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Seizures in Dogs

You’re woken up at 6 am by your 4-month-old puppy shaking uncontrollably. What do you do?

It is what happened to me not long ago on a Sunday morning. Lucky for me, I was aware my new puppy had had seizures a couple of weeks prior, and we were waiting to see if he would have any more. Because I knew, I was prepared for what I needed to do, although this by no means lowered my sense of fear when it happened. Most people are caught by surprise when their dog first has a seizure and have no idea what to do when this suddenly happens. It is a frightening moment, and you can feel helpless.

When you’ve never had experience with seizures, it can be quite overwhelming. What caused the seizure, how long are they going to last, when are they going to have another, what can I do to help? It can be a lot for anyone. A seizure can range from small repeated muscle twitches in a focal area to full blown grand mal seizures. Any abnormal neurological behaviour you notice in your pet is worth bringing up to your veterinarian.

Seizure episodes can be triggered during a change in brain activity such as during periods of excitement/stress or when falling asleep or waking up. Seizures can be caused by many things including liver or kidney disease, exposure to toxins, electrolyte or blood sugar abnormalities, tumours or genetics among others. It is why in addition to a thorough exam and history, your veterinarian will likely recommend checking bloodwork and possibly other diagnostics to try and identify the cause. Unfortunately, sometimes we never identify the cause of the seizures, but this doesn’t mean we can’t treat them. If your pet has more than one seizure a month, it’s time to think about treatment to control their seizures. We have multiple options available to help.

In my personal case, my pup was having multiple aggressive seizures, so we performed blood tests. Then started him on IV fluids and began giving him daily tablets to control his episodes. Since all his tests came back normal, his condition is termed idiopathic epilepsy. Essentially, this means we don’t know the exact cause of his seizures. However, there is likely a genetic component. As he grows, he will have to have bloodwork done and be weighed frequently to ensure that he has the correct dosage of medication to control his seizures.

Keeping a diary of your pets’ seizures, dates and times, can be very helpful. This way you can see if there is a common factor to help you find a trigger or triggers. I know of a dog owner who had to tell all his friends and family to not just stop in at his house. They had to let him know they were coming over because his dog would go into convulsions if it were surprised by the doorbell or a knock on the door.

I have done a lot of reading on this subject, and it makes me feel slightly better to know that they say the dog doesn’t feel pain during the seizure. After an episode, they wake up wondering why they feel a little funny and disoriented. They are also likely wondering why you’re making such a fuss over them.

Written by: Amanda, Practice Manager



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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

Last updated: Tuesday, May 19, 2020

1. We are currently operating a "closed-door" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 519-773-3911. We will take a history of your pet from outside of your car, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan.

2. We can now see all cases by appointment only.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours:
Monday to Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the clinic. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment from your vehicle. We do have our online store available, which can be accessed from our website by clicking the online store button. We have currently lowered our delivery fee, and it's free for orders over $50.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

6. Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

7. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this disease.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid, and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at Aylmer Veterinary Clinic