Dogs Having Seizures – How Can You Help?

Dogs Having SeizuresExperts estimate that about 4% of dogs having seizures as a result of epilepsy. A veterinarian should do a thorough examination and work up to rule out other dog seizures causes like toxic plants, brain injury, brain tumor, liver problems, heart problems or blood sugar issues. Canine epilepsy symptoms vary with the type of seizure. In a generalized seizure the dog’s muscles get stiff, the dog falls to the ground, and the dog makes jerking motions with its limbs and/or face. In a focal seizure, there is no twitching or jerking. The dog’s eyes are open but it is totally unaware of its surroundings. Obviously these seizures are hard to recognize.

Although there is no cure for dogs having seizures from epilepsy, there are ways to reduce the number of seizures. The veterinarian may have to try several medications or combinations of medications to come up with the right dog seizures treatment for your pet. Owners play an important role in managing dogs having seizures. Make sure the medication is given as prescribed at the same time each day. Never stop an epilepsy medication or change the dose without talking to the veterinarian first. Take your pet to the veterinarian for blood work as recommended. Since it is unlikely that a veterinarian will witness the dogs having seizures, take a picture or better yet, a video of your dog when it is having a seizure. This is a valuable diagnostic tool. While there is no particular canine epilepsy diet, it is important to choose a dog food that provides all the nutrients for maximum health. Bargain dog foods and table food will not give you pet the highest level of health. People who have dogs having seizures should make sure the area around the pet is safe during the seizure. They should have a plan for getting the dog to the veterinarian in case a seizure lasts more than 5 to 10 minutes or your pet has more than 3 seizures in a day. Permanent brain damage can occur. It is best for you and the dog if the dog is transported in a kennel. When the seizure stops your dog may seem temporarily blind and disoriented. With a good partnership between the veterinarian and owner, 2/3 of pets with epilepsy can expect to have most seizures controlled.