What does it mean when my Jack Russell falls over rigid

by Mary Shaw
(Ontario)

What does it mean when my 13 1/2 year old male Jack Russell collapses/falls over completely rigid, and can not move any part of his body? This lasts for up to 15 minutes at a time.

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Apr 24, 2012
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Seizures?
by: Eddie's Mom

My JRT had seizures, which the vet diagnosed as epilepsy and offered medication. My questions to the vet at this time were:

1. Is he in pain when he's having the seizures?(Answer was: NO)

2. Is he going to die from the seizures (Answer was: VERY UNLIKELY)

3. Do you think the seizures are affecting his quality of life? (Answer was NO)

4. So, who do you think suffers more during the seizures - me as his mother watching him? Or him who's actually having the seizure? (Answer was ME)

Based on those answers, and the fact that I had known dogs with epilepsy who were on medication such as barbiturates & valium, I elected NOT to give my dog those drugs.

He was only a year old and so full of life, with such clear alert eyes and amazing reflexes. I couldn't bear to see him drugged out of his mind, uncoordinated and clumsy due to the drugs and chronically thirsty due to the drugs. It was my opinion at that time that the drugs offered were more likely to reduce his quality of life than the seizures.

I also suspected that my ex was sneaking him food such as McDonalds (which is WHY he's now my EX!) and I suspected that this may have triggered the seizures.

I left my ex and took complete control of my dogs diet and he didn't have a seizure for 3 years. He has had a single seizure since when he licked an empty cup I had left on the table that had miniscule quantities of cup-a-soup in the bottom.

My decisions and treatment of my dog were made on sheer gut instinct as his mother. I'm not opposed to medication if it will improve the quality of the dog's life. But my gut was sending me alarm bells about my ex feeding him junk and I chose to act on this before I made a decision to medicate him.

My vet stated that it seemed my dog had grown out of the seizures and he thought it was very unlikely that food caused them.

We have a new vet now, who is open to the possibility that I might be right. I love my JRT beyond reason and I'm very in tune with any changes to his wellbeing.

When our dogs are sick we should immediately seek professional medical assistance from a vet. But we should also ask a lot of questions and if necessary seek a second, or a third opinion.

I wouldn't advise anyone else about their dog's seizures, but I'm really glad I chose not to put my dog on medication.

For other dogs, medication could be life-saving and entirely necessary. It's a tough call. If my dog had continued to have seizures that severely impacted on his quality of life I might have chosen to medicate him.

But sometimes the hardest part of seizures is for the human watching them. I definitely didn't want to medicate my dog because I was having a hard time with his seizures.








Apr 24, 2012
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Seizures?
by: Eddie's Mom

My JRT had seizures, which the vet diagnosed as epilepsy and offered medication. My questions to the vet at this time were:

1. Is he in pain when he's having the seizures?(Answer was: NO)

2. Is he going to die from the seizures (Answer was: VERY UNLIKELY)

3. Do you think the seizures are affecting his quality of life? (Answer was NO)

4. So, who do you think suffers more during the seizures - me as his mother watching him? Or him who's actually having the seizure? (Answer was ME)

Based on those answers, and the fact that I had known dogs with epilepsy who were on medication such as barbiturates & valium, I elected NOT to give my dog those drugs.

He was only a year old and so full of life, with such clear alert eyes and amazing reflexes. I couldn't bear to see him drugged out of his mind, uncoordinated and clumsy due to the drugs and chronically thirsty due to the drugs. It was my opinion at that time that the drugs offered were more likely to reduce his quality of life than the seizures.

I also suspected that my ex was sneaking him food such as McDonalds (which is WHY he's now my EX!) and I suspected that this may have triggered the seizures.

I left my ex and took complete control of my dogs diet and he didn't have a seizure for 3 years. He has had a single seizure since when he licked an empty cup I had left on the table that had miniscule quantities of cup-a-soup in the bottom.

My decisions and treatment of my dog were made on sheer gut instinct as his mother. I'm not opposed to medication if it will improve the quality of the dog's life. But my gut was sending me alarm bells about my ex feeding him junk and I chose to act on this before I made a decision to medicate him.

My vet stated that it seemed my dog had grown out of the seizures and he thought it was very unlikely that food caused them.

We have a new vet now, who is open to the possibility that I might be right. I love my JRT beyond reason and I'm very in tune with any changes to his wellbeing.

When our dogs are sick we should immediately seek professional medical assistance from a vet. But we should also ask a lot of questions and if necessary seek a second, or a third opinion.

I wouldn't advise anyone else about their dog's seizures, but I'm really glad I chose not to put my dog on medication.

For other dogs, medication could be life-saving and entirely necessary. It's a tough call. If my dog had continued to have seizures that severely impacted on his quality of life I might have chosen to medicate him.

But sometimes the hardest part of seizures is for the human watching them. I definitely didn't want to medicate my dog because I was having a hard time with his seizures.








Apr 23, 2012
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Rigid Jack
by: MichaelL65

I would take him to a vet ASAP. I sounds to me like a seizure.

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