Dogs With Seizures: Understanding and Caring for Them

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  1. Beaugart says:

    Our beagle mix, Hunter, has frequent seizures. Our vetrinarian believes it's genetic: epilepsy. He is on medication; however, the frequency has not changed much since beginning his meds (about 4 months). It's scary, and I wish he did not have to go through that – but it's surprises me how quickly he bounces back and wants to play (usually within about 10 minutes after the attack ceases). It should also be mentioned that dogs can lose control of their bladders and bowels before or during a seizure if they have not been taken outside recently.

    We picked Hunter up the day before Easter from a woman who posted a 'Free to good home' ad on a local group, for a local rescue group – but ended up fostering and adopting him ourselves due to the severity and frequency of seizures (which was not disclosed to us upon picking the dog up). One thing I can say is that caring for a dog with seizures is not a horrible thing, and nothing to be frightened about. Keep a notebook outlining dates, times, durations, and symptoms leading up to the seizure – this has helped me become better prepared and more aware when one is coming on.

  2. Nan says:

    My dog has had localized seizures only. They dealt with his head and jaw. They were off and on for about 1 week only. He has not had any seizures since. He also had an ear infection that turned out to be a yeast infection at the same time as the seizures. He has an underactive thyroid which was diagnosed about a year after his seizures. He was close to 2 years old when he had his seizures. He is a black lab, dalmation, shepherd mix. His mom had her first and only litter when she was 13 years old. She was the dalmation shepherd mix. The dad was supposedly pure black lab.

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