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Posted by: Ariel | 2010-01-17

Epilepsy in dogs?

Our border has had 2 sort of epilepsy fits in the past 4 months, the 1st time she fell in the pool we took her out straight away she collapsed and couldn' t walk, her eyes rolled back and she started shaking and dribbled alot, we wrapped her in a blanket took her to the vet, on the way there she came out of it and the vet said there was nothing wrong with her...the second time today she was just sleeping on the floor and the same thing happened, we wrapped her in a blanket and on the way to the vet she came around. Do dogs have epilepsy fits and should we take her for tests? Is there any medication that we can put her on? She is almost 3 years old and when it happens it is very scary. Please help!

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Dear Ariel

dogs get epilepsy and is well controlled with tablets. The diagnoses is made once you have rules out other causes that cab cause similar signs.

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Posted by: Cybervet | 2010-01-18

Dear Ariel

dogs get epilepsy and is well controlled with tablets. The diagnoses is made once you have rules out other causes that cab cause similar signs.

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Posted by: Chill | 2010-01-17

Cat Lady is quite right - and the medication works very well. The only difficulty with it is finding the exact right dosage for your particular dog - so please persevere until you get it spot on.

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Posted by: Cat Lady | 2010-01-17

Yes, dogs can have epileptic fits. Google under " Epilepsy in Dogs"  and a whole list comes up describing symptoms and also that it is quite treatable. I would ask your vet to run some tests which will prove what kind of epilepsy your dog has and the type of treatment it needs. Dogs with epilepsy can live to a very good age depending on the outcome of the results. If you are not happy with your vet, get a second opinion.

Good luck - I know its very scary.

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