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Days my dog has been getting progressively more lethargic

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For 2 days my dog has been getting progressively more lethargic and has occasional mild episodes of shaking. He eats and eliminates normally and well. Can I wait until Tuesday, after the holiday to take him to the vet?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  brisadog replied 1 year ago.

Hi, I can help you with your question today. Is Rolly getting around normally? Able to do stairs and jump, etc?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
but slower than usual.
Expert:  brisadog replied 1 year ago.

OK, since he is still eating normally, I think you can wait and continue to monitor him. Restrict his activity - no stairs or jumping - in case his problems is musculoskeletal pain.

Expert:  brisadog replied 1 year ago.

If you notice any other problems, such as respiratory difficulty, loss of appetite, or restlessness, I would take him to an emergency clinic before Tuesday.

Expert:  brisadog replied 1 year ago.

I would start with a physical exam, then consider blood testing and x-rays depending on the results of the exam.

Expert:  brisadog replied 1 year ago.

Continue to feed him as normal. Do not start any medications at this time.

Expert:  brisadog replied 1 year ago.

Please let me know if you have further questions. I am happy to continue until I provide the service that you seek.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
He is having jerking like petit mal seizures on occasion. He is a rescue dog I've had for 6 mos.
Expert:  brisadog replied 1 year ago.

Do you know if he has a history of seizures?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No I have no info but I have not observed the seizures before the last two days. Could he develop seizures due to age?
Expert:  brisadog replied 1 year ago.

Idiopathic epilepsy usually presents before the age of 6 years. In an older dog, I would be concerned about the possibility of a primary brain issue such as a tumor. It will be helpful if you can get a video of one of these episodes. Also, during the episode, try to get his attention and see if he is responsive. Note how long it lasts, and if he is immediately normal after or if there is a period in which he seems confused, disoriented, hungry, etc.

Expert:  brisadog replied 1 year ago.
Hi Nancy,
I'm just following up on our conversation about Rolly. How is everything going?
Dr. Susan

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