Thank you so much for all your comments. Your words mean so much to me and I know that Mango is feeling all the good vibes coming his way.
Mango spent a relaxing day at home with the Master. He was happy and his old self and even played tennis ball. I took PeeWee to the vet after work to get his hot spot tended to (he was a big baby about it and even the vet couldn't get it totally trimmed up). Yes, Dex should be wearing a cone but that's just more than I can handle right now. He did come home with magic powder to apply 2-3 times / day. Hopefully it will relieve the itch so he doesn't bother it.
After coming home and doing some tidying up, Mango, Dexter and I were just settling in the dog cave to read some blogs when it happened again. This time it lasted about a minute and a half. Mango was not as disoriented as before, but still paced for over an hour before settling down. He is very clingy and wants to be near me. If I even go to the bathroom he is howling outside the door. Looks like another night on the couch.
Right now, the thought of leaving him alone tears at my heart. I would appreciate words from those of you who have had seizure dogs. I know that I can't stop my life to be with him, but what do you do to ease your mind when you have to leave your dog? Of course I worry that it will happen when I am not home.
My understanding is that the big concern is that he will hurt himself or that it will last so long that he overheats and it damages his organs. Even almost two hours after the fact his ears are still hot. And he was very hot immediately after. His jowls were inflamed and he was panting heavily.
I tried to take some photos earlier tonight of the boys together. None of them came out too well, but I am including one anyway.
Poor little Dex got tossed unceremoniously out the back door when Mango's seizure began and I left him out there until Mango started to show that he recognized me and where he was. I had the presence of mind to close doors and turn on lights. Mango still managed to bang around the house and get into corners. Dex was confused too and a little growly when he came back in, but not too bad.
I'll be canceling Mango's scheduled trip to the special vet. His less than perfect gait is not really a major concern right now and I don't want to stress him out with all the poking and prodding that will likely be in store for him there. I'll consult with his regular vet in the morning.
Paws and fingers crossed that the next post will be from Mango himself reporting that he has kicked seizure monster ass and is back in action.
P.S. For some happy making reading, check out the next installment of Roo's big adventure featuring none other than the RH himself. Read it here.