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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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7 year old pitbull very docile and friendly dog woke up in

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7 year old pitbull very docile and friendly dog woke up in the middle of the night dog thrashing around and then when he came to he act like he didn't know where he was at what he was doing foaming at the mouth growled at owners and then 2 hours later he was back to normal what could cause this
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 10 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 10 months ago.

I'm sorry to hear of this with Bambam. You witnessed either a complex partial seizure (previously called petit mal and now also called psychomotor seizure) or a general seizure (previously called gran mal) if he lost consciousness. These seizures can indicate intracranial (within the skull) disorders such as adult-onset epilepsy or brain tumor and can also indicate extracranial (outside the skull) disorders such as a poorly functioning liver or kidneys intoxicating Bambam's brain (unlikely if he's otherwise been well). Mark your calendar for this event. His vet will need all the information you can gather when deciding how to proceed - diagnostics in the form of blood and urine tests, MRI, and/or prescribing anticonvulsive drugs. Most of us will accept one mild seizure monthly before considering such drugs. His seizure, however, wasn't mild. Watch him carefully at this time. Another seizure within 24 hours of the last one indicates clustering and clustering can presage status epilepticus - the state in which seizure activity doesn't stop until I heavily sedate or anesthetize my patient.

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