It is not rare for a dog to have an occasional seizure, usually due to an underlying illness. Many times a seizure is a symptom of something else that is affecting your dog. However, an epileptic seizure can be a serious situation and should never be dismissed as something minor. If your dog has frequent seizures, be sure to contact your local Rockford-area veterinarian as listed below or one closest to your home to get your dog diagnosed and treated.
Seizures are also known as convulsions, which is a neurological failure of the neurons within the brain of your dog. Seizures have several causes reslting from genetics, brain injuries, toxins and an imbalance of metabolism or the electrolytes and ions in the brain. Epilepsy can be primary or secondary and may be classified as generalized, cluster seizures or status epilepticus or frequent occurrences.
Primary epileptic seizures are those with no apparent cause or reason other than possible genetics. Secondary seizures do have specific causes, such as injuries. A seizure can last between a few seconds to a minute, which is classified as generalized. A cluster seizure is when your dog can experience several seizures, minutes apart while the status epilepticus seizures is defined as frequent seizures that can last up to five minutes with smaller seizures in between without full recovery. This type of seizure can be the most fatal for your dog.
During a seizure, you may note your dog fall over on its side while paddling its limbs with a loss of consciousness and bodily functions, the body appears stiff and breathing may seem to stop. The pupils can appear dilated with a clenching of the teeth and the dog may be barking or whining.
Treatment of your dog depends on the causes and severity of the epileptic seizure. A cause can sometimes have an underlying trigger such as 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. The veterinarian will need to fully examine your dog and perform various tests in order to determine if there is an underlying issue that needs to be addressed. At this point, a treatment plan can be put into place.
Treatment for most seizures will require medication therapy with anti-seizure medications. Some options are Diazepam, Phenobarbital and Potassium bromide. Ocular pressure is an option not often recommended by veterinarians but may bring results. During the early onset of a seizure, apply gentle pressure for 10 to 20 seconds to the closed eyelids of your dog while talking in a soft calm tone of voice. In some minor instances, this procedure works to release a calming chemical to your dog. However, in extreme cases, like a Grand Mal seizure, take great caution in touching your dog during the actual process. Allow your dog to come around on its own, call your veterinarian and report what you witnessed as well as the length of the seizure(s).
Some seizures can be brought on from an increased use of vaccinations and medications. If it is determined that these are the causes, your veterinarian will have to reestablish a plan that will not affect your dog in a negative manner. Other options are available to treat rabies and parasites with lesser side effects such as
Interceptor and Filaribits. Your doctor will decide on the appropriate medication to control your dog’s particular needs with the least side effects.
Epileptic seizures cannot be cured but they can be treated and kept under control to provide a better life for your dog. They can happen at any age or time in your dog’s life. Just stay calm during the seizure, stay close to your dog and follow up with your veterinarian.
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