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Twice today our dog yelps then literally falls to her side and wets herself. Then is a little shaken but seems ok?!?
Submitted: 9 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 9 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 9 months ago

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner and I'm sorry to hear of this with your elderly dog. Her vet will need to determine if your dog is suffering syncopal (fainting) episodes or, instead, seizures. Syncope describes a sudden loss of consciousness and muscle tone, usually without motor activity (“thrashing about”) and without postictal (post seizure) signs such as disorientation, ataxia (“drunken sailor”) and sleep; in other words, a fast and complete recovery is expected. Syncopal events last less than a minute (otherwise fatal), whereas seizures may last several minutes. Clues of a cardiac problem – heart murmur, arrhythmia (irregular heart rate) – may be present in syncopal dogs. Time is of the essence as dogs can be lost during syncopy. That's less likely to happen during a seizure but is possible. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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