November is Epilepsy Awareness Month for both people and dogs. This life-long condition has no cure and is extremely unpredictable, which is why it is important to continue to educate, spread awareness, and support continued research.
Most dogs will show signs epilepsy between the ages of 1-3. It is nearly impossible to know exactly when a dog might have a seizure.
Seeing a dog have a seizure can be very unsettling. The dog may fall over, become stiff, convulse, drool, and become vocal. Dogs may lose control of their bladder and/or bowels and sometimes will also vomit.
Seizure recovery can vary from dog to dog. Some may recover very quickly, and others could take 24 hours or more. After a seizure the dog may be disoriented, pace back and forth, or exhibit extreme thirst.
Epilepsy is a diagnosis of exclusion. Your veterinarian will first need to rule out that your dog doesn’t have a different disease or condition that causes the seizures. The doctor may do blood tests, x-rays, an MRI, and/or a spinal tap. Once the veterinarian rules out the other possible diagnoses, they can conclude that a dog has epilepsy.
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Thank you for helping raise awareness.
Thank you! We had no experience with epilepsy before we met Porter. I hope I am able to help others through our experiences.
Our Vet Chiropractor says that neck adjustments really do help. Birth may have affected neck vertebrae which can lead to epilepsy effects. I say, worth a try! A human chiro told me the same thing in the early 1980’s. He said that the skull is sitting on top of C1 and causing seizures. Possibility. I say, worth the effort of trying!
Thank you so much! I will definitely look into this! I really appreciate it!!