Shetland sheepdogs and seizures

Shetland sheepdogs and seizures

It's frightening to watch a beloved pet wracked by seizures.

As I was still asleep, early Sunday morning, I heard one of my Shelties pawing in her crate. I scolded her, “Stop it, Maddie!” But the pawing got worse, and it started to sound like she was flopping her body in her crate. I was still half-asleep, but it eventually sunk in; something was seriously wrong with Maddie. I turned on the bedside lamp, and saw her lying on her side, her jaws caught in the crate’s wires, her body wracked by convulsions. 

My husband ran to get wire cutters and a pliers so we could free her as I kept watch. Before he even returned, Maddie yelped, then she jumped up, freeing herself from the wires, and sat back in her kennel, obviously confused and shaky. 


In another few moments, Maddie was able to walk out of her kennel, and she and my husband napped for a couple more hours. I was too shaken by what had happened to go back to sleep. 


Naturally, I had to research Shetland Sheepdogs and seizures. The breed is not prone to them, but they do occasionally happen. Seizures might be a symptom of epilepsy, or triggered by low blood sugar, toxins or vaccinations. Some dogs are genetically disposed to them. They seem to occur more frequently in the morning, and I have awakened with a sense of dread since learning that. 


It’s possible that this seizure could be a one-time event. I dearly hope it is. It’s painful and frightening to watch a beloved pet in this condition. Have you had a dog who suffered from seizures? If so, where you able to determine a cause, and did you seek treatment?