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Approach to Intermittent Collapse in the Dog – The Neurologist’s Perspective

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Vol 6 - Issue 3
Written by Laurent Garosi DVM, FRCVS, DipECVN. RCVS & EBVS® European Specialist in Veterinary Neurology
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Approach to Intermittent Collapse in the Dog - The Neurologist’s Perspective

Determining the cause of intermittent collapse can be quite challenging and can involve an extensive diagnostic testing regimen. Non-neurological causes include cardiovascular, respiratory, metabolic or orthopaedic disease. Neurological causes range from epileptic seizures, narcolepsy/cataplexy, neuromuscular disorders, paroxysmal movement disorders, pain, metabolic causes of central and/or peripheral nervous system dysfunction, vestibular attack and myokymia. A thorough description of the episode of weakness or collapse, especially if supported by video footage, can provide important information about the speed of onset of neurological signs, potential loss of consciousness/awareness during the events and the type of activity the patient was performing at the time of the episode. Initially, a complete physical and neurological examination should be performed. In conjunction with the signalment and history, this is one of the most important steps in determining whether the weakness/collapse originates from a primary neurological condition (including neuromuscular or central nervous system diseases) or is caused by cardiovascular, respiratory, metabolic or orthopaedic disorder.

All our Tutored Online CPD Courses are written and taught by an expert in the relevant field. The tutor for this course is:

Laurent Garosi DVM, FRCVS, DipECVN. RCVS & EBVS® European Specialist in Veterinary Neurology

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