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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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3 weeks ago changed my 5-year-old, 10 1/2 pound Chihuahua from

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3 weeks ago changed my 5-year-old, 10 1/2 pound Chihuahua from Purina dog food to Beneful Old Age food. 2 weeks ago gave my dog "Pet Action Plus for fleas (bought at Sam's Club) - 2nd month using this. 2 weeks ago my precious dog had a 20 second seizure. 2 days ago had another 20-second seizure. Few hours ago had a different type of seizure with LOUD screeching & mouth open - 20/30 seconds. Vet today did blood work, showed a slight liver infection. My baby is lethargic, doesn't want to eat anything. Vet called with blood work results & said change flea med - I got Advantage II. Get vitamin E & give her 20 ?? every other day. Now what?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
Aloha! You're speaking to Dr. Michael Salkin
The ingredients in Pet Action Plus - fipronil and methoprene - aren't expected to provoke seizures. Idiopathic epilepsy is usually diagnosed when seizures first appear between the ages of 1-5 years. Jumper's seizures are occurring too frequently. Mos of us will tolerate one mild seizure monthly before considering the use of anticonvulsive medication.
I'm concerned about Jumper's "liver infection". In most cases, the elevated liver enzymes which indicate a disorder of the liver don't identify infection - only damage to the liver and biliary stasis (sludging). Serum bile acids is a blood test performed to see how well the liver is functioning. A poorly functioning liver can cause seizures and so this test should be considered by Jumper's vet. I would be pleased to review Jumper's test results for you. I understand that you might not have a copy of those results at home but her vet can give you one which you could upload to our conversation.
I don't understand what vitamin E is supposed to do for Jumper. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
Hi Cheryl,

I'm just following up on our conversation about Jumper. How is everything going?

Dr. Michael Salkin