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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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We have a 9 year old Multipoo. She appears to be having some

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We have a 9 year old Multipoo. She appears to be having some kind of episode or seizer about once a week . I have a video of the one she experienced this morning. Can I forward it to you for your review?
We are very concerned about what this might be.
Thanks very kindly ,
Jack and Gina Richter
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Yes, please upload the video to an external site such as YouTube and give me the link to it. Don't mark it as private.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I will have to call my daughter to help with that. I only know how to send the video via email. How do I get back to you once I get it done to let you know the link?
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
can help you. You can return to our conversation at your leisure. Bookmark this page for ease of return. Please don't open up a new question.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
My daughter is trying to send this for us and will get me the link once done. Thank you for your patience .
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

No worries. I'll watch for your next post.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
The link is
She said if you can't fund it you can search the title Bella992000
Let me know if this works thanks
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Thank you! The behavior I witnessed is consistent with both a simple partial seizure (previously called petit mal and now also called psychomotor seizure) as well as a dorsal root signature sign. A simple partial seizure is defined as abnormal focal or asymmetric sensory or motor activity affecting any part of the body; these seizures may be associated with autonomic signs (salivation, vomiting, e.g.). A dorsal root signature sign arises from cervical (neck) spinal cord compression as might be seen with degenerative disk disease in a 9 year old maltipoo.

A seizure is transient and starts and ends abruptly. I would expect spinal cord compression to cause additional signs - reluctance to jump up or down or navigate steps, a change in posture such as a "hunch" in the back or holding the neck stiffly and head lower to the ground, vocalization when approached or lifted, shaking/trembling (pain responses), and a change in behavior - a normally social dog becoming aloof or, conversely, a normal aloof dog becoming "clingy". Be sure to show this video to Bella's vet who can plapate Bella's neck looking for indications of hyperpathia (increased sensitivity) which would suggest a cervical disk. X-rays of her neck may be suggested. A negative finding upon palpation and X-rays would lead us to seizure activity.

Please continue our conversation if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
I'm just following up on our conversation about Bella. How is everything going?
Dr. Michael Salkin