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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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My 12 and a half year old miniature schnauzer is having

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my 12 and a half year old miniature schnauzer is having seizures, I think she has gone blind from it and my vet is closed until January 3
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Seizures always look scary. Let's get you talking to the Veterinarian. What is the dog's name?
Customer: Maggie
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Maggie?
Customer: Maggie was a puppymill dog, has been debarked, and had umbilical hernia she was a rescue
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 6 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 6 months ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Can you please describe what you're seeing when Maggie "seizes"? How often are these events and how long do they last?

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 Maggie suffer another event within 24 hours of a prior 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 respond with the additional information and further questions or concerns if you wish.

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
I read that online already She had 7 seizures yesterday, each lasting a minute or two thrashing, rolling, heart pounding, then panting and disoriented I am also pretty sure she has gone blind I will take her to vet on January 3 when they reopen just wondered if I could get antiseizure med so she doesn't suffer so much
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 6 months ago.

Thank you for the additional information. She's in status epilepticus and can't wait until the 3rd. She's likely to die within a seizure. It would be prudent to drive to the closest 24-hour veterinary facility to have her heavily sedated or anesthetized. I regret that we're not allowed to prescribe through this venue because a proper client-pet-vet can't be established here.

Please continue our conversation if you wish.