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We have a Boston Terrier mix. She's a rescue and have had her for ab out 4 years now. From time to time over those years she has had bouts where she will scream in her sleep. It's a horrible sound. Recently, she urinates during these

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. Could be a lot of things that cause lethargy. The Expert will know how to help the dog. What is the dog's name?

Episodes and last night she had two of these episodes within an hour or so. The sounds she makes are horrible and we just don't know what to do to help her.

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Her name is ***** ***** the our vet thinks she might be 10 years old

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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

I'm sorry to hear of this with Betsy. You appear to be describing complex partial seizures (also called psychomotor seizures) which can occur during both wakeful hours and sleep...and dogs are often awakened by sleep by them. These are described by abnormal focal or asymmetric sensory or motor activity affecting any part of the body and which may be associated with autonomic signs, (e.g., salivation, vomiting, urination, defecation) and are 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. Betsy'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 she has suffered 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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