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Treatments for Seizures in Dogs

By Lee Mason
 
Seizures,an electrical discharge within the brain of the dog radiating through it's entire nervous system creating an overload in dogs are commonly the result of epilepsy or hypothyroidism. Whether you canine is regularly experiencing seizures or only has one, it can be frightening to not understand it and to help your dog through it. There are several ways to treat canine seizures.

During A Seizure

There is nothing that can stop the seizure or help the dog deal with the confusion immediately following it. Make sure the dog is in an area where they cannot injure themselves from falling or bumping into thing. Watch them in the event that other seizures follow.

Post Seizure

Feed your dog something sweet that they can lick to help them restore their blood sugar level. A spoonful of cream or vanilla ice cream should help their energy immediately and should be followed with small amounts of dog food, rice and other carbohydrates every hour.

Medication

Most veterinarians prescribe Phenobarbital or or Potassium Bromide to regulate seizure occurrences in dogs. If your dog experiences cluster seizures, multiple seizures within a 24-hour period, Valium may be prescribed.

Diet

Preservative-free foods can reduce the occurrence of epileptic seizures in dogs. While high quality kibble can be bought, many recommend a "raw diet," one of raw or steamed lean meat, vegetables and grains prepared daily for your dog.

Vaccinations

Ask your veterinarian about staggering vaccines to prevent the onset of a seizure. Doing them weeks apart and lowing the annual vaccine count is becoming more widely accepted by many veterinarians.

Environment

Keeping your dog's home and play area as clean as possible with as little exposure to chemical pollutants is essential. Using pine cleaners, bug and weed sprays can trigger a seizure.
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