Seizures in Dogs

Seizures are not only give high damage for us, but also many of our beloved dogs or pets would suffer from seizures. When we watch our dog that for the first time our dog experience seizures will keep ourselves in scary thing. While, when our dogs get attacks from seizures means their entire body will shake or just one limb that is leg or arms will be shaking. At that time we don’t know what to do and feel helpless. Being well in the knowledge of how to find seizures in dogs and also what to do when it happens, will give some hopeful precautions to us.

Know the seizures before itself

Before seizures problem attack any dog, it can feel confused and unsteady. They may lose their balance and fall or gaze curiously into space. Once our dog’s affected by seizure, their mind will in the state of being awake and fall to the floor, where they make restless movements. There are different types seizures disease, in which one of the type will affect dog’s whole body. Subsequently, another type of seizure affects only one or two parts of dog’s body. This both seizure types can occur from single minute to several minutes. After seizure attacks, dogs might don’t know where they are, because they lost their sense of direction. While walking, their entire body or a unique part might get shake.

What are the causes of this seizures in dogs?

Seizures in dogs are caused by an abnormal as well as uncontrolled electricity activity in their brain. If any dog can be affected by this seizures often is called as Epilepsy. With epilepsy, the seizures may be single or occur in clusters or may occur at regular intervals of time.

Causes that involved in seizures are as follows:

  • Liver disease
  • Ingesting poison.
  • Blood sugar which is too high or may be too low.
  • Electrolyte problems.
  • Strokes.
  • Anemia.
  • Kidney disease.
  • Brain cancer.
  • Encephalitis.

Seizures can be find by their symptoms

Symptoms of an upcoming seizure may include a period of caution and an altered mental state, where the dogs will experience is called a focal onset or an aura. During that time, they may seem dazed, worried, frightened and stressed. They may also have a difficulty of controlling bowel movements and urination. They are as follows.

  • Jerking.
  • Drooling.
  • Twitching of muscles.
  • Collapsing.
  • Foaming at the mouth.
  • Tightening of the body.
  • Nausea (feeling of sickness with an inclination to vomit).
  • Rapid heart pulse or rate.

What are the types of seizures?

Seizures in dogs are basically classified into four types.

  • Grand mal seizure: This type is also known as generalized seizures. The first sign of Grand mal type is, a dog can lose their consciousness and agitate violently. The abnormal electrical activity will happen throughout their brain that is the reason for seizures affecting the entire body.
  • Focal seizures: With this focal seizure type, the electronic storm occurs only in a particular part of the brain, that takes over into one side or one limb of the body. But this may have a chance to turn into generalized seizures. Focal seizures normally last just for a couple of minutes.
  • Psychomotor seizures: This is the one and only type, which is seriously difficult to detect in our dogs. While it occurs, they suddenly start to attack an object and chasing their tails. Yet, they show some old behavior. When dog started to do same thing often, definitely they suffer from a seizure.
  • Idiopathic epilepsy: In essence, Idiopathic epilepsy describes as unknown causes of Seizures. They normally happen in dogs within six month it born or after six years old.. This type is commonly seen in shepherds, beagles, Labrador retrievers, collies, Belgian, Tervurens and German shepherds.

Precaution to take if dog affected by seizure

If our dogs have a seizure, during that situation we feel fear. But, taking precaution is very important once dog affected by this disease. There are several ways to keep our eye on to protect our dogs. We have to take a step to assess the situation and handle it in a proper way. Dog owner should not beat dog it need to be take care very carefully. Besides, always make them feel protective and make their environment quiet.

Throughout seizures, everyone naturally loves their pet and worried for them. We need to make comfortable environment to the affected dog, by doing so will help dog to recover very soon. . However, we have to keep up a slight distance from their mouth and their face. Dogs will not choke with their tongue like us, so we need not worry about the infection. But, sometimes dog used to bite us during the seizure.

If the seizures take place more than a minute, we help them to cool by turn on a fan and by putting some cold water on their paws. Because long seizures leads to overheat and it will make them helpless. It may also lead to get brain damage and also many problem in dog.. At last, we have to take our dogs to vet as soon as possible. Hopefully, the vet will give some treatments by providing Valium through an IV to stop the seizure.

Essential treatment for dog that got affected by seizures

If our dogs have seizures, we have to take them to the vet to receive proper treatment for their seizures that is incredibly important.  Without exact medical treatment, dog seizure symptoms almost get to worse. Normally, the vet will do a thorough physical test for our dogs and take some lab work.

There are different medicines are available to cure seizures. Phenobarbital is one of those, which have been taken for twice a day. However, over time will cause damage to their livers. So blood test must have taken for every six months for the dogs those who taking Phenobarbital.

Another anti-seizure medicine is Potassium bromide that recommended by our vet only. It might be a better option for our pets because it does not take the way to the liver. Especially it is prescribed for our puppies.

Seizures in dogs are very common but sometimes it leads to serious issues. The only help we have to do is making them always calm during a seizure. And we have to follow some precautions in order to protect them. Seeing vet is a great way to secure them in a fast mode.


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