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Dr. Michael Salkin
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 had quite a few seizures while we were away with

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Hello, my dog had quite a few seizures while we were away with family for thanksgiving and now he is in a paralyzed state.He has had seizures his whole life but has never paralyzed like this. Is this something that can cure over time?
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Seizures always look scary. Let's get you talking to the Veterinarian. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Zeppelin 5 1/2.
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about zeppelin?
Customer: He's on 92.2 mg of phenobarbital and 750 mg of levetiracetam. Both given twice a day.
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Pet
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 8 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 8 months ago.

I'm sorry to hear of this with Zeppelin. In most cases, loss of motor function due to clustering (more than one seizure within a 24 hour period) or status epilepticus (the state in which seizures don't abate unless I heavily sedate or anesthetize my patient) results from irreversible brain damage and so these patients don't walk again. What can you tell me about Zeppelin's mentation (mental status), please?

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
I am taking him to a animal hospital right now. But he is laying immobile in the back of our car. So your saying he most likely has brain damage and won't be able to walk again. Can they ever recover?
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 8 months ago.

I haven't seen dogs recover once they reach that point. Please let me know what his vet has to say.