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12yo male jrt - normally active but getting older. Becomes

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12yo male jrt - normally active but getting older. Becomes unstable and appears to either faint or fall over after minor excertion- has had at least one full blown seizure that lasted about a minute and they he went limp. Taken into vet with no prognosis yet.
Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Richard Rawling replied 3 months ago.

Hi, i`m Richard, a Veterinarian from the UK. Hopefully I can help today.

Expert:  Richard Rawling replied 3 months ago.

Has Rowdy had his heart checked?

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
I took him into the vet yesterday and observed him and checked his heart just by stethoscope not ekg.
Expert:  Richard Rawling replied 3 months ago.

The instability and fainting on minor exertion would make me highly suspicious of a heart condition. When did he have the apparent seizure?

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
I've witnessed 3 fainting spells within last 48hrs and seizure was about 22hrs ago and lasted about a minute
Expert:  Richard Rawling replied 3 months ago.

Differentiating between a faint and a seizure can be extremely difficult sometimes. Can you describe to me what he did when he had the seizure?

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
The seizure he became rigid and his head was jetted back and he convulsed jerking back for just under a minute or so before he went completely limp. His "fainting" appears to start with wobbling and becoming unstable and then falls to his side. Eyes are open and staring.
Expert:  Richard Rawling replied 3 months ago.

That certainly does sound like a seizure rather than a faint and you are certainly seeing the difference between the episodes. The seizure may have still been heart related if it was due to a hypoxic episode (lack of oxygen to the brain). Blood work would be my first port of call too. Do you have any indication on when you will have blood results?

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Should be this morning at some time- could blood work indicate heart or just toxicity or other organ failure (liver/kidney)
Expert:  Richard Rawling replied 3 months ago.

The blood work will not tell us anything about his heart unless he is anemic. However it will rule out many metabolic causes for the seizure activity. Primarily we are interested in his liver function as this is the most common cause of toxic blood changes that can lead to seizure episodes.

Has he ever had any seizures in the past? Did this all start in the past few days?

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
No history of seizures just past couple of days
Expert:  Richard Rawling replied 3 months ago.

My approach to this kind of situation would be blood work followed by heart scan and ecg. If everything there is checking out normal then I would be considering neurology work up with a specialist to try and rule out a central nervous system/brain problem.