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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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I have a three year old Golden Doodle who has just developed

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Hi,
I have a three year old Golden Doodle who has just developed a twitching of his upper mouth, like a snarl. His temperament has not changed, his activity is the same and his appetite is the same. He is playful, and other than the twitching, he seems fine. Is this a symptom of a more serious problem.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Possibly, yes. That twitch can represent a simple partial seizure (previously called petit mal) which is defined as abnormal sensory or motor activity involving any part of the body and which can be associated with autonomic signs such as salivation or vomiting, e.g. When such behavior arises between the ages of 1-5 years it can presage more obvious seizure activity consistent with idiopathic (unknown cause) epilepsy. "Watchful waiting" is appropriate. The twitching isn't affecting his quality of life and so anticonvulsive therapy wouldn't be indicated at this time.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you. I will continue to monitor/obsserve for any changes in appetite, temperment, or activity level. I would be extremely hesitant to engage in anti-seizure medication unless it was in his best interest
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

You're quite welcome. I agree with you. I can't set a follow-up in this venue so please return to our conversation - even after rating - with an update at your convenience.

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