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Mystery solved for Angus
6 August 2017
Angus visited Willows neurology service after his owner noticed he was displaying some very ‘odd’ behaviour at home. He had started to chatter his teeth while sitting in his bed, staring at walls and trying to catch flies (that were not there!). He had also started chasing his tail and showing changes in his relationship with the other dog in the house.
Neurology Clinician, Cristoforo, carried out a number of physical tests on Angus, including checking his reflexes, watching his movements and co-ordination and testing his back for signs of pain.
Cristoforo placed Angus under general anaesthesia, carried out an MRI scan of his brain, and took a sample of the surrounding fluid (CSF).
Once our neurologist was happy that there was nothing structurally wrong with Angus, he was diagnosed with partial seizures. He was started on medication to help reduce the frequency and severity of these partial seizures.
Since he has been taking medication, Angus has been much happier. He still suffers from seizures but far less frequently and they are a lot shorter in duration. He remains under the care of Cristoforo and the neurology department and any changes in his condition are monitored closely.
What is a seizure?
Seizures are a result of sudden and abnormal neurological activity and are accompanied by altered or loss of consciousness. There are two categories of seizures in dogs: generalized seizures and partial/focal seizures.
Causes of seizures
- Hypoglycaemia (low sugar)
- Hypocalcaemia (low calcium in nursing dogs)
- Brain tumours
- Liver/Kidney failure
What to do if your pet has a seizure?
It is essential to seek medical care as soon as possible if your pet has a seizure. Note the duration of the seizure, if they are recurrent and any unusual circumstances that may have happened leading up to the event. The time between the seizures should be noted as well. In addition, the vet will want to know if the dog lost consciousness or was incontinent during the seizure. Most importantly, allow your pet to overcome his seizure in a calm quiet place.
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