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.


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