Monday night was an eventful one in our home. Being a grandma, I go to bed early and about 1o p.m. I heard Cooper, our big chocolate lab, banging around in the living room. Dash was out there so I thought he was just playing with a toy, but it didn't stop. When I went into the living room, Cooper was crawling across the floor (he had bumped into a couple of walls) and his whole body looked like it was in a cramp. All four of his big paws were clenched and curled in and he was shaking all over. We comforted him as much as we could and a couple minutes later he was full-on Copper again - wagging his tail and running around. We took him to the Emergency Animal Clinic and they observed him for a couple of hours to make sure he did not have another seizure. At about midnight, we finally saw the doctor who ordered blood tests to rule out things - had he eaten something weird? did he have an infection? Nope, apparently our strong, handsome boy has epilepsy. He may never have a seizure again or may have one in a couple of weeks or a couple of days, but he is better now and has enjoyed sleeping in our room the past couple of nights. It was very emotional to see the whole thing happening to such a big dog and I definitely don't look at him as the same invincible dog that I did before. Now, we are just recovering from a late, late night.
Here's some old pictures of our Cooper: