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Readers Respond: Living with a dog or cat who has seizures

Responses: 50


Seizures may be caused by numerous things: poisons, skull injury, brain tumor, viral and bacterial infections, congenital malformations, heat stroke, parasites, fungal infections, low blood sugar (diabetics), and so on.

By doing a physical exam and blood work, many causes can be ruled out.

Seizures where a cause cannot be determined are termed "idiopathic epilepsy."

Do you have a dog or cat with seizures? Please share how you found out, how you cope, and tips to help others with epileptic pets.

My princess

My dog is my bestfriend I've had her for 10 years I I'm 21 so half of my life. I grow up with her and about a year ago she started having sea hers but not to often rare but today she had about 10 ... And it is very hurtful I cry everytime I see this, especially because my dog is also blind she became blind after we got her teeth cleaned at the vet, I don't understand why, so after every she's her my dog walks around in circles non stop, right now she is twitching and it's hard for her to go to sleep she is grinding her teeth , I I'm very depressed my whole family is my prayers go out yo everyone dealing with this :[

Focal seizure in cat

I have seen my cat have 3 of these seizures, every time they have been started she has been sleeping and my mobile phone started to ring and she seems to jump then goes to having a uncontrollable spasm and spraying urine about, they usually last about a minute then she seems fine after about 5-10 minutes, my cat is 14 years old.
—Guest Vicki

Chi was seizing often

Hi Chi had been seizing since she was 2 years old. As she grew older, she had them more often, maybe several per month. I purchased a Kangen Water system about 3 years ago, which is alkaline water after learning that an alkaline body is great for preventing disease, so I decided to give my dog the "low" version mixed with the "clean" water version. It seems to have helped tremendously! She still has had seizures, but they are very infrequent, maybe every other month or so. I also started making her food and got her off all processed food and chicken products. I added the Dynovite product to her food, and can tell she has a lot more energy and is so much like her old self again. Hope this may help other...
—Guest SoldByWendy

Help! Pheno-induced blindness?

I have a dog who had distemper as a puppy and survived (he was on the street and then held by a hoarder so he is one tough cookie). He always had severe facial tics and would jerk/spasm, especially when falling asleep. He was never diagnosed as seizing, although they placed him on zonisamode, mexiletine, methocarbamol and keppra! He started becoming less enthusiastic and we took him to the neurology specialists- upshot was he was seizing nonstop but where we couldn't see it. They loaded him up with phenobarb and finally, after 2 days, got them under control. Now I call to pick him up and they say he is temporarily blind!!! I can't find anything in the literature about this and my regular vet has never heard of it either- he has been such a happy boy, in spite of his many problems. I don't want to think I have put him through all this just to make it worse. Does anyone know about this?!?!?
—Guest minaayindra

Please Help

My Bichon is 15 and started having seisures about a month ago at first were mild , now full force, and after she seeks comfort and cries very loud. She also has hip displasia,. trouble walking) I feel horrible a lot of day shes chipper and dont know if this is hertime :-(
—Guest Maggie

Stepdads mums dog has fits

The dog is nearly 3 years ago and just after his sister who was my dog died he start it have fits. He was difnose with epilepsy last month and he is on 2 tablets a day for 60 days. Today we had a phone call to say that he's getting worse
—Guest Jayne

5 y/o border collie

She started having seizures at 1 1/2. They were every 4 to 6 weeks approximately when she started having them. The vet put her on phenobarbitone and bromide. Worked ok for a few months, but the started getting more frequent. Seeing a dog neurologist was suggested by my vet. It was suggested she was taken off of the bromide and put on Keppra, she then had a massive seizure, and continued to have them for about 45 mins. It was suggested we put her down
—Guest Kiyas Mom

My Aussie

my aussie toby started with seizures aug 2011 had total of 10 till dec 2012. went two years without one then on dec 20 till now has had 19. vet upped his pheno to 1 1/2 twice a day has been almost four weeks since one and holding my breath. for herding breeds look up MDR1 they are sensitive to certain drugs . there is a test they can do Im asking my vet today if he knows about this mdr1 it can be fatal if certain drugs are given like frontline or certain antiobotics. also look on line for best dog foods most of your name brands are not good Iams pedigree science diet etc. i go with taste of the wild . I dont know what the answer is but you never heard of animals having seizures before now it seems like thats the norm. I do know they are scarey my husband says they are worse on me than on the dog which i agree and that makes it a little easier.
—Guest Debbie

Focal seizures in cat

My big cat Fritz had a couple of full out seizures in 24 hours (Sunday, of course, so no vet available) last summer with no known cause after a vet visit. But I think he has focal seizures when he gets frizzed out, yowls and becomes aggressive. I can not touch him during these episodes because he will bite and scratch. He's done this most of his life. When he was young it was maybe twice a year now it's more often. There typically is some type of stressor just before - strange cats out the window or an ambush by one of his housemates. I've only just learned about focal seizures and suspect these "altered moods" may be focal seizures. Does anyone know more or also have a cat who does this?
—Guest Jean


I have a cat he is 23 yrs old yesterday he went to my neighbors house she found him in the back garden he already had one seizure she brought him home he had another 7 we took him vets they gave him tablets to stop the seizures keep an eye on him he eating drinkinking going to toilet but all he does is lie on my bed and sleep took hum back vets today they said cause he has had no seizures the tablets are working but all he doing is sleeping he struggling walking can't jump on bed he just climbs up the bed slowly he doesn't seem to want to give up bless do we just hope and pray see what happens Friday he is my best friend just been stroking him he purring bless
—Guest blackie the cat


My lab/shep/sharpei/pit started having seizures at 1 year old. I took him to the emergency and they tested him for everything and found nothing. I took him home the next day. He had 1 grand mal seizure a month for 9 months and then he had 1 every couple of hours for a day. I took him to the vets and they put him on phenobarbital 60 mls twice a day. Worked for 5 months. Upped him to 90mls. 3 months. 120mls twice a day and another 3 months and he's having clusters again every 6-8 hours. I watched my last dog die of liver cancer and I will never put a dog through that again. I'm not increasing or adding anymore meds. He's on grain free food. I've heard really good things about medicinal marijuana and I'd like to try it (on my dog). I don't know if it's accessible in Canada for dogs. I think dogs are as valuable as people spiritually but physically limited in their ability to cope and "be dogs". My dog wants to be a dog and if he can't be, I'm going to let him go. Love you Chisos
—Guest Kathy

seizure at my 7 weeks kitten

Maxwell is very playful and cute suddenly he went sick and started to loose his appetite. Iam force feeding him with milk and blendered pumpkin with cat food. Then came his first seizure. I was so shocked,nervous and heartbroken seeing him in that state. I thought he's gone. He was just staring blankly. After 10mins he's back to his normal self. Im worried. I dont have money to have him consulted by a vet. So im just searching for home remedies and herbal medicine that will help him gain back his energy. He seem malnourished and he's constipated too. He's too young to experience this. Please help me. Do you have any suggestions? I really wanna save him.
—Guest maddox

Seizures and Gut Association

My little cocker (5yrs) started having seizures a year ago. Long story short It seems to be related to her gut. I watch to make sure she does not eat poop, she gets probiotics with each meal and also enzymes syringed into her mouth at bedtime (this seems to work better then on her food 3 ours before bedtime). This has definitely helped with the night seizures. Also, no grain food & treats. She is also on phenobarbital and potassium Bromide. Even with the meds she went from multiple seizures every day to one every 10 days or so due to the gut care she is given. She also gets 3mg melatonin twice a day. It's been trial and error but she is doing much better then a year ago.
—Guest Katy

5yr old cockapoo

first seizure today scared the heck out of me 2 to 3 min staring at me and stiff , held him and talked softly till him came out quickly these really suck ,hope we don not keep going through these can not stand to see him like that , I feel for you all and GOD protect us and our pets . Thank you all for listening
—Guest ollie p

To Ty from Mollie-dog

My 8.5 yr old Mollie-dog ridgeback has suffered with seizures since 18 mth. Her anti-convulsant meds were phenobarb and potassium bromide. She recently was diagnosed (by vet neuro) with neural toxicity as a result of long-term bromide use, which caused muscle weakness and lack of coordination. Her meds have been signif. reduced and we are about to try gabapentin along with with minimal other two drugs. Her hunger and thirst were increased due to the phenobarb.
—Guest Robyn

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