Pet Seizures: the Cause and Triggers
When your pet is having seizures it’s a scary experience for both you and your pet. It is especially scary if you witness them having a seizure, but you have no idea what caused it. It’s completely normal to have questions, such as why your pets are having seizures and how severe those seizures are. The first place to get the answers to your questions is by talking with your veterinarian. Your vet will do an exam, conduct tests and talk with you about your pet’s diet and behaviors. If your pet has an unexpected seizure, it’s important to take them to an emergency vet like The Honolulu Pet Clinic right away. In the meantime, here is some brief information that you should be aware of regarding seizures.
Causes of Pet Seizures
There are a number of different reasons why your pet may have seizures, but one of the most common seizure disorder is idiopathic epilepsy, which is an inherited disorder. Other common causes of seizures include ingesting toxins, high blood sugar, head injury, kidney disease, or brain cancer. Seizures typically occur when there is a change in brain activity, which may occur as a result of the environment, stress, medications, and foods. Your pet may behave normally between seizures, so it’s important to understand what may trigger them, so it’s extremely important to discuss potential triggers with your veterinarian.
What Are Seizure Triggers?
A trigger is basically the factor that causes your pet’s seizures to occur. There is a vast array of things that may trigger their seizures and the trigger is often difficult to identify. However, in order to classify something as the trigger, the seizure has to have happened within 30 minutes of contact with the trigger. If your pet is having seizures, it’s important to take note of anything in the environment, your pet’s food and medications that may have led to the seizure. Schedule an appointment with your veterinarian or go to an emergency vet as soon as possible and be sure to give them the notes you have taken regarding your pets behaviors just before the seizure, this may help the veterinarian to identify the trigger responsible for your pet’s seizure.
If your pet has a seizure, it’s important that you remain as calm as possible and contact your veterinarian. Your veterinarian can examine your pet and do diagnostic testing to help determine the reason your pet is having seizures and possibly prescribe medications or other treatments to help reduce the severity and/or the frequency of the seizures.
To schedule an exam for your pet, contact The Honolulu Pet Clinic.