Epilepsy in Dogs – What to Watch Out For


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

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.

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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