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Title What is epilepsy? Title

Epilepsy is a disorder in which seizures (‘fits’) occur repeatedly. Sometimes the seizure begins as a result of damage to the brain, but usually there is no apparent reason for the seizures and the animal is otherwise completely healthy.

As an owner of an epileptic dog, you may have experienced the distressing sight of your dog having a seizure. While the outlook may at first seem bleak, it is important to remember that in typical epileptic seizures the dog is unconscious and not aware that he/she is having a seizure. Also, in most instances effective treatment is possible, and many epileptic dogs enjoy a pain-free, long and happy life.

This information has been produced to help you understand canine epilepsy and to answer the key questions you may have. It is important to consult your veterinary surgeon about the most suitable course of treatment for your dog and to keep him informed of your dog's progress.

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Epilepsy is usually first seen in young animals, typically between 6 months to 5 years of age but can affect animals of any age. Each seizure usually lasts 1 to 2 minutes but may be longer in some individuals.

In a typical seizure, the dog will lie on its side and alternate between rigidly straightening out its head and neck and performing jerking, paddling movements with its legs. There may be partial or complete loss of consciousness as well as a loss of control of motions and urine.

In addition to the seizure itself, you may notice strange behaviour both before and after the seizure. For example, your dog may appear restless or behave oddly before the seizure and may be sleepy or restless afterwards. Some dogs become very affectionate while others seem abnormally hungry or thirsty. Each epileptic dog will have its own individual signs.

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No one really knows why true epilepsy occurs. Your veterinary surgeon may first wish to rule out other causes of the seizures, as seizures can occur for reasons other than epilepsy.

Inheritance has been shown to play an important role in true canine epilepsy for certain breeds. Breeds that seem particularly susceptible to epilepsy include the German Shepherd, Poodle, Irish Setter, Labrador, Golden Retriever, Welsh Springer Spaniel and American Cocker Spaniel.

In some breeds, particularly the Labrador and Golden Retriever, the incidence of epilepsy is higher in the male dogs than the female.

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Most epileptic dogs are unconscious during a seizure and experience only a few minor aches and pains afterwards. Canine seizures tend to be far more ‘painful’ for the owner than the pet.

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This site is created for educational and monitoring purposes only. The owners of the site are not legally able to discuss individual cases and for individual case advice and further information on epilepsy please contact your veterinary surgeon.This site is created by Vetoquinol, manufacturers of Epiphen® Epiphen® contains phenobarbital. Epiphen® is a prescription only medicine, legal category POM-V. Further information is available on request from: Vetoquinol UK Limited, Vetoquinol House, Great Slade, Buckingham Industrial Park, Buckingham, MK18 1PA. For specific advice on your animal please contact your veterinary surgeon. This site is designed for use by veterinary professionals and owners of dogs using Epiphen.

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Need more information on the condition?: visit www.canineepilepsy.co.uk as a pet owner, the prospect of a lifetime of medical care for your pet can be a daunting prospect. This site provides advice and printable factsheets with links to epilepsy support networks, a vital part of ensuring continuing care for this chronic condition to help you care for your pet in the best way possible.

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