The main reason for seizures that cannot be explained by something else - like a head injury, brain tumor, illness or low blood sugar is is idiopathic epilepsy. Rather than going thru expensive testing or an MRI to say rule out a brain tumor (which are rare compared to epilepsy) your vet CAN choose to just put...
The main reason for seizures that cannot be explained by something else - like a head injury, brain tumor, illness or low blood sugar is is idiopathic epilepsy. Rather than going thru expensive testing or an MRI to say rule out a brain tumor (which are rare compared to epilepsy) your vet CAN choose to just put your dog on medication. My vet explained, the mediation will not stop or affect seizures caused by a brain tumor and is the cheapest & simplest way to rule that out.
Follow the advice given; make video of any additional episodes, talk to your vet again to advise them how many seizures the dog has had, and/or get a second opinion from a specialty hospital or vet school, and talk to your breeder as well as making an effort to check out information on as much of the bloodline in your pedigree, as possible.
In my personal experience (with idiopathic epilepsy) my vet TOLD ME that once any dog had two seizures WITHIN 10 days, they NEEDED to be on medication. You need to know there is a wide array (now) of medications and combinations that CAN work. And one medication may work for awhile, but may need either a additional med later or a different one to be used later.
What you DO NOT WANT is a dog who gets into "cluster seizures" which can be one after another - basically NON STOP. These do BRAIN DAMAGE & can only be stopped by an EMERGENCY trip to a 24 hr vet office. That's why you want to get on mediation if your dog has already had two seizures, this close together.
Your vet or the vet you end up using - if there is somebody in your area who specializes in the treatment of such dogs, may have to play with the STRENGTH of the medication. Too much and the dog is almost comatose, too little & the seizures come back.
There is at least one OUTSTANDING site I always give people in your position who probably are just discovering they have a dog WITH epilepsy. It is intensive and large. You will find that there are a larger number of TYPES of seizures, than you had thought, and suggestions on how to help LIMIT them through changes in diet (even the use of filtered water) and suggestions on how to help the dog RECOVER, afterwards.