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    DefaultFly Biting ?

    Hello,
    We are new here, I posted this question the other night, and it mysteriously disappeared. So I'm not sure if anyone replied. So sorry if you are seeing it again. Anyway we have a 4 yr. old Choc Lab named Duke. Last week he started biting at imaginary bugs. He did it a few times during the day lasting maybe 5-10 seconds. Then he did it again the next day. So I brought he to the vet yesterday and she said it could be behavioral or partial seizures. I hoping it's not seizures. So she looked him over and took blood work. I asked her if his ears looked alright and she said yes, then she said she would get a better look, so he ended up having an ear infection too. Does anyone think that might have anything to do with the fly biting? She called this morning and said his blood work was fine. Any comments would be greatly appreciated. Thanks..

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    DefaultRe: Fly Biting ?

    Are you sure the bugs are imaginary.....?

    Is he in a sun spot, and snapping at flying dust particles, maybe?

    Did the vet check his eyes/eyesight to be sure he's not starting to get shadows or anything like that happening..?

    Does he seem out of it when he's doing this? If you call him will he stop and look at you, or does he seem entranced...?

    I'd see if it goes away with the ear infection, and if not then go back to the drawing board at that time.
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    He wasn't in the sunlight, while doing this..The last time he did this I called his name, and he stopped and looked at me, then he did it again, everytime I called his name he would stop..I hope this is behavioral. Hopefully it will stop after the ear infection. That's for responding.

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    DefaultRe: Fly Biting ?

    That fact that he's responsive to you is a good sign.

    Maybe others can offer more insight, but here's hoping it's just a "quirk".
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    Classic signs of partial seizures. I would do a full work up on this thyroid by sending it to MSU. A low thyroid can cause seizures.
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    Here's a long discussion of fly biting on a Berner list that you might be interested in reading:
    http://www.berner.org/pages/common_p...y_snapping.php
    It seems that it can be a partial seizure but it can also occur with ear infections, mites or tumors in the ear canal. And it can also be a behavioral response to stress.

    Is Duke still having fly biting episodes since you started treating his ear infection?

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    I second Stonemillkennel-
    I just read an entire article on Seizures and this is a classic sign of one type.
    I just lost my Maggie to a seizure, so I am doing research about this. Don't let it go- it was a horrible thing to have happen to her.

    http://www.canine-epilepsy-guardian-..._treatment.htm
    "A complex partial seizure will originate in the area of the brain that controls behavior and is sometimes called a psychomotor seizure. During this type of seizure, a dog’s consciousness is altered and he may exhibit bizarre behavior such as unprovoked aggression or extreme irrational fear. He may run uncontrollably, engage in senseless, repetitive behavior or have fly-snapping episodes where he appears to be biting at imaginary flies around his head."

    Good Luck,

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    DefaultRe: Fly Biting ?

    Hello,
    thanks to everyone for responding. Doug sorry about your loss..
    Well Duke hasn't had anymore episodes since before his ear infection. But I'm not convinced the ear infection had anything to do with it. I hope it did, but all the articles online say seizures. Although some say ear infections could cause it. I'll just have to wait and see. have a nice night..

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    Thank you for your condolence.
    If I may offer my unsolicited advice, I would not just wait and see. I think there are some preventive measures for seizures. In turn I would learn all I could regarding them and be fully prepared. Whatever caused this in Maggie was completely out of nowhere and immediate. It was horrible for her, and I would have done anything to prevent this I could. But it struck her again two days later while she was under my vet's care at the clinic while she was on IV treating her liver. I lost her that day. I guess I am like a smoker who has quit and trying to get everyone else around me who smokes to quit- vigilant about it. So I mean no disrespect, nor to scare you unjustifiably. If I could suggest, please speak to your vet and determine what can or cannot be done now.

    Peace be to all our Labs, living w/ us and given back to God.

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    Doug

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    Hi Doug,
    What was wrong with your Dog's liver? My vet told us the next time he does this to try to distract him with a treat, to see if it is behavioral. What else should I do? Do you have any ideas? Thanks, Nicole

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