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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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Early this morning my 2 yr old dog had a very bad experience.

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Early this morning my 2 yr old dog had a very bad experience. He fell off the bed. At first I thought he was just being clumsy but then I heard him struggling to get up. I got up to help him and his right back leg wouldn't work. I picked him up and layed him down to see if I could figure out what was wrong. It was almost like a stroke. He salivated all over. He finally got calmed down after 15 minutes. He was then able to get up but was very shaky. I am very concerned as we just lost our little dog to a very similar thing, only he didn't come out of it very well. I have been feeding my dogs chicken jerky treats from Costco. Could there wrong with them?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
Aloha! You're speaking to Dr. Michael Salkin
I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. I believe you've described a partial seizure (previously called petit mal) rather than a stroke which would be an unusual event in a 2 year old. Strokes usually manifest as a profound change in mental status (obtundation/coma), vocalization (whining), and seizures. Partial seizures do cause autonomic signs such as salivation and vomiting and are defined as focal or asymmetric sensory or motor activity affecting any part of the body. They're transient and start and end abruptly.
Please mark your calendar for this event and for just what you witnessed. Rowdy's vet will need all the information you can garner when deciding whether or not anticonvulsive medication is necessary. Most of us will tolerate one mild seizure monthly before prescribing anticonvulsant drugs.
You don't need to have Rowdy seen by his vet unless another seizure arises within 24 hours of the initial one or any one seizure is severe - lasts more than 10 minutes, there's thrashing about, and/or incontinence. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
Hi Patti,

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

Dr. Michael Salkin