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My dog kept jumping suddenly and was acting disoriented last

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My dog kept jumping suddenly and was acting disoriented last night all night she would suddenly jump up she seems alot better today all she's doing is sleeping
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Disorientation - a change in mentation (mental status) concomitant with "jumpiness" suggests complex partial seizure which is defined as focal or asymmetric sensory or motor activity which can be associated with autonomic signs (salivation, vomiting, e.g.) and is associated with a change in consciousness and/or behavioral abnormalities. These are also called psychomotor seizures. Somnolence (sleepiness) is a common post-ictal (post-seizure) symptom.

Intracranial (within the skull) disorders such as brain tumor predominate in a 9 year old. Extracranial disorders such as a poorly functioning liver which is intoxicating the brain needs to remain on my differential diagnosis list. Lucy's vet will need to perform a thorough physical and neurologic exam including diagnostics in the form of blood and urine tests in the attempt to identify an extracranial etiology for the seizure. MRI is necessary to identify intracranial etiologies.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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