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This is unlikely due to smell, but more accompanying a companion that has had a change in their lifestyle. Many dogs will avoid each other until one or both have a change in their personality, at which point we can see the interaction of the dogs change, as well as the dynamic of the household.If the dachshund is having health problems, I would certainly have these worked up to determine the cause. When you mention that he falls to his side for a brief while and then he's up and fine, this sounds more like a heart issue than it does seizure activity. With syncope (heart related "fainting") dogs will 'pass out' for a few moments, get up and continue their day as though nothing happened. With seizures, it's more typical to see jerking motions or staring off into space. They will lose consciousness for the more major types of seizures and can be fully awake for the less major ones. They do, however, tend to act a bit off both before and after the seizures happen, which can give us a clue as to whether or not this is seizure activity or a cardiac concern. Whether heart-related or seizure related, there are often medications to stop these types of episodes. As well, there are medications on the market that can help with bladder control.
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