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My 9-10 yr old springer spaniel had an episode this morning…

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My 9-10 yr old springer spaniel had an episode this morning where she , for no apparent reason, sort of collapses, wets herself and lays in a kind of catatonic state eyes open for maybe 5 -10 minutes, she then is able to get up and pretty much returns to normal. She had a series of these episodes a year ago but nothing since then. We took her to the vet but after hundreds of dollars they couldn't pin point anything. Recommended a specialist and a brain scan for a tumor, which we didn't do. we're thinking some sort of epilepsy?

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. This sounds like it might be serious. I'll let the Veterinarian know what's going on ASAP. Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about the dog?

She's had surgery to remove 2 very large kidney stones. the episodes began shortly after. she is a light eater. weighs only between 30-33 pounds and is on Proin 50 mg x2 daily since the surgery.

Submitted: 2 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 2 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 2 months ago

I'm sorry to hear of this with your SS. You appear to be describing complex partial seizures (also called psychomotor seizures) which are described as abnormal focal or asymmetric sensory or motor activity affecting any part of the body and which may be associated with autonomic signs, (salivation, vomiting, urination, defecation, e.g.) and is associated with a change in mentation (mental status) and/or behavioral abnormalities. If consciousness is lost a general seizure (previously called gran mal) is diagnosed. Sleep is the most common post-ictal (post-seizure) symptom. Mark your calendar for these events and for just what you witnessed. Her vet will need all the information you can gather when deciding if she should be prescribed an anticonvulsive drug. 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 she 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 further questions or concerns if you wish.

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Thank you for your help.
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