Epilepsy in dogs is similar to that in humans. The
main symptom is a type of seizure. Seizures can come
in many forms and several of these are listed below.
Let's dive right in.
Epilepsy in Dogs and the Types of Seizures
Generalized seizures are the most common type of
seizures when it comes to epilepsy in dogs.
There are several variations of these seizures:
1. Absence seizures (petit mal): a sudden brief loss of
consciousness, rare in animals
2. Myoclonic seizures: muscle jerk of one or more
3. Clonic seizures: rhythmic muscle contractions
4. Tonic seizures: increase in muscle tone in all skeletal
5. Tonic Clonic seizures (grand mal): the most
common form of seizure in pets
Tonic Clonic Seizures
These types of seizures account for 80% of seizures in
regard to epilepsy in dogs. They are usually
accompanied by a loss of consciousness.
They consist of a tonic phase, where the increased
muscle tone causes the animal to fall on its side with its
limbs extended. And a clonic phase, consisting of
intense muscle jerking or paddling movements.
In order to diagnose true epilepsy in dogs, other causes
of seizures must be first ruled out. Once a tentative
diagnosis of epilepsy has been made (by excluding all
the other known causes of seizures), the animal can be
prescribed anticonvulsant drugs.
Drugs are Not Always Appropriate
With regard to epilepsy in dogs these drugs are not
appropriate for animals with seizures caused by a
problem outside the brain. The overall goal of
anticonvulsant therapy is to eradicate all seizure
activity, but this is rarely achieved.
A more realistic goal is to reduce the frequency of the
seizures to a level that is acceptable for the owner.
Without having negative side effects for the animal.
CBD Oil for Epilepsy in Dogs
There is also promising anecdotal evidence reported by
many pet owners dealing with epilepsy in dogs that by
giving all-natural CBD oil to dogs helps reduce the
frequency of seizures. And eases the seizure symptoms.
So this is another avenue worth exploring.
Since epilepsy in dogs is not curable, the owner must
be prepared to give medication to their dog for the rest
of their life. But that is a small price to pay for the love
that your best friend gives you back in return.
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