PetMeds® Dog Seizures (Canine Epilepsy)

A client came in the other day and asked why her dog was having seizures and what her treatment options were.  Unfortunately, seizure disorders are becoming more and more common in veterinary medicine. While genetic causes most certainly play a role, I strongly feel that there are many environmental and toxic factors that have played a role.  In my opinion and experience, commercial pet foods that lack nutrients, as well as over vaccinating a pet has certainly played a role in pets developing seizure disorders.

Dogs that experience seizures frequently may be diagnosed with epilepsy

Sometimes sensitivity to both external and internal pesticide use can be another factor.   If a pet experiences more than an isolated seizure, then a complete medical workup is recommended, including a full physical exam, blood CBC/chemistry/thyroid  and urine profiles, as well as bile acids liver function testing.

For those who want to dig even deeper for underlying diseases, referral to a veterinary neurologist for an MRI and CSF analysis is recommended.  (In isolated seizure events, sometimes no treatment is elected.) If this testing does not reveal a cause, and seizures occur more frequently than once every 4-6 weeks, or in clusters, then it is likely your pet has a diagnosis of epilepsy, which is a seizure condition of unknown origin.

While seizures occur more in some breeds, any breed or mixed breed dog or cat can be affected.  Treatment options include conventional medical therapy with prescription drugs such as Phenobarbitol, Potassium Bromide or Keppra, as well as holistic options such as traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture, herbal therapy, as well as homeopathy.  No matter which option is chosen, any pet experiencing chronic seizures should be seen by a veterinarian and have a complete medical workup.

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