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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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I have a 7 year old australian shepard mix, no health issues...about

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I have a 7 year old australian shepard mix, no health issues...about an hour ago jumped up from sleeping started vomiting, now is shaking panting hard and seems disoriented. Reminds me of poisoning symptoms but I cant think of what she couldve got into...only thing that is possible is a ravine salamander we found in our yard but to my knowledge she didnt get near it. what can i do for her or when should i worry or take to emergency?
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 5 months ago.
A complex partial seizure (also called psychomotor seizure) is most likely. This 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 this event and for just what you witnessed. Her vet will need all the information you can gather when deciding if she 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 this 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. An ER visit isn't necessary unless she doesn't normalize within the hour or experiences another seizure as I mentioned above. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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