How to Cope With Canine Epilepsy

Canine epilepsy is one of the most common neurological conditions in dogs and it has been estimated that it can affect almost five percent of the entire canine population. With pretty severe symptoms, it can be hard trying to figure out how to deal with seeing your pet with this condition but thankfully, there are steps that can be taken.


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    Know what it is. If your dog has epilepsy, it will often suffer from seizures usually with no prior warning or physical causes behind to show why it may be happening. According to some studies, it is a generic disorder among dogs with the most common breeds suffering being Labradors and Golden Retrievers. Just like human epilepsy, canine epilepsy cannot be cured and this is the first thing that you must remember – it is a long-term commitment to care for a dog with this illness.
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    Reduce the effects of epilepsy. There are some measures that you can take to try to reduce the amount of seizures that your pet has as well as reducing the intensity of the attacks. This will, of course, depend on the severity of the illness itself. As a general rule, mild attacks and seizures will have little impact on the dog and will be deemed as moderately harmless by any veterinarian. In cases such as this, there will usually not be medication given which can have side effects more harmful to the pet than the fits themselves.
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    Stay calm. If your dog has a seizure, the same rules apply to that of a human – you should never move your dog or try to stop the fit once it has begun. This can harm the dog and put them in more danger and unless they are in a location that is deemed unsafe, leave the pet to have the fit and then deal with it afterwards.
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    Know what your dog's symptoms are. There are different types of seizures that your dog can have and not all dogs will have convulsions. Some seizures will result in the dog being awake and still standing but simply being completely unresponsive and if it would appear that your dog is ignoring you, do not attempt to move it because again, it could still be having a seizure of sorts. You should become familiar with the kind of epilepsy has because some of the seizures, commonly referred to as “fly bite” seizures, result in your dog trying to bite the air which can be dangerous for both you and your pet.


  • Do not panic as your dog will notice your stress and become stressed out further so stay calm and remember that you can reassure your pet as soon as the seizure has finished.
  • Reassurance is important after a seizure – your pet is likely to be very scared and can snap so soothe the pet with a calm voice and a low tone.


  • Make sure that you have some sort of sweet food around to feed your pet after a seizure as it will often result in a drop of blood sugar levels.
  • Become aware of the seizures that your pet has to prevent the pet itself or people around it becoming injured.

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