Treating Pets with Epilepsy

dogs with epilepsy

Meet Charles <3

He came to us with his owner for a second opinion as he has Epilepsy.
His Epilepsy medication was uncontrolled, and he kept having reoccurring seizures.
Within one visit we managed to tailor his medication so that he has now been seizure free for 2 months. And he is living a normal and happy life again as you can see from the photos his owner has given us.

epilepsy in dogsSigns of a fit:
• Glazed eyes often look like glass/stare
• Twitching
• Violent jerking/shaking
• Drooling and champing/chattering of the jaw
• Unconsciously passing urine or faeces

What to do if your dog is having a fit/seizure
Make a note of the time it started and finished, this is valuable information for the vet. During a seizure you will need to turn off any lights, music or the tv. This is to minimise stimulation to your dog. Move anything that your dog is likely to harm themselves on as they can move uncontrollably. Do not put your hands near your dogs mouth as they can bite unintentionally. Keep your dog cool, avoid covering in blankets, although they shiver and shake they are not cold. In fact dogs can easily overheat while fitting. This is due to the increased muscle activity.

pets with epilepsy

If your dog has had a seizure of 5 minutes or more, or if they have had more than 1 seizure in 24 hours, you will need to take your dog to the vets as soon as possible.
Once your dog has had a seizure they will often be very disorientated and not sure where they are, in some cases they can appear blind and bump into objects.
If your dog has been diagnosed with epilepsy it is beneficial to inform your vet after each time they have had a fit, this may alter your dogs treatment plan.
If your dog has had a fit or seizure and hasn’t previously been diagnosed to have epilepsy. We recommend to take them to the vet as soon as it is safe to do so.

If you are at all worried about your pet and would like to speak to a member of the team please call us on 02380 783000.

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