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when excited my 8yr old pug collapses and loses the ability

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when excited my 8yr old pug collapses and loses the ability to control her limbs, she has heavy breathing and is disoriantated, this lasts for app 30 sec. after a few more minutes she is back to normal. thankyou
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Susan replied 3 years ago.
Dr. Susan :

Hi, I can help you with your question today.

Dr. Susan :

Are you saying she has only had this type of episode twice now?

JACUSTOMER-7jgvuv9w- :

yes the first time the weather was very hot and i put it down to being over heated, ithink it might have happened when i havent been in her vicinity and i noticed she seemed very tired

JACUSTOMER-7jgvuv9w- :

ahe has had 3 attacks in last 2 days

Dr. Susan :

I see. When this happens, is she responsive to you?

Dr. Susan :

Or does she seem unaware in her disorientation?

JACUSTOMER-7jgvuv9w- :

she is concious but very disoriantated i get her into an upright position she just looks at me

Dr. Susan :

I think this sounds very consistent with seizure activity.

Dr. Susan :

She needs to have some blood work checked to look for an underlying problem, such as liver disease.

Dr. Susan :

In the meantime, we need to start her on anti-convulsant medication right away.

Dr. Susan :

3 seizures in 2 days is dangerous. Every time a dog has a seizure, the threshold for the next seizure is lowered. That means it is more likely that she will have another one.

Dr. Susan :

Seizures can progress into status epilepticus, which means a seizure that won't stop until we intervene with medication.

Dr. Susan :

I highly recommend having her seen today. I would draw the blood and prescribe the seizure medication (I would prefer zonisamide) to start right away.

JACUSTOMER-7jgvuv9w- :

thankyou i will take her to my vets

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

am sad to inform you ellie had massive siezure early monday morning, she passed away wed. she app had a bleed on hr b.rain. your advice was spot on, i just wished i had got advice sooner. thankyou

Expert:  Dr. Susan replied 3 years ago.
I am so sorry to hear the news about Ellie. She was lucky to have such a loving home with your Doreen. I hope good memories of her can comfort you during this difficult time.
Dr. Susan