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Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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My dog is shaking,restless and licking his lips

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***** *****,my dog is shaking,restless and licking his lips constantly... He won't eat or drink and he has these spells about this once a month,mostly at night. He is a 3 yr old male mix between a Datsun and a Beagle & is an inside dog.
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Customer: His name is ***** ***** he acts like he is on speed ..Hus eyes are big and glassy and he kicks his back legs and won't get up during these spells..
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
He is also on 1/2 prednisone every other day .
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
He is whining now which he has never done during these spells
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Its been 45 minutes..what do I do?
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
You've described a complex partial seizure (also called psychomotor seizure) which is defined as focal or asymmetric sensory or motor activity involving any part of the body and which may be associated with autonomic signs (salivation, vomiting, diarrhea,"licking his chops"/nausea/acid reflux) and is associated with a change in mentation (mental status) and/or behavioral abnormalities. When seizures first rise between the age of 1-5 years, idiopathic (unknown cause) epilepsy is most often diagnosed.If the seizure hasn't stopped in 45 minutes he would be considered to be in status epilepticus - the state in which his central nervous system agitation hasn't abated and he'll need a vet to heavily sedate or anesthetize him. Please give me an update on him.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

Dr. Michael Salkin