Seizures in Dogs, Symptoms & Home Care
Seizures in dog classically occur when your canine friend is dozing. Its signs may include trembling and twitching, or dog may lie on his side with his legs paddling as if running. Your dog may be hostile in the course of a seizure or while in recovery. This is one of the reasons you must understand your dog.
When your dog have more than one seizures within a few hours or days of each other, it is called Status Epilepticus. This may also be that your dog may have a run of convulsions, where she is not fully conscious between each episode. This is a real emergency and requires urgent veterinary attention.
Causes and Types of Seizures in Dogs
Seizures in dog are triggered by irregular electrical activity in the brain. It is a serious disorder of a central nervous system. It could also be as a result of tumor in the brain.
Types of Dog Seizures
1. Mild Seizure: it is a form of seizure indicated by episodes of short unconsciousness without convulsions. It is common with puppies. It is caused by digestive disturbances, intestinal toxaemia and a strained nervous condition.
2. Severe Seizure: it is an acute form of epilepsy in which there is unconsciousness and severe convulsions. It commonly comes from hereditary impact, serious shock or injury to the brain or nervous system. And any other diseases that cause prolonged high temperature.
Epilepsy may be caused by several other factors. It may result from allergic reactions to certain food substances, especially some particular form of protein derived mainly from meat. Circulatory disorders such as hardening of arteries leading to the brain may also cause epileptic seizures. This type is rare and occurs only in adult and senior dogs.
Other causes of dog seizures include deficient mineral assimilation (mostly of magnesium and calcium), mental/emotional conflict and improper vitamin metabolism. Also low blood sugar is also involved in most cases of epilepsy.
Homemade Food and Care for Seizures in Dog
Dogs suffering from seizure have to follow strict routine regimen including:
- Strict Diet
- Complete Relaxation
- Ideal Exercise in open air
For the last two points above – relaxation and exercise, you need to be able to talk to and understand your dog and her psychology very well.
You must learn how to keep your dog to simple and correct natural life. Your epileptic dog must always be putting on a cheerful, positive attitude and refraining from physical and mental overwork and concern.
For this reason, I advise you take this online course on “Develop Your Dog Hidden Intelligence“. The knowledge and skill you will get from this course will help you to take good care of your dog and most especially the one in need of special care.
Food-Diet Care for Dog with Seizure
Diet is the most important natural, home treatment for seizures in dog. Dog with seizure should be placed on a well balance diet of 3 basic food classes:
- Fruits – most sprouted seeds such as alfalfa seeds and mung beans and fruits like oranges, apples, peaches, pears, pineapple and melon
- Seeds, nuts and grains
Initially, you make the fruits dominate the diet for like 1 week after which you gradually adopt a well balance diet.
The diet should also include reasonable amount of raw goat’s milk and milk products such as homemade cottage cheese and raw butter.
Animal proteins should be excluded from the diet, except milk. This is because the proteins do not only lack magnesium but also deprive your dog her body system magnesium and vitamin B6 storage.
Both magnesium and vitamin B6 are needed by your epileptic dog in large quantities.
Best sources of magnesium are
- Raw nuts
- Green leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale, beet-tops, collard greens etc
- Whole grains
- Legumes like navy and black beans
Best sources of vitamin B6 are
- Chickpeas like garbanzo beans
- Fish and poultry
- Fortified cereals
- White potatoes
Homemade Food that may Spike Up Seizures in Your Dog
Make adequate measure in preventing your epileptic dog from having access to:
- Refined foods
- Fried and greasy food
- Sugar and products made with it
- Macadamia nuts
- Raisins and Grapes
Other Home Care for Dog with Seizure
Alternately apply warm and cold compresses to the base of your dog brain is very beneficial.
The technique involves having your dog legs in warm water and apply first a warm-water soaked towel and then that of cold-water to the base of the brain at the back of the head. The alternating cold and hot towels should be held to the back of the head for 2 minutes about 4 times. Do this twice every day.
Epsom-Salt Bath for Dog with Seizure
When epsom salt goes into water it decomposes into magnesium and sulfate. When you bathe your dog with it, the substances go into her body system through the skin pores. This helps relax muscles and loosen joints. It prevent itchy and scaly skin.
How to use epsom salt
Take about 8 liters of very warm water (the hotness makes the salt dissolves on time) and add half a cup of epsom salt. Stir thorough to get the salt dissolved. Allow the mixture to cool to a temperature that is comfortable to touch. Don’t let the epsom salt solution cool down completely.
Full Epsom-salt bath, twice a week is very helpful.
If your dog suffering from epilepsy has been under medication, do not take off the drug suddenly at once. Cut the dosage to half to begin with and then gradually reduced further until it can be left off completely.
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