Seizures - Anyone Know Cause or Caure?

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Seizures - Anyone Know Cause or Caure?

Post by <76151.3.. » Sun, 31 Dec 1995 04:00:00



Our 2-1/2 year old Yorkshire Terrier, Tarzan, began experiencing seizures in September.  To date, he has had fie convulsive attacks, each lasting approximately 2 to 3 minutes.  After each episode, Tarzan regains his sense of awareness and resumes normal functioning.  While the cause is still inconclusive, my husband and I are seeking holistic measures to curb our beloved Tarzan's epileptic bouts.  Please, if you have any knowledge of prior experience of this type of problem, we would be truly grateful for your invaluable feedback.  Thanks.  Jackie

 
 
 

Seizures - Anyone Know Cause or Caure?

Post by George Back & Diane McMan » Sun, 31 Dec 1995 04:00:00


Hi, Jackie
Do you have web access?
The Canine Genetics Home Page at http://www.teleport.com/~gback/cghp.html
links to the following :

Epilepsy (in Norwich Terriers),
Epilepsy FAQ, Canine,
Seizures and Epilepsy in Dogs,
and more.

Epilepsy is generally something that has to be dignosed by eleminating all
the other problems such as thyroid, etc.  The FAQ above at Cindy Tittle
Moore's is especially good.

Also, we have a friend who has lived with epileptic dogs, and we'd forward
your email address to her if you request.


join her Yorkie-L discussion group; it's free and probably at least some
other Yorkie owners have had the same problem.

Best, G&D


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> Our 2-1/2 year old Yorkshire Terrier, Tarzan, began experiencing

seizures in September.  To date, he has had fie convulsive attacks, each
lasting approximately 2 to 3 minutes.  After each episode, Tarzan regains
his sense of awareness and resumes normal functioning.  While the cause is
still inconclusive, my husband and I are seeking holistic measures to curb
our beloved Tarzan's epileptic bouts.  Please, if you have any knowledge
of prior experience of this type of problem, we would be truly grateful
for your invaluable feedback.  Thanks.  Jackie
 
 
 

Seizures - Anyone Know Cause or Caure?

Post by Sarah La » Wed, 03 Jan 1996 04:00:00


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>Our 2-1/2 year old Yorkshire Terrier, Tarzan, began experiencing seizures in September.  To date, he has had fie convulsive attacks, each lasting approximately 2 to 3 minutes.  After each episode, Tarzan regains his sense of awareness and resumes normal

functioning.  While the cause is still inconclusive, my husband and I are seeking holistic measures to curb our beloved Tarzan's epileptic bouts.  Please, if you have any knowledge of prior experience of this type of problem, we would be truly grateful fo
r your invaluable feedback.  Thanks.  Jackie

Jackie,
There are many causes of seizures. I'll try to make it easy to follow:

1. Those caused by disease of the nervous system
2. Those caused by disease of any other organ, but which has an effect on
the nervous system.

No. 2 can be ruled out in most cases by *** and urine tests. These check
such
things as liver, kidney, red and white cell morphology. Toxins like lead can
be checked for as well.

If this is normal, then BY ELIMINATION a primary nervous system disorder
is assumed. A full neurological examination is carried out on all fitting
patients to see if there is a cause which can be localised(tumour,
infection, "stroke", etc). If no abnormality can be found then there are
2 possibilities
1. Disease is present in a "silent" area of the brain
2. The animal is experiencing true epilepsy

So, epilepsy is a diagnosis of "rule out". Nobody is sure of the cause
but many consider it to be an imbalance between excitatory and inhibiting
chemicals in the brain.

There are many good, safe medications to control fits. I have no
experience of homoepathic remedies, so I'll leave that to someone with
the expertise!

Good luck!
Sarah Ladd BVSc