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Any emergency symptoms in a pet are grounds for concern, but few are as frightening as seizures. If your pet experiences a seizure, it's important to know whether that seizure is its own problem or part of a larger underlying emergency condition -- and it's critical to seek immediate care from an experienced emergency clinic. Here at Animal Emergency Care of Braselton, we have the skill, experience and expertise to treat seizures and any associated medical conditions promptly and effectively. If your pet has a disorder such as epilepsy, we can also counsel you on how to respond to a seizure in progress.
Animals can experience seizures for a wide range of possible reasons, just as humans can. One condition humans and pets can have in common is idiopathic epilepsy, or epilepsy that has no known cause. This condition may be heredity, with some breeds more prone to it than others (including Beagles, Dachshunds and German Shepherds). A pet with this condition may have his first seizure during the first year of life or several years into adulthood. Other causes of seizures may include:
It's worth noting that these causes may include other immediate threats to your pet's health that require emergency intervention.
Your pet may exhibit behavioral changes just before a seizure strikes, appearing nervous, fearful or restless. Shaking or salivating may also occur. The seizure itself may last only a few seconds or as long as 5 minutes, presenting symptoms such as apparent hallucinations or (in a full-blown grand mal seizure) collapse, leg paddling, salivating and loss of bladder or bowel control. Your pet does not actually experience pain during these episodes; after the seizure, however, he may continue to salivate and exhibit signs of confusion, disorientation or agitation. Some seizures are even followed by temporary blindness.
While any health condition that produces a seizure as a side effect can be sufficient grounds to bring your pet to Animal Emergency Care of Braselton, any seizure that lasts more than 5 minutes is an automatic emergency. This situation, known as status epilepticus, can cause brain damage or even death unless it is stopped in time. Our Braselton veterinarians can administer anti-seizure medications to interrupt such an attack and save your pet's life. We may also recommend anti-seizure drugs to animals suffering from idiopathic epilepsy if they tend to have frequent or multiple seizures. If your pet suffers from a life-threatening condition such as heat stroke, poisoning or a head injury, our experienced team can treat those emergencies as well, relieving associated seizures in the process.
If your pet has a seizure, call (470) 209-7222 for instructions or bring him to your friends at Animal Emergency Care of Braselton. We're always ready to help!