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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience.
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My sister has a staffy who is 6 years old, he has been having

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My sister has a staffy who is 6 years old, he has been having seizures since he was 18 months old, he had a seizure 4 days ago we took him to the vet about 2 hours after having it they kept him in to monitor him because he hadnt come out of it but sent him home after keeping in for about 5 hours, we had to take him back to the vet the following day because he had had another seizure plus his sight has not come back even though the second vet kept him in and sedated him but it has not made much difference he is still pacing, bumping into things plus he hasnt slept properley can you help please
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
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I'm sorry to hear of this with Squidgy. It sounds as if his mentation (mental status) is still altered after he had suffered status epilepticus - the state in which seizure activity doesn't abate. This is often due to permanent damage to his brain - a cumulative effect from having so many seizures over 4.5 years. His blindness, pacing, and agitation are symptoms of encephalopathy - a brain disorder - particularly in the cerebrum and thalamus (forebrain).

Such a patient will be very difficult to manage at home. In most instances, he would be heavily sedated or anesthetized and monitored in hospital until he normalized after he awoke from the last administration of an anticonvulsive drug. This may not be possible, however, if his brain damage is, indeed, permanent now. Please tell me which drugs he's currently being administered.

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