Understanding Pet Seizures
Seizures are scary and frightening things for those who have never witnessed them before. During a seizure, your dog or cat may yelp, cry, start thrashing or convulsing, and even be unable to control certain bodily functions, leading to drooling and defecation. There are different reasons why your pet may suddenly have a seizure, and the following is a look at some of them. Visit Gentle Doctor Animal Hospital in Las Vegas, NV, if your pet has a seizure.
Why Pet Seizures Happen
Pet seizures are most commonly associated with epilepsy, which is a blanket term used to describe various neurological disorders that feature seizures as a primary symptom. Epilepsy is more common in dogs than cats and more common in certain breeds of dogs, including most shepherd and retriever breeds.
Other common causes of seizures include:
- Brain cancer
- Eating poison
- Electrolyte issues
- Head injury
- Liver disease
- Low or high blood sugar loves
Diagnosing and Treating Seizures
As these causes of pet seizures suggest, sometimes a seizure is a one-off thing, a symptom of a situational issue, such as the ingestion of poison. Thus, once you take your pet to your Las Vegas veterinarian, you may find the diagnosis and treatment of your pet's seizure to be swift. When the specific cause of the seizure is not readily known, such as with poison or previous history, a veterinarian is likely to order one or more of the following diagnosing items:
- Full blood count with a blood chemistry profile
- Blood pressure tests
- Imaging studies
- Live function tests
Once your veterinarian has a more thorough understanding of what has caused your pet's seizures or what those seizures are indicative of, they will be able to craft a specialized treatment plan for your pet. Your veterinarian will likely prescribe medications to help reduce the frequency and severity of future seizures if your pet gets diagnosed with a form of epilepsy. It is incredibly important not to use medications not specifically prescribed to your pet for seizures as they may exacerbate your pet's seizures.
In addition to medication, pet owners can do some things themselves to help reduce the risk and frequency of seizures. For example, because seizures can sometimes flare up as a result of a pet feeling stressed, pet owners can help avoid and reduce the severity of seizures by creating a stable home environment and maintaining a healthy exercise routine. Additionally, keep your pet away from all poisons and toxins, including, but not limited to, recently painted walls and lawns treated with any type of landscaping or pest compound.
For more information or to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian, contact our team today. Our number is 702-259-9200.