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7 yr old, healthy border collie looked as if she had a

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7 yr old, healthy border collie looked as if she had a seizure. Laying on floor shaking. I cradled her and she slowed the shaking and then quit.

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. Seizures always look scary. Let's get you talking to the Veterinarian. What is the Border Collie's name and age?

Toots, as in Tootsie, and 7 yrs old

Veterinarian's Assistant: What is the Border Collie's name?

Tootsie

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Tootsie?

Nope. This is the first time it’s happened

Submitted: 4 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
She seems fine now
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Peck, Dog Veterinarian replied 4 months ago
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Greetings, I'm Dr. Peck, hopefully I can be of some help.

It is good that she seems to have come out of the seizure quickly. If she has any further seizures, you should ideally seek care at a local ER vet open on weekends if available, but for now it may be fine to monitor at home and wait until regular business hours to followup with your regular local vet.

When people refer to "epileptics" in dogs, what is meant is "idiopathic epileptic". This means they have seizures but there is no underlying disease that is causing it. Underlying diseases causing seizures vary widely and could include various infections (bacterial, viral, fungal), various cancers (primary neurologic vs. others that could spread to her brain), metabolic disorders (such as liver failure or a shunt in the liver), toxins/medications, autoimmune disorders, etc.

Idiopathic epileptics typically start having seizures between 6 months and 6 years old, as a rule of thumb. When they are younger or older than this, our level of concern for a possible underlying disease process increases, and thus more diagnostics to evaluate for these various possibilities might be justified.

I would suggest if she continues to be fine that you followup with your regular vet and start with simply a routine physical examination with special attention paid to her neurologic evaluation, and assess some routine labwork (blood count, serum chemistry panel, electrolytes, urinalysis), and then go from there depending on those findings and how aggressive you are wanting to be diagnostics, and depending on how she's done (no seizures vs. having more or other clinical signs showing up).

If she continues to have seizures over the weekend, urgent evaluation is indicated.

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Peck, Dog Veterinarian replied 4 months ago

I hope that answers your question. Let me know if you have additional comments or questions, write me back and I will reply as soon as I am able to.

Please also at this time be sure to go ahead and rate kindly using the stars on your screen, this is how I receive credit for helping with your question today, thanks! - Dr. Peck.

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
Bullshit. Won’t be back.
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