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Causes of Dog Seizures

When certain activities take place within the body, there is always a logical explanation. Most people are prone to seizures and so are most dogs. There are different types of seizures that affect dogs, and owners should be aware of the warning signs.

The most common type of dog seizures are triggered by an injury to the brain, heat stroke, poisoning, encephalitis, liver failure, stroke, brain tumor or abscess on the brain. A concussion can also trigger a seizure episode, because there may be scarred tissue on the brain.

Low blood sugar and post vaccination are other causes of seizures that are found to affect dogs. It might be difficult for a pet owner to recognize the symptoms of a seizure in their pets; especially, if the dog is new to the family. It may be very hard to distinguish trembles from seizures.

However, every shake is not a tremble, and every tremble is not a seizure. When dogs have seizures there are symptoms and signs that usually follow. Some seizures can last up to several minutes, and other seizures can last up to 30 seconds. Most seizures are not life threatening.

However, seizures that last three minutes or more warrant concern. This kind of seizure is serious and is considered an emergency. Getting the pet to the vet should be the next step. For dogs that have never had a seizure before, it may be frightening to see a seizure for the first time.

Recognizing the symptoms of a seizure, what signs to look for, and what to do during, and after a seizure, can bring comfort to both the dog and the owner.

Dogs that are having a seizure do not make eye contact with its owner, but a dog that is shivering, as though it is cold, usually responds to the owner’s voice, and makes full eye contact. Recognizing this simple rule of thumb could prevent an unnecessary trip to the veterinarian’s office.

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