Look at who's spending the night with KatDoc! Heidi has seizures and her daddies didn't want to take her home tonight, in case she had a seizure at home. They asked if we would keep her at the hospital overnight, but I don't have 24 hour staffing to monitor her. They promised not to hold it against me if anything happened to her while she was alone, but I couldn't stand the thought of her having a seizure without someone being there to help her.
We took a little car ride to the country. She is now set up in a crate in my bedroom, and is resting comfortably, thank you very much.
"Can I stay with you, KatDoc?"
"No, Heidi, it's just for tonight."
Sept. 6, 8pm - Update on Heidi:
Sorry, friends, but this one doesn't look like it will have a happy ending. Just as I was posting
last night, Heidi had another seizure in the crate in my bedroom, her 4th in less than 24 hrs. I gave her an intravenous anticonvulsant medication (I had an IV catheter in place for just such an event) and she recovered OK. This morning, she was great - acting completely normal.
However: She was supposed to be the replacement dog for a couple who recently lost their 16 year old dog after a two or three year course of illness, with many vet visits and a lot of medication and TLC. They don't need (and aren't equipped) to handle an ill and potentially expensive dog right now. They need a happy, healthy dog who will hike the Nature Center with them and be normal for a few years. This dog is not the one for them. (Please don't judge these guys - they are the sweetest people and the best dog parents I know.)
Heidi has been returned to the "no kill" shelter where she was originally adopted from 2 weeks ago, and we hope that the shelter's vets will be able to work her up for the cause of her seizures. It depends a lot on how much money the shelter can afford to in invest in her, as neurological work-ups can get costly quickly. If her condition is treatable, the next step is to find an adoptive family willing to take her on. That's a lot of "if's" and I don't hold out much hope.
This is a hard situation to be in. The dog is wonderful - very sweet, lovable, easy going, good with other dogs (mine) and doesn't freak out over cats (also mine), quiet in her crate, a good car-rider, and so sweet and loving. EXCEPT when she has a seizure. I was there for 2 of them, and it is awful. If they are controllable, she could live a fairly normal life, but in my experience, four grand mal seizures in less than 24 hours spells heavy "doom and gloom" time.
To be honest, I'm rather depressed over it all, and sorry I even posted about her last night. I should have waited to see which way it went before involving you.