To investigate a possible disease outside the brain, Pip
was admitted, and blood was sent off to a laboratory for
several tests. She stayed in hospital overnight and had
four more fits before she went home the following day.
A neurological examination is also performed in the investigation
process, but had to be delayed until later that week, because
results can be abnormal soon after a fit.
Pip continued to have fits that evening and the following
Two days later Pip came back for her neurological examination.
Her blood results had all come back normal in the meantime,
leaving me still in the dark about the cause of her fits.
Luckily her owner had brought a tube of Radian-B for me,
a product used by humans to rub on sore muscles. She had
rubbed this on Pips sore arthritic legs the morning before
the fits started, and was wondering if this had caused a
Not familiar with this product, I instructed Tracy, one
of our nurses, to phone the Poisons Information Service
in London. They told us that two ingredients of the Radian-B,
camphor and menthol, can actually induce fits in dogs, and
in large quantities can even be fatal.
It is worth considering that all the available tests and
investigations would not have yielded a diagnosis in Pips
case. Because pets cannot talk for themselves, the key to
many answers is often in the history volunteered by the
owners. Even though some information may seem irrelevant
or insignificant to an owner at the time, it can be of great
help to the vet. Thankful that, with the help of Pips owner,
we had found the cause of Pips fitting, I am sure that she
is on her way to make a complete recovery.
Ingrid Segboer MRCVS
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