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3 yr old yorkie experiencing seizures of some sorts - walks

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3 yr old yorkie experiencing seizures of some sorts - walks in circles, head down, eyes
glazed over and staring. If I try to hold her to comfort her, she whines. She recently was hit by my gdaughter so I took her to vet - xrays and blood work are fine. When she experiences these episodes, they may last as long as 2 hours. She was given pain meds for the hit, and if she experiences these episodes for 2 hours, I crush 1/4 of the tablet and give it to her. Withing a few minutes, she appears to be herself, but somewhat tired.
How can I be sure that these episodes are actually seizures and that she is not in pain and am I endangering her by giving her the pain med while she is in episode?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 7 years ago.
Thank you for your post!

During the episode, is she responsive to you if you call her name?

Does she ever fall over and twitch her legs?

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Customer: replied 7 years ago.
She has only been doing this for a week. She shakes really bad, and calling her name is XXXXX XXXXX doesn't hear you. She just continues to walk holding close the walls. When she finds a darked covered place, she will hide there. If you try to talk to her, she will move elsewhere. She has never fell over, but I notice that right before she has an episode and is asleep on the couch, her feet will twitch and sometimes she will straighten her front legs. She is totally non-responsive during the episode. Toward the end of the episode, she will begin panting excessively.
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 7 years ago.
Thank you for your reply!

From what you report above, this does not appear to be a classic seizure event.

Regarding pain you are seeing - if this is not a strain or sprain, another possible cause from the incident could be the start of a herniated disc compressing the spinal cord in the neck (cervical) region.

This link will provide pictures and information on this:

http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&S=0&C=0&A=2785

Another possible cause may be an inner or middle ear infection as the signs happen as well when shaking the head.

What I think would be less likely based on the intermittent signs would be an Infectious or inflammatory cause such as meningitis or encephalitis.

http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&S=0&C=0&A=2074

If your veterinarian is unsure of the cause and testing has been done yet no information about the cause has been found, I would recommend seeing a specialist.

Either an orthopedic specialist or a neurologist would be best as they have the best understanding of the parts of the body I am most concerned about with your history.

I hope this information is helpful :)
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The above is given for information only. Although I am a licensed veterinarian, I cannot legally prescribe medicines or diagnose your pet's condition without performing a physical exam. If you have concerns about your pet I would highly advise contacting your regular veterinarian.
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
She has these episodes ususally around 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. I am financially unable to seek extensive testing and it is not offered in our city. Do you know of any pet organization that offers assistance. I love my AnnaBella and cannot imagine life without her. Thank you so much for offering this service.
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 7 years ago.
You are very welcome!

I would trying contacting your local ASPCA or Humane Society as they can often offer lower cost care than a private practice veterinary hospital.

I hope this information is helpful :)
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Please click "ACCEPT" if the information I have provided has been of help so I receive credit for my work. Bonuses are always welcome and appreciated. Thank you.

The above is given for information only. Although I am a licensed veterinarian, I cannot legally prescribe medicines or diagnose your pet's condition without performing a physical exam. If you have concerns about your pet I would highly advise contacting your regular veterinarian.
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