When the family’s dog begins to experience a seizure, it is only natural to feel like panicking. However, the best help for your dog is to stay calm. Next, create an area of safety around the dog. Finally, once the seizure has passed, visit the veterinarian. There are several causes behind dog seizures:
1. Ingestion of Poison or Toxins
Check your yard for chemicals around trash cans, cars, and other areas that might store hazardous substances. There may be sources of trouble in the home as well, including: chocolate, lead paint, and certain plants. If your dog does not have a medical condition that would explain seizing, this could be the cause.
2. Vaccinations or Lack of Vaccinations
If your dog has not been vaccinated against distemper, this may be the cause of seizures. Vaccines are a necessary part of keeping your dog healthy and happy, but for a few the medications can lead to convulsions. If this is the case, your veterinarian will discuss options with you.
3. Abnormal Metabolic Conditions
These conditions include hypothyroidism and low blood sugar. Either way, your vet can make a diagnosis leading to management of the condition and seizures.
Some breeds are more prone to brain tumors than others, but if your dog is older than five years and another cause can’t be identified, it may be worthwhile to run tests checking for tumors.
Working closely with your veterinarian, you’ll often be able to resolve the underlying cause of seizures. Don’t ignore convulsions; there is almost always a treatment method that will prevent your family friend from the discomfort and anxiety associated with seizing.