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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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He acts like he's wired or something won't keep head still

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He acts like he's wired or something won't keep head still keeps looking all over
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: 18 months
JA: What is the dog's name?
Customer: It's happened 4 times before we thought it was a toxin in the grass we sprayed but that was a month ago and we've pretty much got as much as possible up Bandit The last time this happened was May 25 so we thought we solved the problem
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about May 25?
Customer: It's happening again now so I'm scared we were wrong and he's sick
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Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 10 months ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Please let me know if you still need help. Recurrent episodes of being "wired"/head tremors indicates either a tremor syndrome or complex partial seizures (also called psychomotor seizures). At 18 months of age, idiopathic (unknown cause) epilepsy is the most common cause of that type of seizure. A postural repetitive myoclonus is a type of tremor syndrome in which we see episodic (several minute duration) head tremor that is a high-frequency "yes" or "no" movement of the head and is often confused with focal seizures. It can be a challenge differentiating one from the other. Involuntary muscle contractions are distinguished from a seizure in the following way: involuntary muscle contractions aren't associated with autonomic dysfunction (urination, defecation, salivation), and they are associated with normal mentation (mental status), and they can be consistent with a described clinical syndrome of muscle contractions such as postural repetitive myoclonus. In some cases, like patients with seizures, a patient with a clinical syndrome of involuntary muscle contractions may respond to an anticonvulsant trial and such a trial should be discussed with Bandit's vet at this time.

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