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Seizures are terrifying and witnessing your pet having a seizure is an awful experience!  The bad news is that seizures are very common in domestic animals and can differ dramatically in their severity.  In some creatures it is barely notable and in some it is a full scale massive, dramatic event involving foaming at the mouth, full body muscular contractions and a lowered state of consciousness.  Regardless of the frequency of your exposure to these events, they never get easier to see or less disturbing.   The good news is that seizures can be controlled and your pet can live a comfortable life and that’s what Dr Duncan will strive towards in his treatment.

It is often incredibly difficult to find the cause of seizures as the seizure itself is a symptom of an underlying condition, not a condition. Some of the more common causes of idiopathic seizures are listed below:

  • Epilepsy (electrical discharging)

  • Toxins containing organophosphates (such as antifreeze, insecticides or strychnine)

  • Incorrectly dosed Insulin treatment in Diabetes which can result in severe hypoglycaemia

  • Trauma to the brain

  • Calcium irregularities

  • Tumours

  • Liver Disease


The majority of these conditions can be confirmed via procedures or specific tests, however Epilepsy can only be ‘diagnosed’ by means of eliminating all other possible causes of the seizures.  Epilepsy itself is described as a neurological condition, which affects the nervous system. Epilepsy is also known as a seizure disorder. It is usually diagnosed after an animal has had at least two seizures that were not caused by some known medical condition like extremely low blood sugar and it’s most distinguishing characteristic is that it causes seizures that are unprovoked and last less than 2 minutes.  Epileptic seizures occur when the balance between inhibitory and stimulatory impulses are disturbed, resulting in a spontaneous electrical discharge.  Such charges can be harmful to the brain itself, causing a loss in electrical stability over time, thus it’s very important to attempt to find the cause of seizures.

Seizure Symptoms

  • Agitation

  • Twitches

  • Repetitive chewing

  • Repetitive circling in an area

  • Repetitive “snapping” of the jaws

Primary Epilepsy is usually due to a genetic/hereditary predisposition whereas Secondary Epilepsy is usually due to trauma in the brain itself or a lack of oxygen.

Come in and chat to Dr Duncan because epilepsy can be controlled and your pet can live a comfortable, happy and long life with this disease.

 Handsome Harry09

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