Study into Canine Epilepsy Identifies Triggers in Seizures

Study into Canine Epilepsy

Studies have found that there are various signs you as an owner can notice in your dog before it has a seizure.

Here are some signs that can be a signal to look for –

  1. needs your attention more than usual
  2. continuous painting
  3. clumsiness, abnormally quiet
  4. not interested in play
  5. any noticeable change in its character.

Some of the triggers that can cause a dog to have seizures are stress, excitement and loud noises.

Health causes can be – eating poison, liver disease, diabetes, kidney disorder, anemia, head injury and stroke.

When your dog is having a seizure it will start twitching, uncontrollable shaking, may collapse, drool and foam at the mouth. These seizures can last for a minute to several minutes.

Sometimes a dog can have seizures for unknown reasons. These seizures are called Idiopathic Epilepsy. The seizures usually occur in dogs between the ages of 6 months to 6 years old.

The breeds that are more susceptible to this are Border Collies, Australian Shepherds, Labrador Retrievers, Beagles, Belgian Tervurens, Collies and German Shepherds.

It is very important that you do not put your hands near your dog while having a seizure as your dog may unknowingly bite.

“Over half of owners (60%) believed they were able to predict an upcoming seizure in their dog by using a combination of pre-seizure changes and recognising triggers. Nearly half of these owners were able to do so 30 minutes or more before the seizure commenced.”


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