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Understanding the “Ruff” Times: A Guide to Epilepsy and Seizures in Dogs

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Oh, the joyous moments we share with our furry friends – the wagging tails, the slobbery kisses and the never-ending games of fetch. But as responsible pet parents, we must brace ourselves for those “ruff” times – like seeing our beloved pooch experiencing a seizure. 

Epilepsy in dogs is a serious topic1. Epilepsy is a common neurological disorder that causes recurrent seizures, manifesting as anything from a bout of muscle twitching to a concerning loss of consciousness. 

When your dog seems to be doing the moonwalk involuntarily, it’s time to call in the experts. Veterinary advice is a must to diagnose the reason behind the seizures and to develop a tailored treatment plan. Remember, when it comes to your dog’s health, there are “no bones about it”; seeking professional help is essential!

Understanding Epilepsy in Dogs

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Epilepsy is a chronic disorder that is, unfortunately, all too common in the dog world. It’s characterised by recurrent seizures, with the root causes being something of a mystery, potentially involving a combination of genetic and environmental factors. And, it seems like some breeds have hit the epilepsy lottery, including our beloved Beagles, Labrador Retrievers and German Shepherds, to name a few.

Recognising Seizures in Dogs

Dogs can’t exactly tell us when they’re about to have a seizure. So, we must recognise those moments when our pets need our help. Symptoms can range from convulsions and drooling (more than usual) to severe signs like loss of consciousness. You might also notice a bit of uncontrolled urination. 

Diagnosis and Testing: Sniffing Out the Cause

Just like a dog with a bone, veterinarians go all out to find the root cause of the seizures. A thorough examination followed by tests like blood work and brain imaging will help identify the issue. It’s a meticulous process to ensure your canine companion gets the proper treatment.

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Treatment: More Than a Game of Fetch

Treatment of canine epilepsy isn’t just a game of fetch; it involves carefully selecting various medications, including the widely used Phenobarbital and Potassium bromide. In stubborn cases, where meds seem to have lost their bite, surgery might be considered to get your dog back on their feet.

The Role of CBD Oil in the Treatment of Canine Epilepsy

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Here’s where the “underdog” of treatments – CBD oil2 may help. Extracted from the cannabis plant, CBD holds promise as a potential supplementary treatment. A sprinkle of research suggests its effectiveness in reducing seizure frequency in dogs. 

Navigating the world of canine epilepsy can feel like chasing your tail. Still, with the correct information, you can be the pillar of support your dog needs. Don’t hesitate to seek veterinary advice and remember, a well-informed pet parent makes for a happy, wagging tail.

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1: Epilepsy in Dogs – VCA Animal Hospitals

2: Randomised blinded controlled clinical trial to assess the effect of oral cannabidiol administration in addition to conventional antiepileptic treatment on seizure frequency in dogs with intractable idiopathic epilepsy

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