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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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Dr Gary, I have a 9 week old puppy that has now had 2 seizures

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hi Dr Gary, I have a 9 week old puppy that has now had 2 seizures since about 1 am. I took him to the emergency vet and they tested his sugar and toxins and sent him home. Now he has just had a second one. He was fine, active, playing, and happy like the rest of the litter. Now he is whining, listless, and has excessive saliva coming from his mouth. He has a raspy sound coming from him as well. I don't know what to do.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. If the ER has ruled out simple causes of seizure in a young puppy - hypoglycemia, mainly - his seizures should be considered to be due to an intracranial (within the skull) encephalopathy - brain disorder. Canine distemper is always a consideration in such a young pup. Other infections such as by Neospora and Toxoplasma (less likely) are considered as well as are congenital birth defects in the brain. Your pup will need to see his vet at your earliest convenience. I suspect that he'll be referred to a specialist veterinary neurologist who is better equipped to examine these dogs. A cerebrospinal fluid tap and even MRI might be suggested. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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