ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Dog Epilepsy

Updated on March 19, 2014

Dog Epilepsy - My Unique Pet

My Jack Russell Terrier, Milo, is quite unique in that he suffers from Canine Epilepsy or Dog Epilepsy. The very first time that he ever had a fit it was quite distressing to watch. His paws were pitter-pattering uncontrollably and he didn't have control over his limbs. I had experienced people with epilepsy in the past, so I new that it was neurological.

The first time that Milo had a fit, I tool him to the vet and they said we should monitor him for a while. A few weeks later he continued to have fits, and so I had to take him to the vets again. Sometimes he would have two or three in one week. The vet recommended that he had an MRI scan, which is quite expensive for a dog. However, Milo was insured so the insurance company would pay out as it was the first year of his condition. The MRI scan came back clear of any tumour or cancer, which was a big relief.

We then needed to decide whether to put Milo on medication or not. With the advice of the vet, we decided against it, because the medication can be expensive and have side effects. So only dogs with severe epilepsy go on medication. Milo is now quite old (15 years) and although he has a bit of arthritis and a few fits every now and again, I am pleased to say that he is still living a happy, healthy life.

Top Tips for Canine Epilepsy

  1. Insure your Dog so that expensive treatment can be covered.
  2. Do not restrict your dog while he or she is having a seizure.
  3. During a seizure ensure that the dog cannot injure itself by supporting the head with a cushion or blanket.
  4. Take the dog to the Vet as soon as possible.
  5. If your dog is taking medication make sure that it is administered regularly/at the correct time.

Dog Epilepsy on YouTube

You'll connect with your readers. If you type a sentence here about why you love this video.

Diagnosis and Treatment for Dog Epilepsy

Diagnosis of Dog Epilepsy - Your vet may be reasonably sure that your dog has epilepsy if he or she is experiencing frequent seizures. However, the vet may want to scan the dog to rule out or eliminate other problems such as cancer or brain conditions.

MRI Scan for Dogs An MRI scan can be very expensive, so it is always a good idea to get your dog insured. Do read and check the policy carefully as some only pay for treatment for the first 12 months of a condition, and some only pay out up to a certain amount. Many dog insurers will not pay out on previously diagnosed conditions. If you can afford it, it is best to insure your dog from a puppy and seek diagnosis or treatment as soon as possible.

Medication for Dog Epilepsy - Medication can cause side effects and be expensive. Canine epilepsy is actually quite common in young male dogs such as terriers. If the vet think that your dog can manage to live a full and healthy life without medication, that may be the best thing to do.

If your dog is having a Seizure - When your dog is actually having a seizure, restricting the dog may cause injury to limbs. The best thing to do is leave it and let the fit ride out. If your dog is hitting its head, put something soft to prevent head injuries such as a cushion or coat.

Does your dog have canine epilepsy?

Thanks for visiting! Leave your comments on dog epilepsy here...

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • SusanDeppner profile image

      Susan Deppner 

      4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      A close friend of mine had an epileptic dog. Unfortunately, her Riley's life was cut quite short due to the condition. It was a heartbreaking time for that family who truly loves their dogs. Very glad Milo is doing well.

    • PNWtravels profile image

      Vicki Green 

      4 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      I had a dog who had some seizures, but they were not due to epilepsy. It is definitely scary to watch your dog have a seizure.

    • smine27 profile image

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Oh gosh, it really is hard to watch. But yes I'm confident that your dog knows how much you care for him and loves you for it.

    • Brite-Ideas profile image

      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 

      4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      can't imagine dealing with this - it's so hard to watch our pets in pain or suffer in any way - but he sure is living a long life in dog years, that part is wonderful - you've taken wonderful care of Milo

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)