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Causes of Dog Seizures (Part 1)

In England they often call them “fits” – what happens when the brain loses control of the body. In America, they are more commonly called seizures. Over the next few days, I’m going to blog about some of the many causes of dog seizures.

EPILEPSY.  The primary cause of dog seizures is epilepsy, but it is important to make the distinction that not all seizures are attributable to epilepsy.  The most common form of epilepsy was made known to the world by a group of idiots walking through the woods one day and they all found themselves on the same path, and collectively observed a wolf in a clearing doing the hokey-pokey.  They reported this unusual sighting to the forest rangers and the term “idiopathic epilepsy” was coined.  Well, that’s not exactly true, but the scientific reason is a bit more boring and doesn’t make any more sense.  In short, the term “idiopathic epilepsy” is a catch-all for when the experts just don’t know what is causing a dog to have seizures.

Check back tomorrow for another cause of dog seizures!

Canine Epilepsy: An Owner's Guide to Understanding & Living with Canine Seizures

This guide will help you and your canine companion deal with canine epilepsy. You'll learn how to detect symptoms of an upcoming seizure, treat during and after a seizure, and prevent future seizures.

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  • Canineculture

    My Whippett/Jack Russell Missy Blue was neglected and half starved when I got her at 6 months – A year later she had three fits in the matter of minutes – Her whole ,
    body was convulsing and when she came too she was dazed and her leg was shaking! my vet is brilliant and as she only has them rarely she is not on medication but I know the signs now and can calm her and protect her in case she falls. You feel so helpless when it happens

  • Rudidoonbeg

    Well I used to have them a lot but touch wood..haven't had one in a couple of years, never took any medication, my owners would throw a towel or the like over my head and this seemed to help a lot..

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