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Had a seizure, then is restless, wandering about house,

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had a seizure, then is restless, wandering about house, almost like he can't see
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What sort of animal are we talking about?
Customer: pug, 10 years old
JA: OK. Seizures always look scary. Let's get you talking to the Veterinarian. What is the pug's name?
Customer: bam bam
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about the pug?
Customer: he had a seizure over a year ago, but no problems since
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 8 months ago.

Hello, I'm Dr Gary. I've been practicing veterinary medicine since 2007. I look forward to helping with your questions/ concerns.

Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 8 months ago.

The signs you were seeing after the seizure- visual impairments, incoordination, panting, restlessness- these are all normal during the post-ictal (after seizure) period. This post-ictal period can last anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours.

The cause of the seizure could be one of many things- epilepsy, brain tumor, meningitis, encephalitis. The only way to know for sure is to get an MRI of the brain and CSF (spinal fluid) tap. This can be done with a neurologist if desired.

Many people elect to just treat without getting a diagnosis. That would be with an anti-seizure med, Phenobarbital. I usually wait until dogs are having > 1 seizure per month before starting Phenobarbital.

Here's a nice handout on seizures in dogs:

http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&S=0&C=0&A=560

I hope this helps, let me know if you have any other questions.

Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 8 months ago.
Hi,

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

Dr. Gary

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