I had considered letting Mango or Dexter tell you about the events of last night or not even mentioning it at all, but decided that the best thing would be for me to tell you (in detail) because I could use some human comments.
Last night, shortly after we went to bed I awoke to a banging in the living room that sounded as if somebody was hurling the furniture around. I ran out to discover Mango on the floor convulsing and emptying his bladder. Just horrible. My husband heard my cries and came out and stayed with Mango while I ran around getting dressed and grabbing keys and whatnot to go to the ER.
His convulsions stopped after about a minute and a few minutes later he staggered to his feet but was very confused and frightened. He would not let either of us near him. and retreated to a distance of about six feet when approached. I was able to get his leash and told him we were going in the car and he followed me out to the car and got in. Phew. But still agitated and panting.
He seemed almost his old self once we got to the ER. They took him to the back and after a couple of hours he was sent home with us. The on call vet discussed in detail with us all the possible causes of seizures, but this was the key note on his discharge papers, "Given Mango's presentation and age we are suspicious that this may be idiopathic epilepsy or a brain tumor. As we discussed, frequently dogs with seizures will continue to have seizures the rest of their lives."
Mango was totally back to normal by the time we got home and very happy to see Dexter. Poor little Dex freaked when it was happening and ran to the back door which is a good thing as I know that dogs having seizures can attack or be attacked by their pals. I will note that Dex has been staying closer to Mango than usual. But I was awakened at 5:30 AM (after four hours of sleep) by Mango's usual "give me breakfast" tail thumping and he seems right as rain.
I am including a happy making photo of Mango taken last summer during what I thought at the time was a heat wave (nothing like what the past few weeks have been). He is enjoying being in the direct path of the AC
I would appreciate good thoughts and any advice you have about the situation. Apparently seizures are not unusual. Our instructions are to do nothing and see if it happens again. A prolonged seizure would be very bad as even this relatively short one caused him to heat up very fast and one lasting a few minutes could damage his organs. Not to mention the risk of his falling off the deck or otherwise hurting himself.
I clearly remember my last thoughts before I went to bed last night, "Mango is doing so well with his training and is physically and mentally in the best shape of his life." I have often thought of whether I would want another mastiff and I was thinking a resounding "yes" to myself as I dozed off. Then the crisis of being faced with a 230 pound dog with no way to get him to the ER unless he could walk into the car. Gives one pause.
P.S. Any tips on getting urine out of a wool carpet and pad would also be helpful. At least he didn't poo, but oh man does he have a large and capable of emitting gallons of liquid bladder.