Dogs Heat Cycle and Seizures
Recently our Sheltie started having seizures. The first one appeared as if she was poisoned as she could walk and was stumbling around. Of course, she was immediately rushed to the vet. Based on timing it appeared in about the first stage of her cycle – about 7 days after it started or what you would call the Proestrus stage.
After running over $1000 dollars’ worth of tests what was revealed was normal healthy dog. We even showed the video we had taken to the vet hospital when we arrived and they thought it was something that was ingested. I guess they see lots of THC problems with dogs due to owners using marijuana. Our dog was sent home – on Friday night
Over the next three days the seizures continued but they were not as bad as the first one. I followed up with my regular vet on Monday. I had noted that there was a small seizure in her last heat cycle as well. He reviewed the video and said that it was definitely a seizure and after a physical and looking at the data from the emergency vet visit he agreed she was normal. I did tell him about the heat cycle and he said that it was a possiblity that elevated levels of Estrogen could perhaps cause a change. We have not spayed our dog yet because we have learned by experience that you do not spay a female dog early. That leads to incontinence problems and bladder leakage as a dog ages – so we were waiting for at least three heat cycles before we did this.
Our dog will be spayed in a month or so. Here are some things we learned.
- Your dog’s hormones change during the heat cycle especially the Estrogen Levels.
- High estrogen levels can absolutely cause seizures .
- The seizures will start to subside in the Estrus stage.
- Your dog will return to normal after about 15 days.
If you are experiencing a dog that starts to have seizures during a heat cycle see your vet. There isn’t much they can do, but you may have to make a decision to spay your dog. There is chemicals like bromine and phenobarbital that they can give dogs to help with seizures but these all have side effects.
I thought I would put this information out because there isn’t much on the web about our experiences – and perhaps maybe this would help you know that you are not alone.