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Canine Epilepsy And Seizures In Dogs

Did you know that one out of twenty dogs has a chance of getting seizure at some point in its life? However common dog seizures may be, suffering from a fit or convulsions can cause great pain and concern for any dog and its owner.

Dog seizures are caused by some strange abnormal activity in the dog’s brain that eventually makes the dog lose control over its body. While there are many reasons that can prompt dog seizures like stroke, poisoning, head injury, brain tumor or any other disease; epilepsy is the most common one, more so if your dog is aged eight years or younger.

Dog seizures caused by epilepsy can have a really damaging effect on your dog’s health, especially if your dog has been suffering from a prolonged series of seizures in a relatively short period of time. But, if your dog has never had a history of seizures, and is suddenly having an unexpected one, it is quite likely caused by poisoning.

Types of Canine Epilepsy

Epilepsy in dogs cannot be cured, but there are many ways and remedies that can help you control it. If your dog is suffering from a series of seizures caused by epilepsy, then you must visit a vet clinic to help your dog live a healthy and normal life, minus any seizures. There are three different kinds of canine epilepsy that can cause seizures in your dog:

1. Idiopathic Epilepsy: Idiopathic or primary epilepsy is the major cause of dog seizures, in which no one reason behind the seizures can be pin pointed apart from genetic reasons.

2. Structural Epilepsy: Structural epilepsy is linked with seizures caused by any kind of brain damage, like stroke, poisoning, brain tumor or inflammation in the brain.

3. Reactive Epilepsy: Reactive seizures are caused by imbalance in your dog’s metabolism, including reasons like low sugar or kidney failure.

What are the Symptoms of Dog Seizures?

Although the symptoms of seizures can take different forms in different dogs, some of the most common symptoms of dog seizures can be seen as:

  • Change in dog's behaviour
  • Body trembling and violent jerks
  • Glazed eyes 
  • Twitching
  • Body imbalance and falling down 
  • Drooling 
  • Urination or defecating 
  • Disorientation post sez

How to prevent your dog from having and seizure

In order to save your dog from having a seizure in the future, you must find the root cause that instigates and triggers this condition in your loving pet. So, whether there is something that causes extreme stress or anxiety in your dog or any other factor which is linked to the environment in which your dog lives; it is your responsibility to keep your dog away from such triggers and limit its chances of getting a seizure again.

You must also make a point to feed your dog with a healthy and balanced diet so that your pet’s sugar is in control at all times. More than anything else, you must visit a veterinary clinic on a regular basis to get your dog’s health checked by an expert vet.

What to do when your dog is having a seizure?

If somehow, your dog suddenly has a seizure, you must act immediately to ensure proper breathing for your dog. Emergency vets can help you make sure that your dog’s airways are clean and there is nothing blocking it, along with taking measures to control its rising temperature. There are a few other things that you can do to decrease your dog’s discomfort while having a seizure:

  • Turn off bright lights and loud music or TV when your dog is having a seizure.
  • Make sure to remove all kinds of sharp objects around your dog to protect it from getting injured while having a fit.
  • Don’t panic or try to touch your dog until the fit stops by itself, and instead use this opportunity to time the duration of the fit to inform your vet.
  • If your dog’s condition seems worsening, take it your nearest emergency vet in Dublin without wasting any time.

We at Village Vets are open 7 days a week. We can help you with any issues or provide advice for you and your pet. Visit us at one of our 11 clinics, ring us or book an appointment online, we are always happy to help you and your furry friend!

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