Seizure?

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pinkpiggy1989

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I just happened to look up at one of my chins and he appeared to be 'dragging' his lower body across the floor. Almost like he was army crawling. I scooped him up and he had his ears tucked back like 'sleepy ears' and was shivering a bit. I put him on the floor of his cage so I could look at him and it almost looked like I was trying to pull one of his legs up as to not put any pressure on it.


Hes now hoping around like nothing happened. This literally just happened, and it only last maybe a minute total, that I noticed. Could it have been a seizure? What are the signs/symptoms of a seizure? And what should I do for him? Hes acting completely normal now...
 

pinkpiggy1989

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I also looked online and it said one cause could be not getting enough nutrition. So I put a teaspoon of food in front of him and he quickly began eating. He does share a cage. Is it possible his cagemate has been hoarding the food and starving him, therefore causing a seizure?

Now all of a sudden he seems to still be shivering a bit, and he seems a bit confused...
 

Dustbunnies

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One of my chins has seizures. She has had blood work...normal. She does have a heart arrhythmia, however. She will seize if stressed out. She can not watch tv or have a lot of input (noise, lights, etc.). Especially avoid tv or computer/phone screens in a dark room.

Low blood sugar can cause them, as well as low calcium or thiamine. Check that your chins front teeth are nice and orange.

You may want to go to the vet and get him checked out (blood work if u can). It may not show anything.

I keep the stress (including people) to a minimum and playtime limited. Make sure it is cool enough.

They are scary looking and they can leave the chin wobbly for several minutes, but they are not painful though they look like it. Consider limited or no levels in the cage so that if he seizes again he is less likely to hurt himself. My chin tries to "get away" from the seizure and moves around afterward even though she isn't all together...which can be dangerous, like walking with a numb leg.

I no she probably has seizures I don't see, but I only see her seize every couple months now.
 

pinkpiggy1989

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He acted this way for maybe 3 minutes. I began getting dressed to take him to the vet, and when I went to get him out of the cage, he was PERFECTLY normal. I'm not sure if it was a seizure or not, thats why I was asking for an opinion?

I had been on the computer, which is right next to their cage, for a good hour, before I just happened to look over. There was no 'thrashing' or violent movements, that would have definitely gotten my attention. I just happened to look over and it almost looked like he was 'army crawling' and not really using his back legs. He was shivering as if he was cold, but not twitching.

I looked up symptoms of a seizure and he didn't have any of the symptoms that were mentioned. I read that it could be caused by a vitamin deficiency, so I filled his bowl with fresh food and gave him hay, and he went to town like nobodys business.

Hes acting completely fine now. Eating, drinking, and of course pooping. Hes hopping to his ledge and crawling on his tube like nothing ever happened.

The cage is set up by my bed, so I'll be keeping a close eye on him throughout the night, and will head to the ER if need be. Does anyone have a clue as to what this was? Or what could have caused it?
 

Narcissus

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I'm not an expert, but I have read on here that chins with bloat will drag their back ends. I could be wrong..... I hope some one more expirenced replies quickly
 
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pinkpiggy1989

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I'm not an expert, but I have read on here that chins with bloat will drag their back ends. I could be wrong..... I hope some one more expirenced replies quickly
I've read that bloat causes swollen tummys, but his tummy is perfectly normal. It was almost like his back legs were broken. Once he actually stood up, he was trying to pull one leg up as to not put any pressure on it.
 

Dustbunnies

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There is usually no thrashing or violent movements. Typically it changes during the seizure to a variety of strange poses, twitching, and muscle contractions. There is a vacant look on her face and a hunkering down. Sometimes the back spreads low and makes them "drag" as you described. Then she is drunkish and shivering for a while. Every seizure has lOoked different and usually is over in a couple minutes.

Also, the leg can twitch in a way that looks like the dont want to walk on it. And afterward they can be very uncoordinated.

Was it dark when you were on the computer?
 
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