General information on Cataplexy
Cataplexy is an uncommon disorder of the sleeping mechanism. A dog with cataplexy will experience a sudden onset of muscle weakness, may experience a state of almost being hypnotic, and in severe cases may experience muscle paralysis. During an episode of cataplexy the dog is always lucid. Different emotional feelings may trigger an episode of cataplexy. Cataplexy is sometimes associated with narcolepsy.
Symptoms of Cataplexy
Some of the symptoms for cataplexy may be muscle weakness, sleepiness, hallucinations, an onset of REM (rapid eye-movement) period of sleep, and muscle paralysis. Some other signs are that the dog may experience a period in which they have temporary state of almost being hypnotic.
Treatments for Cataplexy
There are some medications available through your veterinarian that can help to prevent a dog from having another episode. Whether the dog is on medication or not, certain activities should be avoided such as hunting, swimming, and walking your dog off a leash during certain activities.
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