Brief episodes of weakness or collapse are
seen fairly frequently in dogs (less so in cats) and present a diagnostic challenge
particularly when they are often normal at the time of presentation; this chapter
is primarily concerned with this type of case. It has been shown that a diagnosis
can be made in approximately 50% of such cases. Of the remaining 50% in which no
diagnosis is made, approximately half resolve spontaneously and death or further
deterioration are rare outcomes (Cobb & Stepien, 1994).
provides a list of differential diagnoses
for more common causes of episodic weakness and collapse.
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