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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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My elderly dog has twice woke up drooling and very confus

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My elderly dog has twice woke up drooling and very confused.
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 7 months ago.
There's a good chance that D.D is waking in a complex partial seizure (also called psychomotor seizure)) which is described as abnormal focal or asymmetric sensory or motor activity affecting any part of the body and which may be associated with autonomic signs, (salivation, vomiting, e.g.). Sleep is the most common post-ictal (post-seizure) symptom. Mark your calendar for these events and for just what you witnessed. D.D's vet will need all the information you can gather when deciding if D.D. should be prescribed an anticonvulsive drug. Most of us will accept one mild (lasting less than 5 minutes, no thrashing about, no loss of consciousness) event monthly before prescribing such a drug. Should she suffer another event within 24 hours of a previous one clustering is diagnosed and that may presage status epilepticus - the state in which seizure activity doesn't abate unless I heavily sedate or anesthetize my patient. She would then need the attention of a vet at your earliest convenience.Seizures first arising between the ages of 1-5 years are usually considered idiopathic (unknown cause) epilepsy. Seizures arising after 6 years of age are often caused by brain tumor. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 7 months ago.
YW. 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.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 7 months ago.
Hi Charlee,

I'm just following up on our conversation about D.D.. How is everything going?

Dr. Michael Salkin

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