Dogs and Epilepsy

Epilepsy is a highly dangerous for dogs.

The good news is that it occurs infrequently across all dog breeds - approximately
4% of all dogs throughout the world suffer from this disease, usually affecting dogs
between the ages of 1 and 3 years old.

Epileptic seizures occur when the neurons in the dog's brain stop functioning
properly and the initial cause is often difficult to diagnose.

There is no way to be sure that your dog will never have epilepsy, but you can reduce the chances that it will by giving it a lot of exercise and ensuring that it is receiving the recommended daily values of important vitamins such as vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E and vitamin K.

Symptoms of Epilepsy:

The most obvious symptom is an epileptic seizure. Seizures are often followed by change in the dog's behavior, loss of orientation, dizziness, vomiting etc. The dog will look tired and restless. Sometimes the dog will not be able to control its bladder, and in really rare occasions, it may lose consciousness. Other symptoms of epilepsy are stiffness, gnashing of teeth, hitting the head and legs against different surfaces and a strong thirst. These symptoms usually disappear several days after the seizure.

Treatment:

Unfortunately there is no known treatment for this disease that is foolproof and that will eradicate the disease once and for all. However, there are ways in which you can help your dog.

As always, be alert and aware of your dog's behavior. If it is caught in its early stages, epilepsy can be controlled with great success through medications. You should always keep track of when seizures appear and their duration. If the seizure lasts for more than 20 minutes, take the dog to a vet or animal clinic immediately, because these situations are dangerous.

If you notice symptoms of epilepsy, take your dog to a veterinary professional immediately, because epilepsy is something that can be successfully lived with if caught in time.