What is Epilepy
Epilepsy means repeated seizures due to abnormal activity in the brain. It is caused by an abnormality in the brain itself. If seizures occur because of a problem elsewhere in the body, for example heart disease, which stops oxygen reaching the brain, this is not epilepsy. Your vet may do tests to try to find the reason for the epilepsy but in many cases no cause can be identified. Epilepsy affects around 4 in every hundred dogs. In some breeds it can be passed through the generations and may be more common in particular families.Some dogs seem to know when they are about to have a seizure and may behave in a certain way. You will come to recognise these signs as meaning that a seizure is likely. Often dogs just seek out their owner’s company and come to sit beside them when a seizure is about to start.
What happens during a seizure
Once the seizure starts the dog is unconscious -
After a seizure dogs behave in different ways. Some dogs just get up and carry on with what they were doing, while others appear dazed and confused for up to 24 hours afterwards. However most often dogs will show disorientation for only 10-
When will seizures occur?
Most epileptic seizures will occur while your dog is relaxed and resting quietly. It is very rare for a seizure to occur at exercise. Often seizures occur in the evening or at night. In a few dogs seizures seem to be triggered by particular events or stress. It is common for a pattern to develop, which you will recognise as specific to your dog. However in some epileptic animals seizures continue to be unpredictable.