Seizures In Dogs Can Be Caused By A Sudden Burst Of Electrical Activity In The Brain Cells, According To The American Veterinary Medical Association (Avm)

If your dog has a seizure, it's important to visit your doctor to determine the cause. Many seizures are related to epilepsy. Epilepsy is a neurological disease that results in seizures. Symptoms like uncontrolled movements, staring blankly, lip-licking, chattering jaws, and stiff legs are common. Seizures in dogs are caused by a sudden burst of electrical activity in the brain cells. Seemures can cause many different movements. Epilpsy is often mild. It causes dogs to blankly or lick their lips, or chew their teeth. Purebred dogs are more likely to develop idiopathic epilepsy than mixed breed dogs. Males are more affected than females. EpILpsy is diagnosed when no other causes of seizures can be confirmed. If no apparent cause of seizures is found, the diagnosis of idiopathsic epilepsy is made. Treatment is usually started with an MRI (magnetic resonance image), CT scan (computed tomography), and a CSF sample (CSF sample). There is no cure for epilepsy in dogs. Anticonvulsant medications are most commonly prescribed. Phenobarbital is often prescribed. However, this medication can cause more severe or frequent seizures. Most people with epilepsy can live comfortably when given anticonvulant medications. It is not uncommon for dogs to have breakthrough seizures. Clusters of seizures are especially dangerous. They can lead to a life-threatening condition called status epilepticus. When a dog's seizures progress to this severity, veterinary experts may recommend euthanasia. However there is no way to prevent epilepsy from occurring in a dog. Genetics likely play a role. Therefore, responsible breeders should avoid breeding dogs with epilepsy or seizures. When adopting a dog from a breeder, always ask to see the medical history of the litter's parents. . . .

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