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Seizures in Dogs and Cats, Get to a Vet Right Away!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy

DOG CAT VETIf your dog or cat suddenly has any kind of seizure, it is very important that you get him to a vet right away. Seizures are one of the most frequently reported neurological conditions in dogs. A seizure is sometimes called a convulsion or a fit and it’s the temporary , involuntary disturbance of  normal brain function. There are many causes of seizures. In older pets, they may be caused by a brain tumor. In certain conditions of the liver and kidneys, toxins build up and can cause seizures.

If your pet has a seizure, try not to panic. Make sure that he is on the floor on a soft surface where he cannot injure himself.  Don’t try to open your pets mouth and put your fingers in it.  If your pet is having a seizure you may see muscle spasms and you may notice him extending and paddling his legs. They may even lose control of their bladder. Most seizures last less than a minute however if the seizure does not stop or re occurs again right away, this is an emergency and your pet requires emergency medical care.  Always let your vet diagnose any seizures. Your pet may have epilepsy. Make sure to provide your vet with a good history and it may take some time finding the proper diagnosis.  If the seizure occurs only once, or every once in awhile, no specific treatment may be needed but let your vet make this decision. Blood test will be run to determine any irregularities. Always take seizures seriously and get to your vet right away.

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