Q. My dog is a purebread siberian husky and he had a episode last night shaking real bad he couldnt walk his tonque was hanging out the side of his mouth
DESTINI R. HOLLOWAY, DVM
A. This sounds like your pet potentially had a seizure episode. I would recommend taking him to your veterinarian for a full examination and possible bloodwork to look for any underlying problems or metabolic causes for this.
It is also best to record the event if it happens again so your veterinarian can see what you see at home and can therefore treat it accordingly.
Common causes of seizures in dogs are idiopathic (unknown) and toxicities (plants, chemicals). Metabolic abnormalities can occur but are much less common causes.
Seizures can be scary; however the good news is that idiopathic seizures can typically be managed with medical therapy, as long as there are no lesions in the brain or spinal cord that are causing them.
A. Monitor for more episodes. Seizures are characterized by the signs you saw as well as stiff limbs, excess drooling, jaw chattering and loss of bladder control. If the episodes continue, see your veterinarian for an exam and diagnostics. Start a Log. Record data such as time of day/night, duration, description, diet, activity, etc. around each episode. This may help your vet pinpoint a cause or triggers.