Why do dogs have seizures?

April 13, 2012

Watching a beloved pet going through the symptoms of a seizure can be traumatic for the pet’s owner, particularly if a dog seizure has not been previously witnessed. The word “seizures” covers a wide range of problems. Seizures also are known as fits and can be associated with epilepsy.

Seizures can be caused by neurological medical conditions such as illness and injury. Seizures have different symptoms that can affect the behavior, consciousness and have physical symptoms. Medical conditions that can cause seizures include nervous system disorders and diseases.

When epilepsy occurs in dogs, the term applies to a variety of seizure types that have different causes. Epilepsy is a condition in which different degrees of seizures occur with some regularity. Epilepsy among dogs has different causes The types of seizures that can occur among dogs are grand mal, partial and complex partial seizures. Epileptic seizures can be fatal if prolonged. Some dog breeds can be more prone to epilepsy than other breeds.

Medical conditions and disorders that can cause seizures include low blood sugar, systemic failure, thyroid conditions, infections, poisoning and brain tumors. Injuries that can cause seizures include head injury and injury from infection. Seizures can also occur when a blood vessel shunt is improperly placed.

The occurrence of a seizure indicates a serious problem. It is important that you make sure that the cause of the seizure is properly diagnosed and treated by a veterinarian. A seizure can have deadly causes and fatal results if it is not treated in a timely way.

If your dog ever has a seizure, it is important that you note the severity of symptoms and any other symptoms that may be involved before, during and after a seizure event for better understanding of your dog’s condition. All this information will help the veterinarian properly diagnose and treat the dog. By understanding about seizures, you can recognize seizure symptoms.

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