Thank you Phyrie and Debra
In a panic yesterday morning, I called the vet because it appeared as if Oliver had somehow hurt his right eye during the night. He was keeping it closed, it was red and he was blinking a lot. After observing him for about 15 minutes, I noticed his left eye rolling back in his head. I had never seen this behaviour before, on any dog. Other than his eyes not appearing normal, the rest of him was fine, i.e., no air scratching, head rubbing etc. Within 20 minutes of me making an appointment, which was about an hour from that time, he was completely symptomless!!! His eyes have returned to normal and there appears to be no lasting effect. I even wondered if he had somehow, although I don't know how, contracted "pink eye" (conjunctivitis). Since he no longer had any symptoms to observe, we did not attend the vet's after we spoke on the telephone.
My question is did I witness a petit-mal seizure? I know what a grand-mal looks like and this was not that. From what I've read about seizure behaviour, I am still unclear as to how to identify a "small" one. We have a dose of valium on hand, given to me by my vet should he have a seizure, as that is the only thing they can do for him at this point. Once the seizure is over, rest and a careful eye are what is required. I did not administer the valium as I did not think I was witnessing a seizure. Today to look at Oliver, one would never know there is anything wrong with him at all. I only think it was perhaps a seizure today because he is entirely back to normal.
Any input would be greatly appreciated. Everyone has been so kind and supportive, I can't express how much I appreciate it. Deborah