Epilepsy in Dogs – Is Your Dog Having Epileptic Seizures?
Has your dog started having seizures? Epilepsy in dogs most commonly starts in dogs between the ages of 2 to 3 years old. Some puppies start experiencing seizures as young as 6 months old. Luckily epileptic seizures are not highly common, and most times are not life threatening.
The first time you see your dog have a seizure it can really frighten you. Your dog was excitedly jumping around because you had visitors, then suddenly they came over to you and seemed upset. The next thing you see is your dog lying down, shaking, and unresponsive to your voice. The seizure may have lasted up to five minutes, and had you in a complete panic. Then your dog seemed to start to come out of the seizure, but appeared very confused about the surroundings and what was going on.
These symptoms are very common with epilepsy in dogs. Where in humans an epileptic seizure may be triggered by flashing lights, repetitive patterns, and other stimuli, one of the most common causes to trigger a seizure in epileptic dogs is excitement. When they become agitated due to other animals, guests, or other excitement, their brain may respond by going into a seizure.
When you start seeing these types of seizures you need to consult with your veterinarian. They cannot cure epilepsy in dogs, but they can give you advice and medication which can help reduce and control the seizures. It is best to keep yourself and the vet fully informed.
When you visit the veterinarian plan on hearing a long series of questions. They are going to want to know about the lead up to the seizures, if your pet has been sick recently, and possibly about the dog’s parents. Epilepsy is often inherited, if there is evidence either the mother or father had seizures, there is a high likelihood it is epilepsy. For this same reason if your dog is epileptic it would be wise to have them neutered to avoid passing the condition down to anther generation. Your vet will be asking about how your dog reacts after seizures, also. All of these are clues to help make a diagnosis, since there is no test to conclusively determine the presence of epilepsy.
Whenever you find your dog in an epileptic seizure there is not much you can do. Your best course of action is to stay near the dog, so when they begin to recover they have your calming presence nearby. Coming out of the seizure your dog may even experience temporary blindness which passes in just a few moments.
Just because your dog has been diagnosed does not make him less important or desirable as a pet. Epilepsy in dogs may only cause seizures on rare occurrences and your dog will still be the perfect pet your family loves. If everyone in the family is informed, and knows how to patiently wait on their friend to recover, you will have a long and happy life together.