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Seizures, also known as convulsions, are a common neurological problem seen in dogs. There are a variety of possible causes, and it is important that you work with your veterinarian to try to determine the specific cause of your dog's seizure — especially if you suspect that a toxin may be involved. An examination, thorough history and diagnostic testing may help find the reason for the seizures, although many cases are classified as idiopathic epilepsy, which is a seizure disorder with an unknown cause.
Though a seizure may be
frightening to watch, the pet is usually not in pain. Seizures in
dogs may affect just one part of the body or may be more generalized and tend to occur in three stages:
If your pet has one short seizure episode, contact your veterinarian for advice. If your pet has additional seizures that day or if you are concerned for any reason about how he looks,
have him seen right away. Your pet will receive a thorough physical examination, including some basic blood tests, to try to determine the cause for the episode. You and your veterinarian can then devise a plan for monitoring your pet going forward.
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