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An_254399 posted:
I have same problem. 9 year old lab frantically licking carpet out of no where. He then chomps is lips, begs to go outside. Episodes last from 1-5 hours. Sometimes he is just alert and goes back to normal and sometimes he is very tired and out of it. He does have elevated body temp. Episodes happen at night. Been to vet... first treated for pancreatitis, worms, and acid reflux and tick infection. None of these worked. took him to emergency vet after episode thought is was neurological. Took him to MU hospital. He is being treated for seizures. He takes Keppra 3 times a day. Now he will start to do the licking of floor I quickly get his attention and distract with treats. He snaps out of it, I pet him to calm him and then he relaxes. We are doing MRI this week to see if it is a brain tumor. It is very sad to see this happen to your dog. Also, when he goes through these spells he is very very frantic.
Sandy Willis, DVM, DACVIM responded:
Thank you for sharing your dog's story. At this age of 9 years, we think less of epilepsy and more of a brain tumor if the blood work doesn't indicate a cause for seizures, like low blood sugar. MRI's of the brain looking for causes of seizures are being done more often as we do have medical and surgical treatment for tumors, but with that knowledge, we can adjust our treatments for the seizures. And then we aren't guessing what the cause of the seizures are. And yes, the spells are hard on both you and your dog but hopefully your veterinarian, and neurologist, can use medications to help control those spells and give your lab a good quality of life. Dr. Sandy


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