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Dr. Michael Salkin
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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Hes under the bed spinning and his tongue is hanging out,

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Hes under the bed spinning and his tongue is hanging out
JA: I'll do all I can to help. What is wrong with the dog?
Customer: Hes acting like he's on drugs spinning and paranoid and panting
JA: Where does the dog seem to hurt?
Customer: No just hiding under the bed won't sstop spinning around
JA: OK. No obvious pain. Strange behavior is often perplexing. I'm sure the Veterinarian can help you. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Toby he's 4 pekineese chitzu
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Toby?
Customer: No he's been there all night
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 6 months ago.

I'm sorry to hear of this with Toby. If he's been spinning throughout the night he's exhausted and hyperthermic and needs the attention of an on-call vet at your earliest convenience. His behavior indicates encephalopathy (brain disorder) such as complex partial seizure (previously called petit mal and also called psychomotor seizure) and status epilepticus - the state in which seizure activity doesn't abate until I heavily sedate or anesthetize my patient. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
Thank you and what caused this
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 6 months ago.

I would consider idiopathic (unknown cause) epilepsy in a 4 year old miniature breed as well as intoxication with a prescription drug, chemical, insecticide, bromethalin-containing rodenticide, or metaldehyde-containing snail bait. Please continue our conversation if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 6 months ago.
Hi,

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

Dr. Michael Salkin

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