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He was gagging like he was going to throw up and fell over

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he was gagging like he was going to throw up and fell over and started having what looked like a seizure
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 and age?
Customer: Bruno, 12 weeks
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Bruno?
Customer: no
Submitted: 7 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

Can you describe to me just what you witnessed that looked like a seizure, please? How long did it last and how did he act once it was over?

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
He was gagging like he was going to throw up. He started shaking and fell over on his side and was shaking. I ran over to him and put my hand on him to calm him and he stopped.
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
i picked him up and held him for a few minutes, put him down and he seemed ok
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

Thank you for the additional information. It sounds as if he suffered a complex partial seizure (also called psychomotor seizure). Are Bruno's vaccines up to date? Has he demonstrated other symptoms prior to this event - either of a respiratory (conjunctivitis, sneezing, nasal discharge, coughing, e.g.) or gastrointestinal (inappetence, vomiting and/or diarrhea) problem?

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
He is up to date on vaccines. Goes for his 2nd set in 2 weeks. Hes had a little cough lately, no sneezing, runny nose or conjunctivitis. Eats and plays like a normal puppy
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

Thank you for the additional information. That "little cough" is worrisome because seizures at this age are often due to infection with the canine distemper virus which often is first evidenced by respiratory symptoms. Virulent strains of this virus can cause an encephalitis and seizures. Infection with the parasite Neospora is another consideration when seizures are seen in such a young pup. Finally, congenital (present at birth) brain defects can be responsible for seizures.

I'd like you let Bruno's vet know what you witnessed. The vet may ask you to continue monitoring Bruno or, instead, have him come in to be examined prior to the next set of vaccines in 2 weeks. Please continue our conversation if you wish.

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Would he have other symptoms with distemper other than cough?
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

The other symptom at this time would be the seizure. Distemper can present in a myriad of ways. The classic form begins with respiratory symptoms followed by gastrointestinal symptoms and then nervous system symptoms but any combination of those symptoms can appear at any time. Virulent strains of that virus may first appear as seizures.

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
How is distemper treated? Antibiotics? What kind?
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

The distemper virus - any virus - doesn't respond to antibiotics but antibiotics are prescribed to address secondary bacterial infections. A broad spectrum antibiotic such as amoxicillin-clavulanate or a fluoroquinolone such as enrofloxacin is appropriate.

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
How is distemper treated if not by antibiotics?
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

Supportively and symptomatically. There's no specific therapy or "antidote" for this virus.

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