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Common Causes for Seizures in Pets

Seizures in Pets

Just like humans, pets can have epilepsy. Idiopathic epilepsy is the leading cause of seizures in dogs and is genetic.

Seizures can also be caused by liver disease, kidney failure, brain tumors, brain injuries, or toxins that your pet has ingested. This is why it's important to keep toxic materials, medicines, and food out of reach of your pet. Cats may also have seizures in response to certain medications, especially in the case of an overdose, and chemicals used to prevent or treat pests (fleas, ticks, etc.) in dogs. Only use products intended for your pet's species, and do not use medicine meant for humans on your pet without vet approval.

Fortunately, there may be some signs that a seizure is imminent:

  • Nervous behavior
  • Whining, shaking, or salivating
  • A dazed look or staring
  • Licking lips

Seizures are also more likely during certain brain phases, including when your pet is excited, eating, waking up, or falling asleep.

During a seizure, your pet may lose consciousness. It's normal to be alarmed, but the animal doesn't feel pain during these fits. However, a seizure may cause your pet to become disorientated.

If your pet has had a seizure, you can bring it to an emergency vet for a checkup. Your veterinarian can perform tests to rule out potential causes of the seizures and provide treatment for an underlying cause. For example, if your pet has ingested toxins, the vet may induce vomiting.

A vet can prescribe medication if your pet experiences frequent seizures. It's important to follow the vet's instructions. Removing a pet from some seizure medications can actually make it more likely for your pet to experience seizures again.

Contact a Vet in NV

If you need a vet in Las Vegas call Gentle Doctor Animal Hospital at (702) 259-9200 for more information or to schedule an appointment.