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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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Was holding head up. now body is quivering, Diego. 1 yr, He

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was holding head up. now body is quivering
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Diego. 1 yr
JA: Is there anything else important you think the veterinarian should know about Diego?
Customer: He was holding ears back and tail tucked. now sleeping but quivering
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 9 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 9 months ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Please let me know if you still need help. May I have an update on Diego, please?

"Holding head up" is unclear to me. Was he looking upward? More alert than usual? Have new symptoms arisen along with his quivering (pain, anxiety, or fear response), holding his ears back, and tail tucked?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
he was looking upward. that has subsided now. this morning, he seems very tired and didn't eat breakfast. his ears and tail look pretty normal now. i got scared when he finally laid down to sleep that he was quivering.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 9 months ago.

Thank you for the additional information. Can you think of anything that would have made him fearful - another animal roaming near your home, for example?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
we adopted a dog, Max, almost a week ago but they get along and play together. could it be jealousy? Diego was a rescue dog we adopted as a puppy a little over a year ago. he just all of the sudden started acting strange.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 9 months ago.

No, jealousy wouldn't cause such symptoms. His symptoms were nondiagnostic but could have indicated a complex partial seizure (previously called petit mal and also called psychomotor seizure). These are described as abnormal focal or asymmetric sensory or motor activity affecting any part of the body and which may be associated with autonomic signs, (salivation, vomiting, e.g.) and is associated with a change in mentation (mental status) and/or behavioral abnormalities. Sleep is the most common post-ictal (post-seizure) symptom. Mark your calendar for this event and for just what you witnessed. Diego's vet will need all the information you can gather when deciding if he should be prescribed an anticonvulsive drug. Most of us will accept one mild (lasting less than 5 minutes, no thrashing about, no loss of consciousness) event monthly before prescribing such a drug. Should Diego suffer another event within 24 hours of this one clustering is diagnosed and that may presage status epilepticus - the state in which seizure activity doesn't abate unless I heavily sedate or anesthetize my patient. She would then need the attention of a vet at your earliest convenience.

Seizures first arising between the ages of 1-5 years are usually considered idiopathic (unknown cause) epilepsy. Seizures arising after 6 years of age are often caused by brain tumor or, less commonly, adult onset epilepsy. Please continue our conversation if you wish.