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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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My German Shepherd just had 3 seizures in less than an hour.

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My German Shepherd just had 3 seizures in less than an hour. We gave her a tablespoon of Vanilla ice cream to raise her blood sugar. Help!
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
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I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. I regret, too, that I can't correspond with you outside of this venue. Ginger's seizuring to that extent is called clustering and clustering can presage status epilepticus - the state in which seizures never stop unless my patient is heavily sedated or anesthetized. It's important that she be attended to by her vet at your earliest convenience. These dogs need to be prescribed anticonvulsant medications promptly such as phenobarbital, levetiracetam, or zonisamide.
Idiopathic (unknown cause) epilepsy is most commonly diagnosed when seizures arise between the ages of 1-5 years. A 2 year old isn't likely to be hypoglycemic and so dosing her with sugar, while not harmful, isn't likely to be helpful. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.