Canine Epilepsy is a chronic condition characterised by recurrent seizures. Seizures are the result of muscle responses to an abnormal nerve-signal burst from the brain. The cause can be anything that disrupts normal brain circuitry:

Idiopathic Epilepsy, meaning 'no known cause', also referred to as Primary Epilepsy, is possibly inherited. Secondary Epilepsy can be caused by:

  • Low blood sugar.
  • Low thyroid function.
  • Infections causing brain damage.
  • Ingestion of toxins.
  • Brain tumours.
  • Vaccinations.

Most dogs with Idiopathic Epilepsy suffer their first seizure between the ages of one and five years. A genetic basis for Idiopathic Epilepsy is strongly suspected in several breeds including the German Shepherd.

Full information can be found at this link Pet Education - Epilepsy.


Canine Epilepsy Support

Practical and sympathetic support and the opportunity to talk to people who have learnt to live happily with an epileptic pet.
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German Shepherds don't do well in kennels, we would love to have warm foster homes to offer instead of cold concrete kennels. ALL food and expenses will be covered by the rescue.

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