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My dachshund has suddenly started turning s head from side

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My dachshund has suddenly started turning his head from side to side, pacing heavily and now just walking in circles. Any idea what could be wrong? He doesn't seem to be in pain.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Have you looked to see if there is a wound on their foot?
Customer: Yes, we did look for that. At first i thought something scared him, but this has been going on for over an hour now.
JA: The Veterinarian will know what to do. Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about your dachshund?
Customer: No. He is not quite 2 yrs old and has been neutered
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Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 6 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 6 months ago.

You've described a complex partial seizure (also called psychomotor seizure) involving the frontal lobes of his cerebrum. A complex partial seizure 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. His vet will need all the information you can gather when deciding if your doxi 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. Because he hasn't normalized within 10 minutes he may have entered status epilepticus - the state in which seizure activity doesn't abate unless I heavily sedate or anesthetize my patient. Unless he has normalized since you posted, he should be sedated or anesthetized at this time.

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.