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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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hi there..i have a 13 year old dog who has been recently getting laser treatment for his spine and back legs..However, the past few weeks i have noticed him having twitches on his lasts literally seconds
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Have you looked to see if there is a wound on their foot?
Customer: he has small spots here and there which have been looked at recently but theyre not actual wounds
JA: What is the dog's name?
Customer: im just starting to wonder if hes developed focal seizures?
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about the dog?
Customer: his name is Bailey
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Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 5 months ago.
You're correct. The facial twitching commonly represents simple partial seizures which are 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. Bailey's vet will need all the information you can gather when deciding if Bailey 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 Bailey suffer another event within 24 hours of another, 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. He 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.

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