Seizures in Labs: Causes and Treatment For Fits In Labrador Retrievers

September 28, 2010 | Labrador | Leave a Comment |

Causes of Seizures in Labradors

  • Seizures are not common to the lab breed.
  • If they do occur, it is generally in dogs over 2 years old.
  • Seizures in Labrador Retrievers can be caused by poisoning or from an underlying medical issue.
  • Read dilated pupils in cats causes and also learn how to  treat aggression towards other dogs

Symptoms of Fits in Labs

  • Symptoms of seizures in Labrador Retrievers can be a loss of coordination, or the dog appears to have an unsteady, staggering gait.
  • The dog may shake his head a lot or have dilated pupils and a fixed stare.
  • The dog may appear to be biting at flies, that are not present. Also read how to stop aggression towards other dogs
  • Aggression or circling around and around can be signs of seizures in Labrador Retrievers.
  • The dog may grow without any reasons for it. You may observe twitching or involuntary movements.
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Treatments for Seizures in Labrador Retrievers

  • It is recommended that dogs with seizure disorders are not used for breeding purposes.
  • Hormones make the seizures worse,  so it is advised to spay or neuter your pet.
  • Time any seizure activity. The seizure may last anywhere from 30 seconds to 5 minutes. If a seizure lasts longer than 5 minutes, the dog should be seen by a professional as soon as possible.
  • While the dog is having seizure activity, clear the area around him from furniture and people to avoid anyone getting hurt or the dog hurting himself.
  • Have a soft place for him to fall or thrash into. Place comfortable pillows around him if you can.
  • Keep the lights down low. Bright lighting precipitates seizure activity.
  • The dog will never swallow his tongue. You do not need to worry about that.
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  • The dog will be confused when he comes out of the seizure. Comfort and reassure him you are there for him.
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Causes of Seizures in Cats

  • Seizures in cats can be a complication of epilepsy, diabetes, kidney and liver disorders or metabolic imbalances (Read treatment for liver inflammation cats ). The buildup of toxins in the body as occurs with the kidneys or liver failing can precipitate seizures.
  • Causes of seizures in cats can also be the result of acute poisoning to rat poison, antifreeze or strychnine.
  • Head injuries in cats can cause seizures, but rarely at the time of the accident. Most times with accidents that involve injury to the head, the seizure may not appear for a week or two after scar tissue has developed.

Symptoms of Seizures in Cats

  • In cases of poisonings you will see drooling and muscle twitching as first signs.
  • Foaming at the mouth, loss of bowels or bladder, brief lapses of consciousness, weakness or legs giving out on the cat, or chewing uncontrollably;;able may be seen in cats having these sudden uncontrollable episodes.
  • Sometimes the symptoms may be less evident. You may notice the cat snapping or biting at you or another animal. The cat may be hyper and hysterical, running around aimlessly, or may have a sudden period of rage.
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Natural Treatments and Remedies for Seizures in Cats

  • Seizure activity in cats should be carefully evaluated my a medical professional right away to determine the cause. Traditional medications may be needed on a daily basis.
  • Take note of the animals behavior before, during and after a seizure. It is important to know how long the abnormal behavior lasts.
  • Five minutes is excessive and sometimes the doctor will have to administer a medication to stop it.
  • If your cat is in process of a seizure, put a light blanket on him and do NOT interfere or try to physically restrain him.
  • Never put your fingers in a cats mouth to prevent the cat from swallowing his tongue. Cats will not swallow their tongue. You may be seriously injured if you attempt this.
  • You may want to read more on homemade diet for cats with kidney disease
  • Also read useful tips on what to do if cat is limping

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