Diseases & Conditions
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How does my dog get a seizure?
There are several conditions which can cause seizures including brain tumors, birth defects, chemical and hormonal imbalances, epilepsy, distemper, lyme disease and other infections of the nervous system. Kidney, respiratory or liver disease, the ingestion of toxins and trauma to the brain or spine can also cause seizures.
How is a seizure diagnosed?
A physical examination along with a study of your dog's behavioral history can diagnose a seizure. Further testing will be required to determine the underlying cause including blood work, urinalysis, x-rays, CT scan, MRI and a spinal tap.
How is a seizure treated?
The treatment of a seizure is based on treatment of the underlying cause.
How is a seizure prevented?
The prevention of a seizure relies on, if, possible, preventing the underlying cause. Anti-convulsants are used to prevent or minimize the occurrence of seizures.
Can I get a seizure from my dog?
No, you cannot get a seizure from your dog.