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How often are you feeding him?
Does he have the dome shaped head?
Has he had blood work done to check his liver?
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Not all vets do blood work before neutering. I always suggest it as it can indicate if there is any organ issues such as a liver shunt. A liver shunt will lead to seizure activity which it seems you are seeing with him. When a dog has a liver shunt instead of the liver cleaning the blood, some is diverted around the liver and thus toxins build up in the blood. Normally you see episodes after meals and not after long periods of not eating. So while it should be ruled out, it isn't as likely as other causes.
Hypoglycemia is a possibility. Instead of the syrup get some nutrical. It is a nutritional paste that we use when dogs are not eating for various reasons. Give this at least 4 times a day at regular intervals. Try to feed the food that the vet wants him to have. The nutrical will supply him with necessary nutrients and keep his blood sugar levels up as well. Ask your vet about a homemade diet if it is balanced. Since it is made up of human food, your dog might be more inclined to eat regularly. Here is a homemade diet.
The thing that worries me is that chihuahuas are prone to hydrocephalus which can cause seizures. Read more on this here:
If he continues to have seizure like behavior, insist on additional testing such as imaging and bloodwork at a minimum.
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