Seizures in Dogs

Seizures are one of the most common neurological problems seen in dogs. A seizure happens when the cerebral cortex, part of the brain, functions abnormally. There are many different diseases that can cause seizures in dogs. Sometimes, as in the case of idiopathic epilepsy, the cause of seizure activity is unknown.

Please note: This article has been provided for informational purposes only. If your pet is showing any signs of illness, please consult a veterinarian as quickly as possible.

  • 01 of 05

    Overview of Seizures in Pets

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    Learn about types of seizures and what to do if your pet has a seizure in this Q & A.

  • 02 of 05


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    If your dog has had a seizure, he should be examined by your veterinarian. In some cases, diagnostic tests will indicate a clear cause for the seizure or seizures. Where no cause can be located, the disease is diagnosed as idiopathic epilepsy.

  • 03 of 05


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    Seizures in dogs can be caused by many different illnesses. As a result, if your dog has a seizure, your veterinarian will need to perform some diagnostic tests before a proper course of treatment can be determined.

  • 04 of 05

    What to Do if Your Dog Is Having a Seizure

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    Watching your dog have a seizure can be a frightening experience. However, with a little bit of knowledge, you can make the situation safer for your pet and less frightening for you.

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  • 05 of 05

    Seizure Medications

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    Phenobarbital is the medication that is most commonly used to treat seizures and epilepsy in dogs and cats. There are other medications for canine and feline seizures too. Learn more about traditional and newer seizure control medications.