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This has happened 1 other time about a year ago.... I have a

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this has happened 1 other time about a year ago.... I have a 3yr old staffordshire terrier.... He was fine 10minutes ago I cone back in room and sudden movements and loud sounds make him jump like it startled him and when he lays down it makes him do it a few times then he relaxes and sleeps...
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Customer: replied 2 months ago.
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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 months ago.

Gordon, I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner and I regret that my state board of veterinary examiners doesn't allow me to speak to customers by phone in this venue but other experts in this category may be able to assist you in this regard. Please let me know if you'd like another expert to do so and I'll opt out of this conversation. Please stay in the conversation if you wish.

Please clarify...when you came into the room he was over-reactive and that behavior continued while he laid down and finally abated? I would be concerned with a complex partial seizure

which 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.) 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. His vet will need all the information you can gather when deciding if your dog 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 he 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. A seizure a year ago and one not until now should prompt only "watchful waiting" in my my opinion.

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.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 months ago.
Hi Gordon,

I'm just following up on our conversation about Gordon Murphrey. How is everything going?

Dr. Michael Salkin

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