Is My Dog Having A Seizure?

Because a lot of dog owners do not fully understand how seizures affect animals and how to identify them, they often mistakenly diagnose an attack as merely a canine idiosyncrasy such as whining or pacing. When your pooch cannot tell you that he needs to see the doctor, you have to be the one to know when things are going wrong. Being attentive and educated about the health of your pet is just as vital as those visits to the dog park.

Stages of Seizure

1. Prodome stage. The stage prior to the actual attack. Changes in a dog’s mood can be observed such as display of neediness, excessive panting, pacing, and whining.
2. Ictal stage. The actual seizure itself. Some symptoms include temporary paralysis, loss of consciousness, air-pawing, teeth-chomping, bowel movements, and uncontrollable urination.
3. Post-ictal stage. The moment the dog’s attack is over, he will quickly snap back into consciousness. While the signs in ictal stage only last a few seconds or minutes, here, the symptoms may last for a couple of hours. Behavioral signs may include excessive consumption of food and water, temporary blindness, confusion, drooling, and walking into the wall or objects.

If your dog seems to have suffered from a seizure, seek medical treatment immediately as these can result to permanent damage to his brain. Your vet will be able to diagnose the cause and work with you to determine the best course of treatment.

Common Causes of Seizure

Seizures occur for numerous reasons. Vets will normally recommend various diagnostic tests to find the cause of the problem. This usually begins with blood tests that may lead to advanced brain tests such as MRI, CT, and CSF. The following could likely be the source of canine seizures:

1.       Developmental or structural abnormality
2.       Reaction to allergen or toxin
3.       Systemic disorder such as thyroid disease or liver shunt
4.       Viral or bacterial infection
5.       Brain tumor, benign or malignant
6.       Poor diet and/or reaction to low quality pet food

What to Do

If you believe your dog is having an attack, try to remain calm and keep him out of danger. Start moving any object that may get in the way or may fall on your dog, should he bump into it. Try blocking off stairways and any area that may present safety threats. Never place your hand or anything in or near your pooch’s mouth as you may get seriously injured. Yes, he may bite his tongue, but he surely will never swallow it. In other words, simply try to steer clear of your pet until the attack is over.

How to Manage the Condition

In cases where brain abnormalities are identified, treatment options will vary according to the specific diagnosis as well as severity of the disorder. Luckily, attacks in epileptic dogs can be regulated with dietary changes and/or medications. There are numerous anti-convulsive drugs that your veterinarian may use to prevent seizures. Most vets, however, would not recommend medication if the attacks are mild or if it takes place less than once a month. Like any other drug, these pharmaceutical treatments have side effects. Nevertheless, if they help in controlling your pooch’s seizures, you may find that the benefits overshadow the risks.

Has your dog ever had a seizure? How do you comfort your dog and help him when one happens? Share your tips with our readers!

Latest Comments
  1. Judith Neilson 05/30/2014
  2. japanese bondage 04/25/2014
  3. Thomas 04/16/2014
  4. Elly 03/27/2014
  5. Marie Miller 03/26/2014
  6. Robert Gary Haggett 03/26/2014
  7. Rose 03/25/2014
  8. Kathy 03/25/2014
  9. Robert Browning 03/25/2014
  10. janeen jackewicz 03/25/2014
  11. Lynne Bowbeer 03/25/2014
  12. jane 03/25/2014
  13. Kathie W. 03/25/2014
  14. Ashley G 03/25/2014
  15. Rosa 03/25/2014
  16. Cathy Payne 03/25/2014
  17. Steve McG 09/06/2013
  18. janet 09/06/2013
    • janet 09/06/2013
      • ashley 06/05/2014
  19. carla brown 09/06/2013
    • jeri 03/25/2014
    • catherine daubney 03/25/2014
    • Lynn Williams 03/25/2014
  20. Tracey 09/06/2013
    • Annie 09/06/2013
    • neil fenton 03/25/2014
  21. Mary 09/06/2013
    • Debbi 03/26/2014
  22. brenda 06/08/2012
    • Kim 03/26/2013
      • June Lucky 03/25/2014
      • neil fenton 03/25/2014
    • amy 03/25/2014
    • Ellie 03/25/2014
    • Debbi 03/26/2014

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Contact Us    DMCA Notice    Curation Policy    Privacy Policy    Terms Of Use    Media Kit   Subscribe via RSS
×

Join the Dogington Post Mailing List. Get up-to-the-minute recall alerts plus tips, tricks and special deals! Click here.