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Pooch Picks – Epilepsy
By Tania Marie de Saram
Epilepsy describes a series of seizures and is the most common chronic neurological disorder in dogs. During these fits, regular brain function is disturbed, and muscles may move involuntarily. Whilst idiopathic epilepsy is often an inherited disorder, other causes may include liver disease, kidney failure, brain tumours or trauma, and toxins.
Prior to a seizure, your canine may present altered behaviour such as restlessness or pacing, which will give you the opportunity to clear the area. During a fit, it is important to stay calm, not place anything into the dog’s mouth, and to ensure that it is on the ground and away from objects that could cause injury.
Long-term treatment may be considered if your pooch has more than one seizure a month, clusters of seizures, or severe lengthy seizures, but keeping a diary of any triggers may help predict when attacks are likely. ❤