General information on Epilepsy
Epilepsy is a condition of recurring brain seizures. Caused by a malfunction in the brain, Epilepsy is an electrical disturbance that can cause the dog to have seizures.
Idiopathic Epilepsy is a disorder of the brain where the cause is unknown.
Acquired Epilepsy is caused by an abnormally or disease of the brain that can be caused by a brain tumor, trauma, brain infection (encephalitis), poison, parasites or other medical conditions.
Symptoms of Epilepsy
Symptoms of Epilepsy are split into three phases. The first phase occurs before the seizure and the dog can become restless, dazed, may have excessive salivation and personality changes. This can last from minutes to days. The second phase is the when the dog has a seizure. If it is focal, then only one part of the dogs body will have tremors including the leg, ear or lip. If it is a full un-focal seizure then the dog will stiffen, have a strange gazing look in the eyes and the fall to its side as the seizure begins. The dogs legs may move in a running type motion while yelping and frothing at the mouth may occur.
The dog may also loose control of its bladder and bowels.
The third phase is when the dog is recovering. The dog may be confused, drowsy, may pace in circles and may have a temporary change in personality.
Treatments for Epilepsy
Your vet will need to determine the cause of the Epilepsy. Treating the underlying cause is the first step if the condition is acquired. If the Epilepsy is idiopathic, then anticonvulsant drugs may be administered.
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I have just looked at a write up of a person in america that had a dog that suffered with epileptic fits, i have just experience it first had with my black Labrador (Guinness)IT WAS THE MOST SHOCKING THING I HAVE SEEN IN MY LIVE,Guinness is a much loved dog by not only my two daughters but all that now him,lucky my girls did not see him having his fit,i,am writing this now as to how to cope with this condition that he has and how will my girls cope with this,
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