Canine Epilepsy is a chronic condition characterised by recurrent seizures. Seizures are the result of muscle responses to an abnormal nerve-signal burst from the brain. The cause can be anything that disrupts normal brain circuitry:
Idiopathic Epilepsy, meaning 'no known cause', also referred to as Primary Epilepsy, is possibly inherited. Secondary Epilepsy can be caused by:
- Low blood sugar.
- Low thyroid function.
- Infections causing brain damage.
- Ingestion of toxins.
- Brain tumours.
Most dogs with Idiopathic Epilepsy suffer their first seizure between the ages of one and five years. A genetic basis for Idiopathic Epilepsy is strongly suspected in several breeds including the German Shepherd.
Full information can be found at this link Pet Education - Epilepsy.
Canine Epilepsy Support
Practical and sympathetic support and the opportunity to talk to people who have learnt to live happily with an epileptic pet.
Telephone: 01903 784263