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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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She has a bad seizure and is now pacing and will not lay down.

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She has a bad seizure and is now pacing and will not lay down. Normally after a seizure people/pets go to sleep.
JA: IÂ’m sorry to hear that. Seizures always look scary. Let's get you talking to the Veterinarian. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: My dogs name is ***** ***** she is 8 this is the 1st time she has had a Seizure however she has not been her self laying around a lot and walking around like she is drunk. she also acts like she is in pain from her back legs. I took her to the Vet about 2 weeks ago and the did blood work and could not find anything.
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Rosie?
Customer: Rosie is a pure breed Boarder Collie
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Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 7 months ago.
You're correct - sleep is the most common post-ictal (post-seizure) behavior. If she continues to pace she's likely to be in status epilepticus - the state in which central nervous agitation doesn't abate until I heavily sedate or anesthetize my patient. Her walking around "like a drunk" prior to this seizure was another indication of encephalopathy - brain disorder. Brain tumor is an important differential diagnosis in seizing dogs over 6 years of age. It would be prudent to have an on-call vet sedate Rosie at this time lest she exhaust herself by aimlessly pacing.Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 7 months ago.
Hi,

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

Dr. Michael Salkin