Epilepsy

Seizures that would include collapsing, jerking, stiffening, muscle twitching, loss of consciousness, drooling, chomping, tongue chewing, or foaming at the mouth. Dogs can fall to the side and make paddling motions with their legs. They sometimes poop or pee during the seizure. Some dogs may look dazed, seem unsteady or confused, or stare off into space before a seizure. Afterward, your dog may be disoriented, wobbly, or temporarily blind. They may walk in circles and bump into things. They might have a lot of drool on their chin. They may try to hide.

Symptoms:

SEEK IMMEDIATE MEDICAL INTERVENTION IF YOU SUSPECT THAT YOUR DOG HAS EPILEPSY

Seizures that would include collapsing, jerking, stiffening, muscle twitching, loss of consciousness, drooling, chomping, tongue chewing, or foaming at the mouth. Dogs can fall to the side and make paddling motions with their legs. They sometimes poop or pee during the seizure. Some dogs may look dazed, seem unsteady or confused, or stare off into space before a seizure. Afterward, your dog may be disoriented, wobbly, or temporarily blind. They may walk in circles and bump into things. They might have a lot of drool on their chin. They may try to hide.

Common Causes: 

There are many causes of seizures. Idiopathic epilepsy, the most common cause of seizures in the dog, is an inherited disorder, but its exact cause is unknown. Other causes include liver disease, kidney failure, brain tumors, brain trauma, or toxins.

Living with epilepsy:

Epilepsy unfortunately cannot be cured. However, the incidence of seizures can be reduced with certain modifications to the diet / lifestyle changes. Switching from kibble to home cooked meals can benefit your epileptic dog. It is imperative that your dog lives in a chemical-free environment so that the brain tissue is not irritated. This includes, no car exhausts, cigarette smoke, polluted drinking or swimming water, flea-control products, food additives or preservatives. Offer adequate exercise to your dog for overall wellness. Foods and supplements that are rich in Omega 3 and 6 and Vitamin C can also help in epilepsy.

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