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My dog just fell over my husband grabbed her and it looked like she was having a seizure. Her head was way back, she made a noise and peed herself.

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 your dog's name and age?

Lulu 10 years

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

She is active and weighs 9 lbs

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It does sound as if Lulu seized. How is she doing currently, please?

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Customer reply replied 2 months ago
Maybe it was a stroke. She is just laying down now. When happened I don't know if it was pee, but this liquid came out that reeks.

Seizures come and go quickly. Stroke will cause lasting symptoms. Reeking liquid sounds more like anal gland fluid than urine. You appear to be describing a complex partial seizure (also called psychomotor seizure) which is 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 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 this event and for just what you witnessed. Lulu'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. Should Lulu suffer another event within 24 hours of this 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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