A dog is one of the most widely cared for pets. Considered as man’s best friend, a dog owner would treat it like a true family member. It is but normal to see a dog owner spend his resources (time, money and effort) just to make sure his pet is okay and happy. As such when a dog becomes ill, he would make his best move to make it feel well again. 

One of the nightmares of a dog owner is to see his pet having seizures. But dealing with this situation calls for one’s preparedness. To handle the situation properly, one has to know first what causes dog seizures so that the necessary precautions and treatments be taken.

There are many reasons why canine seizures occur. One of the most common is epilepsy which is a chronic neurological disorder, marked by recurrent seizures. One more cause is canine distemper that refers to a viral disease that affects young dogs. This viral disease can worsen and reach the nervous system, thus resulting to the weakening of muscles, loss of basic motor skills and seizures. This, however, should not be pointed as the root cause if you know that your pet has been injected with a distemper vaccine. 

Another reason why seizures in dogs can occur is toxin ingestion. Household products like pesticide or toxic substance that may be present in trash where your dog could have come across, can cause seizures. Lead poisoning has been reported as a common cause of seizures that is attributed to toxin. For this reason, if you have lead based paint, this should be stored properly to avoid incidents of intoxication. 

Other causes of seizures that have been identified are brain tumor, head injury and metabolic problems. Brain tumor can cause seizures because the abnormal growth in the brain disturbs that normal brain functions. A recent accident resulting to head injury might involve crack in the dog’s cranium damaging brain tissues and leading to seizures. Metabolic problems such as low blood sugar level can also trigger canine seizures. 

Knowing what causes seizures is imperative in the effective prevention and treatment of this. In all circumstances, a pet owner should be calm so that he can clearly plan his actions. A good advice is to clear the area where the dog is having seizure to prevent things like furniture from hurting the dog. He should not try to interfere with the seizure, much more open the dog’s mouth as he could be injured.

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