Why do dogs have fits?

A fit is merely a theatrical event that is otherwise called as a seizure or convulsion. This is typically more stressing to the owner rather than to the dog. Technically, it is regarded as an 'electrical storm inside the brain'- the entire neural system excites quickly in a haphazard hysterical manner. Certainly, this is not a good scene to witness that’s why you need to take the correct measures to avoid these fit attacks.

These fits usually follow the same prototype. They can take place even during the dogs calm or rest periods and oftentimes happen after they wake up. There is a noticeable change in behavior but the character change somewhat varies. Other dogs appear miserable while some appear petrified. In some cases, they keenly search for their rightful pet owners.

Fits come on rather quickly. The eyes become blank to the point that your dog will also collapse. Your pet may start shaking himself violently. Sometimes, he tends to drool and even froth in his mouth. Moreover, fits can also be accompanied by the accidental passing of urine and faeces. At this time your dog will not be conscious and it won't respond to any external stimuli. There’s almost nothing else you can but wait until the fit subsides. Never try to contain them or try to force anything into their mouths for there’s even some risk of your pet choking with his own tongue. The best thing to do at the exact moment of active seizures is to move them to a safer place – a  plain area could do so as to avoid them from injuring themselves.

Generally, fits last for about five minutes. When the vet arrives, the fit would have ended. If these occurrences exceed for ten minutes or more, some medications may be needed to end the convulsions. If left unattended, this prolonged fit can bring about to possible brain damage. After an ordinary fit episode, your dog may become dazed. Extreme caution must be exercised as a dog that seems calm can bite you. Even when the confusion has passed, dogs tend to be quiet and a bit shaky on their legs. These mild tremors can even last for a number of hours. These fits can occur in clusters within a day’s time. If this occurs, seek the services of your vet.

The visit to the veterinary clinic is a vital point to consider that can determine why your pet is experiencing fits. In addition, epilepsy is another condition that may cause fits in dogs for no specific reason at all. This is predominant in German Shepherds, Retrievers and Jack Russell Terriers. Most epileptic episodes start between the ages of 3-7. Nevertheless, fits can also be a result of other circumstances like kidney diseases, liver problems plus various poisonings.

In some cases, fits affect a single side of your dog and your pet will remain conscious. In an older dog however, fits could imply the presence of some kidney or liver ailments and also a possible growth formation within the brain. Some of these cases can be managed with the aid of laser treatments or radiotherapy. If fits are caused by severe brain abnormalities then there might be no exact cure for the condition. Rather, certain treatments can be employed to lessen the problem.


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If your pet is showing any symptoms or distress, and you suspect your pet is ill CONTACT YOUR VET IMMEDIATELY.