Dogs can have epileptic seizures, just as humans do. Generally, if a dog has a grand mal seizure, it will stiffen up and fall, then it’s legs may start shaking or moving like the dog is running. The dog may also drool, urinate or defecate.
Causes of Seizures: Sometimes, there is no definite cause of seizures, according to AllergicPet.com. These seizures are called idiopathic epileptic seizures. Sometimes, a veterinarian can determine a probable cause. Probable causes include:
~ Trauma to the head. The brain could swell or hemorrhage during the trauma, thus causing scar tissue inside the brain. Sometimes, seizures may not present until years later.
~ Kidney failure. Though this is rare, kidney failure and having high levels of uremictoxins may cause seizures.
~ Lead poisoning. This cause may not be as common as it was in past generations because of the crackdown on using lead in paint, on toys and other places due to the damage it does to children.
~ Encephalitis. This is an inflammation of the central nervous system. If your dog has encephalitis, it could contribute or cause seizures.
~ Heat stroke. Always be aware of your dog’s environment. If it’s hot outside, bring your dog into the air conditioning, if you have it. If not, be sure the dog has plenty of shade and water.
There are several other things that cause seizures, including high blood ammonia levels, low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) and canine distemper, all of which your veterinarian can check during yearly checkups for your dog.
Natural Treatments for Epilepsy: The veterinarian may prescribe medication for your dog, but you may also opt to treat the issue with natural means. Medications such as phenobarbitol could cause organ damage. According to PetWebMD, dietary changes and acupuncture may help reduce the number of seizures a dog has and may reduce the extent of the seizures. Neuroplex, a homeopathic treatment may also reduce or stop seizures. Neuroplex capsules contain cinnamon, ginseng, licorice, silkworm and other ingredients.
What to Do: If you suspect your dog has had a seizure, make an appointment with a veterinarian. The vet can check the underlying cause of the seizure. While the seizure itself is usually not fatal, the underlying cause may be fatal.