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My 15 year old Maltese Terrier has just had her third

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My 15 year old Maltese Terrier has just had her third "fit"or TIA. She is now walking around in circles bumping into things. How can I help her settle down?Thank you, Annie
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 month ago.

Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you today. I do apologize that your question was not answered before. Different experts come online at various times; I just came online, read about your wee one’s situation, and wanted to help.

Again I do apologize that my colleagues could not aid you sooner. If you would still like assistance, can you tell me:

How often is she having these?

Is she on any treatment?

Is she circling in one direction?

Are her gums pink or white/pale? Moist or sticky?

Could she have eaten anything harmful (ie plants, chemicals, human meds, etc)?

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
She has these "fits"or mini strokes sporadically as opposed to regularly. We have been advised she needs no medication. Her circling has now stopped and she has had a good nights sleep. She now walks with an inabilily to walk straight ahead and sometimes bumps into things. Her gums are pink and moist. She releases a lot of foam during her episodes. Not likely to have eaten anything harmful.Thank you Dr B
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 month ago.

Hello again Annie,

Now I do appreciate that Soda's fits have been sporadic but if you see more than one per 6 months, then medication would be indicated. At the very least, we'd want her vet to be dispensing rectal Diazepam for you to control these when they happen (since the longer she fits the more risk of brain damage, swelling and blindness) or to consider an anti-inflammatory to reduce any brain swelling associated with this or the underlying cause. And those would be our ideals here for calming her afterwards as well. Which with regards ***** ***** latter, to see this at her age does raise concerns of brain lesions (bleeds from high blood pressure, swellings, infections, tumors) or have underlying organ issues (ie liver, kidney, heart). So, it is worth having those checked for, since treatment or at least management of the underlying cause usually will reduce these. And if we do that then we'd hope to have her suffer less of these episodes.

Kind regards,

Dr. B.

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