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    Does anyones cav take seizures due to their heart murmurs?

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    Seizures are very unlikely to be due to MVD -- I've never seen this listed as a possible symptom. Collapse/fainting, yes, seizures, no.

    http://www.cavalierhealth.org/mitral...e.htm#Symptoms

    Seizures should immediately be investigated by a vet. The most likely cause is epilepsy or episodic falling though diabetes can cause them and so can syringomyelia.
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    Well she's been having seizures since she was 12 so for about 2 1/2 years now maybe as many as once a month/2 months but my dogs seizures are brought on by the murmur because there is sometimes a lack of blood flow and oxygen to her brain due to her ailing heart the blood doesnt get pumped around her body as strongly as it should cause of the weekness in one of the valves caused by the murmur according to the vet! Its probably not documented that much cause of Sasha's age not many live as long as mine is currently. But thanks for the info in the link i have read quite a bit about it cause obviously it has been a problem since she first got a murmur when she was 5!

    It weird though her body twitches and convulses and she crys ear piercingly until she knows your there with her then she stops crying and as shes coming round she wets herself! Very upsetting when i first witnessed it but straight after shes up and about as if nothing happened! Bizzare!

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    I really do not think this has anything to do with MVD. Did your vet say it did? It sounds like epilepsy or syringomyelia or episodic falling. It may be possible to get rid of these entirely through proper medication and stop her from this regular suffering. Seizures can be extremely painful and disturbing. Please get a second opinion if your vet is the one who has said these are due to MVD! These are neurological sounding seizures, and sound like they have nothing to do with the fainting that sometimes happens when blood flow is inadequate (they sound like grand mal seizures). Is she on medication for the MVD? Is this reviewed regularly by the vet?
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    Just a line ... did I read that correctly? Are you saying your Cav is now FOURTEEN AND A HALF?! Wow.
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    That can be very distressing. Our Scarlett the Boxer started having seizures when she was 12. The vet ran some non-invasive tests to try to determine its cause but came up with nothing. Due to her age we didn't want to put her through more invasive procedures.

    In the end the vet just put it down to "old age". I guess that probably just means "we don't know". We tried a number of drugs but often times felt that the cure was worse than the condition.

    About 12 months after they started, they had escallated to several per day & we had to gently send her off.

    I am sorry you are experiencing this. I can empathise with you as it is horrible to watch. If it is any comfort, my understanding is that they do not remember the seizure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sasha85 View Post
    It weird though her body twitches and convulses and she crys ear piercingly until she knows your there with her then she stops crying and as shes coming round she wets herself! Very upsetting when i first witnessed it but straight after shes up and about as if nothing happened! Bizzare!

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    My friends dog does this but she has epilepsy,I don't see how this could be to do with a heart problem.I would speak to the vet again or get a 2nd opinion.It can't be good for her to be having these turns so often.

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    I think in any situation where the brain is starved of oxygen for a period of time has the potential to cause a seizure or seizure like sympotoms whether it is a common symptom/side effect of a particular condition or not ? The lack of blood flow would surely have an impact on the normal brain circuitry and therefore could result in[FONT=Lucida Sans Unicode]a seizure ??[/FONT]

    I guess as is with humans every case is individual to some degree ?
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    If upping the heart tablets helped before, could they be upped again? It's certainly a co-incidence that that helped before. Unless, of course, the medication in question is one that can also be used to treat SM, in which it's more blurred...

    I too agree that if the brain is starved of oxygen funny things happen. I've been known to fit during a faint, but I'm not epileptic.
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