Dogs can have convulsions and seizures for various reasons that affect the neurons within the brain. Some of the causes may be due to genetics, brain injuries, toxins and an imbalance of metabolism or the electrolytes and ions in the brain. Epilepsy is a major concern for many pet parents, can be primary or secondary, and may be classified as generalized, cluster seizures or status epilepticus or frequent occurrences. With any sign of a seizure or convulsion, be sure to contact your local Rockford-area veterinarian listed below or one closest to your home to get your dog analyzed and treated.
A primary epileptic seizure may occur for no apparent reason while secondary seizures can be due to an injury or something specific. The duration of a seizure varies from a few seconds to a few minutes or more. Cluster seizures can be several convulsions that occur a few minutes apart, happening frequently and for longer periods. These are the most fatal seizures for your dog.
It is best that you know what to look for and how to react to a seizure. Many times, there is nothing to be concerned about at the time other than to monitor your dog and relay the findings to your doctor. Your dog may fall on its side and paddle its legs during a seizure, with a loss of consciousness and bodily functions. The body may also appear stiff and your dog may seem to temporarily stop breathing. The pupils can appear dilated with a clenching of the teeth and the dog may be barking or whining. In some instances, you can gently apply pressure for 10 to 20 seconds to the closed eyelids of your dog while talking in a soft calm tone of voice. The best thing is to just be there for comfort when your dog comes around, watch all the signs, time the seizures and report the findings to your vet.
Treatment depends on the cause of the seizure which can be low blood sugar, liver disease, a blood vessel disorder, water on the brain as well as head injuries, brain tumor and inflammation of the nervous system. Once diagnosed, your veterinarian will prescribe a medication such as Diazepam, Phenobarbital and Potassium bromide. There is no cure for an epileptic seizure but they can be managed and maintained. A seizure can occur to any dog at any age. Just be calm during the seizure itself to keep your dog as relaxed as possible, stay close to your dog and follow up with your veterinarian.
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