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Australian Shepherd Has Seizures, Rapid Breathing, Collapse
I need advice. My almost three year old Australian Shepherd began having seizures in May of this year. Two fairly mild seizures May 4. No more activity until June 2... at which time he had 4 in a 24 hour span.
We began taking phenobarbital at that time. After beginning medication he had two mild seizures total during the months of June and July. Vet check in July med levels were optimal. All was well until August 14, at which point he had a total of 6 seizures in a 2.5 hours time span.
Flying trip to the vet. Injection of phenobarbital. Spent the night at the vet. Picked him up on Tuesday. Tuesday night lethargic, difficulty walking/standing, very heavy breathing, no urination, appeared confused and clumsy.
Back to the vet and he has been there ever since. All blood work has come back normal. He is running a temp coordination and mobility are much better. He is eating, drinking and urinating appropriately now. They started IV fluids, steroids and antibiotics after he collapsed at the vet on Wednesday.
I am at a loss. I don't know what questions to ask and to be perfectly honest I am afraid for my sweet boy. I work with special needs children and he is in training to be a therapy dog. We need help. I think the two vets working on our case are wonderful but Max's symptoms just don't seem to make sense to any of us.
We talked today about going to see a specialist, but again, I have no clue what to ask. I would appreciate any advice that you guys might have to offer. I am including a picture. Max is the one on the right. His sister Mara is lost without him here.