Seizures In Dogs

Seizures In DogsIf you have been a witness of seizures in dogs, it can be very disconcerting. There are degrees of symptoms, from petite ma (involuntary lack of activity for a seconds) to grand mal (violent shaking), but they are all caused by a malfunction of the brain. Although alert again, after a seizure, they can shorten your dog’s life. and occur more often, and more violently if left untreated. Read ahead for causes and treatment. Your dog’s life may depend on your service.

Causes of seizures in dogs

There is a myriad of reasons your dog may have a seizure. I recommend taking your dog to the vet to diagnose the cause because he can run accurate diagnostic tests. The vet will begin with blood tests usually, but there may be further examination needed by brain testing. This will entail possibly a CT, MRI, or cerebrospinal fluid tap (CSF). Your dog may have one of the following disorders:

  • A reaction to a poison or allergen
  • A viral or bacterial infection
  • A tumor of the brain
  • A system disorder, such as thyroid disease
  • A developmental abnormality, that could be inherited

Seizures in dogs from idiopathic epilepsy

Episodal seizures are the definition for epilepsy, and if the cause is unknown, it is called idiopathic epilepsy. It usually first strikes male dogs between one and five of age. Your dog’s breed can be a factor in the seizures, also.

Fortunately, a canine seizure can be treated. Your Fido will have to be on this medication for life, however. Products such as Seizure Guard are reportedly effective, but consult your dog’s vet first. There is dog health insurance available, which can help defray the cost of treatment.

What to do during seizures in dogs

If your dog seizures, stay calm. During the seizure, your dog is not feeling any pain. It is totally unaware of it occurring, by the way. Just keep your dog safe, and don’t put anything in his mouth. It may bite its tongue, but he’ll not be in danger. Keep everything and everybody away from him until the seizure passes.

Emergencies when there are seizures in dogs

Typically, seizures in dogs are not life-threatening. Yet, is a symptom of a brain disorder. Contact your vet immediately if you believe your dog had a seizure. If your dog has a seizure lasting five minutes or more, it is an emergency. Definitely, contact your vet in this situation, to prevent hyperthermia and damage to its nervous system. Furthermore, if he has a seizure more than three times in 24 hours, get him to the vet immediately once he’s calm. Although, he is descended of the proud, independent wolf, he is bred to be a domesticated pet, and depends on you for proper care and treatment. A seizure is totally debilitating to him, and regrettably, the more he has the shorter his life. Certainly, get him the treatment he deserves after a seizure, and log them when they occur for proper medical drug treatment. Take good care of him. Your dog is your best friend, and is your loyal companion for all his life.