Do Pets Get Epilepsy? : The India Tribune

New Delhi, February 10

Our pets are simple beings. They enjoy walks, naps, and eating a variety of foods, including those that are unhealthy for them. On the other hand, their body, like ours, is complex. The blood, nerves, kidneys, and stomach must all work in unison to keep them healthy and happy. However, even with all our love and care, things can go wrong and our pets get sick. Epilepsy is one of these diseases.

Epilepsy is a neurological and genetic disease characterized by abnormal electrical activity in the brain. It is a common anomaly that has been reported in a large number of dogs and cats. Fits, fits, or convulsions are all terms used to describe epilepsy. While a seizure is a single episode of temporary brain disturbance, epilepsy refers to multiple or repeated seizures.

Crises can occur at any time. This can happen one episode at a time or several episodes at a time. Timing and duration are also unpredictable. While a seizure can last 30 to 90 seconds in some cases, some animals have to suffer much longer. The same can be said for different pets.

The first signs of seizures or epilepsy are sudden stumbling in your careless pet. They seem confused and disoriented, as if they have no control over their bodies. Most of the time it goes unnoticed, but if you notice something like this happening to your pet, know that it’s a sign of a seizure.

Some other symptoms of a seizure are –



Stiffening and involuntary movement of muscles Twitching uncontrollably

Unconscious or partially conscious Excessive drooling

Chew, chew tongue

Foaming at the corners of the mouth and vomiting Pets may fall to the side and start paddling their paws during a seizure. In some cases, they also end up peeing and pooping unintentionally. Because they are unaware of what is happening to them, they appear confused, dazed, unsteady, and as if staring off into space. When the seizures stop, they will try to stand, but they will be wobbly and disoriented due to the aftereffects. They may spin around and collide with objects due to their confusion. When they are no longer in danger, they may try to hide out of fear of the incident.

Causes of epilepsy:

Consuming anything toxic like drugs, animals, plants, etc. liver disease

Hypoglycemia (low blood pressure) or hyperglycemia (high blood pressure) Kidneys and kidney disease

Electrolyte disturbance

Toxins in the body


Cardiopulmonary disease (heart and lung)

Head injury



There are times when there are no obvious reasons or causes for an epileptic seizure. This is called idiopathic epilepsy. It is the most common type of epilepsy in dogs and cats. There is no identifiable cause, such as infection, toxin, or injury.

Can the dog suffer from seizures?

Although epilepsy can affect any animal of any breed or age, unfortunately some breeds are more susceptible to it.



Saint Bernard

german shepherds

Golden retriever

American Cocker Spaniel



Miniature Poodles

If your pet has seizures, please take him to the vet as soon as possible. Early diagnosis, testing and medication will restore your pet’s life to normal. Although medications are likely to be needed for the rest of life, prompt intervention, changes in lifestyle, diet, and regular visits to the vet will be extremely beneficial.

Is an epileptic seizure painful for my animal?

A pet parent’s greatest fear and source of worry is that their fur baby is suffering from an epileptic seizure. Pets, on the other hand, are not physically harmed. Although it sounds scary and can easily cause panic, pets have no awareness of pain due to the massive amount of activity going on in their brains. During a seizure, pets may whine, bark or meow constantly, but it’s not because they’re in pain.

Unfortunately, neither pets nor humans have a permanent cure for epilepsy. However, this does not preclude living a happy and healthy life. Our pets can get through the worst of times with a little extra love and care! IANS

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