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5 yr old cockapoo has small episodes (1-2 per day) lasts about 10 minutes. she runs to me right when it is happening shaking, jerking then panting and she is a little rigid when it is happening. when all done she is fine - runs around, eats fine, seems otherwise happy.

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. What is the dog's name?

Bobbi

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Bobbi?

She is a nervous dog, prone to being scared but this is different

Submitted: 6 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 6 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 6 months ago

You appear to be describing partial seizures (previously called petit mal and 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, e.g.) and can be associated with a change in mentation (mental status) and/or behavioral abnormalities (complex partial seizures). 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. Bobbi's 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. Because Bobbi is suffering 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. I believe that she needs 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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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
when it starts she jumps like being bitten on her back (like if it were a flea bite) then runs to the nearest human and sits on top of me or whoever is close by. then the shaking and jerking begins. can what you are talking about be diagnosed with a blood test or something or is it just through symptom description.
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 6 months ago

Yes, your description or, better, a video of her behavior is used to diagnose seizures. Bobbi's vet may recommend performing a diagnostic panel of blood and urine tests to check for extracranial (outside the skull) etiologies for seizures such as a poorly functioning liver or kidneys. Please continue our conversation if you wish.

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