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13 Apr 2006

URGENT! - Jack Russell under anaesthetic
This is urgent and I would really apreciate any input. We took our 6 month old Jack Russell male into the vet to be neutered this morning. The vet has just phoned and said they are worried about him, they gave him a pre-med and he is very restless and is "screaming and howling" - presenting fit like behaviour. He has been perfectly healthy and normal up to now. They are monitoring him and giving him oxygen and have not yet done the operation. I know he is in good hands but has anyone ever experienced this before.
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01 Jan 0001

Some of the pre-med medications (specifically ACP) lowers the threshold for seizures in dogs. That means, that a dog that is likely to develop seizures may then show the seizures or seizure like behaviour. It is important to realise that the drug does not CAUSE the seizures, it just brings out the inherent seizure behaviour (epilepsy) of the patient. It means that your dog may be more likely to develop seizures in future. Any drug that lowers the seizure threshold should not be used in your dog. Luckily, there are many types of anaesthesia available that is absolutely safe in patients with epilepsy.

Dr Malan van Zyl
Veterinary Specialist Physician
Cape Town
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