What is the difference between epilepsy and seizures in dogs?
Seizures are often referred to as ‘fits’ or ‘convulsions’ and are symptoms of abnormal brain electrical activity. For a definitive diagnosis, consult your vet and, if possible, capture a video of the episode for accurate evaluation.
What can cause a seizure in dogs?
Seizures can result from conditions originating in the brain, such as brain diseases, tumors, epilepsy, or problems in distant body parts indirectly affecting the brain. Common conditions linked to dog seizures include liver shunts, low blood sugar, hydrocephalus, encephalitis, infection, brain tumors, head trauma, liver or kidney disease, and poisoning.
What are the signs of seizures in dogs?
Seizures manifest in various ways, including unconsciousness, stiffness, tremors, paddling, loss of bladder and bowel control, champing, salivation, and subtle warning signs like restlessness or confusion.
What should I do during a dog’s seizure?
While a dog is having a seizure, reduce all stimulations such as loud noises and bright lights. Ensure their safety by removing potential hazards and protecting them from injury. If possible, record the seizure with a video to aid in veterinary consultation.
What happens after a seizure, and how should I respond?
After a seizure, dogs may experience disorientation, increased hunger, and thirst. The brain typically stabilizes within 24 hours, during which another seizure is more likely. Multiple seizures within 24 to 48 hours constitute a “cluster,” requiring veterinary attention and possibly rectal medication to lower the risk of subsequent seizures.
Can the PetPace collar identify seizures in dogs?
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. At this stage, judgment by the pet owner is required, as there is no alert specific to seizures.