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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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Our dog 9 yr old border collie mix has recently been having

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Our dog 9 yr old border collie mix has recently been having about 3 episodes a day of... She just stands there, wobbles and her back legs give out. I was concerned these were seizures. We took her to vet and said she had a touch of arthritis and small heart murmer and did some bloodwork to figure out correct meds to give her. She just looks so helpless when this happens. What could be causing this all the sudden?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

You're correct to consider a complex partial seizure (also called psychomotor seizure) which is described as focal or asymmetric sensory or motor activity of any part of the body (and a concomitant change in consciousness or behavioral abnormalities is seen) but syncopal ("fainting") episodes need to be considered as well - particularly because a heart murmur has been heard. The arrhythmia (irregular heart rate) of advanced heart disease is a common cause of syncopy. I recommend that Emily's heart be thoroughly examined with X-rays, EKG, and perhaps an echocardiogram (ultrasound of her heart). Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.