Common causes for seizures in pets

Common Causes for Seizures in Pets

People love their pets and go to great lengths to express that special bond. As animal owners ourselves, we recognize and appreciate our clients' affection for their pets. Their health and well-being are paramount, and we don't ever want to see them in distress. Unfortunately, there are some health situations that catch us off guard. Imagine your dog or cat tumbling to the floor, convulsing wildly.

The sight of a pet seizure can be frightening and paralyzing for all involved. A trusted family veterinarian can often provide insight into why your pet has a seizure. At Bluegrass Animal Hospital, we strive to give the best care to our patients in and around the Knoxville, TN, area. Unfortunately, seizures are not uncommon. Our doctors and staff have the expertise to diagnose and treat them when they occur.

Why Do Pet Seizures Occur?

A pet seizure can happen without warning. They are usually the result of a disrupted motor function signal from the brain. The exact cause will vary between animals, but may result from:

  • Idiopathic epilepsy (most common)
  • Cancer
  • Brain tumors
  • Low blood sugar or blood disorders
  • Brain trauma
  • Severe anemia
  • Exposure to toxins or poisons

Seizures can also range in severity, from severe convulsions to smaller facial twitches and movements, which may not be immediately noticeable. Before calling an emergency vet, observe the animal's behavior. Seizures can appear terribly traumatic, but they don’t often cause as much harm as they appear to. Keep calm, time the seizure, and comfort your pet as best you can. You'll likely end up feeling more traumatized than your pet does, afterward.

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At Bluegrass Animal Hospital, we know that you're looking for a veterinarian team you can trust. If you're in or around the Knoxville, TN, area, and are looking for a professional and knowledgeable animal hospital, give us a call 865-694-8387 or set up an appointment and come visit us. We look forward to meeting you and your pets.

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