Reasons for dog convulsions

Part of the reason it is so important for you to note the specifics of your dogs collapse is because collapses with convulsions can have a number of different causes. A hit to your dog's head, poisoning, encephalitis (infection and swelling of the brain), brain tumor, diabetes or even a mammary gland infection (for nursing bitches) can all cause your dog to suffer convulsions.If your dog is regularly suffering from epileptic fits, it's probable the dog is epileptic. Epileptic fits begin in the dog's brain and they are divided into three brief stages: Aura which is the preliminary stage, ictus which is more commonly known as the epileptic fit, and post-ictus which is the recovery stage, each one of these stages has a symptom of its own. These fits canoccur more frequently and become more intense as time goes by if nothing is done about it. It is believed that epilepsy is hereditary in some breeds for example, in German Shepherds, boxers, Irish setters, Labradors, golden retrievers, beagles, cocker spaniels, and poodles. These kinds of fits usually occur a little after a dog has reached sexual maturity, which is usually between the ages of six months to three years. Epilepsy is treatable by giving the dog medication, which is usually administered by having the dog swallow a pill every day. Sometimes other diseases cause similar fits in a dog, so your veterinarian will probably want to get blood tests before actually prescribing a treatment and medication in order to discard any other possible diseases. Usually, except in some isolated cases, epileptic dogs do not respond to the treatment given and these attacks become more frequent and intense. If this is the case of your dog, think about if it's worth it for the dog to live this type of life or if it would be better to ends it's suffering.

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