Dog Disease - Dog Seizures

Seizures in dogs are a dog disease in which dogs get seizures quite similar to seizure problems in human beings. Being close to one’s dog we can get very upset and distressed when we witness our beloved pet suffering from this dog disease. Witnessing an episode of dog seizures can be a very stressful experience for most pet owners. Having an understanding of this dog disease and how seizures affect your pet will help you in understanding the dog disease and finding an effective treatment for your pet, your knowledge of this dog disease will give some relief and improve the situation for your dog. Many different types of seizures affect a dog, knowing the type of seizure that affects your dog will help you find effective treatment and relief for your dog. Some types of seizures are listed below.

Partial Dog Seizure:
A partial dog seizure will typically affect only one part of the dog's body, for example it could cause spasm only in the dog's single limb, or contraction of facial muscles etc. Partial seizures can progress to become generalized seizures.

Generalized Dog Seizure:
Generalized dog seizure also known as the tonic clonic seizure can range from mild to severe. In the tonic phase the dog generally loses its balance and immediately extends its limbs this goes on for about 20 seconds and then the dog enters the clonic phase in which the dog will begin a running in place motion combined with jaw muscle contraction.

Complex Partial Dog Seizures:
Complex partial seizures involve unusual and complex behavior following a partial seizure this could involve biting of limbs, running hysterically, and aggression.

Status Epilepticus Seizures:
Seizures of this nature will usually last longer than 5 minutes and may go on for up to 30 minutes it is possible for several seizures to occur during this time one after the other. These types of seizures are considered to be life threatening.

A dog suffering from seizures should be checked out properly by a veterinarian and the condition should be diagnosed and treated, causes for the seizures should be found out and proper treatment should be given to the dog to help improve its health. There could be several reasons for these seizures these reasons or factors need to be found out and taken care of for example a certain kind of paint or cleaning chemical could be causing your dog to have seizures, in that case remedies need to be found. Some popular medications used to treat the different types of seizures in dogs are phenobarbitol, chlorazepate, felbamate, and Levetiracetam. Of course your pets vet will know best what treatment to give it after establishing the reasons for the seizures. In dogs with potentially life threatening seizures a veterinarian might suggest surgery although expensive a surgery for seizures can help the dog's medical condition and help remedy this dog disease.