Why Your Dog Gets Seizures
Seizures can happen to dogs too.
Known scientifically as status epilepticus (epilepsy), seizures happen to a surprisingly large number of our furry best friends.
It’s a problem that not enough people talk about. Dog owners are aware of minor threats like ticks or fleas, but are completely in the dark when it comes to idiopathic epilepsy -- the disorder that usually causes dog seizures.
Would you know what to do if your pet had a seizure?
It’s not a super common condition, but we should all know how to stop seizures from happening, and how to deal with them if they ever do occur.
The Different Type of Dog Seizures
Epilepsy is any recurrent seizure that stems from some problem in the brain.
Epilepsy is Symptomatic when it comes from damage to the physical structure of the brain. It is Idiopathic when it comes from anything else.
Cluster seizures are when a dog suffers from two or more seizures in 24 hours.
The activity and length of seizures are directly related to the amount of brain damage your dog has. It sucks, but this means they are almost never a one time thing.
Seizures themselves are also divided into different types. They are Generalized when they affect the whole brain, and both sides equally. Focal seizures only affect smaller parts. Focal seizures with secondary generalization originate in one part and then affect the whole brain.
How to know if your dog might have a seizure
You can be able to tell if your dog is going to have a seizure by his behavior. Your pet will begin to act abnormally. Signs and changes in behavior include:
- Acting stressed
- Acting scared
- Appearing to be dazed
- Loss of bladder and bowel control
- Limb contractions
- Muscle Spasms
Dogs have an instinct that lets them almost know when they are going to have a seizure. Your pet will often look for you and try to get close to you right before the seizure hit.
Seizures usually last for two minutes. If it lasts for over five minutes it is an extremely dangerous case, and your pet might suffer organ damage or enter a coma. A few common occurrences during a seizure are:
- Excessive drooling
- Loss of bowel and bladder control
- Repeatedly blinking eyes
- Falling to the floor
- Biting the air
- Moving limbs uncontrollably
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After the seizure, your dog will probably behave differently for the next 24 hours. He will start to eat more, walk without a purpose, and might even have brief blindness. However there is also a good chance your dog recovers immediately.
What To Do When Your Dog Has A Seizure
Stay calm! If your freak out, your dog will have even more pressure on him. Show maternal or paternal love and remind your dog you will take care of him.
Keep your hands away from your dog’s mouth, he might lose control of his actions and accidentally bite you. If there are any objects nearby that might hurt your dog during the seizure.
The longer your dog has a seizure, the hotter his body will get. Cool him down by giving his legs a cold bath, or putting him under a fan. Always remember to call your vet when the seizure is over.
If the seizure goes on for 5 minutes or longer, your dog becomes unconscious, or he faints, take him to see a professional immediately. Long and repeated seizures increase the chance of brain damage, make it difficult to breathe, and raise a dog’s body temperature.
Why Do Seizures Happen?
Every dog breed can be affected by a seizure. Causes can range from environmental factors, do genetics. Some breeds are more likely to suffer from seizures than others, older dogs are more susceptible too.
While there are a huge number of possibilities, here are the most common sources of seizures:
- Brain Cancer
- Physical head or neck injury
- Kidney and Liver Disease
- Consuming poisonous materials
- Unbalanced blood sugar
- Lack of nutrition
Only a veterinarian will be able to tell you exactly what the cause of your dog’s seizures is.
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Unfortunately, seizures are often caused by idiopathic epilepsy, meaning it’s a seizure with no clear cause. Labrador Retrievers, Border Collies, Beagles, German Shepherds, and several other breeds are especially prone to this type of seizures.
This is ultimately a type of genetic epilepsy, and can occur for the first time in a dog anywhere from 6 months of age, all the way up to 5 years.
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Natural Treatments For Dog Seizures
Seizures are one of the worst things any dog owner can witness. But remember: your dog is strong and often he’ll be back to full health way before you can get him to the vet.
There are a few things you can do to support him, and prevent more seizures from occurring.
As more studies are done, more and more evidence suggest that your pet’s nutrition is extremely important. Make sure you dog’s snacks and food contains vitamins, antioxidants, and phytochemicals. All of those give him the nutrition he needs to ward off infections, protect his brain, and be as healthy as possible.
An improved diet also enhances your dog’s existing immune system. It is important because it stops small infections and diseases from developing into life threatening conditions.
Nutrition can’t do everything though. Surgery is often necessary to remove tumors, and medicine is often used to control seizures.
Remember: you have to actively work against seizures. If your dog gets one, you should immediately start doing everything you can to stop a second from occurring.
Take your pet to the vet and make sure is fully examined for every possible cause. Even if it was a one time event, or a light seizure, it’s still important for you to have the right resources available.
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