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Dog health: a guide to epilepsy

Dog health: a guide to epilepsy
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We have filmed a series of short videos with vet Brian Faulkner to help you spot the signs of common illnesses in your pet. In this video Brian discusses epilepsy in dogs.

Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that causes fitting or seizures. Often seizures are easy to recognise, with symptoms including convulsions and jerking of the limbs. This can be distressing for owners to witness in their beloved pet, especially if the seizure is out of control. Other times the fitting can be milder, where the dog may wobble or appear dazed or uncoordinated. Epileptic seizures can last anything from 30 seconds to two minutes, and the after the fit, dogs can be confused or unpredictable.

The condition is often tricky to diagnose, and your vet will first check to see if there could be anything else causing the seizures that can be treated directly, such as poisoning or traumas. Primary epilepsy is diagnosed when the cause for the seizures can't be found.

The frequency of the fitting will often determine the treatment; if your dog is having more than one fit a month, he may be prescribed long-term, anti-epileptic medication to try to reduce the fitting episodes, as well as regular monitoring. Although medication won't necessarily stop the fits completely, it can control them, helping your dog to live a happy, normal life.

Does your dog suffer from epilepsy, or have you ever experienced a canine epileptic seizure? Tell us below.

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Touching issue as I know a pet who died due to epilepsy. I don't think enough is done to make people aware of the severity of epilepsy. A lot of people follow this notion that your dog just flails around for a few minutes, but don't realize that it is actually very dangerous!Thanks for the write up.
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I've had many dogs in my lifetime, had only one that suffered from epilepsy. It was the SCARIEST thing I've ever encountered with her, I thought I was going to lose her as I didn't know what was happening. We took her to the vet ASAP and over the next couple of weeks, but we were not able to figure out was caused it, but we put some remedies in place so that she was able to live a more comfortable life. R.I.P Cocoa, my angel!
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