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Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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My Boston terrier is also 11 and a half and we've just

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My Boston terrier is also 11 and a half and we've just started seeing seizures in him. His name is***** has had 3 seizures that we know of in the last week. He also isn't eating. He stopped eating 3 weeks ago. He drinks water and maybe eats food twice a week. We took him to the Animal Hospital and his blood work and organs came up clean. What could be wrong?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I'm sorry to hear of this with Buddy. You've described a complex partial seizure (previously called petit mal) which his defined as abnormal sensory or motor activity affecting any part of the body and it can be associated with autonomic signs such as the incontinence you mentioned. The qualifier "complex" indicates that a change in mentation (mental status) and/or behavior also occurs. Complex partial seizures are also called psychomotor seizures.

Both intracranial (within the skull) etiologies such as brain tumor and extracranial (outside the skull) etiologies such as a poorly functioning liver which is intoxicating the brain (hepatoencephalopathy) need to be considered. Buddy's normal blood work would appear to rule out an extracranial etiology. In most cases such seizures represent brain tumor in our brachycephalic breeds such as the Bostons. MRI would be necessary to confirm such a tumor.

His anorexia suggests pain and/or nausea. Both would be suspected to arise from inside his brain. Don't hesitate to feed him as many of the well-balanced Milk Bones as he wants. If seizures are more frequent than once monthly, anticonvulsive medication should be considered - levetiracetam or zonisamide would be my choices. These drugs would hopefully not only prevent further seizure activity but also give Buddy a feeling of well-being and so his appetite might return.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
I'm just following up on our conversation about Buddy. How is everything going?
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