What is the difference between epilepsy and seizures in dogs?
Epilepsy is the underlying cause of seizures, similar to viewing a limp as a symptom of a broken bone. For a definitive diagnosis, consult your vet and, if possible, capture a video of the episode for accurate evaluation.
What can cause epilepsy in dogs?
Epilepsy is often a condition originating in the brain, with factors such as brain diseases, tumors, or genetic predisposition contributing. Certain breeds may be more susceptible, making vigilant monitoring crucial.
What are the signs of epilepsy in dogs?
Signs of epilepsy include recurrent seizures, which can vary in intensity and frequency. Identifying these signs early allows for effective management and treatment.
What are the treatment options for dogs with epilepsy?
Treatment involves medications like phenobarbitone and potassium bromide, aiming for a 50% reduction in seizure severity and frequency. Imepitoin (Pexion™) offers a quicker action with fewer side effects. For challenging cases, specialists may prescribe human anticonvulsants or a combination of drugs tailored to manage seizures.
Can the PetPace collar identify seizures in dogs with epilepsy?
The collar is currently being tested on epileptic dogs, but the study is not yet completed. However, there is a potential for the collar to identify seizures through elevated pulse and breathing, changes in activity patterns and positions, and possibly elevated temperature. Pet owners should exercise judgment as there is no alert specific to seizures at this point.