Pet Seizures

Tierrasanta Veterinary Hospital Treats Pet Seizures

When a pet experiences a seizure, it can be a disturbing event. Pet owners may be unfamiliar with what a seizure looks like. These neurological events can be severe or subtle. Tierrasanta Veterinary Hospital in San Diego, CA, we provide experienced care for pets with seizures.


Causes of Seizures in Pets

Seizures can result from a number of veterinary conditions, such as liver disease or kidney disease. If your pet has had a stroke, the neurological disturbance can also cause seizures. An injury to the head can also cause seizures. Brain cancer or extremes in blood sugar levels can lead to seizures. Electrolyte imbalances and encephalitis can also cause seizures. Some neurological problems, such as epilepsy, may have hereditary factors. Cats are less prone to having seizures than dogs. However, they do sometimes occur.

Symptoms of a Pet Seizure

Seizures can come on suddenly. The animal may show twitching of muscles, stiffness of muscles, jerking or complete collapse. They may fall over on their sides and make paddling movements with the paws. The animal may drool, chomp, or foam at the mouth. Animals may release urine or feces during a seizure. Some animals show signs before a seizure occurs, such as staring into space or seeming dazed. After a seizure, the animal may be wobbly and bump into things. Some animals try to hide.

Types of Seizures

Seizures are divided into a number of categories. The generalized seizure, or “grand mal seizure,” can cause complete unconsciousness. Focal seizures usually occur on only one part of the body. Psychomotor seizures cause unusual behavior, such as suddenly attacking an unseen object.

Treating Pet Seizures

If your pet has a seizure, make an appointment with your veterinarian to have the animal examined. Your vet will carefully evaluate the animal to determine the cause of the seizure and determine the right course of treatment.  A number of medications are used to control seizures in animals. It’s important that the owner stick to the administration schedule to prevent further episodes.

Make Tierrasanta Veterinary Hospital Your Veterinarian in San Diego

Dr. Michelle Schexneider and our team at Tierrasanta Veterinary Hospital are dedicated to providing the highest quality care for our patients in San Diego, CA, and the surrounding communities. Our animal hospital offers many services for pets, including exams, vaccinations, preventative care, surgery, emergency care, boarding, and pet day care. Call Tierrasanta Veterinary Hospital today at 858-224-9459 for an appointment to learn about today’s treatment of pet seizures.


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