Does Your Dog or Cat have Seizures?
Seizures in Pets
In 2/3 of the cases of an adult pet that has seizures, there is not an identifiable cause. This leads to a diagnosis of idiopathic epilepsy. Idiopathic epilepsy is currently being investigated as a genetic disease. Researchers are working together to identify the gene that is responsible for the condition.
Some seizures are caused by brain disease, liver disease or even nutritional deficiencies. A veterinarian can distinguish between epilepsy and seizures caused by other things by performing a physical examination and various tests.
Seizures are very scary to witness, but it is important to remember NOT to panic.
What to do if your pet has a seizure:
Watch the clock and time the seizure and write it down. Most seizures are short, but seem like they are lasting forever.
Make sure your pet is not near anything