|Barked: Mon Oct 13, '08 2:52pm PST |
|Seizures are very common, more then most folk think. :o
Causes of seizures
When presented with a patient that has had a seizure, the vet initially attempt to find the cause. Seizures can be caused by many conditions:
Blood glucose levels that are too high (e.g.; diabetes mellitus) or too low (hypoglycemia)
Low oxygen levels in the blood that could be caused by anemia, heart problems, or difficulties with breathing
Infections such as canine distemper
Toxins, like antifreeze, lead, or chocolate
Fevers and hyperthermia
Brain damage resulting from trauma or poor blood flow to the brain
Primary or idiopathic epilepsy
with the loss of bowels, it sounds like a grand mal seizure, not the petit mal.
Tho, Usually with older dogs, if it's a youngster then you will have a very long time to find the perfect *dose* of meds that will help.
The drug most commonly used to control epilepsy is Phenobarbital. Dilantin and Primidone are other drugs used in veterinary medicine. All are phenobarbital-related drugs. These medications must be given *every* day. Make sure the vet is watching the liver count.
when you see the headbobbing thing, give a little sugar water or pancake syrup *in a spoon* don't try to force them to drink.
sometines it's a sign of temporary low sugar..
Pre-Seizure Phase: The pre-seizure phase is commonly called the aura. You may appear restless, shake their head, eg for attention, salivate, whine, or hide. These signs occur just minutes before the actual seizure begins.
Ictus: The seizure itself is called ictus. You may appear excited, vomit, salivate, run in circles, collapse, and have uncoordinated muscle activity, or release their bowels. This stage generally lasts less than 5 minutes.
Post-Ictal Phase: After the seizure, the recovery (post-ictal) period begins. You may seem disoriented, uncoordinated, and occasionally blind (temporary). This may last several minutes to days.
If a cause of the seizure can not be identified, the condition is diagnosed as idiopathic or primary epilepsy. There is no test to diagnose epilepsy per se, the tests simply rule out other causes of seizures.
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