Epilepsy

  • Epilepsy in dogs usually develops when dogs are between 6 months of age and 6 years old 

  • Epilepsy can generally be managed through life long medication

  • If your pet has a seizure, try to stay calm and quiet, it is important to contact your veterinarian 

  • Epilepsy is hereditary 

  • There can be many things which may cause your dog to seizure, your vet will need to rule these out before diagnosing epilepsy 

 

If your dog has a seizure, try to time the event and if possible, film what your dog is doing as this can help the vet confirm your pet has had a seizure. Try to keep the room dark, quiet, make sure they are in a safe place where they cannot hurt themselves.

 

Depending on the severity of the seizure, your pet may need hospitalization to monitor or treat them. Your vet may advise further tests such as blood samples, urine analysis or referral for MRI. Your vet may start them on medication, depending on the number of seizures they have had, or the severity of these. If your pet has only had one seizure, your vet may not advise beginning any treatment yet. 

 

If your pet is diagnosed with epilepsy, it is likely that they will need to begin lifelong treatment for this. Usually when pets begin medication for epilepsy the prognosis is good. Your pet will need regular blood samples to check liver function and levels of medication are within the therapeutic range. 

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This advice is for UK pets only.Written by vets. Please always seek advice from your own veterinary surgeon if you have concerns about your animal, never try to treat an animal yourself or give any medication without veterinary supervision.