Treating Epilepsy in Dogs
Epilepsy is a common neurological disorder in dogs that can cause seizures. It’s important to properly treat this condition to ensure a good quality of life for your pet. Here are some tips for managing and treating epilepsy in dogs.
The first step to managing epilepsy in your dog is to recognize the symptoms. Generally, a seizure involves body movements your pet can’t control, such as muscle stiffening or shaking. Your pet may also seem dazed or confused or may temporarily lose consciousness.
If your dog shows any of the signs of epilepsy, it’s important to visit a veterinarian as soon as possible. The vet will run tests to confirm a diagnosis of epilepsy and look for other underlying causes.
Once your dog has been diagnosed with epilepsy, your vet may prescribe one of two treatments:
- Medication: Drugs such as phenobarbital, potassium bromide, or diazepam can help reduce the occurrence and severity of seizures.
- Changes in Diet: A diet low in fat and high in proteins and carbohydrates can help control seizures.
At-Home Care Tips
In addition to any prescribed treatments, here are some things you can do at home to support your pet’s health:
- Talk to your vet about the best eating plan for your pet
- Keep your dog away from loud noises or other potential triggers for seizures
- Provide a safe, comfortable spot for your pet to rest
- Be aware of the signs of seizures and make sure your pet is receiving appropriate treatment
Epilepsy can affect quality of life for your pet. It’s important to properly identify and treat this condition in order to give your dog the best care possible.