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11 yr old pekineses that is having epileptic seizures. Is

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11 yr old pekineses that is having epileptic seizures. Is there anything I can give her until we are able to see a vet . my mother takes citalipram for anxiety would that help her tonight
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: Shorty
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Shorty?
Customer: My brother got her from the pound 9 yrs ago. He said she had seizure last night, and again tonight. Just wondering if there is any human drug that could help her tonight.
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Kara, Veterinarian replied 2 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Kara, Veterinarian replied 2 months ago

I am sorry to hear about Shorty's episodes last night and tonight.

It would be unusual for an older dog to start having seizures without some sort of serious underlying illness, and some times what appears to be a seizure may actually be related to poor oxygenation of the brain, which is often due to heart disease. A syncopal (fainting) episode rather than a true seizure.

We do not use citalipram (a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) in dogs for seizures. In fact these drugs can precipitate seizures in dogs. I do not recommend giving her this.

When a dog seems to lose control like Shorty did at her age we worry about 2 things.

1) A seizure which is a loss of conscious muscle control with rhythmic muscle contractions occurring. These dogs may lose urine or stool continence, they are unaware of their surroundings and their muscles tend to be very tense during the episode.They seem fine afterwards though puzzled about what happened and can be a little tired. This is a link to a video of a dog having a seizure: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VSL1_yeKo5o&feature=fvwrel

2) the second possibility is a fainting episode (syncope) which can be caused an irregular heart rhythm (either very fast or very slow) such that oxygen doesn't get to the brain and they pass out. These dogs seem to stiffen and then slide to the ground like a wet noodle and have more relaxed muscles. They too tend to lose consciousness, the heart resets itself and they "wake up" and seem normal. Some of these dogs lose urine and stool continence and some do not. They may have minor muscle twitches due to low oxygen levels, but they are not as stiff or rhythmic as true seizures. This is a link to a video of a dog having a quick syncopal episodes. They are usually longer then this dog's: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkj4jREIec8&feature=fvwrel

The irregular heart rhythm that leads to syncope can be hard to pick up on a regular exam as they may be triggered by exercise or excitement or even sleep (extreme relaxation). And if they aren't stressed at their exam their heart rate may be slow and normal (these are dogs with tachycardia or fast rate arrhythmias) or if they are stressed then their heart rate may increase to an normal level (these are dogs with bradycardia or very slow heart rates).

Both of these "episodes" can be triggered by excitement. If Shorty has a history of a heart murmur or heart disease then a syncopal episode is more likely than a seizure.

Seizures in older dogs usually signify that there is a medical problem. Younger dogs (6 months to 6 years) are more likely to be diagnosed with idiopathic epilepsy or seizures of unknown origin but in older dogs seizures are usually related to metabolic organ disease such that waste products build up and affect brain function or a primary brain problem (inflammation or tumors).

Unfortunately other than keeping Shorty quiet there isn't much you can do at home. She needs a physical examination, bloodwork and possibly further testing to diagnose his condition.

If this is heart disease we need to properly diagnose her arrhythmia to know how to treat her medically and if this is indeed a seizure then looking for and treating underlying metabolic organ disease is needed or medication to help decrease seizure frequency and severity if this is related to primary brain disease.

If you could videotape her if she has another episode (many cell phones have the capability to do this) that would be tremendously helpful for your veterinarian as well.

Please let me know if you have any further questions.

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