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What are Seizures in Dogs?

Canine seizures are a neurological disorder that has several possible causes. In some cases, seizures have been correlated with exposure to toxins, traumatic events, brain tumors, and infectious diseases.

Sometimes it is not possible to identify the exact causes of seizures in dogs, in which case, the condition is known as “idiopathic”.

Seizures are the result of an abnormal level of neuronal activity in the brain, which results in brief episodes of uncontrolled movements and a short period of unconsciousness.

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Which Dog Breeds Are Most Commonly Affected by Seizures?

Seizures can occur in all dog breeds, but the following breeds present seizures with a higher frequency:

Symptoms of Seizures in Dogs

Three stages can be identified during a seizure in dogs; the prodrome and aura stages (before the actual seizure) and the ictal stage (the actual seizure)

Signs observed during the prodrome and aura stages of a seizure:

  • Confusion
  • Startled or panic behavior
  • Hiding
  • Clinging to owner

Signs observed during the ictal stage of a seizure:

  • Collapse
  • Drooling/foaming saliva
  • Kicking/paddling limbs
  • Shivering movements
  • Stiffness
  • Teeth grinding
  • Urination and defecation
  • Vocalization

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Treatment of Seizures in Dogs

Your veterinarian will determine the appropriate treatment once the cause is identified.

If this is your pet’s first seizure, and no cause of the seizure was identified, the veterinarian will likely ask you to continue to monitor your pet for future seizures and report back if one occurs.

To help pay for the cost of treatments, you should consider buying a dog pet insurance policy. These are like a normal health insurance plan, but to help cover vet bills.

Resources for Seizures in Dogs

1. What should I do if my pet has a seizure?

2. Dog Seizures Information Sheet by VCA Hospitals

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Common Health Problems:

Acral Lick Granuloma in Dogs

Alopecia in Dogs

Antifreeze Toxicity in Dogs

Aortic Stenosis in Dogs

Arthritis In Dogs

Bladder Stones in Dogs

Boxer Cardiomyopathy

Cataracts In Dogs

Cherry Eye in Dogs

Chronic Active Hepatitis in Dogs

Collie Eye Anomaly In Dogs

Constipation in Dogs

Cruciate Ligament Tear in Dogs

Cryptorchidism in Dogs

Cushing’s Disease in Dogs

Degenerative Myelopathy | Spinal Cord Disease In Dogs

Dementia in Dogs | Canine Cognitive Dysfunction

Demodicosis In Dogs

Dental Problems in Dogs

Diabetes In Dogs

Dog Comedones (Schnauzer Bumps)

Dog Diarrhea: What Can You Do To Help?

Dog Ear Infections

Dystocia in Dogs

Ectropion in Dogs

Elbow Dysplasia in Dogs

Entropion In Dogs

Eye Problems in Dogs

Fleas in Dogs

Gallbladder Obstruction in Dogs

Gallstones in Dogs

Gastroenteritis In Dogs

Glaucoma in Dogs

Heart Murmurs In Dogs | How To Identify Them

Hip Dysplasia in Dogs

Hot Spots On Dogs

Hyperparathyroidism In Dogs

Hypothyroidism In Dogs

Intervertebral Disc Disease In Dogs

Nasal Solar Dermatitis In Dogs

Patellar Luxation in Dogs

Progressive Retinal Atrophy In Dogs

Renal Failure in Dogs

Seizures in Dogs

Wobbler Syndrome In Dogs

The Dog Flu – Symptoms & Treatment for Canine Influenza

Dog Biting Nails