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My great Dane has started licking and like catching flies that

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My great Dane has started licking and like catching flies that are not there she seems to be seeing things can't settle
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Dan replied 3 years ago.
Hello!

Thank you for your question, I'm Dr. Dan and I'll try to help you.

What you are describing to me sounds very much like seizure activity specifically focal seizures also termed fly biting seizures. Not all seizures appear as super violent shaking, but can be all manner of uncontrollable body movements. Seizures usually are treated if they are severely violent or occur more frequently than every 30 days. I encourage you to talk with your vet about these episodes and also to keep a journal of when they happen, what he was doing with in the last few hours, and how long they lasted. This can help you and your vet make the best decisions on the cause and possible treatment. For more information on seizures see this website: http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&S=0&C=0&A=560

I hope this helps, if not please feel free to ask more questions.
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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 3 years ago.
Aloha! You're speaking to Dr. Michael Salkin
I'll follow up for Dr. Dan and add that there is some controversy whether Roxcey's behavior is a medical vs a behavioral problem - or both. Roxcey may be hallucinating which would suggest a central nervous system disorder - not necessarily a seizure but we need to keep seizure on our tentative diagnosis list. Behaviorists are concerned that fly biting may represent an obsessive/compulsive disorder - a complex behavior that is considered goal directed and which can be interrupted. Affected dogs often have other behavioral problems (e.g., separation anxiety).

Roxcey's vet can perform basic testing in the form of blood and urine tests but more advanced testing such as cerebrospinal fluid analysis and MRI will need the attention of a specialist veterinary neurologist. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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