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My 6 year old spayed female lab has had what looks like a

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My 6 year old spayed female lab has had what looks like a seizure. Her head started shaking, her feet curled up and then her whole body did a sort of frozen shake. When she tried to get down off the couch her feet went out from under. Once on the floor I braced her so she wouldn't hurt herself while she was shaking. This lasted about five minutes. After she stopped shaking she got up to go outside. I walked with her, she was a bit shaky on her feet. Once she came in she started drooling uncontrollably. She is current on all shots, gets monthly heartworm prevention, hasn't had any change in her diet, routine. This happened once before about four months ago while she was sleeping next to me on the couch. That time she didn't get down off the couch, I held her till she stopped shaking and that time she didn't have the drooling.
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 4 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 4 months ago.

You've described complex partial seizures (also called psychomotor 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/ptyalism/drooling, vomiting, e.g.) and is associated with a change in mentation (mental status) and/or behavioral abnormalities. Sleep is the most common post-ictal (post-seizure) symptom. Mark your calendar for this event and for just what you witnessed. Red's vet will need all the information you can gather when deciding if Red 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 or, less commonly, adult onset epilepsy. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Ok, I'll get her in to our vet tomorrow a.m. Thank you.
Annette out.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 4 months ago.

Sounds good, Annette. You're quite welcome. 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.