Neurological Symptom: Seizures

Seizures are common neurological events that may be symptomatic of a number of conditions. If your pet experiences a seizure, please bring them to The Animal Neurology & Imaging Center for advanced diagnostics and treatment.

Types of Seizures in Dogs and Cats

There are two main types of seizures that small animals may experience:

    Generalized seizures
    A generalized seizure affects the pet’s entire body and may present with signs such as:chewing

    • Legs paddling
    • Chewing motion
    • Foaming at the mouth
    • Loss of bladder and/or bowel control

    For the duration of the event, which may be seconds to minutes, the animal is usually aware of its surroundings. For hours to days after the event, your pet may exhibit behavior changes, experience vision loss and/or suffer from lethargy.

    Focal seizures
    Focal seizures are also called partial seizures because they only affect a part of the animal’s body. Partial seizures may present as:

    • Twitching limb
    • Twitching part of the face

    During the event, your pet may not be aware of its surroundings, appearing “spacey.”

Focal seizures are more frequently experienced by dogs.

Events Confused with Seizures

Seizures may be confused with other events, such as fainting episodes, which are common in pets with heart disease. Before running an MRI, which requires anesthetization, we may first refer your pet to a cardiologist.

What to Do in the Event of a Seizure

If your pet experiences something that looks like a seizure for the first time, call us. Our doctors are available 24/7 to conduct a brief phone consult to determine if your pet needs emergency services.

If you are actively managing epilepsy in your pet, please contact us. We have a program for at-home neurological care.

If your pet experiences an event that looks like a seizure, contact us for an emergency consultation.

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