and pain free. We probably won’t splurge on that pricey animal neurologist in Yonkers but when we know what we’re dealing with, it may involve an investment of sorts.

In the meantime, she’s by my side at the coffee shop as I take a break from crafting my sermon to write this. She’s as content as could be “gathering the crumbs from under thy table” (here’s an esoteric question: can dogs be in hog heaven?) and is being her usual charming, slightly stubborn self.

Hopefully yesterday was just some strange fluke. Because if she has another seizure, I just may go into convulsions myself.


7 Comments on “Dog Fancying”

  1. What a beautiful dog — and obviously a most beloved member of your family. May she return to full health and wholeness, and live a long, seizure-free life.

  2. Auralie says:

    I hesitate to say this, but in the semi-rural
    South where I come from, “fits” were not
    uncommon in dogs, and usually indicated that
    they had worms. That would be a simple and
    readily-treated answer. Maybe that’s too simple
    for the vet to think about?
    Anyway, we wish her well. Our pets are such an
    important part of our lives.

  3. Beckett says:

    My deepest sympathies with you and best wishes to beautiful Delilah. We went down this path with our beloved Golden Retriever,Luna– who we said only half-jokingly was our first child — and spent an extraordinary amount of money trying to solve a problem very talented vets kept telling us was probably solvable, only to have her die on our front lawn on a sunny spring day. It is hard to second guess what we would have done differently – once you’re in it, you’re in it, and these animals are family. Good luck – hope all stays well!

  4. Father Tim says:

    It’s amazing how attached we get to our pets. We joke that with Delilah we killed two birds: our third child and our girl. Ever since Wednesday’s seizure she’s been completely herself. It helps that she’s rarely alone — she comes to work with me nearly every day — so we’re observing her closely. So far, so good.

  5. Jean Halajian says:

    What a scary thing…it’s good that you were there with her. Maybe Delilah should consult with Betsy.

  6. Shannon says:

    Oh how awful but you know what is strange I have a dog that looks exactly like Delilah. Her name is Sandy and we also adopted her at around one year old. She sheds just like you describe and has some of the same characteristics, but we never knew what she was a mix of(well except the yellow lab part)

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