Epilepsy in Dogs – What to Watch Out For

Epilepsy in Dogs – What to Watch Out For

Epilepsy in Dogs – What to Watch Out For

Epilepsy in dogs is similar to that in humans. The main symptom is 

a type of seizure. Seizures can come in many forms and several of 

these are listed below.

Let's dive right in.

Epilepsy in Dogs and the Types of Seizures

Generalized Seizures

Generalized seizures are the most common type of seizures when it 

comes to epilepsy in dogs.

There are several variations of these seizures:

1. Absence seizures (petit mal): a sudden brief loss of 

consciousness, rare in animals

2. Myoclonic seizures: muscle jerk of one or more muscles

3. Clonic seizures: rhythmic muscle contractions

4. Tonic seizures: increase in muscle tone in all skeletal muscles

5. Tonic Clonic seizures (grand mal): the most common form of 

seizure in pets

Tonic Clonic Seizures

These types of seizures account for 80% of seizures in regard to 

epilepsy in dogs. They are usually accompanied by a loss of 


They consist of a tonic phase, where the increased muscle tone 

causes the animal to fall on its side with its limbs extended. And a 

clonic phase, consisting of intense muscle jerking or paddling 


In order to diagnose true epilepsy in dogs, other causes of seizures 

must be first ruled out. Once a tentative diagnosis of epilepsy has 

been made (by excluding all the other known causes of seizures), 

the animal can be prescribed anticonvulsant drugs.

Drugs are Not Always Appropriate

With regard to epilepsy in dogs these drugs are not appropriate for 

animals with seizures caused by a problem outside the brain. The 

overall goal of anticonvulsant therapy is to eradicate all seizure 

activity, but this is rarely achieved.

A more realistic goal is to reduce the frequency of the seizures to a 

level that is acceptable for the owner. Without having negative side 

effects for the animal.

CBD Oil for Epilepsy in Dogs

There is also promising anecdotal evidence reported by many pet 

owners dealing with epilepsy in dogs that by giving all-natural 

CBD oil to dogs helps reduce the frequency of seizures. And eases 

the seizure symptoms. So this is another avenue worth exploring.

Since epilepsy in dogs is not curable, the owner must be prepared to 

give medication to their dog for the rest of their life. But that is a 

small price to pay for the love that your best friend gives you back 

in return.

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