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Causes of Seizures in Dogs

April 3, 2012

Many dog owners experience their dog having some sort of a seizure at some point of their lifetime. Being aware of the possible causes might make all the difference. This guest post from our friends at will help you identify dangerous situations.

Canine seizures may be caused by a number
of different things. Some causes of seizures
in dogs
may be from an unknown illness, where as some may actually be
hereditary. Regardless of the causes of seizures, it is important to seek
treatment from your veterinarian as soon as your dog has seized. Your
veterinarian will be able to tell you what the cause of your dog’s seizure was,
and can assist you in choosing the right medical treatments and therapies.

To determine the exact cause of seizures in
your dog, there are a number of different tests that may be performed. Some of
these tests may include MRI scans, fecal tests and cerebrospinal fluid taps.
Seizures are actually not uncommon in dogs, but they can be very serious if the
cause is life-threatening.

The most common causes of seizures in dogs

Poisoning – Household
products and chemicals may cause seizures in dogs. Food such as chocolate can
cause chocolate poisoning in dogs, which can lead to serious side effects such
as seizures. Rat poisons and antifreeze may also cause seizures if left
untreated for too long. These are very serious and often lead to death if left

Heat stroke – Heat
stroke is a common cause of seizures in dogs. Heat stroke can be very dangerous
and requires medical attention as soon as possible. Look for other symptoms of
heat stroke such as thick saliva, bright red tongue, fever and heavy panting.
Heat stroke may occur if your dog is left outside in the sun with no shelter,
as well as if he is left in a car for too long in hot weather.

Epilepsy – This
is often known as idiopathic epilepsy, which means there is no known cause for
it. These seizures seem to be inherited. Many breeds are known to be prone to
epileptic seizures. These include Golden Retrievers, Poodles, and Beagles.
Idiopathic epilepsy is the most common cause of seizures in dogs.

Canine Distemper – Canine
distemper is a serious condition that a dog may contract if he is not properly
vaccinated. When canine distemper goes untreated for more than two weeks, it
evolves into the nervous system, which is when seizures may occur. Distemper is
related to grand mal seizures. Look for other symptoms of distemper such as
extreme drooling, aggression and head shaking.

Brain tumors – Brain
tumors put pressure on the brain. This pressure can cause seizures in your dog.
Often times, seizures are a small symptoms of brain tumors. Look for other
symptoms such as aggression, drooling, and loss of coordination.

Head trauma – If
your dog has had any accidents involving the head, these injuries may later
cause seizures. Sometimes these seizures will not appear for months, and some
may be as soon as weeks after the head injury. Head injury related seizures are
most common with concussions.

Hypoglycemia – Low
blood sugar may cause seizures as well. It is known that small dogs have a
higher chance of hypoglycemia if they are not fed a balanced diet. Dogs who
have diabetes may get seizures if they have been given too much insulin as

Disease – Certain
medical diseases may cause seizures as well. This is most often in older dogs.
Some diseases that may cause seizures include Lyme disease, encephalitis,
Cushing’s disease and liver and kidney diseases. Some diseases may be treated
once, or require lifelong treatment.


Treatment for seizures in dogs

cause of your dog’s seizure will determine the exact treatment and therapy options.
Sometimes, seizures can be treated with one dosage of medication. Often times,
however, seizures are a life-long ailment that requires constant treatment.
Your dog will likely need to be tested regularly and medications may change
over time. This means that medications may be given more often, or less, or the
type of medication may change.

and exercise are also important when dealing with seizures in dogs. Diets high
in fat and sugar will need to be changed, and exercise to help with weight loss
and simply to stimulate the nervous system will also be required.


more information about seizures in dogs, causes, symptoms, treatment options
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Avoid unnecessary vet bills! Do your dog's basic health check!

July 12, 2010
Sandor Fagyal

Rosie Brown is a veterinarian with 20 years’ experience in small animal practice. Her passion is preventative health care for our dogs; what can we do to keep them well and reduce the chances of them getting sick?

Rosie has written a short report on how to give your dog a checkup, following the steps she uses in her clinic. It is just under 20 pages long and has full color photos. It explains such things as why we look at a dog’s gums and press on them when we’re doing an examination, how to check a dog’s pulse, and more. Her aim is to encourage dog owners to become familiar with their dog, so they can quickly notice any changes and have them treated straight away. They then have a better chance of a good outcome, and early treatment may not cost them as much in veterinary fees.

The 20 pages ebook is priced at a very reasonable $4.95, to get it into the hands of as many dog owners as possible.

Save money on vet bills, do the basic health check yourself.


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Kennel Cough

Sandor Fagyal

Fighting Kennel Cough? Here is a great resource to help!

Kennel Cough Help was created to increase knowledge and awareness of identifying, treating, and preventing kennel cough.

Made up from personal experiences and extensive research, it serves as the top online resource for kennel cough symptoms, and kennel cough treatment.

Every dog is different and requires a different type of treatment. Kennel cough remedies that work for one dog may not work for another but the main thing is identifying it early. For more information on identifying kennel cough symptoms, and how to care for your best friend, please visit



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Water Dogs – Some Intriguing Facts About Dogs and H2O

Sandor Fagyal

Why do dogs love water so much? Well, scientists have discovered one intriguing possibility. It might be because, unlike humans, dogs can actually taste water.

They do so via the receptors at the tip of their tongue, which they use for lapping up liquids.
Interestingly, a dog’s ability to taste water increases the more salt it eats. This is because salt heightens the sensitivity of the taste buds.
It’s little wonder then that the dog takes in so much water. An average do drinks no less than nine times a day. But it doesn’t only get its supply of H2O from its water bowl. Half of the water a dog takes in daily comes from the food it ingests.

There is a more practical reason why dogs need so much water, however.
Dogs produce different types of saliva, some of which are very watery while others are richer in mucus. Scientists think the salivas perform different functions. The mucus, for instance, is better at breaking down meat while the watery saliva is more suited to digesting vegetables. So the chances are the more meat your dog eats, the less water he will drink. And vice versa.

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Swine Flu – How Does It Affect Your Dog?

Sandor Fagyal

Many dog owners are – understandably – concerned about the fast-developing swine fever emergency. The most common question being asked is – can my dog catch it? The answer is probably not.

The fact that no definitive answers are yet available is not surprising given the fast-moving events. The H1N1 strain of flu that has emerged from Mexico is a complex virus and may well mutate and develop as it travels around the world. This makes it very difficult for medical scientists to give any absolute answers. What is known, however, is that, while dogs can develop influenza via a Type A H3N8 virus there is no evidence of th e illness passing between them and humans or vice versa.
America’s Governmental health organisation, the CDC, which is overseeing the outbreak has this to say about dogs:
“To date, there is no evidence of transmission of canine influenza virus from dogs to people and there has not been a single reported case of human infection with the canine influenza virus. However, human infections with new influenza viruses (against which the human population has little immunity) would be concerning if they occurred. Influenza viruses are constantly changing and it is possible for a virus to change so that it could infect humans and spread easily between humans.”

One piece of information that might be worth bearing in mind as we all respond to the threat of swine flu relates to birds which the CDC believes may play an important part in spreading illnesses amongst animals. “Wild birds are the primary natural reservoir for all subtypes of influenza A viruses and are thought to be the source of influenza A viruses in all other animals,” it says.”

Keeping our dogs away from wild birds is one simple precautionary step we can all take at this time.
The next few weeks and months are going to be challenging but the key is to keep up-to-date with developments and to monitor your dog’s health – as well as your own. As always, if you see something that concerns you, contact your vet immediately. Keep a guide to canine medical health to hand too. (We’ve suggested one below.) In the meantime, we will do our best to keep you informed of any important developments. Vet Confidential: An Insider’s Guide to Protecting Your Pet’s Health

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Are you overvaccinating your dog?

Sandor Fagyal

These days, the number of vaccinations given to dogs is enormous. Vaccinations exist for just about every contingency possible. And they’re not restricted to one time pokes. Most of these vaccinations are yearly. But it’s all worth it right?

The Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) has come to the conclusion that we might just be overvaccinating our dogs by our persistence in injecting them with 16 different shots a year. Evidence shows that this treatment can lead to a wide variety of side effects including skin rashes, allergies and something called an auto immune disease.


No one is suggesting that we should get rid of vaccines. Rather, the article urges readers to rethink the necessity of vaccinating dogs yearly for non life threatening diseases as most vaccines confer protection of longer periods of time – in many cases upto seven years.

So when you take your pooch for his or her next shots, think about what is necessary – and what isn’t.

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How often I should cut my Dog's Toenails?

Sandor Fagyal

Many dog owners ask whether or not they should cut their dog’s toenails (or paw nails). It’s true that cutting the nails of dogs is very common though it requires a little bit of judgment as to how much to cut as it is very easy to cut a bit too deep and cause a lot of pain to your dog.

Dog's toenail

In my experience, dogs that get a lot of exercise on rough surfaces like a terrace or a road will not have claws that need trimming at all. This is because the nails naturally trim down due to rough usage. It makes sense if you think about it – after all, who cuts their nails in the wild? (You may ask the same thing about brushing their teeth as well, but that’s slightly different).

However, if you feel that your dog’s nails do need cutting, you can achieve this with a pair of clippers that you use for gardening. Also, you might want to trim your puppy’s nails from the beginning otherwise they will be not too pleased to have it done to them later on, and keeping them still while you perform this delicate operation isn’t easy.

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Is your dog in pain?

Sandor Fagyal

Dogs, just like us can feel pain. Sometimes it’s obvious when they give a little yelp if the pain is sudden. However, when the pain is gradual and constant, like joint pain, or breathing trouble, the poor creatures never express it in any way that immediately alerts the owner.

Dog in pain
Image Credit: reverbca

Nonetheless, owners should need to discern certain signs by means of which they can realize that a dog is in pain and take it from there. Dogs will keep the pain to themselves, and only by subtle changes in behavior will you know that they need care.

For example, a hesitancy to jump over a wall or onto furniture where previously they would have bounded up, or a slight slowness in circling or sitting down. Or even restlessness and heavy breathing – all of these can indicate that your dog is in pain and that it’s time to pay some attention to what could be wrong.

One has to be sensitive to such changes, as your dog is not aware that you can help them and will not try and show it to you. By early detection, you can ensure that your dog is saved from suffering in silence.

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Don't give your dog chocolate!

Sandor Fagyal

Did you know that chocolate is toxic to dogs? I wish I knew this when I had my first dog Steffi. She used to love chocolates. And which dog wouldn’t? Dogs have a sweet tooth (unlike cats who don’t have ‘sweet’ taste buds) and any dog would gulp down chocolate immediately given half a chance!

Image Credit: gullevek

But be wary. Chocolates contain theobromine which is toxic to dogs as they metabolize the chemical more slowly than humans. Merely 25 grams of bakers chocolate would be sufficient to bring about toxicity symptoms in your dog. Be wary!

Heart attacks, and arrhythmia are common causes of death in dogs who are subjected to Theobromine poisoning. The initial symptoms though are nausea and vomiting. Note that dark chocolate contains significantly more theobromine than white chocolate.

If you have accidentally fed your dog chocolate, or if your dog has managed to break into the the chocolate box (happens frequently :) ) and you notice any of the symptoms like diarrhea and increased urination, called the vet immediately.

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Dealing with Separation Anxiety

Sandor Fagyal

One phenomenon that you will be confronted with when you have a dog, is something called separation anxiety. This means that when you leave your dog alone and go out, they engage in unhealthy behavior like biting on furniture, or pushing over garbage cans.

Dogs over the fence
Image Credit: Bill in Ash Vegas

This is caused by the dog’s not being mentally prepared to be left alone. One theory is that if the dog views itself as the alpha dog, then there is anxiety when the others leave because it is either worried for them, or because it’s not acceptable for the followers to leave the leader. So the image that the dog has for itself is challenged.

Another view is that people make too much of a fuss when leaving the house like saying excessive good byes. The dog picks up on this negative emotion and feels that leaving the house is bad. The way to overcome this is to make leaving as normal an activity as possible so that the dog doesn’t see anything great in it.

Another option that is suggested by dog trainers is to keep them busy while they’re gone. Sprinkle some food in such a way that they will have to work to find it! Or get some toy that has a reward mechanism.

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